More Reviews
REVIEWS Dokuro (PC) Review
Dokuro makes the jump from handheld to PC, but does it help or hinder this unusual platformer?

About Love, Hate, and the other Review
Simple feelings. Complex puzzles.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Evolve Preview
With multiplayer action set as its focus, Evolve surprised us earlier this month by introducing a single-player campaign mode where you can switch between mercenaries.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Kalimba
Release date: Out Now

Persona 5
Release date: 12/31/14

Motorcycle Club
Release date: 01/01/15

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell
Release date: 01/20/15


LATEST FEATURES Downloadable Content Walks the Line Between Fun and Frenzied in Middle-earth
I don’t even care all that much for the Lords of the Rings brand, which makes the content falling under Shadow of Mordor’s Season Pass a pleasant surprise.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Gamers
If this awful trend is going to persist, you may as well do it your way.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Black Friday 2014 Video Game Deals Buyer's Guide
Looking to score the most bang for your buck the day after Thanksgiving? Well look no further! Our Black Friday guide is just the tool you need.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP ryanbates
Gamer Love
By ryanbates
Posted on 12/19/14
When a player one meets his or her player two, it's a beautiful thing. Check out this cake my friend and GameRevolution reader Lindsey L. gave her sweetums on their two-year anniversary!   ...

Lost Planet 3 Preview

Nick_Tan By:
Nick_Tan
09/03/12
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER Capcom 
DEVELOPER Spark Unlimited 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
T Contains Blood, Language, Violence

What do these ratings mean?

Don't cut no ice with me.


Lost Planet 3 acts as if Lost Planet 2 never existed. To be sure, this isn't too surprising since it's a prequel, set during a time when the Neo-Venus Construction (NEVEC) company wasn't yet the monopolizing dictators of E.D.N. III. But this also extends to the gameplay, which shifts the multiplayer-focused grindfest that Lost Planet 2 attempted to instill in the franchise to a more personal action-survival style that feels more like Dead Space in the freezing cold.



Leaving behind his wife and child on Earth, protagonist Jim is a member of a small team sent by NEVEC to colonize the icy planet of E.D.N. III and mine rare minerals hidden beneath the surface. Between missions, he can speak with the other crew members for deeper insight into the dangers on the tundra, additional sidequests, the state of the underground base, and the shady company he works for, which operates under the guise of helping mankind make the planet more habitable. Eventually, though, he begins to unravel the company's two-faced agenda and must decide which side he's on.

Soon after settling in the underground environment, he learns that his team is not alone, as he discovers the alien insect-like Akrids who want nothing more to eliminate this threat of foreign monkeys burrowing into their territory. While exploring the dangerous environment, Jim needs to be careful not to let his body temperature fall too low, especially in temperatures that can drop as low as -87.5°F, and must take advantage of mechanical Rigs, which doesn't have any fancy weapons apart from a drill arm, to traverse the deep snow quickly and defeat large monsters should the need arise.



Luckily for Jim, all of the ice-blue Akrid have clear weaknesses highlighted in orange (evolution apparently didn't weed this defect out), usually located around an Akrid's joints and back. He's also proficient with long-range weaponry and has no trouble back circle-strafing around an enemy with an assault rifle, occasionally rolling out of harm's way and tossing a grenade. But if a voracious, face-hugging Akrid gets close to slicing Jim's face off, he will need to force the bugger off by aiming his knife into its body. Jim flirts with death often, which make ice caverns and jury-rigged mining tunnels only the more claustrophobic.

Capcom has slowly been turning over its franchises to third-party publishers, with the Devil May Cry franchise in the hands of Ninja Theory and the Lost Planet franchise in the hands of Spark Unlimited. Apart from what this says about the state of Japanese game development, it shows that Capcom desires a different, more modern perspective on its properties. Lost Planet 3 looks to deliver just that, when it releases some time in 2013 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
More GR previews for this game:
Lost Planet 3 preview posted on 09/03/12.
Lost Planet 3 preview posted on 04/25/13.
FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.

More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Lost Planet 3