Lost Planet 3 is one of Capcom’s biggest releases within the coming year. This third-person shooter is the third of the series and will be set to release for the Xbox 360, PC, and PS3 during the months of 2013. The game takes place right before the events of Lost Planet 2 and Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions. It was a pleasant surprise to find that this game is much more driven by narrative then the approach taken with Lost Planet 2 in terms of replacing narrative with cooperative game play. Lost Planet 3 fits in perfectly with the series and in the player’s hands. The crew here at GamersBliss.com was egger to get their hands on this anticipated title and once we had it was an extremely enjoyable experience.
The setting of Lost Planet 3 is similar as the first installment to the series. It takes place on planet E.D.N. III in the same ice-age type of environment of the first game, unlike the tropics of Lost Planet 2. Humans are just beginning to colonies on planet E.D.N. III and had been sent their by the Neo-Venus Construction company. The story will follow a protagonist named Jim. Jim is one of the colonists who were sent to this new world by the company where he mines the planet and sends useful minerals back to earth. The story of Lost Planet 3 is just what the series needed; it ties in the events of what players loved in the first game and covers up some of the dislike in Lost Planet 2. It is a game made for the fans of the series and a game that can easily draw in a new crowd with its unique setting and gripping story.
At the start of the demo, Jim is going to leave the warmth and safely of where the colonist stay to carry out a mission. He is then told to enter the Utility Rig in order to stay alive for a long period of time outdoors. This Utility Rig is a large robotic suit that the player can control. Next, the player goes through a brief anti-ice procedure so that the Utility Rig doesn’t freeze once it exists the building. Once the player is able to leave the building they are met with a beautiful environment of purely ice. This environment is uniqueness to the game that few games contain. It grasps attention by instantly connecting to an interesting plot, but glory always comes with a downside.
While trending across this beautifully execute environment it can’t help but feel a little slow in the large robotic Utility Rig. The Rig feels powerful but slow and when the player is trying to make their way to the next check point it takes more time to get there then is really desirable. With that being said that is one of the only negative points about the hands-on demo that was played through.
The combat was predictable for a Lost Planet game, mirroring what players loved about the first installment of the series. It was classic to the series and will be much loved by a fan of the Lost Planet series. That is something we loved about playing through this demo, it was for the love of the fan and focused on exactly what a fan would have wanted for the game.
One of the more interesting points of this demo was the emotional call from Jim’s family back on Earth. His mission was interrupted by a loving call from his wife and how she was going to go take care of his new born baby. Jim was widely missed by his loved one which added so much relatable connection with a game that can be perceived as farfetched. This would tug on any players heart strings, it is easily imaginable by the player which makes for great narrative.
Lost Planet 3 was a pleasant surprise. This is a game that so many fans lost hope in after the second installment of the series. Everyone longed for that same feeling the first game gave and were disappointed when they didn’t get it. Lost Planet 3 is that feeling; it is that game that all the fans were dying for. The intriguing story and emotion attached to the narrative alone forces people to want to play through it. With added classic combat and the beautiful environment there is almost no reason to not want to play this game. Lost planet 3 will be released in 2013 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC; after playing the demo to this great game it’s a shame players have to wait so long to get their hands on the full version of the game!