Capcom is giving us the chills.
The Pitch: Mixing up the third-person shooter and giant mech combat genres, Lost Planet 3 takes the series 50 years before the first game and digs into the story of the colonization of EDN III while it’s still a snowy abyss.
What It Really Is: The story of a man taking on a horrible job in order to provide for his wife and young son, Lost Planet 3 centers on Jim Peyton, a main character with whom many people can identify, and LP3 does an admirable job of humanizing him beyond just telling us that “this is the good guy and you should like him because we say so.” And that’s a cool piece of extra credit that we’ll lay atop LP3’s otherwise unpraisable existence. Falling short in almost every other category, LP3’s gameplay simply did not have to be this boring or bad. Outside of the mech, this is yet another third-person cover shooter, setting itself apart with especially bland enemies and unintelligent AI that makes for a grind without a challenge. The promise of battle in Jim’s driller mech might have been Lost Planet’s salvation had the mech not been so awfully wimpy. We understand that this is a prequel and, logically, Jim’s mech isn’t supposed to be weaponized since he’s just a simple quarry worker, but c’mon, it’s like the thing is made out of paper. Surely it would have to stand up to at least a little bit of blowback from flying rocks or high winds?
Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb: “Lost Planet 3 is out of this world! Probably because it got lost.” -Maxim.com
Fun Fact: This is the first Lost Planet game that hasn’t been internally developed by Capcom, a new precedent that the Japan-based publisher has been setting lately with some of its bigger franchises. We’re not exactly sure if that’s for the better or not but we hope it’s freeing up Capcom’s resources so they can finally make that HD Megaman game we’ve always wanted.
Who It’s For: Lost Planet 3’s best features are its plot and character development. However, a plot does not a game make, and LP3’s gameplay is so stunningly dull that we can’t imagine anyone caring so much about Jim Peyton that they’d sit through the game’s epically long campaign.
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