|System: Xbox 360, PS3*, PC|
|Dev: Spark Unlimited|
|Release: August 27, 2013|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood, Mild Language, Violence|
What puzzles me further about Lost Planet 3 is the fact that, with the exception of some janky minor animations, the visuals are quite good. The desolate landscape is littered with convincing weather effects, character models are detailed, and the camera appropriately positions itself as Jim makes his way through the wastes of E.D.N. III. Even the cockpit of the Rig is surprisingly detailed; a picture of Jim’s wife attached to the window and hula-girl figure bouncing around as you defend yourself from the Akrid, among the other mechanical bells and whistles of this futuristic machine, bestows a sense of life upon the space. Cutscenes are especially well done, lending a little more credibility to the story of the game.
Also adding to the overall narrative experience is some pretty solid voice acting, at least from the main characters. Although there are a few minor characters that give laughable performances, for the most part, this section of the story formula is very well done. However, I did encounter one sound issue that was off-putting. During any fully rendered cutscene, the sound is weirdly grainy and thin, something that is not present in the rest of the game. The sound of any character in a cutscene is totally different from what they sound like in-game. It kind of took me out of the whole experience. But, outside of that, that audio of Lost Planet 3 is capable and does its job well.
The truly bewildering conundrum of Lost Planet 3 is that it could have easily been so much more. Aside from the borrowed gameplay mechanics, the story is solid and well acted, Visuals are above average, sound is mostly well done, and the switch between first-person mech and third-person keeps gameplay fairly fresh. Add to that boss fights with giant crab-like creatures in your mech, Pacific Rim style, and you would think that you would be playing a great game. But, alas, the adept portions of Lost Planet 3 never truly come together to deliver the experience that was so clearly intended, thus never achieving greatness. But, it ends up being a good experience if you have the patience to put up with the hindrances, which are many.
So, should you rush out and buy this game today? Probably not. But it does offer a fair amount of gameplay and a pretty well-rounded story that may be worth your time between other, more polished titles. However, you might want to wait for the price to drop, which it is sure to do.
Date: August 30, 2013