Lost Planet 3 Review
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Lost Planet 3 Box Art
System: Xbox 360, PS3*, PC
Dev: Spark Unlimited
Pub: Capcom
Release: August 27, 2013
Players: 1
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.

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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.

Joshua Bruce
Contributing Writer
Date: August 30, 2013

Characters, environments, and effects are all executed well.
Typical third-person controls function well, with a few minor annoyances.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Audio is sufficient for the most part, except for the annoyingly unbalanced sound in some cutscenes.
Play Value
The game can be enjoyable, but design flaws keep Lost Planet 3 from reaching its full potential.
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Return to extreme conditions - Taking the series back to its roots, Lost Planet 3 returns to E.D.N. III, delivering a dynamic game world that's more dangerous than ever before.
  • Brave the terrifying - Play as blue-collar worker Jim, risking assignments in treacherous conditions to earn his hazard pay and return home to his family.
  • Home away from home - Protect yourself from hostile Akrid and the unpredictable ice storms on E.D.N. III with your Utility Rig. Equipped with an assortment of tools, including the new winch that can grab your enemies at range and the drill that can destroy creatures of any size, players will need to learn to use the Rig to their advantage in order to survive.
  • Gameplay Variety - Take to the extreme conditions on foot or utilize the safety of the Rig for first-person combat sequences.
  • Stormy weather - The ever-changing weather system of E.D.N. III affects the way you play with conditions that create an imposing environment players will need to adapt to.
  • Intense, cinematic experience - Developed with the Unreal Engine 3, Lost Planet 3 presents a visually stunning and unique terrain that impacts the gameplay.
  • Reveal the hidden truths of E.D.N. III - The uncharted world has many secrets locked away. What is E.D.N. III hiding? All will be revealed in Lost Planet 3.

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