Lost Planet 3 - PS3

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Lost Planet 3 (PS3)
Also for: PC, Xbox 360
Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Combat Game: Space
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: Blu-Ray Arcade origin:No
Developer: Spark Unlimited Soft. Co.: Capcom
Publishers: Capcom (GB/GB/GB)
Released: 30 Aug 2013 (GB)
Unknown (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
Connectivity: Network Players, Network Features
Features: DualShock 3 Vibration Function

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Summary

You might have been looking forward to the gorgeous weather this summer, but on your PC and home consoles, winter is coming (again) courtesy of Capcom. But, while Lost Planet 3 features a lot of series mainstays - the insect-like enemy Akrid, planet E.D.N. III and the cold weather conditions - its campaign design and direction feels very different to its predecessors.

Developed by Spark Unlimited, rather than in-house, the result is a game that is more story-driven than Lost Planet 2, but also feels less linear and slower paced than the original Extreme Condition. It’s also a prequel to the first title, rather than a sequel.

You play as miner-for-hire Jim Peyton, who gets contracted by a corporation called NEVEC (Neo-Venus Construction company) to earn some credits for his family back on Earth.

Thermal Energy isn’t used for survival in the cold, but rather acts as a form of currency this time around. It nicely ties in with the role of NEVEC and Peyton’s mining operations. As a result, saving up enough TE will allow you to purchase new items and weapons. After an opening section which sees Peyton securing a convoy back to the NEVEC base, gameplay is broken up into separate missions (of both the story and side quest variety), which in turn features two distinct modes of play.

After accepting a mission at the base, the first part of the job is traveling to your destination. Peyton gets around E.D.N. III using a ‘rig’ - a huge mech that features a drill and a claw arm, as well as a pair of very stompy feet - which feels pretty weighty and almost makes you feel like you’re plodding around in a work loader from Aliens.

Once you’ve safely arrived at your destination, the play transitions to the more traditional third person shooter variety that you remember from past Lost Planet games.

Spark has also taken on the Lost Planet multiplayer mode, with a number of scenarios. Players can engage in a number of level-specific competitive challenges that tie in to the single-player campaign, as well as a straight-forward deathmatch.

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