Trade show demos usually go one of two ways: well or very well. Even when a game stinks, the demo is usually put together in such a way that you can't even tell there is a major problem lying under the surface. Sure, Resident Evil 6's E3 demo raised some concerns when I played it and some games didn't exactly float my boat in press demo form, but I've never quite been so frustrated and angry at a trade show demo as I was with Lost Planet 3.
I sincerely hope this game gets its act together before its release. I'm trying my hardest to say this and be the better man, after it kicked me in the shins and called me names.
Lost Planet was never Capcom's most beloved franchise but at least it was something different. Like Dead Rising, it was an attempt to mimic Western games while not being like any Western game.
Lost Planet 3 may as well go by a different name, because it hardly feels like the first two entries. I'd say it's like Dead Space but that's too kind. Red Faction: Armageddon is closer. It's a third-person shooter as generic as they come: Cover-based shooting, space aliens, push left stick to run, etc.
With such a safe approach, you'd expect developer Spark Unlimited (Legendary, Yaiba Ninja Gaiden Z) to get the little details right, but the game just doesn't cut the mustard. There are so many perplexing design issues, such as the same enemies you are fighting are also present in the background of the stage as a visual flourish. It reminds me of those D-grade platformers on the Nintendo where you couldn't tell what was a platform you could jump on from what was part of the background. Instead of shooting what was in front of me, I'd have to use my crosshair as a real enemy detector, waiting for it to turn red so I can shoot.
Even worse is the QTE of doom that I repeatedly died at during the demo. Because it's not bad enough to throw a life-or-death QTE at the player, Spark Unlimited somehow found a way to make it worse with a baffling prompt that requires you to push the left thumbstick in a specific direction and press A. Except you also have to occasionally hammer the A button, and the game is very specific with how you direct the stick, which makes these QTEs very easy to misread and fail. Usually I give QTEs a pass, but this one really rubbed me the wrong way. I eventually gave up on the game because of this.
All while I was getting frustrated at this part, the guy beside me was complaining about a mech section where he couldn't find the enemy on the screen despite the HUD directing him toward a spot where it should be. It's hard to fine a saving grace for Lost Planet 3. It even looks bad with a main character model that is somehow worse than those in the previous games.
I'm not a die-hard Lost Planet fan, but even I am sad to see Capcom phone it in with this sequel. Much like Resident Evil 6, it feels like the company is losing faith in what made the series special and is taking influence from the right games in the wrong way. Except Resident Evil 6 at least looks great and has grander ambitions than being a third-person shooter in space that is hard to pick out from a crowd of similar titles.
Maybe the game will shape up to become something greater in months to come, but it certainly has a long way to go.
|10:30 AM on 04.25.2013|
Lost Planet 3 multiplayer details revealed
We knew Lost Planet 3 would have multiplayer, but we've not heard anything about it until now. Capcom says that the game will feature four modes across six maps. You'll play as either the NEVEC or the Snow Pirates in m...more
|9:00 AM on 04.24.2013|
Watch dudes blast dudes in this Lost Planet 3 MP trailer
Lost Planet 3 is still set for an August release date, which could have fooled me, given how little we've heard about it this year outside of a delay. But the radio silence ends today as a new multiplayer trailer has surface...more
|5:00 AM on 04.10.2013|
Lost Planet 3's many retail specific pre-order 'bonuses'
Oh goodie! Another barrage of retail specific pre-order bonus fluff such as weapons, items, and characters that won't really alter your experience were you to just skip out on pre-purchasing the game. Lost Planet 3 is the la...more
|12:45 PM on 04.09.2013|
Capcom moves Lost Planet 3 back to August
In an updated release schedule, Capcom has listed Lost Planet 3 as releasing on August 27 and August 30 in North America and Europe, respectively. If you've been keeping an eye on this third installment -- someone's got to be...more
|10:30 AM on 03.06.2013|
Lost Planet 3 set for June 25 release in North America
Capcom has officially set the release of Lost Planet 3 for June 25 in North America, and June 28 in Europe. The game was originally slated for an early 2013 launch, but was slightly delayed to later this year. Feelings towar...more
|7:30 PM on 10.12.2012|
Lost Planet 3 will have scorpion fisting YEAH!
So I haven't been paying too much attention to Lost Planet 3, but I'm genuinely intrigued now thanks to this nine minute long look at the new game. It looks like it's trying to go for more of a realistic and cinematic take o...more
|7:00 AM on 06.07.2012|
E3: Drilling elbows and more in Lost Planet 3
Having played and enjoyed Lost Planet when it first came out only to stay far, far away from Lost Planet 2, I'm still eager to give Lost Planet 3 a chance. It is, after all, a full-on prequel with a noticeably different dire...more
|10:15 AM on 05.22.2012|
Hands-on preview: Lost Planet 3
Remember that hands-off Lost Planet 3 reveal demonstration I saw last month? Capcom finally let me put my hands on it -- that exact demo. It makes me wonder why they didn't let me play it in the first place. Still, I was able to finally play through it last week, and as you'd imagine, I have a bit more to say about it. more
|10:45 AM on 04.10.2012|
Preview: Lost Planet 3
Game director and franchise creator Kenji Oguro says that Lost Planet 3 is the closest they have come to his original vision for the series. This sequel returns to the harsh, extreme conditions of the first game, but now puts...more
|9:30 PM on 05.16.2013|
Resident Evil Revelations: What version do we review?
[Update: Poll CLOSED! Wii U dominated. Look forward to our review soon. Update: MAJOR upset! It has come to light that a PC copy WILL be made available for review purposes, and will be added as a late starter in the poll. A P...more
|7:15 AM on 05.16.2013|
These Monster Hunter 4 shots are magically delicious
We now have some new screenshots of Monster Hunter 4, compliments of Capcom, and they show off a pretty cool looking ice world as well as two new monsters: Arselnus and Skuagil. I have a thing for frozen tundras, so I'm excit...more
|8:00 PM on 05.15.2013|
Capcom explains digital-only Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies
When Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies leaves Japan this fall, it'll be available exclusively through the 3DS eShop. This reality of the publishing business has been met with backlash from some percentage of fans ...more