Published on May 26th, 2012 | by Jhonny Crespo0
[Game Preview] Lost Planet 3
Last week Capcom was kind enough to give us a sneak peak of their upcoming title Lost Planet 3 as something to whet everyone’s appetite before E3. Though the game is still in its early stages we got the opportunity to get a feel of it and see what’s to come.
Lost Planet 3 is a prequel in the series. We are taken back to the frigid planet E.DN. III and play as NEVEC construction worker Jim, as NEVEC mines E.D.N. III for resources to take back to Earth. Unlike in the first two games you’ll notice that the VS’s are missing, instead you are left with the far more primitive “rigs” that are strictly used for mining. They even make a point to say that it is illegal for any of the workers to weaponize their rigs whatsoever.
The first level introduces you to the basic controls, and allows you to interact with many different characters, similar to the first Lost Planet. Once you leave the base and begin to explore the planet, you can use the rig and get used to the controls. You also explore on foot outside the rig and that’s when you encounter the alien Akrids. If you don’t want to shoot them down with your gun then you can just jump back in your rig and take care of them with it. Even though the rig doesn’t technically have weapons, the drill and the claw arm suffice, and lead to some pretty gruesome ripping and tearing apart of the Akrids.
Jim is sent on a mission to find other workers that have been lost in a storm, all while missing his family who are back on Earth. For some of the journey Jim is on foot and has to make his way through the ice world, and even has to use his grabbling hook to propel down parts of mountains. Soon after Jim encounters a large Akrid which is the game’s first boss, and has to face him without use of his rig. As the giant corners Jim, you have to swerve and dodge, seeking a safe spot to unload lead all over its joints and weakspots. Though that may seem like the demo’s climax, we were met with an even larger boss that allowed us to even use the rig to fight it out. All the battles so far have been quite intricate and not as simple as you might assume the first couple of enemies to be.
Though Lost Planet 3 is still over half a year away, it already has me wanting more. The game offers a lot visually, as well as intriguing gameplay. We’re hoping to see more content at E3, possibly a look into the multiplayer, but from what we have already seen, Lost Planet 3 will be a must have when it is released next year.