developer: Spark Unlimited
publisher : Capcom
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-4
Lost Planet 3 for PC, X360 and PS3 is another installment in an action games series that takes place on an alien ice planet. The franchise was created by a Japanese Capcom Company, but the third game was prepared by an external developer - Spark Unlimited Studios. The developer is known for Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, Legendary, and other games.
In Lost Planet 3 you go back to the roots of the series, to learn about the origins of the human colony on E.D.N. III (the story takes place before the events from Lost Planet: Extreme Condition). This time you take on a role not of a soldier or a warrior, but an ordinary mining mech operator - Jim, who arrives to this world in pursuit of money. The local colonization base, Coronis, is in urgent need of thermal energy for the Earth that is running out of its own supplies, so Jim and other mercenaries must head on to explore dangerous areas. Most of these are inhabited by akrids – the local species, in whose veins thermal energy flows.
So the game’s pinnacle is the story campaign, which takes place in icy environment only (in the previous installment you could also visit jungle and desert areas). Jim, besides walking, also moves around on board of a mining mech with mechanical arms. One of these serves as a gripper, while the second is a drill. Interestingly, while controlling the vehicle you observe the world from first-person perspective, whereas when fighting on foot – in third-person.
Compared to the previous installments of the series, the action in Lost Planet 3 has slowed down. The hero can take covers similarly as it is in other popular TPP shooters out on the market. There are also quick time events sequences, when the hero is weakened in battle – they also occur while fighting on board of the mech.
Lost Planet 3 for PC, X360 and PS3 abandons the game engine created by Capcom - instead it uses the popular Unreal Engine 3. The game primarily focuses on the single player campaign, but despite this the developers have prepared four multiplayer modes for two teams of up to four players.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Core i5 2.7 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB (GeForce GTX 460 or better), 16 GB HDD, Windows XP/Vista/7