Lost Planet 3 is a third-person shooter developed by Spark Unlimited and published by Capcom. It is the third installment in the Lost Planet series, and a prequel to its predecessors. The game takes a more narrative-driven approach and, as usual, takes place on the planet E.D.N. III. The game was released worldwide in August 2013 for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
Why It Sucks
- The game feels and plays like a poor man's Dead Space 3.
- Your utility rig doesn't have any ranged weaponry, which the game explains is due to NEVEC not allowing the weaponization of your rig; it's against regulations to do so.
- To fight enemies in your rig, you have to chase down multiple enemies, then stun them via a quick-time event. You then grab them (which is difficult since you have to move the reticule in a circle) and press another button to finish them off.
- On-foot combat is dull and repetitive since the enemies are bullet-sponges and all you have to do is aim at a weak point and shoot them, with the occasional dodge in-between.
- Enemies can either be bullet-sponges or be killed in one-hit with any weapon you shoot them with, including a pistol.
- Every section in-between the combat consists of slowly walking to your destination or repairing something.
- You have to backtrack through areas multiple times to acquire missions.
- The game is padded-out in many ways; when you get a call from your transmitter, you have to walk very slowly a la Dead Rising, and the missions at the base are located on different floors. You have to go through separate elevators to get to them.
- Staples of the previous Lost Planet games are missing or have been gimped. You no longer need T-Energy to survive, and devices such as the grappling hook can only be used in context-specific locations.
- There's very little action at any point in the game.
- Side missions are located at places previous side missions took place.
- The navigation points don't always point you in the right direction.
- The amount of available weapons is disappointing.
- The game is very easy due to your character being able to take large amounts of damage and your enemies' tactics consisting of charging at you.
- Graphically unimpressive.
- The console versions also suffer from an inconsistent frame-rate.
- Environments are incredibly linear.
- Run-of-the-mill multiplayer mode.
- The default key bindings of the PC version are laughably dumb (I have to pick up items with the P key? Really?), and in order to fully rebind them, you have to go into the game's .ini files.
- Engaging storyline and characters.
- Solid voice-acting.
Lost Planet 3 received mixed reviews, and has a Metacritic score of 58 on Xbox 360 and 61 on PC and PS3. The game was a commercial failure for Capcom, who stated the game didn't meet their sales expectations.
The game is so confusingly similar to Dead Space that Zangado Games said its name should be "Dead Lost Space Planet". In addition, in his Lost Planet trilogy video, he accidentally said "The game takes place before Dead Space 1".