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But it looks badass. Never played the second one but the first was ok. Hoping for some more epic bosses :wom:
 

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Lost Planet 3 is Not What You Think

For most, Lost Planet isn't a name that stirs up a lot of excitement. After two good-but-not-great outings whose main strength was their forbidding, frozen setting rather than their gameplay, it didn't seem likely that Capcom's team-based space shooter series would be making a return anytime soon. But Lost Planet 3, it turns out, is both a radical departure from form and a genuinely exciting prospect, a creepy, atmospheric action game that's part Dead Space and part… well, MechWarrior, I guess.

Lost Planet 3 is easily the surprise of the year so far. Where its predecessors have been team-based third-person shooters, this is a character- and story-driven game that's as much survival horror as shooter. Set before the other two Lost Planet stories, it stars a rugged, red-headed American everyman, Jim, one of the first colonists on frozen planet E.D.N-III - or so he's told. Jim is one of many workers who signed up to work in this inhospitable terrain, saving money to provide for his wife and child back home. He pilots a construction mech, which he ends up using to drill hostile aliens to death out on the planet surface as well as move construction supplies around.

The demo begins in a dimly-lit underground facility, where Jim and his colleagues sleep and rest in between forays out into the wilderness. The digital acting and facial animation immediately assert that story is important to this game. Video messages from home - from Jim's wife - add narrative texture, reinforcing Jim's motivation for braving such unwelcoming territory. After a brief argument with his boss, Jim is sent out to investigate an abnormal heat pocket and plant a thermal post to harvest its energy. Climbing up into the mech's cockpit, he prepares to head out into the wastes.

This is where that superficial MechWarrior comparison comes in: it seems that you'll be playing a great deal of Lost Planet 3 inside the mech, in first-person view. Regulations mean it can't be weaponised, so there's no Gatling gun on the arm or rocket-launcher on the shoulder a la Armored Core, but its arms and drill can still be used to fight. The rig has to be de-iced and kept running if it's to survive outside - go too far into the storms and it'll freeze up and leave Jim out in the cold.

Outside on the planet surface, Lost Planet 3 maintains its predecessor's main achievement: depicting a frighteningly believable frozen world, with equally hostile inhabitants. Through the mech's windscreen, you can see electrical storms brewing in the distance and violent blizzards billowing across the distant tundra. The low sun glares off the compacted snow, and inside - in crevices, caves and bases sheltered from the wilderness - there are luminescent stalagmites of ice.

There's an ever-present sense of danger that comes both from the environment itself and the ever-present possibility that a gigantic Akrid could rise from beneath the ice at any moment. Inside the mech, you fight with the machine's arms and drill; outside, the view reverts to third-person, and you shoot up the aliens with shotguns, rifles, grenades and whatever else comes to hand. Sometimes, you'll have to use a combination of these two tactics - we see Jim trap a large enemy in a headlock inside the mech before jumping out to empty shotgun shells into its glowing, orange underside. The aliens range from swift, mammalian predators to the series' trademark enormous insects.

Jim can hop in and out of the rig at any time, but there are places where the mech can't fit through, and he has to go alone. The further away he gets, the weaker his communications become; outside of the machine, there's no mini-map to guide you. The first-person view accentuates the scale and power of the rig; outside, on his own, Jim is very exposed. A grappling hook lets him explore higher ground.

It's when Jim plants his thermal post in a cave - the thermal posts that you used in Lost Planets 1 and 2 were all originally planted by earlier colonists like Jim - that the game starts to reveal its survival horror credentials. As the ice melts in seconds, it reveals an abandoned base - a base that shouldn't be there, if Jim really is among the first humans ever to set foot on the planet. Inside, Lost Planet 3 shows flashes of Dead Space. There are ruined, ominously dark corridors, scuttling and screeching sounds from the vents above, locked doors and dead generators. Some of the audio cues are straight out of Alien, and even the holographic display that Jim can bring up in front of him is reminiscent of Isaac Clarke's.

When scuttling aliens burst from the walls to attack Jim, he's forced to stab them through the head rather than shoot - close-up combat in the base looks very different from the shooting mechanics on the outside, which look very similar in feel to classic Lost Planet combat. The reveal presentation culminated in yet another fight with the Akrid after Jim escapes the base, leaving him in an extremely precarious position between a deadly storm and a crowd of very pissed-off giant alien crabs.

Over the course of this one mission, the atmosphere changed significantly with each new scenario. Inside the abandoned base things were tense and slow-paced; outside of the mech, the shooting is deliberate but weighty, whereas within the mech Jim is much less exposed, and combat looks more powerful. The sense of exploration here is stronger than it has been in any Lost Planet game to date. With the hangar as a base, you can easily see how Lost Planet 3 will develop as you explore further and further out, and figure out exactly what happened on this planet that nobody wants to admit to.

What makes all of this even more surprising is that Lost Planet 3 is being developed in collaboration with Spark, an American studio whose previous games have been… well, pretty awful. Perhaps the guidance (and budget) offered by Capcom, including the original Lost Planet team, has enabled the studio to better show off its talent.

Atmospheric, innovative and completely unexpected, Lost Planet 3 has catapulted itself onto the list of games to watch for 2013 on the strength of a single demo. The next time Lost Planet 3 shows its face, it will be met with a lot more interest.

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Lost Planet 3 Announced

Capcom has officially announced Lost Planet 3.

Set to return in 2013, the new sequel returns to planet EDN III. The game introduces Jim, a contractor who has left Earth to obtain samples of Thermal Energy on EDN III for Neo-Venus Construction (NEVEC).

Jim visits the Coronis base on EDN III and soon sets out on a mission to find a natural source of Thermal Energy using a utility rig. According to Capcom, "acting as a home away from home and boasting an array of tools that can assist Jim on the field, the utility rig provides Jim's safety and is essential for not only his contract work but also his protection against the ever-changing climate. "

Lost Planet 3 will feature first-person combat while playing in the rig and third-person combat on foot. The game will be powered by Unreal Engine 3 instead of the MT Framework engine that powered past Lost Planet titles. The game is in development by Spark Unlimited, who previously developed Legendary and Turning Point: Fall of Liberty.

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Fucking pissed! All this time I thought Spark was making Star Wars Battlefront 3, turns out to be a Capcom game.
 

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Lost Planet 3 Multiplayer Tease

Since its unveiling a few months ago, Capcom and Spark Unlimited have kept the multiplayer aspect of Lost Planet 3 underwraps while promoting the prequel's story-driven single player mode.

All of that looks to soon change, according to a new teaser image posted on the official Lost Planet 3 Facebook page today.



Accompanying the screenshot was a message stating that, "Many of you have asked about multiplayer in Lost Planet 3 and for now we're giving you this little taster. More to come soon!"

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Lost Planet has so much potential to be an amazing game. I played 1 but not 2. I loved the physics and multiplayer. It's like 1 or 2 minor changes away from being a hit imo.
 

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Lost Planet 3 Release Date, Box Art, Pre-Order Bonuses

Despite an initial target of early 2013, Capcom has now announced that Lost Planet 3 will hit Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on June 25th in North America and June 28th in Europe. The news comes along side a bevy of new info for the title, including the game's box art, which you can check out below.



Capcom also showed off a new trailer, revealing that main character Jim Peyton (a Utility Rig pilot for NEVEC, or Neo-Venus Construction) will encounter a group known as the Snow Pirates on planet E.D.N. III and will form a unique bond with one in particular. According to an official product description, "while under attack from E.D.N. III's indigenous Akrid, Jim's Utility Rig falls down an icy fissure, leaving him unconscious and injured. Jim wakes to find himself in what appears to be a secret base, hidden beneath the planet's frozen surface. On discovering he was rescued by one of the base's inhabitants, Mira, the daughter of So'ichi (the Snow Pirate leader), he soon realizes that NEVEC are no longer the only occupants of E.D.N. III. With this encounter with the Snow Pirates new truths about the foreboding planet and the colonial history are set to be unveiled."

Players who pre-order Lost Planet 3 will receive special bonuses based on the retailer they choose, including the Freedom Fighter Pack from GameStop (five unique multiplayer characters and two rig upgrades), the Assault Pack from Best Buy (three unique weapons and two rig upgrades) and the Punisher Pack from Amazon (three unique weapons and two rig upgrades). You can check out some shots of the pre-order bonuses below:

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