A look at Capcom's Lost Planet 3

9:43 PM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
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Published by Capcom, 'Lost Planet 3' is developed by Spark Unlimited.

Scheduled for release on August 27, Capcom's upcoming title Lost Planet 3 shows the promise of a good looking and well-playing third-person shooter.

During a brief hands-on session with the game, which is currently in development at Spark Unlimited, the first thing I noticed is just how great the game looks.  Organic and realistic, game environments do well to set the stage for which Lost Planet 3's great-looking characters to do their thing.  The great visuals are going well beyond just making sure things look good at a distance.  Character faces are quite detailed and well animated, suggesting that great care and skill is being put into the game's presentation package.

When it comes down to actually playing Lost Planet 3, the game gives players the standard two options of an intriguing single-player campaign and a multiplayer mode that shows good potential.

As far as the game's single-player campaign is concerned, game producer Andrew Szymanski says gamers can expect anywhere from 12-20 hours worth of content.  Taking place roughly 30 years before the events of the original Lost Planet, Lost Planet 3 is about the colonization effort of a planet known as E.D.N. III - the same planet on which the previous Lost Planet titles take place.  The player takes the role of Jim Payton, a colonist working for a company called NEVEC, who's on the planet to mine resources and bring home a sizable paycheck to his family.  As the game progresses, however, Payton begins to realize that NEVEC isn't exactly a company full of good guys.

"It's all about how [Payton] explores and colonizes the planet," said Szymanski.  "And he finds out a bunch of secrets about the planet and that leads into the other games of the franchise."

Multiplayer, the other gameplay option, is comprised of four modes.  Of those, two have been publicly revealed.  Akrid Survival, one of the revealed multiplayer offerings, is a team-based co-op mode in which there are two teams of three players each fighting against A.I.-controlled Akrid creatures before both teams turn to fight each other.  Scenario is the other multiplayer option thus far revealed.  Unlike Akrid Survival, Scenario features objective based team-versus-team (NEVEC vs Snow Pirates) gameplay with no A.I. interference.

"One of which might be escorting a vehicle as it's trying to breach a base and the NEVEC team has to protect the vehicle against the Pirates who have to attack the vehicle," Szymanski explained.

There are to be an initial assortment of six maps on which multiplayer can be experienced.  While that may not sound like much, Szymanski hinted that the development team has post-launch plans that may or may not expand upon this.

"We're definitely going to be looking at what we can do to keep the game rolling after the launch," he commented.

Rated "T for Teen" by the ESRB, Lost Planet 3 will release on August 27 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.


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