As many professional reviews have indicated this game is more of a reboot than a sequel of the Lost Planet series.
It has much of the feel of prior Lost Planet games, but many changes too. In particular it is more of a story based game and has some of the feel of Dead Space 3. Some changes like T-Eng being currency instead of necessary for survival I liked. One of the most bizarre and negative changes in my opinion is the mech combat (it is a utility mech only so combat only allows melee and drilling....ie. no guns).
It is not a great game, but I ended up liking it the more I played. The game had potential, but lack of polish and fetch based errands has it not live up to its potential.
I should also warn it has serious frame rate issues and other technical glitches/bugs that detract at times.
Interestingly the multiplayer component is pretty good. It is a 3rd person cover based shooter, but actually plays pretty well. Also you have mech combat in the multiplayer.
1) story is actually pretty good (you will like the guy)
2) multiplayer is better than expected
1) bugs and frame rate issues
2) fetch quests get dull
3) horrible decision to take guns off of the mechs
I try not to review games because to me a review means that is what I want people to think, this is just me posting my experience.
I'll be honest, for the first 2 hours I had so much fun I didn't feel like I was having any issues with the game at all. In the beginning I had some issues with the ADS (Aiming Down Sights) however once I tweaked the sensitivity it was perfect, the game went on great.
The game really conveys the whole Alone and claustrophobic feelings similar to games such as Dead Space and Fear. Graphically the game is awesome as with the audio it shows that both Playstation 3 and XBox 360 still has some staying power if the games are done right. It still shows that PS3 and XBox 360 are capable of producing beautiful games if they are done right.
With that said, it's now time for my experiences with the game after the first two hours, it honestly feels like someone else developed the game after those first two hours. What do I mean? I mean that I was on a mission to get a winch for my Rig once I got it I was sent on a mission to locate some Thermal Energy (T-Energy) pockets. I approached a cliff where I'm suppose to use the winch however the defined spot to use the winch is so finicky that if you aren't in this one millimeter spot it won't work and for me that's a major turn off.
After 15 minutes of getting the winch to work I continued on to the area where I was forced to give up, that spot is where I'm facing a huge Acrid in my Rig this boss I fought 3 prior times before getting in the Rig. The issue with this is at least to me the controls are so awful by this point it's impossible to continue on.
So as I said the game was fun over the first two hours but after this I couldn't continue it's sad because this game had so much going for it but once that mission with the winch started the game went downhill real fast. I hope if they make another LP game they fix the errors of this game.
For starters I have played all 3 Lost Planet games and was a HUGE fan of the original as the multiplayer was just plain fun. Unfortunately this game does live up to its negative reviews. I REALLY wanted to believe this game was better then people were saying but it simply is not.
- Great visuals. One thing this game did well was capture that "hostile" and "zero degree" EDN 3. The games visuals made you feel like it was going to be a battle to survive and your base was the only positive thing you had.
- Decent gunplay. I did enjoy shooting Akrid on campaign more then I did on LP1 or LP2. The assault rifle and shotgun handle well and the grenade launcher does not disappoint.
- The main character feels like a main character. If your into story this will please you. Jim Peyton is a very relatable character and goes from trying to provide for his wife and kid to taking on a much bigger role.
- Repetitive, repetitive, repetitive. Every mission is laid out the same to the point where its just absurd. It goes like this: Take rig to objective, kill akrid (either mob or boss), fix machine with rig. That gets very boring...very fast.
- Tight and confined map. I hate this to death. It seems even when you are out in the open on EDN3 you feel confined to a small area. the NEVEC base is also very tiny. Every where you go in the game its like a tight hallway. Very lame!!!
- Multiplayer is a HUGE step back. Pathetic compared to the last two games. No one is ever online and they took the old grappling hook out, no VS weapons, and no energy weapons. HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE. This alone docks the games quality a ton.
Overall I just cant recommend this game to anyone. Even hardcore Lost Planet fans should skip this one. It just doesn't add anything to the series and in the end it feels boring and shallow.