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I think this one was more of a DLC ...a really long DLC that fills in the blanks of the Lost Planet Universe. After the disappointing storyline of Lost Planet 2, this one brings a fresh new story. The gun play leaves a lot to be desired, giving you only 4 different guns to use, some very similiar to the next. The Mech that you walk in though is awesome. The graphics are beautiful but nothing new. A game worth playing for you Lost Planet fans. But don't expect the nail gripping action as the first one
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
Same combat mechanics as earlier games which I like, but now there's way too much talking to people, walking around, and waiting for storyline stuff to play out. I much prefer just picking a level and jumping straight into the action from there. Movies are for watching, games are for playing.