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Lost Planet 3 PS3 Hands-on: Still Alive

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Jim Peyton’s wife, Grace, keeps him warm in the ferocious cold of E.D.N. III with her easy smile and knowing looks. Even though she’s off-world, her video messages are enough for Jim, the star of Lost Planet 3. He’s here to do a job, earn some credits, and get back to his family.

It’s easy to see the wild west influences of Capcom’s co-developer, Spark Unlimited, in Lost Planet 3, which launches on August 27th in North America. The developers at Spark return the series to a more primal, personal space, more in line with the cult hit original that eschews Lost Planet 2’s tropical detour and large-scale cooperative design.

The core of Lost Planet 3 is Jim. He’s a no-nonsense guy — well written, acted, and instantly likeable. He’s thrust into his role on E.D.N. III as a rig pilot and construction expert, but he’s soon slinging guns and sipping on hot soup to bat off the native critters and cold, respectively. He carries a pistol he’s not afraid to use, and he’s willing to tackle the hard jobs at a moment’s notice… assuming there’s hazard pay involved.

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Lost Planet 3 has a surprising amount of heart for a game set on an unforgiving alien world. The science operation that’s set up shop on E.D.N. III is filled with memorable characters, Jim included, and provides a much-needed sense of sanctuary. The team is here to find a new form of energy and save the crumbling governments back home.

Jim Peyton, Tall Shot

Spending time at the Coronis base means upgrading Jim’s rig, buying weapons, getting job orders, and talking with the staff. It’s not exactly Mass Effect, but these new character-centric moments provide welcome respite between missions. Then it’s back to work on the planet’s surface as Jim hops aboard his rig, fires up the engine, and stomps out into the snow to make vital repairs and hunt the Akrid (see: critters).

Piloting the rig brings Lost Planet 3 into first-person, mech simulation territory — a major departure from the third-person camera views that marked the other two games. Inside the cockpit, Jim’s largely safe. He can listen to the music Grace sent him while he trudges through storms, completing jobs and collecting Thermal Energy.

The rig lumbers about with a palpable sense of weight, and pebbles from storms leave chips and cracks on the windshield. This mech feels real and substantial, lending an air of authenticity to the experience. And when the native Akrid get riled up, Jim’s rig has a powerful claw and drill designed to rip them limb from limb, and a weapon locker on each foot. Because sometimes Jim just needs to hoof it.

When Jim rappels down the front of his rig, the action switches back to a third-person camera. He’s more vulnerable when he’s outside, but he’s also more mobile. And as long as he stays in range of his rig’s “umbilical field,” he gets data streamed to his HUD, including an invaluable minimap and a weapons loadout. But the moment he has to duck into a cave, or stray too far — which will definitely happen — that field flickers and fades. And that’s when E.D.N. III starts to feel really scary.

Lost Planet 3 caters this action in smart servings, with trips back to the Coronis and enough side-missions to vary the pacing of the campaign. In some ways Lost Planet 3 feels like an open-world game, considering the amount of choice players have in picking their next job. And while it’s not quite as open at the start, there are enough collectible goodies and hidden secrets to keep serial explorers content.

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And those secrets are worth getting to. Finding specialized components can enable rig upgrades that protect Jim from the ravages of E.D.N. III. But to find them, Jim needs to fight through nests of Akrid — creatures that force a variety of combat situations. Notably, Lost Planet 3’s aliens feel less like a host of mismatched monsters and more like a cohesive ecosystem of predators.

Some Akrid swarm up and around Jim, others hang back and lob sizzling secretions through the dark. More still will prowl and pounce, forcing Jim to empty a few shotgun shells or chuck a grenade. And, true to series form, you can expect to encounter Akrid that redefine the meaning of the word “vast,” including one crab-like brute that burst from the ice, all snapping claws and glowing eyes.

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Of course there’s more to E.D.N. III than Jim is lead to believe. All too soon, Jim faces the possibility that there’s something else on the planet other than the Akrid and the crew of the Coronis. But Jim has a hot cup of coffee to keep him going, and thoughts of his beautiful wife living far, far away on an increasingly desperate Earth. That’s more than enough for any man to earn a living and, in Jim’s case, stay alive.

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UnrealButcher said:

July 30th, 1:59 pm

I want to play this on my Vita. Make it happen.

What’s that? Gaikai? Oh… okay.

Ryumoau said:

July 30th, 2:00 pm

Ryan Clements?! Former Podcast Beyond/IGN’s Ryan Clements?!

I’m not really interested in this game but its nice to see you again in any capacity. :)

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    Ryan Clements said:

    July 30th, 2:18 pm

    It’s great to be here! Thanks for the note.


BlueBl1zzard said:

July 30th, 2:14 pm

Hey Mr. Clements, welcome to the Playstation Family : )
That said, I didn’t visit IGN much, aside from the occasional article or game review, but I heard you on the PS Blogcast last week, and you sound like a swell guy (and I don’t use that word often lol).

About LP3 though, reading this post makes me wanna get this game. However, I only played the single player demo and multiplayer beta of Lost Planet 2, so I was wondering, from a story or gameplay perspective if you (or anyone here) thinks I should play the first two before getting this one. Thanks

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    Ryan Clements said:

    July 30th, 2:26 pm

    I think it’s very reasonable for you to jump right to this one, if you need to save money!


kericowe said:

July 30th, 2:16 pm


ARC-Skier said:

July 30th, 2:16 pm

Ryan great to see you back covering PlayStation! Please stay a regular on BlogCast. BEYOND!!

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    Ryan Clements said:

    July 30th, 2:19 pm

    Thank you! I can’t wait to come back to the show!


BlueBl1zzard said:

July 30th, 2:18 pm

@UnrealButcher I’m with ya there, I would love to experience this on vita. And I remember a while back they were showing off a demo of LP2’s opening cutscene running on a vita. Sad we never got to see that follow through….

SeanStrange said:

July 30th, 2:25 pm

Woah! Hey there Ryan!

Also, really can’t wait for Lost Planet 3! Looks really awesome!

Maakasu92 said:

July 30th, 2:26 pm


darkweasel2 said:

July 30th, 2:27 pm

This was a great article Clements! Beyond!

smokinace6 said:

July 30th, 2:28 pm

Glad to see you back Ryan! BEYOND!

Great article….looking forward to checking out LP3!

fullblock said:

July 30th, 2:30 pm

i just want Akrid Hunter on playstation this time.

mauaus said:

July 30th, 2:31 pm

THE Ryan Clements?? The Blogcasts should be awesome(er)!

BADam91 said:

July 30th, 2:31 pm

Very nice article, made me excited for this game. Beyond!

nabilafzali02 said:

July 30th, 2:32 pm

well well well if it isn the powerhouse himself :)

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    Ryan Clements said:

    July 30th, 2:33 pm

    Indeed. Here I am!


xCABALLOx said:

July 30th, 2:36 pm

Congrats on the new job Ryan :D. Also, Beyond!!!

cecil322 said:

July 30th, 2:37 pm

Looks like a great game……awesome first ps blog post welcome ands BEYOND!!!

AbstractMatador said:

July 30th, 2:39 pm

Great Article! congrats with the new job :)

Anthalante said:

July 30th, 2:48 pm

Great to read a new article by you, Ryan! ^_^

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    Ryan Clements said:

    July 30th, 3:58 pm

    Why thank you, Anthalante! I really appreciate your comment!


djsaiyan said:

July 30th, 2:50 pm

Picked up the first two Lost Planet games during a sale for about $15. Looking forward to this one.


D-Squad3 said:

July 30th, 2:56 pm

The Ryan Clements

Shadeslyr_babe said:

July 30th, 3:32 pm

Hi Ryan! ^_^ Great article. Glad to see you working for Sony.

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    Ryan Clements said:

    July 30th, 3:58 pm

    Hi! It’s so nice to be here. Thank you!

Kchow23 said:

July 30th, 3:34 pm

POWERHOUSE!! Why is your profile picture not of a boat? :)

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    Ryan Clements said:

    July 30th, 3:57 pm

    Because Raiden is cooler than a boat. :-D

RE_Player said:

July 30th, 4:32 pm

The powerhouse is back!! Welcome to blog Ryan. Glad to see you back in the Playstation fold.

Also game looks neat, Loved the first game but never played the second. This looks like a mix between the first game and Dead Space 3 when you land on the planet.

vongruetz said:

July 30th, 6:17 pm

Ryan ! It’s great to read your beautiful prose again. Great article. Thanks.
Oh, and my family and I have already started preparing the vigil for you after the boating accident. Hopefully young Frederick will fare much better than everyone fears. Welcome back.

Oatestwder said:

July 30th, 8:41 pm

Powerhouse! don’t board any boats in the near future!

Also good to see you back in an active role in the community!

Welmosca said:

July 31st, 1:33 am

I like Lost Planet…but this game doesn’t look nearly as good as Lost Planet 2…heck doesn’t even look like a Lost Planet game…but whatever I’ll have to play to judge….anyway thanks for sharing the information with us.

Fardeenah said:

July 31st, 1:53 am

i really didn’t care about reading this article until i saw it was written by ryan clements.. i miss your RPG reviews on IGN man.. glad to see u and hear from u again

seraph979 said:

July 31st, 3:45 am

BEYOND!! so this is where you went! happy to know you’re still within the Playstation family!

zeroskie said:

August 6th, 11:35 am

Hey Ryan,

Great to see you writing articles again! Guess I’ll have to start reading Playstation.Blog


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