I forgot about Lost Planet 3

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I completely forgot that Capcom’s Lost Planet 3 and I certainly forgot that they gave this third installment to a western studio, Spark Unlimited.

Here’s a trailer of the upcoming game and yes it does remind me of Avatar.

What is up with video game space ships? They’re so unreliable.

I’m not here to raise awareness of Lost Planet 3 though. I want to reminisce about the first Lost Planet’s demo. I already mentioned it was my first single player and multiplayer demo of this console generation. But I neglected to outline the fact that it was my first multiplayer shooter with a controller and the first multiplayer experience on a console.

Lost Planet didn’t set the world on fire but it did include ideas in its multiplayer that aren’t present in shooters today. It’s one of the few games that encouraged vertical gameplay through its implementation of the grappling hook. There are giant ass mechanical “Vital Suits” on the battlefield for players to pilot. Players can mount weapons on them but also remove those Vital Suit giant Gatling guns for player use as well. It’s nuts.

Lost Planet 2 may have brought back those ideas but they didn’t do a good job modernizing those ideas and the interface. I hope the upcoming generation of consoles brings this kind of wackiness back. Multiplayer shooters have become too safe and there’s  no better way to shake things up then during the early stages of a console generation.

Who knows? Maybe Lost Planet 3’s multiplayer is exactly what I was hoping. Maybe Spark Unlimited will pull off a great modern third person shooter with Vital Suits and grappling hooks. I have my doubts but I’m willing to be wrong. It would be fitting to see everything come full circle where I somehow end the console generation by purchasing and completing my first Lost Planet game.

X10 Media Event Announcements

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What’s X10? It’s Microsoft’s Xbox 360 media event for 2010 and boy were there announcements made there. I’ve taken the liberty of gathering all the fun and placed it all in one post.

Announcements

  • Xbox 360 Final Fantasy XIII Special Edition bundle will be available on March 9 for $399.99 USD
    • Includes a 250GB Hard Drive, two wireless controllers, exclusive Xbox avatar items and a standard copy of the game
  • Perfect Dark XBLA & Game Room will launch in March
  • Splinter Cell: Conviction debuting April 13
  • Alan Wake debuting May 18 exclusively for Xbox 360 (trailer below)
  • Lost Planet 2 debuting May 18 as well
  • Dead Rising 2 debuting August 31
    • Xbox Live! exclusive Dead Rising: CASE ZERO is a prologue to Dead Rising 2 and will be available prior to Dead Rising 2 launch
  • Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing DLC coming to Xbox 360 and PC
  • Fable III will debut holiday 2010
  • Crackdown 2 debuting later this year
  • Halo: Reach multiplayer beta starts May 3 and will be accessible via Halo 3: ODST disc

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Some Capcom Media & Release Dates

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capcomlogoToday must be January’s Capcom Day as we were bombarded by a bunch of info, media and release dates from the Japanese publisher. I’ve distilled it all into bite sized chunks for your consumption.

Release Dates

  • Monster Hunter Tri (Wii) – April 2010
  • Super Street Fighter IV (PS3, 360) – April 27, 2010
  • Lost Planet 2 (PS3, 360) – May 18, 2010
  • Final Fight: Double Impact (PSN, XBLA) – Spring 2010

Lost Planet 2 Trailer Feat. Marcus Fenix & Dominic Santiago

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Lost Planet 2 PS3/360 Demo Impressions

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The Lost Planet demos were amongst the first ever Xbox 360 demos I’ve ever tried; they served as my first single player and multiplayer experience for this generation. Since snow settings are by far my favorite, Lost Planet felt like an ideal game made for me. Then the reviews hit and convinced me to hold off for more attractive pricing.

I have yet to pick it up.

Now we have Lost Planet 2. Screenshots and video reveal a gorgeous looking game while previews say it’s a blast to play. Well, I’ve tried both demos and came away with rather mixed feelings.

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