Despite a frosty critical reception, the Lost Planet series was a financial flop. Wait a second, that doesn't sound right... Nope, that's actually right. No love, nor money neither. Huh. Well, that makes even the existence of Lost Planet 3 quite a surprise then. Did Capcom not say everything there was about snow and guns and mediocrity in the last two games? Apparently not, and in fact, this one looks a bit different. It looks… good. It actually looks really good. But can it be for real?
Although it's still directed by the same guy as before, Kenji Oguro [oh-gur-oh], the production of Lost Planet 3 has moved across the Pacific to American developers Spark Unlimited, a studio famous for... a few other mediocre games. If you expected this collaboration to result in a classic then… well you just pay no attention to all those warning lights, huh? We will say that this is the best thing either party have ever done, and if you’re watching this and thinking you’d enjoy it – you probably will for a while.
A prequel to the original, Lost Planet 3 takes place on the frozen world of E.D.N.3 in the early years of its terraforming, back when the Neo-Venus Construction company was just a construction company and not an evil space dictatorship. This frontier planet was just a place where people lived and worked, average people like our new protagonist Jim. Jim's out here drilling for materials and earning money for his family back on Earth, the sort of man you’d write country and western ballad about, if it wasn’t snowing and in the future. As he settles into a routine of heading out into the cold, fixing things, shooting things and opening stuff, events take many a turn for the worse, resulting in secrets uncovered, conspiracies revealed and wave after wave of glowing orange monsters trying to end his life.