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Here at TiX we are lucky enough to have fantastic readers as well as writers, we have great relationships with publishers and developers alike. To celebrate a fantastic year in Xbox gaming, we have a massive giveaway for you to get involved. We have one big grand prize valued over £300 for you to win to help make your Christmas and New Year that much better. So, what’s up for grabs I hear you cry? Well take a look at this…
Xbox LIVE Arcade Titles:
Xbox 360 Games:
Grand Theft Auto 5
Saints Row IV
Lost Planet 3
Killer is Dead
We’ll also be throwing in the following PC Games to the prize pot:
Recovery Search & Destroy
Police Force 2
Disaster Response Unit
And the following items gathered during 2013 from events and launch packs:
A Storm of Swords (Game of Thrones Paperback book from San Diego ComicCon 2013)
Farm Collection 4D puzzle
007 Limited Edition Cocktail Shaker
Fancy all of this in time for Christmas? Well it’s really simple, we want to know what game our readers enjoyed the most over the past 12 months so reply below with your ‘Xbox Game of the Year 2013‘. This can be either an Xbox 360 or Xbox One title.
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The latest chapter in the Lost Planet series has finally come to Xbox 360, and with it returns the extreme and unpredictable conditions that characterised the Lost Planet franchise to this point. Harsher than ever before, Lost Planet 3 reveals new truths about the foreboding planet and the colonial history of E.D.N. III. Initially the game introduces Jim, a rig pilot who leaves Earth to take on a hazardous but lucrative contract on E.D.N. III. Working for Neo-Venus Construction (NEVEC) who are preparing the planet for colonization, Jim joins his fellow pioneers at the Coronis base and begins surveying the uncharted terrain and obtaining samples of the planet’s energy supply – Thermal Energy. Unfortunately, all this results in a game that is still mediocre as a result.
Continuing with the story, it progresses with NEVEC’s existing Thermal Energy reserve running low and the fate of the Coronis mission depending on the natural source of the energy supply being located on the planet. Realising that this is a great opportunity for a huge pay-off and an early ticket home to his family, our protagonist; Jim braves the risk of the treacherous environment and threat of the indigenous Akrid who are a race of reptilian insectoids. Acting as a home away from home and boasting an array of tools that can assist Jim on the field; the utility rig provides Jim’s safety and is essential for not only his contract work but also his protection against the ever-changing climate.
I’m getting a little tired of the same old beginning to games. You know, the way developers seem to believe that unless we have some sort of creepy crawly bug like thing to blast away at within 30 seconds of the opening credits, we’d be bored. I don’t need to be thrown into ‘the action’ immediately, but my first impressions of Lost Planet 3 wasn’t great! Combat isn’t Lost Planet 3’s strong point and this is at best your generic “Unreal Engine” shooter and disappointingly for us too; it feels very dated. Lost Planet 3 was billed to deliver a diverse range of gameplay including intense first person action. Its shame however that the action is exactly what lets it down.
I’m going to say something which will likely put me in some gamers bad books; removed from Twitter lists and uninvited from Birthday parties. Away from the action Lost Planet 3 is incredibly dull and boring. Seriously, if you’re looking for an exciting action game then you’re out of luck. Tasks on the infamous Ice Planet generally fall into two categories; fixing things and scraping ice off things. You’re even given a robot to help make your job easier. The robot has two arms, one is a claw (perfect for fixing things) and the other is a drill (gets rid of ice really well). The claw is controlled with L, the drill R. Here’s an example of a standard task… Head Point A. Point A travel to Point B and kill weird creepy crab like creatures on route. Once arrived at Point B, fix Item A whilst scraping ice off Item B. Once completed you head back to Point A whilst killing more creepy crab things. Rinse and repeat and you’ll get the picture.
There some are some fun and interesting parts to Lost Planet 3, for instance the ability to play music inside or through your utility rig is quite fun and interesting. There are a wide range of tracks available, but Country and Western is highly entertaining whilst you carry out boring and mind-numbing tasks. The process of jumping in and out of your rig has been made to be as painless as possible and quite slick. Luckily for us though because it will mean you’ll be jumping in and out quite often.
Every mission or optional side quest (of which there aren’t many) begins in Coronis, the home of your fellow workers, and one of the only bastions of safety on E.D.N III. The location serves as a hub providing opportunities to shop for new equipment, pick up new jobs, and talk to different characters. Most don’t have much to say, but some give interesting insight into the life of surviving in such a hostile place. If you’re looking for even more information on the subject of the planet and its wildlife, there are both text and audio logs scattered throughout the game.
Jim’s tale is a personal one, where he lands on E.D.N III simply to make a living, thinking that he’ll get back to his family in a year or two. Of course, things gradually slip away from his expectations, and soon he’s at the centre of a potentially catastrophic series of events. Towards the end of the release, proceedings do become a little predictable, but the plot is carried by a genuinely likeable cast of characters, including the very reasonable and relatable lead himself.
Back to annoyances… how about the near constant stream of loading screens? You’re merrily playing away, shooting the gunk out of yet ANOTHER pulsating alien sphincter thing when you move into a new area. Immediately you’re taken out of the game for a five to ten second loading screen before being allowed to continue on your way – and at this late stage of the console cycle that’s unforgivable, especially on a title of this scale. Countless other games manage to make things smoothly transition between areas, and not doing so is an annoyance. Really, the game is let down by these constant little irritations!
There is one last thing that also needs mentioning, and it’s one that I’m not sure I fully understand. It’s the visuals. Though not an ugly game, Lost Planet 3 is far from the nicest thing. Muddy textures are commonplace, and though some character models look decent and faces are impressively emotive, the visuals overall tend to look kind of drab. There are some nice Metroid Prime-style frills and details in the environments, which are much appreciated. Good on Spark for trying to go the extra mile there. Unfortunately, it’s hard for them to stand out amongst general grey-ness and an overall uninspired art style, and when you see a wandering NEVEC worker literally floating in the air next to the bed that he’s supposed to be sleeping on, you have to wonder whether the game should have focused on a better foundation before getting too detail-oriented.
With its slow pace, dull missions, and bland graphics, Lost Planet 3 might seem to be a hard one to recommend. But you know what, there’s still enjoyment to be had here. Solid like a block of ice, and just as unremarkable, Lost Planet 3 is an enjoyable adventure that cobbles together ideas from elsewhere, but doesn’t dig its way beyond the basics. Fortunately, its well-paced story and likable cast warm the overall experience, melting away most of the gameplay’s rigid shortcomings.
Capcom’s Lost Planet 3 has launched in North America and will be available in Europe on August 30th this week. A new launch trailer has been made available as shown below to tease what’s on offer as the series returns to E.D.N. III.
The extreme and unpredictable conditions that characterised the Lost Planet series returns to E.D.N. III. and introduces Jim Peyton, a Utility Rig pilot who leaves Earth to take on a hazardous but lucrative contract working for Neo-Venus Construction (NEVEC), obtaining samples of the planet’s natural energy source – Thermal Energy, which NEVEC believes will save Earth’s energy crisis. With this latest addition to one of Capcom’s major franchises, new truths about the foreboding planet and the colonial history will be revealed.
Lost Planet 3 delivers a mix of action both inside and outside of the Utility Rig. Acting as a home away from home and offering protection from the ever changing climate, Jim soon discovers the Utility Rig’s array of tools are just as useful at taking out Akrid of all sizes as they are at helping him fulfil his contract work. Outside the rig, the action switches to third person with Jim at the mercy of the planet’s elements. He’ll need to battle against hostile enemies with a mix of gun and melee based combat to survive all that is thrown at him.
The title also supports a full set of multiplayer modes that enhances players’ experience of the Lost Planet world and sees them taking on the role of either the NEVEC forces or the Snow Pirates in up to ten player battles.
An official soundtrack for the title featuring all of the in-game music that Jim can listen to in his Utility Rig is also available to purchase digitally on iTunes and Amazon across North America and Europe beginning today.
Jack Wall, the award winning composer will release the soundtrack for Capcom’s Lost Planet 3 on his label, Lost In Sound Records. If you’re not familiar with Jack Wall, you would have heard his cinematic scores found within popular titles such as Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Mass Effect 1 & 2, Myst III & IV, Splinter Cell: Pandora’s Tomorrow and Jade Empire (unless you don’t own them either!). Featuring 37 tracks composed and produced by Wall, the Lost Planet 3 Original Soundtrack comprises two volumes, ‘Alien Country Music’ and ‘Score’, which will be released as a single package for digital download on iTunes and Amazon to coincide with the game’s release on August 27th, 2013.
The Lost Planet 3 Original Soundtrack is presented in two volumes to reflect the distinct musical approaches for the game’s soundtrack. Volume 1 features country and rock instrumentation combined with organic drum and percussion elements, infused with modern synthetic elements to create a country music of the future. Volume 2, features Wall’s cinematic scores as a blend of sci-fi orchestral and acoustic themes, spine-tingling atmosphere, and synthesized ambient textures, which serves to support the game’s compelling narrative, mysterious environments and epic action sequences. Key tracks include: “Lost Planet 3 Theme,” “The Ice Planet,” “The Vorgg,” and “The Forgotten.”
The Lost Planet 3 soundtrack is available for digital download through Lost In Sound Records on August 27th 2013.
Check out the latest trailer for Capcom’s Lost Planet 3 titled ‘Frozen to Death’. Hit play above, you know you want too…
Lost Planet 3 will deliver a diverse range of gameplay including on-foot battles and intense first person action. With a number of multiplayer modes and a compelling single player experience, Lost Planet 3 will delve deeper into the Lost Planet universe, uncovering hidden truths within the unique and dynamic environment of E.D.N. III.
Lost Planet 3 will be released in the UK on August 30th 2013.
Discover E.D.N III through the eyes and ears of Jim Peyton with the Coronis Diary. Read, watch and listen to Jim’s updates from NEVEC’s base, as he discovers the dark secret hidden deep within the planet’s icy caves…
The latest chapter in the Lost Planet series is here. The extreme and unpredictable conditions that characterised the Lost Planet series return, harsher than ever before.
So here we are, the part of my MCM Expo coverage that talks about everything gaming – exclusive to ThisisXbox. If you want to read what I thought of the day in general then head over to my personal blog and read all about it here.
So without further ado let’s talk video games.
Firstly I need to apologise to you and to myself… as I attended MCM on Saturday 25th, I missed ‘Commander Shepard Uncovered with Mark Meer’ on the Games Stage. GUTTED doesn’t begin to tell you how I feel about this, but what I can tell you is he was an absolute gent during the whole weekend. Reports are coming in of him spending longer than planned signing autographs, discussing Dungeons & Dragons and mingling with his fans. Mark Meer is most definitely a fan favourite and didn’t disappoint anyone over the course of the event.
Although not Xbox related I did take an hour out of my morning to make a quick stop and visit the MCM ESports Theatre and watch the first Semi Final of their League of Legends Tournament. Sponsored by Madcatz and in conjunction with Backdrop Gaming (DDR:UK), the arena was packed with ESports and MOBA fans. Never being a massive ESports fan myself but always curious about the ever growing popularity and celebrity status of some of the stars, this was truly an eye opening experience. The fans are passionate and the players unbelievably skilled. Unfortunately for me, the fans I was sat near were unskilled in the art of personal hygiene and although greatly enjoying the action on screen there was only so much body odour I could endure… so I made a quick exit for fresh air only an hour in to the action.
Let’s talk about the crazy red and black clad anti-superhero also known as Deadpool. Yeah that’s right, MCM Expo attendees got to get hands on with Activision’s soon to be released title and oh boy it was fun and also a WORLD EXCLUSIVE! I won’t give much away now as ThisisXbox will have a review for you closer to release date (28th June), but nothing is done lightly in Deadpool and everything is taken to the extreme including driving rocket powered bicycles which is enormously good fun!
Anyone that knows anything about me will know that Resident Evil is one of the original reasons I am completely Zombie mad. I have fond memories of sitting up all night with my cousin @CasperMcGrew playing Resident Evil 1 and giggling to cover up our own fear. ‘What! What is this?’ – Five points to whoever can tell me who said this and when. Anyway, Capcom were on hand during the event to showcase (along with some other titles) Resident Evil: Revelations. Set between 4 and 5, Revelations focuses on and follows Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield; BSAA Founders. I’m not going to lie to you, I didn’t get much time with Revelations as the queues forming behind were huge and tempers looked to be running short, but it looked polished and detailed. The controls were intuitive and responsive and I felt completely home taking out some T Virus scum. Keep an eye on the site over the following week or two for my full review of Revelations.
Whilst attempting to send a tweet out to @KittyKat1988_ a car loving, FPS fan and twitter nut, I remembered the biggest title I was looking forward to playing before I review it is GRID 2; the 5 year later sequel to Race Driver: GRID from racing game powerhouse Codemasters. How do I sum up what I played? The AI is actually intelligent, the cars feel much more real than any I’ve ever experienced in a game and it looks and sounds magnificent. If you have been following our GRID 2 coverage in the lead up to its release you will know just how excited I am about this game – multiply that by 10… no 100, and that’s how I felt after getting hands on. I can see some late nights with beer, pizza and my buddy Ben coming up soon when I finally get my hands on this game.
Lost Planet 3 was also on the show floor with many attendees stuck to the controller, frozen in joy. Lost Planet 3 is in fact a series prequel and takes a look at E.D.N III when it was more of a frontier planet. Spark Unlimited (Developer) and Capcom have promised more focus, more approachable gameplay and more chills. I ran out of time to play Lost Planet 3, but did manage to catch the last 5 minutes of live gameplay footage on the Game Stage. Take yourself over to Twitch.tv and catch up for yourself and let me know what you think.
Other games on the show floor included (in no particular order) Dofus (Windows/MAC), Dynasty Warriors 3 (Xbox360, PS3), Luigi’s Mansion (3DS), Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS/WiiU), Utimate Ninja Storm 3 (Xbox360/PS3), the incredible looking Tales of Xillia (PS3), Wakfu (Windows/Mac), One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 (PS3), a title we recently reviewed; Persona 4 Arena (Xbox360/PS3), Tekken Card Tournament (PC, iOS, Mobile), Mario Kart 7 (3DS), a game I cannot wait to play when it arrives on the door step; Metro: Last Light (Xbox360/PS3/PC), soon to be released; Remember Me (Xbox360/PS3/PC) and Project X Zone (3DS). A handful of these I managed to get a couple minutes of game time with, but very limited. Remember Me looks fantastic and I wish Tales of Xillia was out for the Xbox360 because it would definitely be on my buy list.
The last thing I have to share with you is Splinter Cell Blacklist. I had almost forgot I had a seat reserved for me on the Games Stage, so at 15:58 I dashed through the crowd to take my place 2 rows from the front to watch a live stealth demo with commentary from Ubisoft Art Director Scott Lee. Instead of talking about it, head here to watch the full demo with commentary – watch it as I did and enjoy!
And there you have it, my games coverage albeit short and sweet of what was on offer at MCM Expo. This was very much just a warm up in preparation for EuroGamer later this year for some people, but I hope I have given you a glimpse of what was on offer and maybe even convinced you to head down (or up (or over the channel)) to London next year for MCM Expo 2014.
The extreme and unpredictable conditions that characterized the Lost Planet series return, harsher than ever before. Lost Planet 3 reveals new truths about the foreboding planet and the colonial history of E.D.N. III.
Lost Planet 3 introduces Jim Peyton, a Utility Rig pilot who leaves Earth to take on a hazardous but lucrative contract on E.D.N. III. Working for Neo-Venus Construction (NEVEC), Jim is one of a select few pioneers at the Coronis base surveying the uncharted terrain and obtaining samples of the planet’s natural energy source – Thermal Energy, which NEVEC believes will save Earth’s energy crisis. As the months pass, it becomes apparent that things are not as they seem on E.D.N. III. Who is the mysterious figure that seems to be tracking Jim’s every move? What is NEVEC base chief Braddock hiding and can Dr Roman help Jim uncover the truth before it’s too late?
The title delivers a mix of action both inside and outside of Jim’s utility rig vehicle. Acting as a home away from home and offering protection from the ever changing climate, Jim soon discovers the utility rig’s array of tools are just as useful at taking out Akrid in the rig’s first person perspective as they are at helping him fulfill his contract work. Outside the rig the action switches to third person with Jim at the mercy of the elements. He’ll need to battle against hostile enemies with a mix of gun and melee based combat whilst surviving all that is thrown at him.
While under attack from E.D.N. III’s indigenous Akrid, Jim’s Utility Rig falls down an icy fissure, leaving him unconscious and injured. Jim wakes to find himself in what appears to be a secret base, hidden beneath the planet’s frozen surface. On discovering he was rescued by one of the base’s inhabitants, Mira, the daughter of So’ichi (the Snow Pirate leader), he soon realizes that NEVEC are no longer the only occupants of E.D.N. III. With this encounter with the Snow Pirates new truths about the foreboding planet and the colonial history are set to be unveiled.
Lost Planet 3 is out on August 27th this year. As always, keep your eyes on ThisisXbox for more news and of course a full review.
Keep reading for more screenshots and a list of new and exciting features!
Return to extreme conditions – Taking the series back to its roots Lost Planet 3 returns to E.D.N. III, delivering a dynamic game world that’s more dangerous than ever before.
Brave the terrifying – Play as blue collar worker Jim, risking assignments in treacherous conditions to earn his hazard pay and return home to his family.
Home away from home – Protect yourself from hostile Akrid and the unpredictable ice storms on E.D.N. III with your utility rig. Equipped with an assortment of tools, including the new winch that can grab your enemies at range and the drill that can destroy creatures of any size, players will need to learn to use the rig to their advantage in order to survive.
Gameplay Variety – Take to the extreme conditions on foot or utilize the safety of the rig for first person combat sequences.
Stormy weather – The ever changing weather system of E.D.N. III affects the way you play with conditions that create an imposing environment players will need to adapt to
Intense, cinematic experience –Developed with the Unreal Engine 3, Lost Planet 3 presents a visually stunning and unique terrain that impacts the gameplay.
Killer enemies – The Akrid are back, bigger and angrier. The new Carrier Akrid unleashes smaller defender organisms at its attackers. The Carrier is also able to get up and close to impale foes with its powerful front legs. Using Jim’s weapons or his Rig to uncover the core hidden beneath a hard outer shell will be the only way to take this beast down.
Save your energy! – Harvest energy by planting thermal posts and use the supply to upgrade your weapons. The longer you leave your post in the ground the more energy you’ll source but this reward brings with it the threat of increasing Akrid reproduction, adding even more risks to the unstable environment. Will the reward be worth the risk?
Reveal the hidden truths of E.D.N. III – The uncharted world has many secrets locked away. What is E.D.N. III hiding? All will be revealed in Lost Planet 3.
Lonely Planet? – Lost Planet 3 will support a full set of multiplayer modes that enhance players experience of the Lost Planet world.
Lost Planet is set to return to our consoles towards the end of June 2013 and apparently as described by Capcom “harsher than ever before”.
The trailer released today to announce the news continues the story of Jim Peyton’s time on E.D.N. III as a NEVEC employee seeking out further sources of the planet’s energy supply T-Eng. During one of these missions, Jim comes under attack from E.D.N. III’s indigenous Akrid, causing his Utility Rig to fall down an icy fissure, leaving him unconscious and injured. Jim wakes to find himself in what appears to be a secret base, hidden beneath the planet’s frozen surface. On discovering he was rescued by one of the base’s inhabitants, Mira, the daughter of Snow Pirate leader, So’ichi, Jim realizes that NEVEC are not the only human inhabitants of E.D.N. III.
Will the Snow Pirates welcome NEVEC or will Jim have to face yet another hostile force on E.D.N. III?
For all of the exclusive pre-order details, including a guest appearance by Hunk from the Resident Evil franchise, please visit your local retailers. You can also check out Capcom-Unity and the Lost Planet 3 Facebook page for more information.
It has been officially confirmed now (despite the early leak) that the latest entry in the Lost Planet series, Lost Planet 3 will be released in early 2013 – and aims to be one of the harshest titles within the series whilst introducing a whole new character. Continue reading Lost Planet 3 – Revealed→