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.
LTTP or ‘late to the party’ pieces are opportunities for me to catch up and write about games I missed out on the first time around. They may contain spoilers.
After finishing Capcom’s Ghost Trick, I am finally able to articulate why I didn’t enjoy 999. Both titles share adventure game elements and both asked me to retread scenarios but only Ghost Trick fabricated an in-fiction reason to tie everything together.
If you were a fan of Megaman and his 8-bit shenanigans then you’ve been served with Megaman 9 and 10. I am a fan of Megaman X, so I haven’t been served with a game like that in almost a decade.
But most of us aren’t looking for 8-bit releases, cameos and awful looking iOS re-releases. We’re looking for something to play on our consoles that doesn’t rely on nostalgia. We’re looking for a proper effort like the ones they put forth in Street Fighter IV or Marvel vs Capcom 3. Hell, I would even take an attempt like Resident Evil 5 or 6 at this point — at least we would know Capcom acknowledges that he’s alive and not relegate him to a virtual clothing line.
It’s like Megaman died in secret and Capcom is desperately trying to cover it up with these dumb efforts.
Through ingenuity and guile by others, I was able to get my hands on the Resident Evil 6 Xbox 360 early access demo. My impressions of this demo were surprisingly positive.
Resident Evil 6 features multiple “campaigns” and the demo gave us a taste of each. The first was Leon’s campaign which featured the hero of Resident Evil 4 and his inability to protect the President. His campaign showed the slower crawl through a dark mansion. It showed some promise for a horror atmosphere but it wasn’t nearly the kind of scares or unease found in the Resident Evil remake. But it was a promising start.
No platforms were announced for the fifth Ace Attorney game, but the HD remakes were confirmed for iOS and Android platforms. Good. For Japan at least.
No word on a North American release and based on what we’ve received thus far from Capcom, I’m a bit worried. Check the list of games that have yet to be announced for North America:
Ghost Trick for iOS
Ace Attorney Investigations 2
Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney
I don’t care if they don’t bring Ace Attorney Investigations 2 over (I didn’t enjoy the original). As for Ghost Trick for North American iOS devices? It would be nice, but not necessary because it’s already out on the Nintendo DS. The Professor Layton and Ace Attorney crossover game however, I would be greatly saddened if it doesn’t make it over the Pacific.
Here’s a trailer of the newly unveiled Resident Evil 6.
After Resident Evil 5, I’m wary of any Resident Evil game from Capcom. The game undoubtedly looks good thanks to MT Framework and they are showing some classic Resident Evil scenarios, but I’m still skeptical.
It’ll have multiple playable characters including Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield. Co-op is also making a return which I’m indifferent to; it’s great for folks who have someone to play with, but solo folks will have to hope for some competent A.I.
Resident Evil 6 is slated for a November 20, 2012 release for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The PC version will “follow”.