Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. Sep 29, 2013
    85
    Those flaws are easy to forgive in light of what the game gets right, though. As a reviewer who's constantly in search of games which try new things or buck expectations, Lost Planet 3 was quietly, calmly fantastic. Everything about it has a very mature, measured approach which sets it apart from the pack, and the character work on display is some of the best I've seen in quite some time.
  2. Oct 5, 2013
    75
    Lost Planet 3 has small levels and horribly long load times. That's not a good combination for a game that tries to maintain an illusion of semi-open-world gameplay. The RPG elements add a welcomed depth to the proceedings. [Sept 2013]
  3. Sep 26, 2013
    75
    If it wasn’t for the world itself and the characters in it, I wouldn’t have gotten as far in Lost Planet 3 as I did. That’s most of my recommendation right there. Whoever wrote this game needs to get more work, ideally in an original series so he or she can really shine.
  4. Aug 27, 2013
    75
    Spark Unlimited has drastically changed the Lost Planet formula, making Lost Planet 3 feel more like a reboot than a sequel. The gameplay feels tighter and more accessible than ever, but comes at the price of the diversity and openness found in previous titles. Fans of the series might not like these changes, but the big amount of content, beautiful environments and exciting boss battles make this a quality title that stands above the average third-person shooter.
  5. Oct 29, 2013
    70
    It's a shame that the ominous atmosphere and touching story aren't backed up with quality gameplay. Lost Planet 3 takes the series in a whole new direction but unfortunately it doesn't head down a unique path.
  6. Sep 23, 2013
    70
    Part three of the Lost Planet series is good, but a bit disappointing as well. The story's interesting and the characters surprisingly engaging, as they wander around an atmospheric world that's definitely worth exploring. The action, however, is quite repetitive and the pacing's more than a little awkward. Audiovisually, the game is mediocre at best. Lost Planet 3 could (and should) have been a lot better.
  7. Sep 5, 2013
    70
    We believed in Lost Planet 3. Capcom wanted to come back to the origins of the series, focusing on solo mode and had some good arguments to get us absorbed again by the planet EDN-III's atmosphere. Everything is here: a nice character, efficient gameplay, and interesting content. But nothing really makes Lost Planet 3 a really big game. Graphics aren't that impressive, really commonplace and the game lacks of rhythm and epic moments. Nowhere near the first episode.
  8. Aug 27, 2013
    70
    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.
  9. Technical errors and slow inputs drag the game's best moments down with them. The slow controls really become a problem when you are fighting more nimble enemies in a small, confined space. Sci-fi fans will get a kick out of Lost Planet. Everybody else will pick it up from the bargain bin. [September p.60]
  10. Sep 2, 2013
    65
    Lost Planet 3 is unfortunately a game that does not try to push the genre. It's a sturdy third person shooter with a touch of first person that comes across a little too familiar and dated.
  11. Aug 31, 2013
    64
    The truly bewildering conundrum of Lost Planet 3 is that it could have easily been so much more. Aside from the borrowed gameplay mechanics, the story is solid and well acted, Visuals are above average, sound is mostly well done, and the switch between first-person mech and third-person keeps gameplay fairly fresh.
  12. Aug 27, 2013
    62
    If not for level design that’s full of frustrating inconsistencies, it might even have been good enough to fully recommend.
  13. Sep 5, 2013
    61
    After the last installment of the saga, Lost Planet 3 makes up in terms of story line, with a very well constructed plot that will redeem it in the eyes of the fans. Nonetheless, the interactive aspects of the game are still lacking, preventing this game from reaching higher quality levels.
  14. Oct 23, 2013
    60
    Lost Planet 3's mere existence? It's a mystery. [Issue#140, p.102]
  15. Sep 20, 2013
    60
    Spark Unlimited tried something different with Lost Planet 3, but failed to create an immersing world where the player truly cares about the story, and on top of that, the game suffers from many technical issues.
  16. Sep 11, 2013
    60
    The game can be highly frustrating, annoying and borderline upsetting, but the brilliantly told story and intense atmosphere keep you going. Jim Peyton is one of the best defined protagonists in a video game, and his story deserves to be experienced.
  17. Brilliant ideas, but the game feels old. Worth a weekend rental but that’s it. [October 2013, p76]
  18. Sep 3, 2013
    60
    It often feels as though Capcom wanted to emulate other, more successful third person shooters, namely Dead Space. It may have succeeded in that pursuit, though the genre continues to expand and surprise, the goalposts constantly moving.
  19. Sep 3, 2013
    60
    It starts very promising but after only a few hours you’ll get monotonous action with framerate issues and sometimes poor visuals. From time to time you can feel the games’ strengths, but they are soon overwhelmed by run-of-the mill design.
  20. Functional and at times enjoyable, but in a derivative way that rarely stands out.
  21. Aug 27, 2013
    60
    I purposely put off buying upgrades sometimes simply because I couldn’t stand dealing with the smorgasbord of load screens, elevators, and slow-opening gates just to get things done.
  22. Aug 27, 2013
    60
    With a few eyes on Alien, The Thing or EA's Dead Space, Capcom make use one more time of an external western developer to carry a project. Spark Unlimited brings us back to where we shouldn't have left, to the frozen landscapes of that lost planet in a prequel where mechas are not carrying guns. Simple, straightforward entertainment, drive a gunless mecha and explore lost space ships in this TPS with touches of survival horror is fun, but there's nothing in this game we have seen a few times before on bigger titles of the genre.
  23. Aug 27, 2013
    60
    Lost Planet 3 has lost the appeal of the original chapter and fails to compete with other TPSs such as Gears of War and Dead Space. The Campaign is boring and it lacks interesting elements.
  24. Oct 16, 2013
    58
    There's an engaging narrative here focused on an everyman just trying to do the best job he can, but everything surrounding it is just so disappointing, from the truly awful Akrid to the limp guns and the unbalanced and irritating multiplayer. [Issue#236, p.78]
  25. Sep 16, 2013
    50
    As a prequel, Lost Planet 3 fulfills the purpose in narrative terms, but it is an experience so predictable and unattractive in terms of design.
  26. Sep 1, 2013
    50
    Full of potential and desperate to push away from its own mediocrity, Lost Planet 3 could have burst onto home consoles in a fountain of glowing orange. As it stands and regardless of what might have been, there’s not enough reason for a jaunt in the frozen wastes.
  27. Aug 27, 2013
    50
    Lost Planet 3 is both less exasperating and less diverse than its predecessors.
  28. Dec 12, 2013
    40
    A somewhat shaky but original and entertaining game series has in Lost Planet 3 been dumbed down to boring gray matter. Everything that made the series unique has been removed and replaced with a story focused game that no one asked for. The story in and of itself is alright but it doesn't salvage Lost Planet 3 since you still have to play an utterly awful game to experience it.
  29. Sep 24, 2013
    40
    Two positive things to take away from everything is that it is arguably the best game Spark have ever produced and is not as bad as Aliens Colonial Marines.
  30. Sep 1, 2013
    40
    Lost Planet 3 isn't a lost cause. There's some genuine emotion to be found in its storyline and a spattering of variety to its combat, but this is marred by unoriginal core gameplay and lackluster level design.
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Aug 29, 2013
    9
    The story is engaging and got me invested early especially the interactions between Jim and Grace. That was unique. I appreciated the gameplay and the option to go hand-to-hand or in the mech. I have played several other games from Spark in the past few years and this was by far the most thoughtful and most fun to play. Of the LP games, I started with 2 and felt the story in 3 was more interesting and fleshed out. It's good, summer fun and I'd recommend it. Full Review »
  2. Sep 6, 2013
    10
    Pros:Story/Ending is fantastic its tell a whole life of a man...and E.d.n.3 planet,music pretty good,
    robot view,places,characters,non
    linear gameplay.
    Cons:can't play old jim...Graphics, sometimes even lost planet 1 is nicer...Unreal3 engine is too old.
    gameplay sometimes get boring.
    Full Review »
  3. Aug 28, 2013
    1
    Spark Unlimited's best game yet, still terrible. This is one of the most generic formulaic games boring games I've ever played. It feels like work. There are already so many similar games out there, all of which will be at least some degree better than this. I see no reason to buy this. I will say some of the environments look really good but there is a lot of inconsistency, sometimes they look great sometimes not. I would strongly recommend against buying this game, even on sale. If you have to get it, the PC one looks better and doesn't lag as much. Full Review »