Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 43
  2. Negative: 5 out of 43
  1. Sep 12, 2013
    82
    Spark Unlimited's take on EDN III is engaging and fun. It's not going to turn the genre on its head or come away with any game of the year awards, but it is the best in the series and makes the franchise relevant again.
  2. Aug 27, 2013
    77
    Lost Planet 3 isn’t a particularly handsome or graceful action game, but beneath the somewhat dull surface the characters and the multiplayer progression are outstanding.
  3. Sep 18, 2013
    76
    Very different from the Japanese games, but a quality, polished shooter. [Nov 2013, p.62]
  4. Sep 2, 2013
    75
    Lost Planet 3 fully commits to the story and the right atmosphere to tell it. In that, the game succeeds in the same way major science fiction movies of the past did so. The gameplay that surrounds the story never excels, despite some good ideas and an all-round decent execution. You’ll take it for granted though, because the well-being of main character Jim Peyton soon turns out to be the X-factor Lost Planet 3 needed.
  5. Nov 1, 2013
    70
    Lost Planet 3 has positive elements that a player can truly enjoy. The surprisingly deep storyline and character depth can make up for some of the flaws in the gameplay systems, but dull and repetitive battles make this title nothing more than average.
  6. Oct 10, 2013
    70
    There's already been a price drop of about $20 for Lost Planet 3, which makes it a pretty good deal. The timing for such a thing isn't great. There are a couple new consoles launching soon and the tidal wave of 4th Quarter games has only just started, I think Lost Planet 3's window of opportunity has closed for this somewhat enjoyable mid-tier game.
  7. Sep 9, 2013
    70
    A disappointment. It wants to build a complex and emotional story, and mix it with a cinematic shooter. Unfortunately, the story takes too long to get going, and the action is uninspired and generic.
  8. Aug 29, 2013
    70
    Lost Planet 3 is not Lost Planet anymore, nonetheless it's a competent third person shooter, with a solid script and a good number of different missions.
  9. Aug 28, 2013
    70
    Ironically Lost Planet 3 lacks what the developer has in its name – a spark. It’s a solid but generic shooter that you will forget quickly. [CD-Action 10/2013, p.48]
  10. Aug 27, 2013
    70
    Lost Planet 3 is the best game from Spark Unlimited, but that isn't a real achievement (remember Legendary?). Capcom trusted a mediocre studio from California and let them create a new installment in a well known series. Fortunately everything went ok. If you don't have elevated expectations, enjoy the cold atmosphere and got a kick out of Dead Space 3, you should definitely buy LP3. This is the best game in the series and looks like a step in a good direction.
  11. Aug 27, 2013
    70
    The slow-burning start betrays a really engrossing game, let-down only by its rather repetitive firefights and laborious backtracking.
  12. Aug 27, 2013
    70
    It went beyond predictable third-person shooter conceits often enough to make me glad I explored it, even if I wondered where the "could have beens" would have gone.
  13. Sep 15, 2013
    65
    Spark Unlimited did well with the game's script and the stunning landscapes, but all this gets hindered by a too-repetitive gameplay and an overly slow pace, worsened by the too many and frequent load screens.
  14. Sep 6, 2013
    65
    Lost Planet 3 fails to have its own identity. It is technically competent, and there are moments of fun to be had by shooting enemies.
  15. Sep 6, 2013
    65
    Lost Planet 3 is a mediocre shooter that confirms all doubts in recent months about the capabilities of Spark Unlimited.
  16. Aug 27, 2013
    65
    Holds some legitimate moments of brilliance, and the game shines when it comes to character development and storytelling. Unfortunately, Lost Planet 3 then ends up sabotaging itself with gameplay so dull or tedious at times that it can’t begin to support the weight of its ambitions.
  17. Aug 27, 2013
    65
    Lost Planet's latest is an unsophisticated and messily made game. It has some good ideas like its free-roam concept, but most of these are poorly executed.
  18. Aug 27, 2013
    65
    This is an action adventure that fans of the genre will probably enjoy, but apart from this, it fails to do anything outstanding.
  19. Aug 27, 2013
    62
    Lost Planet 3 at least has a respectable story and some combat variety to it, even if the pieces don’t always come together quite right.
  20. Sep 17, 2013
    61
    If anything, Lost Planet 3 shows that the series has had a rough run, and while it has made some improvements, it continues to fall short of the potential that fans know it has.
  21. Sep 6, 2013
    60
    Lost Planet 3 is a peculiar game. It’s a solid third-person shooter with an identity crisis. Some of the changes to the single player won’t go down so well with the fans – it’s missing some of the bits that gave Lost Planet its own personality.
  22. Sep 5, 2013
    60
    This is one of those games that you might snag on sale and end up finding enjoyment in its merits. Just know that there are several problems that are impossible to overlook when you do. Still, fans of the Lost Planet series would do well to give it a go when it gets cheaper.
  23. 60
    A disappointing entry in the Lost Planet series that occasionally shows flashes of potential, but ultimately ends up being marred by numerous problems, Lost Planet 3 manages to eke out a mildly compelling story and a solid multiplayer mode. More akin to the first game, Lost Planet 3 will nonetheless leave you cold.
  24. Aug 29, 2013
    60
    Lost Planet 3 has nothing in common with its two predecessors. The single player campaign is actually quite pleasant, especially because of its story that manages to keep us in suspense. However, the game is quite uninspired and lacks depth.
  25. Aug 27, 2013
    60
    A solid third person shooter but is marred by some repetitive gameplay elements and a lack of depth with its mechanics and story.
  26. Aug 27, 2013
    60
    Lost Planet 3 gets the hard stuff right and is ultimately likeable, but its gameplay just isn’t capable of sustaining any warm feelings you might harbour for it.
  27. Aug 27, 2013
    60
    The first two games balanced out any unsavory elements with mega moments and straightforward fun. The third entry simply doesn’t have enough thermal energy to overcome its many problems.
  28. Aug 27, 2013
    55
    Lost Planet 3 throws away all the good of its predecessors and turns into a mediocre, banal and repetitive shooter.
  29. Oct 14, 2013
    50
    Spark Unlimited had the ambition to revive the Lost Planet franchise, but the execution is sorely lacking in multiple areas. [Issue#103, p.82]
  30. Oct 3, 2013
    50
    Lost Planet 3 does a decent job telling its story, but absolutely average, unimaginative gameplay lets it down. [Nov 2013, p.72]
  31. Sep 29, 2013
    50
    Lost Planet 3 is a weird and uninspired sequel to an already mediocre series. It's a decent game with relatively high production values, but it's just not very fun to play and I'll forget about it the second I turn it off.
  32. Sep 11, 2013
    50
    Despite looking the part, and having some of the best voice work in a third person shooter, Lost Planet 3 turns the gun on itself with bad gameplay design, terrible boss battles, and a story that never delivers on its promises.
  33. Sep 1, 2013
    50
    Developed by an unproven developer with no marketing push, Lost Planet 3 is dead on arrival. It’s almost as if Capcom sent the franchise to die, as even if Spark wasn’t so inept at staging combat, it would still seem like an unessential imitation of the first game.
  34. Aug 30, 2013
    50
    It's competent enough, efficient as a means to fill the day and not totally devoid of fun, but you'll never be in it with all your heart. It's time to quit and leave EDN III. This time, maybe once and for all.
  35. Aug 27, 2013
    50
    Lost Planet 3 takes narrative steps forward while standardizing its sci-fi action, for better and for worse. It's a decent game, neither a mess nor a triumph.
  36. Aug 27, 2013
    50
    Spark has made its best game to date, but fails on so many levels the end result is still only a notch above a complete washout. Enemies are dull, weapons are lacklustre (the shotgun is one of the worst I've ever used and the melee attack is appalling), the mech isn't fun, and the multiplayer is blighted by similar issues that real-life foes can't fix.
  37. 50
    It’s certainly a fresh take on the franchise, but sadly, it isn’t a particularly captivating one.
  38. Aug 27, 2013
    50
    This third-person shooter is buried under an avalanche of repetitive encounters, endless backtracking, and a partially-thawed storyline.
  39. Sep 16, 2013
    42
    It’s not a bad game at first glance, and you probably won’t look at it as a waste of time if you decided to purchase or rent it. But once it’s finished you’ll never feel compelled to pull it off the shelf again, and in a scant couple years you’ll have a hard time remembering that someone even made a Lost Planet 3.
  40. Sep 1, 2013
    40
    If the Lost Planet series still had any devotees, they'd probably be disappointed by this third installment's padded and passionless offering.
  41. 40
    Lost Planet 3's basic competence doesn't mask an almost complete reliance on recycled fetch quests. Its story ends on a relative high, but once the pace finally picks up in the final couple of hours, it's much too late and the 14-hour slog to get there isn't worth the payoff.
  42. Aug 27, 2013
    40
    Unwanted and unnecessary, but despite the bland third person shooting there’s an unexpectedly light touch to the script that hints at other lost opportunities.
  43. Aug 27, 2013
    40
    It's worrying when the nicest thing you can say about a game is that the early sections manage to be boring in an interesting way, but it's true for Lost Planet 3. It's a game that manages to make third-person shooting feel like work - and one that makes work feel like something that more games should explore.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 130 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 6 out of 27
  1. Aug 28, 2013
    9
    I don't understand all of these negative reviews. Did they play the same game as me? I tried this game out first on my pc via torrents. Just to make sure its worth purchasing on my xbox 360. I played for about an hour, the game is loads of fun. I played the first 2 games. If you enjoyed them. You will enjoy this. Some parts can get repetative. But overall a great experience. Full Review »
  2. Aug 27, 2013
    10
    Don't pay attention to the negative reviews. Those are based on expectations. This is a more story driven mature game than the first 2. If it was released with a new franchise name without the expectations, it would have been voted much higher for the excellent character and story development, with a little less frenetic action. Full Review »
  3. Aug 27, 2013
    9
    The characters and story make a great gaming experience. I loved the facial technology. The gameplay is really fun at times and all together it makes a cool game in such an interesting setting! Full Review »