A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Lost Planet 3 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
There aren't many positive messages in this game. You're on an icy planet, looking for an energy source, and killing insect-like creatures and other humans. That said, it's mostly in self-defense.
Positive Role Models
You play as an average guy, a miner who is searching for a valuable energy resource on a distant planet, and have family back home waiting for you. But you do obtain a number of weapon and climb into a 'mech' to kill aliens and other humans who are out to harm you.
Ease of Play
The game isn't too difficult to control -- if the PC version we reviewed is any indication -- utilizing a mouse and keyboard combination. We did not try the console versions of the game.
Violence & Scariness
While not overly gory, Lost Planet 3 does let you shoot and kill a number of insect-like aliens and humans, using a number of weapons including machine guns, crossbows, grenades, and big mechanized machines you can climb into. There is blood and realistic screams of pain. The game switches from third-person action outside of the 'mech' to first-person shooting.
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The game contains some mild profanity in the dialogue sequences, including words like "ass," "bitch" and "damn."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lost Planet 3 is a third-person shooter. The violence is mainly towards giant alien creatures. Players wield many weapons, see some blood splatters, and hear mild profanity. Online gamers can talk with each other via headset microphone, if desired, but no one is filtering or monitoring the chats.
Is It Any Good?
While the premise is interesting, Lost Planet 3's action grows repetitive after a short while -- and the environments all tend to look the same, too. Sure, some of the sequences can be thrilling -- taking cover from the Akrid or rival soldiers while experimenting with ways to diffuse the situation -- plus there are a few modes and multiplayer options to give some extra bang for the buck, but overall there isn't much here that's memorable, nor does it do anything to push the game series or genre forward. Only those who love the Lost Planet series should consider picking up this disc (or opting for a digital download) and be sure to wait until the price drops significantly. It's not a hot mess, but one can't help feel disappointed with this long-awaited sequel.
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