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Lost Planet 3 chisels it’s way out of the ice today

The third installment of Capcom’s Lost Planet hits stores today from developer Spark.

Lost Planet has had a pretty rocky time of it on the whole. The series, about a frozen wasteland of a planet that’s rich with resources, had a niche hit with its first installment and a less than stellar followup that nonetheless got high marks for its co-op multiplayer. Maybe that’s the reason that LP3 has hit retail with little to no fanfare this week.

Normally, you’d see at least a little bit of a lead-up to launch from a game published by Capcom, one of the biggest developers in the industry. This is one of Capcom’s franchise games too, not something that you’d think of as a one-and-done title that wouldn’t get much press\. I actually had the chance to (briefly) play Lost Planet 3 at the Microsoft Lounge as this past San Diego Comic Con and, while I didn’t really log enough time (I started playing only a few minutes before the lounge closed for the show) to comfortably pen a ‘hands on’ or preview of the game, it made a pretty good impression on me.

The action was fast and hard-hitting with some very pretty graphics. Even in the interior (and frost covered) cave that I was playing through, the game looked sharp and had a nice tense atmosphere. After LP2, I didn’t have the highest of hopes for LP3, but I was pleasantly surprised- at least, from my limited play through.

Who knows, Capcom might have another sleeper on its hands here. Lost Planet 3 hits stores today in North America for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

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Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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