Posted: February 21
One of my favorite games I have played over the last few years. It strays away from the magic that made LP1 and 2 so unique and instead goes for the more standard third person action style. But really what most people don't realize is that a large part of what made 1 and 2 so independent from other third person action shooters was simply their unique presentation style. They had a distinct Japanese action game style. I think that this is still undoubtedly a LP game, and the only real thing I miss is that in this game it is just you and in the other games you could work with a squad. Not that that is a big loss or anything considering how ♥♥♥♥ing totally stupid your squad was in those games, especially LP2, but nonetheless it still makes this game feel more lonely. But that is the point with this one. You are supposed to feel lonely. You are one of the few people on the planet that you are on who are there to extract resources and study bugs. You work alone and you go out on missions alone with only your mech, some cockpit music (some awful old-timey generic guitar-rock music, I usually mute it and play some deathcore in windows media player), and occasional video messages you receive from your wife back home. Those are a nice touch because they are very well acted and voiced and you get the feeling that your guy is really homesick and that they miss each other dearly and he can't wait to get back to her. I would be homesick too if I was on another planet and a hot piece of tail like that was waiting for me back on earth. I would constantly need to be detained from trying to sneak into the escape pod room and blast back to earth d-ck first.
I can understand long-time LP fans not being happy with this game, but the fact is that despite LP1 and 2 being pretty enjoyable games, they were held back by not being as technically smooth as they should have been, hence them garnering average reviews of between 60 and 70 out of 100 when they came out. This game takes away a lot of what we loved from the first two games, but at the same time it fixes the technical aspects and is a very smooth game, much smoother than either of the previous two.
The game engine performs flawlessly and the combat is some of the most satisfying AAA grade that I have seen in a long time, however it does have more bugs than both previous games combined. One big bug was when I was fighting a giant akrid. I was fighting it for about ten minutes then it charged me. I weirdly got stuck and it wouldn't move and I started floating in mid-air like I was falling, trapped in a weird glitch until it killed me. Turrets don't even fire at enemies when I fix them except rarely. The little button tapping mini-game you have to play when you lock up with an enemy really ♥♥♥♥ing sucks. When you first are instructed to grab on to something with your mech arm, it says to press WASD to turn the lever. That does not work and the only way anyone could figure it out is to google it and find out that you have to tap the F key. A little more care should have went in to the game to make sure such stupid things like that didn't happen on such a grand scale.There are a bunch of other small bugs that could have been easily avoided with quality testing and not being rushed out, but the game runs flawlessly smooth at 60fps which I am thankful for because most developers are too stupid to figure out how to program games to run smoothly and most games that come out nowadays run horribly or are just flat out horrible ports.
The graphics are great. Everything looks good from enemies to character models, to effects and level/area design. The sounds are great, the weapons pretty standard but fun and satisfying to use and really pack a punch. I do really want another LP2 styled game, but I have to say that this one is my fav in the series because it is just so much more technically smooth than both of the first two games combined. I gave MP a try also and it was pretty cool, although I doubt you can find games all the time.