Lost Planet Spin-off E.X. Troopers Shines at the Tokyo Game Show

Bright colors and a light-hearted tone distinguishes E.X. Troopers from other Lost Planet games, Unfortunately, it may never ship out side of Japan.

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After spending some quality time with the Lost Planet spinoff at Sony's booth, the PlayStation 3 version of E.X. Troopers, I can easily say it's the Lost Planet game I'm currently looking forward to the most. Sadly, due to the distinctly Japanese visual presentation, and the western-centric nature of Lost Planet 3, fans in the US may never get a chance to play E.X. Troopers, which if you ask me, is a damn shame.

At it's core, the gameplay is what we've come to expect from Lost Planet: third-person action focused on dispatching enemies (akrids) with vulnerable, orange, body-parts, in snowy environments. The anime inspired cel-shading immediately distinguishes E.X. Troopers from the rest of the series, going so far as rendering sound-effect-graphics, similar to those found in comics, or in this case, manga, during cutscenes.

The heavy use of vibrant hues is more typical of an episode of Naruto than a Lost Planet follow-up, which to be fair, may not sit well with fans of the first two games. It's likely that most people who aren't purveyors of Japanese animation might view the game's visual design as childish, but where Lost Planet 3 borders on gruff, E.X. Troopers shines like an adorable diamond in the frozen rough. You turn into an authentic, three-tiered snowman, when frozen, after all.

During the 15 minutes I spent with the game, the pacing of combat immediately stood out as brisk compared to the series' relatively-plodding pace. The main character has the ability to dash around the battlefield with his handy jet-pack. Firing your weapon mid-dash will prolong the character's momentum for a few seconds after the boosters disengage. It's a minor detail in the grand-scheme of the game, but it's different enough that it stands out as a defining element.

The main character is equipped with two modes of attack: a rapid-firing assault rifle and a heavy weapon, which can best be described as a charged ball of energy. Though ammo is technically unlimited, each weapon has a cool-down period after expending your allotted munitions. Typically, expending your light rounds and following up with a heavy shot was enough to eliminate common foes. Dashing to a new vantage point provides just enough time to recharge and continue dishing out a stream of bullets.

In all, anyone whose played the two previous Lost Planet games will no doubt see parallel elements in E.X. Troopers' gameplay, despite the minor differences. It's these minor alterations however that I found the most refreshing. The speed of combat and the bright visuals stand out, giving E.X. Troopers a light-hearted theme that, despite it's admittedly eastern aesthetic, has enough personality to elicit a smile from the most-hardened shooter fans among us. Capcom has registered a trademark for E.X Troopers in the west, so it's possible we may see the game outside of Japan, but if recent comments from Christian Svensson are to be believed, there aren't any plans for a worldwide release at the moment.

Discussion

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BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

E.x Troopers looks pretty cool I wouldn't pre-order it but I buy it eventually if it came state-side but since it isn't I'm not really to disappointed by that fact but hey capcom its your loss of my pocket money..

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Gamespot's link- Live Now:Tokyo Game Show 2012

 

One question: How can written text be live?

vivi_orniter52
vivi_orniter52

So its not coming to the west because you think capcom thinks westerners won't appreciate the art style (despite the fact we got Okami, Killer 7, El Shaddai, katamari darmacy, no more heroes, valkyria chronicles and many many more with a strong japanese art style/theme).

But Capcom registered a trademark for E.X. Troopers in the west. So its being localised.

But Christian Svensson says there aren't any plans at the moment for a worldwide release.

So is there any REAL proof its not being localised? Enough to include such a statement in the sub heading?

vivi_orniter52
vivi_orniter52

 @mr_toffee I reiterate: "But Christian Svensson says there aren't any plans at the moment for a worldwide release."

I've been playing games long enough to know 'there aren't any plans at this time' generally means 'we'll be announcing that within the next 6 months.'

They're saying the same about LaytonVSWright, but does anyone really expect them to not localise it?

The article doubles down on the fact its not getting a western release, bringing in the author's own aspersions about gamer habits, but all we have is a standard response. One that shouldn't be given such credence until Capcom announces, "We are not releasing E.X. Troopers in the west."

 

vivi_orniter52
vivi_orniter52

 @AndCarlsen  I'm not sure why you think Crytek is relevant, considering they are a western developer and the title is being released in the west already.

As for my '6 months' figure, it was a bit arbitrary. I probably should have said 'roughly 6-12 months' as thats much more accurate. Particularly in the cases you mention. Xenoblade took 14 months for a western release (In EU. US release was 7 months later).Monster Hunter 3G was actually released in the US, EU and Aus 8 months after the Japanese release.

E.X. Troopers may not come to the west, you're right. My issue is that the article mentions several times -and for several different reasons- why E.X.T. wont be localised, none of which are either based in reality or based on explicit statements confirming it. Indeed, you prove my point AndCarlsen. Nintendo said they had "no plans to localise" and it was in the end. Its the industry equivalent of 'no comment.' Theres no confirmation but no denial.

AndCarlsen
AndCarlsen

 @vivi_orniter52  @mr_toffee I wouldn't be so hopeful if I were you. Crytek has no plans to publish Crysis on the Wii U. Nintendo's "no plans to localize Xenoblade" ended up taking two years to happen, which also happenned with Monster Hunter 3G. I hope the game comes to the west, but I won't be expecting it.