Where last week Ubisoft took on Deep Silver in the Splinter Cell: Blacklist vs. Saints Row IV head-to-head, this week Ubisoft battles Capcom with Rayman Legends vs. Lost Planet 3. Let’s compare.
After months of videos, announcements, and other marketing materials, the launch trailer is the publisher’s final pre-release effort to help excite gamers about a new game’s arrival, and this week, players can celebrate the long-awaited arrival of Ubisoft’s Rayman Legends and Capcom’s Lost Planet 3 after delays held back each sequel.
Rayman Legends has had an interesting development cycle. The critically acclaimed Rayman Origins proved that Rayman was still a force in the gaming industry. It stands out as one of the best platforms of its generation, thanks to its challenging fast-paced action and incredible art style. The critically-acclaimed hit helped Ubisoft to quickly greenlight Rayman Legends, originally announced as the next title in the series and exclusively for Wii U.
Legends faced heavy delays so Ubisoft could develop additional versions for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. All while losing Wii U exclusivity, a necessary business move due to poor Wii U game and hardware sales resulting in Ubisoft’s other Nintendo exclusive ZombiU losing money for the company.
Luckily for Ubisoft, Rayman Legends reviews have been beaming and its launch trailer does not let you forget it! Look forward to our review later this week. As Rayman bounces all over the beautiful backdrops of his next platforming adventure, the viewer is reminded of how well the game has been scoring with critics. The trailer’s music, provided by Michael Franti, fits wonderfully with the lively nature of the gameplay. Franti’s “I’m Alive” bubbles in the background as Rayman and his buddies venture into all sorts of colorful lands, battle dragons, and even play a game of soccer.
Also releasing this week, Lost Planet 3 takes place long before the events of the original game. Spark’s new third-person shooter will bombard the player with a massive war, and provide a deeper look into the history of its universe. The launch trailer exudes an initially sarcastic tone, as protagonist Jim Peyton describes his mech-suit as his “little slice of paradise.” Calm Hawaiian music plays as a contrast to the harsh, frozen environment of E.D.N. III.
The action picks up as Peyton is warned of an attack on E.D.N. III, and classic Lost Planet action bursts onto the screen. All of the series standards are here: Guns, Mechs, Giant Monsters, and a frozen landscape. Peyton is taken from his relaxing banality, and immediately thrown into the chaos of war. This trailer earns its “Paradise Lost” title as Peyton is forced into action. While Lost Planet 3 has not been performing too well in the review department (read our LP3 preview from last summer), this video should excite fans of the series but may not bring in new ones which is Capcom’s ultimate goal.
Look forward to Game Rant’s reviews of Lost Planet 3 and Rayman Origins later this week.
Lost Planet 3 released August 27, 2013 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Rayman Legends released August 29, 2013 for PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.