- Diary Girl
- Fantasy Aquarium by DS
- GoPets: Vacation Island
- Lost in Blue 3
- Sega Superstars Tennis
Gamers don't necessarily mind doing "chores" in games -- if so, titles like Harvest Moon wouldn't exist. The work and play needs to be at least somewhat balanced, though, for a game to succeed.
Fortunately, it seems like Konami has come to realize this, and the third installment of the series will show improvement over its predecessors (and not just artistically). A new game page for the title claims that time will be equally spent exploring the island for fun and ... well ... doing survival stuff. Lost in Blue 3 will also include over twenty minigames if you're looking for other ways to break up your daily tasks.
There will be four playable characters in the game. You choose one character at the beginning to control throughout, and that person's attributes will affect the gameplay (this is something we've see before, but this time you get more characters to choose from). All in all, we think Lost in Blue 3 is shaping up nicely and might be the best game in the series yet. To check out some news screens of the upcoming survival sim (which will be released in America this month on the 18th), make sure you check out the gallery below.
In other words, it's been left to Lost in Blue 3 to patch things up and finally do this superb concept some justice. These screens -- the first English-language shots of the game -- feature two of the new characters, including James, who seems to have some aggression issues, and Claire, who (much like Skye from the first game) looks like an unbearable drip, and certainly not the type to take down a snake with her bare hands.
By promise, we really mean fist-fighting a snake. When a trailer has something of that magnitude within it, we're forced to pay attention. All of the survival stuff we can take or leave, but fist-fighting wildlife in a video game is too cool for school. It's only a step away from piledriving a shark.
So, what do you all think? Does Lost in Blue 3 look promising?
We would be surprised if we got a deluxe pack for the game like Japan is getting on the 20th. The Survival Kids Original Gloves and Towel Compressed Set includes -- you guessed it -- a towel and some gloves. We're guessing that they're vacuum-sealed and compressed like those football-shaped t-shirts. The idea, we think, is for you to be able to fit them into a bag in case you encounter a survival situation requiring ... a towel and some gloves. At the very least, a tiny, compressed towel would make it easier for you to identify as a hoopy frood.
Regarding a proposed release date outside of Japan, the listing at EB Games (which has since been pulled down) states the title will ship in March of 2008. Odds are this will happen, of course, considering the first two titles graced retail shelves in other territories. The real question is: do you care?
When you aren't collapsing from exhaustion and malnutrition, why not make the best of your time by learning dolphin language? Konami's Lost in Blue 3 contains a new dolphin communication minigame, a rhythm game in which you speak into the DS microphone in time with musical notes. Maybe if you get close enough to the dolphin society, they'll lend you one of their submarines!