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Lost Planet 2

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"A beautiful landscape of unrelenting frustration"
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Lost Planet 2, is the sequel to the original 3rd person, run, grapple, shoot, kill huge monsters with glowing bits. All these elements stay the same, however Capcom has changed quite a bit along the way as far as game play. The biggest change is, you have to play in a co-op game. Either with AI units, or with 3 other people on XBox Live. If you don't have Live, you're in for a whole bunch of pain and suffering.

Each Episode is split up by smaller missions, and you have a limited number of lives per Episode. Each Episode usually ends with a huge boss battle, which is pretty fun, however rather frustrating after playing for 1 hour and dying your last death, and having to start from square 1 for that episode. You can not continue from the chapter / mission breaks in an episode, you have to do the whole thing from the start. This becomes a problem pretty early on in “single” player mode, because the AI are well, just about as dumb as AI can be, and have a tendency to die when they hit the big monsters pretty quickly.

The ‘Single’ player or Campaign mode, has virtually no story. It's going from post to post with some cut scenes about some threat of some sort, that really makes no sense. The first game at least had a protagonist that you played through trying to find his lost memories or some generic plot, but LP2 just threw that out the window. To play a Single player game, you still have to create a custom multiplayer match, and choose ‘offline’. There literally is no ‘Start 1p game’ button, which I found pretty pathetic menu wise.

Online, you have your standard Xbox live drop out issues, which are great when you select a custom match, ‘Episode 2, Chapter 3’ or whatever, and if you don't get in, or you're dropped out, you have to set all your pre-requisites again, they're not remembered. It's a small gripe, but it is annoying after about 10 times re-entering your settings every time you swap menus, join a game that is full, etc. Online player ranking is a bit of a joke too when playing multiplayer non-campaign. (Death Match, capture the flag, etc). I was at player rank 1 my first time through, playing against people at level 80. I would assume a ‘rank’ would match me against players within a few levels of me, but nay, so unless you're a master of LP2 / 3rd person shooting, be prepared to feel some hurt on multiplayer.

Ok, so I have a lot of gripes, and a lot more. Especially when you get to the train level and fall off and die, and then run out of lives to kill the boss BUT! I'll save that for you to discover. However, I did rate the game a 4/5. I am a sucker for punishment, I like the huge scale of the boss battles, and even though you'll die multiple times, have to start from the beginning and do it again, there is some enjoyment from killing a 20 story tall glowing gecko. The graphics / sound are probably the best out right now, the controls well, they are sludgy, if you're used to fast FPS games. It's a bit slower than even popular 3rd person games such as Gears of War. You will inevitably break a controller throwing it at a wall now and then, but in the end the rewards are pretty good if you stick with it, and have a group of friends to help you tackle the bosses.

9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.
"Worth $20"

Most of you guys are complaining about it but I thought it was a brilliant game worth more than this sites awesome deal is providing. I will admit that I wouldn't have bought this game if I didn't have Xbox Live because the story isn't its strong point. Co-op is wheres it's at. It is the most fun you will have with your friends until Gears of War 3 comes out, Which I am buying on Mighty Ape

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Back to the basics fun"
2 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

After playing the demo on xbox live and playing the first Lost planet I was a little apprehensive about buying this game. One of my gamer friends told me to get it and you wont regret it.

So I buckled to the pressure and I am pleased to say it is fun but bloody frustrating at times. If you are going to play this on your own be prepared for some very frustrating moments. The frustration is not so bad in co-op.

There are some truly epic battles here especially on the harder difficulties where you can battle for an hour on one boss! The enemies are drop dead gorgeous and some of the movement of them is outstanding. There is also a nice variety of levels to play through but they are linear and sometimes the objectives are not always clear. The story is nothing to write home about but just blowing things to pieces is enough to keep you ticking along.

The levelling up is huge and the “slot machine” weapon upgrades mechanic adds real depth to the game. The slot machine is random so it can be a pain in the butt at times too! If you are into Achievement collecting you will be here for ages!

My advice is if you are on the fence on whether or not to buy this game rent it first. That's what I did and I ended up buying it.

4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Description

Lost Planet 2 picks up 10 years since the events of the original adventure and the landscape has evolved dramatically. With the success of terraforming activities, the planet’s ice has begun to melt, giving way to lush tropical jungles and other new environments. The story has advanced beyond Wayne Holden as players will now follow the exploits of their own customized snow pirates on their quest to seize control of E.D.N III. Players will move their heroes through different stories creating a truly unique and interactive experience. With this concept, gamers will have the opportunity to engage in the story in a more dynamic way as plot threads evolve from various perspectives.

The strongest features from the first game will return in Lost Planet 2 making fans feel right at home. In addition to the anchor actions that made the gameplay in Lost Planet a true 3-D experience, Lost Planet 2 allows gamers to gain tactical advantage with a wide variety of new actions. The game will also contain a new addition to the enormous Akrids which were a fan-favourite in the first Lost Planet.

Capcom has spent a considerable amount of time reviewing community feedback and incorporating it into Lost Planet 2 creating a game that both new and returning fans to the series will love. The game takes advantage of Capcom’s most highly advanced software development tool, the MT Framework 2. This is the first game to make use of the new technology that builds on the advancements made in the original MT Framework.

Beyond the deep single player mode, Lost Planet 2 is loaded with one the most extensive multiplayer campaign seen in a shooter to date. The intense and action packed campaign mode comes with the ability to form teams of up to 4 players online to clear mission objectives with friends.
Release date Australia
May 14th, 2010
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5055060961858
All-time sales rank
Top 200
Product ID
3668815

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