Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition Review
Xbox 360 | PC
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition box art
System: X360, PS3 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Capcom 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Capcom 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: May 27, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-16 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

For a game with a year already under its belt, Lost Planet still ranks up there as one of the best looking Xbox 360 games. The arctic environments are stellar, and the game has some truly awesome alien creature designs. The only stumbling block comes in the form of environmental repetition - you'll be trekking through a lot of snowfields, industrial complexes, and caverns. An added fault is these environments don't communicate the right direction very well - the game relies on data posts (which you activate) to point you in the right direction. From a sound standpoint, the game doesn't fare as well. The score has a very epic feel and sets a proper tone. It's too bad the game has a lot of melodramatic cutscenes voiced quite badly. Instead of having a B-movie, campy quality, they come off as anime-inspired throwaways, and most players will be racing to skip through them.

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Completing the single-player campaign should take players about eight hours, which feels like just the right amount of time. The length isn't the problem - rather, it's the splintering of gameplay. The first half of the game is more on-foot combat, and has you blasting away Akrid, while the later half plays out like a Gundam anime with constant mech-versus-mech showdowns. To encourage you to go back to the single-player, the game ships with modes like Trial Battle (where you fight bosses), and Time Attack features a combo-based scoring system.

The real draw of Lost Planet is its bevy of multiplayer options. Clocking in at over 10 multiplayer modes, these should help players quickly forget about the less-than-stellar last half of the single-player campaign. Some notable new additions are Akrid Battle and Egg Bandit. The former puts one player in control of a giant Akrid, and it's up the rest of the players to take down the big nasty. The latter is similar to a skull mode - players vie for control of an alien egg, and whoever holds onto it the longest comes out on top.

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Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition crams a lot of new content into the frame of a respectable game. The discounted price doesn't hurt either - 30 bucks gets you a more action-packed version of last year's entry. However, there's probably not enough compelling new content to convince previous players to throw more money at Capcom's wallet, but anyone who missed the title the first time around should give it a worthwhile look.

By Jason Lauritzen
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.4
Graphics
The environments are beautiful, and the creatures on display are an awesome sight to behold. It's too bad there's a lot of texture repeating - there are more than enough caves, snow, and random steel constructions.
3.5
Control
The stiff character control and problematic camera can make playing the game an exercise. Also, what's the deal with the default run speed? Why so slow?
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
While sporting a respectable, epic-sounding score, the game's voice acting is flat-out bad.
3.8
Play Value
While the single-player campaign has a hit-or-miss quality, the plethora of multiplayer options should keep players entertained.
3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • New Modes for Single-Player Campaign - Score Attack, Trial Battle Mode, and Off Limit Mode.
  • New Online Modes - Akrid Hunter, VS Annihilator, CounterGrab, Point Snatcher, Akrid Egg Battle, and Egg Bandit.
  • Four New Multiplayer Maps - Crossfire City, Area 921, Lost Arena, and Assault Space.
  • New Playable Characters - Two female and two robot characters are added to the roster.
  • New Weapons (human) - Hand Gun, Revolver, Flame Launcher, and Hand Cannon. New Weapons (VS) - Pile Bunker, VS Rifle, Rocket Pod, and Laser Lance.
  • New Environments - Snowstorms, arctic winds, and towering mountains of ice are all stunningly realized, creating a truly immersive and cinematic event of epic proportions.
  • New perspectives - Switch to first person view or the over-the-shoulder view from Resident Evil 4 for even more intense action.
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 1080p (Full HDTV, Widescreen).


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