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Lost Planet 2 – exclusive hands-on

Teeth-rattling explosions. Bullet-belching robot suits. Giant monster-lizards that literally pass you through their ass and crap you onto the battlefield. If there’s one idea Capcom wants to convey about Lost Planet 2, it’s “more” – more towering bugs, more bosses, more players, more stuff to do. We recently visited Osaka for a brief hands-on with next year’s surefire hit, and what we played blends the original game’s well-received multiplayer modes with a mission-based, co-op campaign.

Gone is the unrepentantly boring story that focused on some guy doing something while some villains tried to stop him. Instead, you create your own character, hook up with other Snow Pirates and haul ass through the rapidly thawing EDN III. The goal? To hoard valuable thermal energy that powers your mechanized Vital Suits, energy weapons and your own life bar.


Above: Forget fighting solo – this time it’s all about co-op

The most immediate and dramatic demonstration of this new direction came in the form of the aforementioned lizard, so far dubbed “salamander.” He’s easily one of the biggest enemies we’ve seen in our many years of gaming, with six legs, huge tendrils and a gaping maw large enough to swallow players whole. Our group of four hardened Snow Pirates engaged ol’ Sally and met frequent doom despite its glaringly obvious weak points, only succeeding when we got our shit together and coordinated attacks.

Example:


Above: Oh crap

There it is. Obviously the orange bits are the weak points. But what do you do? Charge it with the new Gears of War-style roadie run? Hop into a three-person Vital Suit and shower it with bullets? Systematically shave its legs off, then scale its back with your grappling hook and wear it down over time? All are sound possibilities, but none are as impressive climbing inside, struggling against its internal juices and firing off a few rounds into its glowing heart.

Eventually through, you’re going to be expunged, and you’ll have no choice but to allow its digestive track to force you out of its ass. We would describe the ass in more detail, but… just wow. You’ll want to see it for yourself. Hell, the whole damn monster is immensely impressive as it roams around its nest, climbing the rocks and trying to shake you off. It actually feels like you’re tackling a living creature, not just a boss on a pre-programmed course.


Above: Full-frontal assault probably isn’t the best strategy

21 comments

  • aquaticowl - April 12, 2009 9:28 p.m.

    loved the first 1 cant wait for the second 1 wowwwwww
  • Liamrules42 - April 12, 2009 6:25 p.m.

    hopefully the salamnder will be better than the giant turd monster of the 1st one (who among you can say the worm didn't look like a turd????)
  • Skykid - April 10, 2009 10:39 p.m.

    Me want more Co-Op games. Me want them all. lolololololol. :))
  • SwampRock - April 10, 2009 1:48 a.m.

    I never really played the first one except for a demo and at my friends house but this sounds good.
  • skelt - April 9, 2009 1:27 p.m.

    Looks fun but I hope there's a way you can tackle this without having to rely on other people. Co-op is a nice thing to have but I'd much rather have a sound single player campaign.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - April 8, 2009 11:40 p.m.

    In case it wasn't directly clear, yes the campaign is 4-player (or 2 or 3) all the way through. You can join in between missions or drop out at any time.
  • MilitaryRaiden - April 8, 2009 11:22 p.m.

    Speaking of the colossi: wouldn't it be great if team ICO were to finally give with their rumoured new game on the ps3...? It's been like forever now - this long a wait is ridiculous. This on the other hand does look really good. Hope that the story and mainly the cinematics' voice acting are much better than the first game's megacrap.
  • likedamaster - April 8, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    Sounds good. Btw, loved the 1st one.
  • mrandydixon - April 8, 2009 8:26 p.m.

    PS - Hooray. My first first (and second).
  • mrandydixon - April 8, 2009 8:25 p.m.

    Looks fun. Didn't really like the first, but this looks better.
  • Godstrike3020 - April 19, 2009 1:11 a.m.

    Do you get thermal energy like the first b
  • NeoKef - April 13, 2009 11:21 p.m.

    I didn't mind the story in the first one, don't see why a lot of people hate it. I hope there's more VS battles like in the last mission where it gives a Gundam feel.
  • TrevorISme - April 11, 2009 5:27 p.m.

    Looks fun i like how they have Co-Op in it now, I didnt love the first one but I enjoyed it So ill Probably get this one
  • WaffleLeech - April 11, 2009 2:28 a.m.

    WILL be getting this game.
  • Blade1006 - April 10, 2009 11:32 p.m.

    Hopefully this game will be shipping to the PS3 mainly because the PS3 hasn't had any good offline co-op games that are rated "T" thus far plus it would definitely boost Capcom's sales dramatically.
  • Yellowhat17 - April 10, 2009 12:42 a.m.

    Looks great, especially as opposed to the first.
  • DEC4D3 - April 9, 2009 6:03 a.m.

    @Synster Yea splitscreen is aWESOME and should be in most games, even RE5 had it. Omg so getting this on its release, Co-Op games are just getting better and better aren't they.
  • Synster - April 9, 2009 4:19 a.m.

    Thing is, I've been looking for a Cooperative Game ( A good one that is ) that isn't entirely Online Co-op. Since it is Good and usually always fills up when you find a game, it doesn't necessarily mean they won't leave right in the middle of it and leave yourself screwed over and Die, say, in the middle of the Salamander fight. Now if they added Split-screen, which a lot of developers seem to think is last-gen and never used anymore due to revolutionary online, it would be a whole lot better. Not to mention not having to go through the trouble of muting every single Moron who has to play Slayer as loud as possible on their Mikes.
  • jamminontha1n2 - April 8, 2009 10:40 p.m.

    This game look sweet. the creatures remind me of the colossi because of the size.
  • Z-man427 - April 8, 2009 10:28 p.m.

    @rafoca - it looks to be that way. i gotta say, despite getting migraines from the sheer brightness of the first, i will be playing this

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