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Lost Planet 2 super review

AT A GLANCE
  • It's really pretty
  • Staggeringly huge enemies
  • Some great co-op ideas
  • Concentrates on co-op at the expense of the solo player
  • Can be a slog at times
  • Bland story and characters

Unfortunately though, it’s certainly not all like that. For every great slice of tasty set-piece pie, there’s a bitter, bland run-and-gun slog, so devoid of flair that not even the huge weaponry can keep it exciting. The corridor-fest in the above video is a particularly moribund experience. These sections are dull at best and frequently infuriating. And the thing that makes them the most infuriating? The fact that by trying so hard to become the new darling of the Gears of Halo: Army Among Thieves crowd, Capcom has taken things way too far.

Above: The good and the bad. Compare and contrast... 

In terms of its scale, borderline unhealthy explosions-per-second ratio and sheer delight in sweet, blissful carnage, Lost Planet 2 is every bit the modern day 3D Contra. But it misses one vital lesson that Contra’s basic design taught us. Namely that…

Above: The first commandment of co-op

Lost Planet 2’s design relies far too much on the assumption of multiple players, and the balancing is often a mess for only one player. Sometimes you’ll find yourself ploughing through waves of stupid grunts like a lightsaber through already-melted butter, while at other times it will feel like you’re smashing your face into a wall of bricks sculpted from pure death, and cemented together with anguish.

Those sections, usually the ones packed with enemy mechs, automated gun turrets or mega-sized bosses, are clearly designed or a co-op team to take on together via flanking tactics and diversionary play. And in that respect, they’re often brilliantly designed.

But with only yourself and the rather ineffectual squad AI at hand, they’re frequently an un-fun nightmare of a grind, particularly given that they often come at the end of multi-section levels (often dull ones) which have to be completely restarted if you run out of continues during the finale. And although you can increase your number of lives by manually securing Data Posts (read: restart points) along the way, there are times in single-player when you’ll pray for the 30 lives bestowed by Contra’s legendary Konami code. Scream for it, in fact.

How about a boss fight in which you have to maintain and fire a colossal railway gun? Sound awesome? What if that means manually loading the beer barrel-sized ammo, manually charging up that ammo to make it more powerful, manually operating controls at either side of the gun to rotate it quickly left and right (it absolutely crawls when controlled using just the gun sights), manually aiming, manually firing, and sporadically running below deck to manually repair damage before the train blows up? While being attacked by a monster the size of Wales? As a team, kick-ass. On your own, balls.

That much-vaunted, multi-stage battle with the giant salamander Akrid? The one where you can shoot its legs out, climb up on its back, and eventually get inside its mouth and kill it from the inside? As a co-ordinated team, you’ve got the tactical ability to pull that off. As one man and a bunch of aimless AI, you’ll probably just end up spamming it with rockets for a very long time. 

More Info

Available Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
Genre: Shooter
Published by: Capcom
Developed by: Capcom
ESRB Rating:
Rating Pending
PEGI Rating:
Rating Pending

19 comments

  • arura276 - May 26, 2010 3:28 a.m.

    what the heck are you guys talking about u can heal with the harmonizer and the 4 plyr campaign is freaking awesome and so is the multi u can vote on match settings and there is so much customization who ever reads this BUY THIS GAME
  • Zzombie99 - May 25, 2010 1:33 a.m.

    I honestly think this game has more to offer than alot of shooters out there today. Sure, MW2 or Gears may have a compelling story, but the core of it (you'd be surprised how many people skip cutscenes) it's "Shotgun for close, Assault rifle for everything else". Here's the brilliance of LP2; with several guns for each class, like a standard gun mainly melee gun, 3 round burst, or kickass Squall Leonhart impersonation gun, and so many others. Oh yeah, and the mechs. To this day NO game EVER (except Mech Assault 2 whick ROCKED) had the diversity of giant steel death-spewing machines. And if that's not enough, one can transform into a speeder bike, one has 3 forms, two can LITERALLY COMBINE to form the epitome of kick-ass, and one has A BLOODY CHAINSAW. 'Nuff said. And if you really hate playing by yourself that much, just swallow your colossal ego and play on easy; it's still challenging at some points, like the "wall of bricks sculpted from pure death" parts. Unless you have a rocket launcher the size of a small car...found it!
  • Mirako - May 19, 2010 5:09 a.m.

    @n00b There is Split-Screen, Urgh I bought this game because 3 of my mates got it and when we all play together it's a laugh but this game has some serious flaws. Can't heal,throw grenades or shoot properly while you're getting shot, the swimming/jetpacking is AWFUL. and the multi-player is amazingly unbalanced, giving out clearly better weapons through a completely luck-based system doesn't work. Oh and the lack of checkpoints is completely unnecessary! we should never have to replay big chunks of gameplay, putting a difficult boss at the end of 3 levels is just plain nasty. Ah that was a good rant, I'm going to abuse Gamestation's return policy and return this for RRD hooray.
  • n00b - May 11, 2010 5:39 a.m.

    i thought this game had split screen co-op at least 2 like gears 2 was the only incentive to buy since im an offline xbox360 guy and the single player is bad according to a lot of sites
  • skynetiscoming - May 10, 2010 8:03 p.m.

    "a wall of bricks sculpted from pure death, and cemented together with anguish." What a fantastic image. Review read very well, I think I'll wait for peace walker.
  • gyromne - May 9, 2010 2:14 p.m.

    i'm getting my copy on tuesday. I like blowing things up ! If anyone actually gets this game , hit me up on xbox live gamer tag same as name here.
  • zer0hvk - May 9, 2010 8 a.m.

    this was very useful, also, I agree with @Redeater, I remember listening to Brett speak good things about this game from time to time, but, maybe this wasn't really that good, might rent it... someday... when there aren't many good co-up games available.
  • LIKEUCARE - May 7, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    Bleh... the first LP was very average already and this one, considering GR and other reviews, seems below expectations. Oh well, for the better! One more game to get on the discount bin in a year or two... Better save the money for Red Dead Redemption... now that one is a guaranteed success!
  • Biopiate - May 7, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    Well... Never mind. At least I'm still getting 3D Dot Game Heroes.
  • barrage7667 - May 7, 2010 6:41 a.m.

    personally, this is a great game for me because i mainly play coop online, love blowing stuff up, and dont mind if there isnt a story or campagin mode. did i mention i love blowing stuff up? oh, and gigantic bosses are a huge plus for me too so i give it two thumbs up. and i like blow stuff up
  • Schuultz - May 7, 2010 4:52 a.m.

    Maybe I just missed it in the review, but are you really not bothered by last-decade style multiplayer with no matchmaking, horrible server structure and no jump-in coop? That's basically what already put me completely off the game simply after I played the MP-Demo
  • Cwf2008 - May 7, 2010 2:56 a.m.

    I dont like the first one and i was completely unimpressed with the demo so...this isnt on my list
  • moonwalk_mafia - May 7, 2010 2:49 a.m.

    Was planning on getting this along with RDR, Alan Wake, and Galaxy 2. However, after reading this review along with a few others, i'll save my money and just devote my time to those other games. I'll probably pick this up down the road for $30 or less
  • infestedandy - May 7, 2010 1:54 a.m.

    After the E3 demo completely rocked me, I was all set for this game to come out with its extreme co-op goodness. I had a feeling in my gut that Capcom would try and put too much in a game that simply doesn't require it. Looks like it was true. All Lost Planet 2 needed to do was modernize Monster Hunter and BAM! We'd be good. Instead, Capcom decided to (by what GR says anyway)create a story no one cares about and ditch the single player without a second thought. Why not do something like Splinter Cell and make separate campaigns? Damnit I wanted this game to be so much more. I guess I'll wait until some of my friends rent it.
  • soccerclownking - May 7, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    I was planning on buying this but after seeing this, and many other reviews...not so sure anymore.
  • OnyxOblivion - May 6, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    *cancels reservation*
  • Redeater - May 6, 2010 11:19 p.m.

    Though I must say I had way higher hopes for this game. Brett Elston had mentioned it a bunch of time on talkradar and it sounded like it was going to be decent. Just goes to show you that you shouldn't put to much stock into games until they are released
  • Redeater - May 6, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    wow ign did not like this game at all! so this is not suprising lol
  • Spartan523 - May 6, 2010 9:05 p.m.

    did not like the first game, i was not a fan of the single player...will not be checking this out

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