Dilapidation, the second map and the one that requires a preorder of the retail game to unlock, is all new. New, and quite different. While Pirate Fortress feels like an abandoned military base, Dilapidation feels and looks more like a deteriorating parking garage that just happens to be half sunken in a glacial lake and surrounded by mountains. You know, like the bottled water labels.
This may not sound like the most gripping place for a furious deathmatch or team competition, but it serves its purpose surprisingly well. The multiple levels of decaying structure are perfect for practicing and showing off Lost Planet' s other trick - your avatar's ability to shoot a retractable anchor out of his arm, latch onto a nearby surface and then rocket towards it. Doing this yourself is a blast, but watching 15 other people zip up and down - or back and forth - around you is a riot.
Above: The Dilapidation map, unlocked by preordering a retail copy of Lost Planet.
Plus, with fewer locations to hide and fewer mechanized warriors to find, the action on Dilapidation is an altogether separate breed from that on Pirate Fortress. Matches can be more frenzied... they also tend to be more balanced. You may be surrounded by a swarm of contestants that want to obliterate you, but at least none of them are packing missile launchers. (Though if you do want to tip the combat scales in your favor, we'd recommend going for a swim. It's cold but it's worth it.)
In the end, both multiplayer maps are worth checking out. One's free, however, and the other's not. Dilapidation isn't worth paying extra money for, but if you're going to get the game anyway, you might want to preorder it now to unlock the second map.
If words aren't enough to convince you one way or the other, try watching our custom multiplayer videos. You'll find one labeled "Pirate Fortress" and one labeled "Dilapidation" under the Movies tab above.
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