And don’t expect an epic or affecting story to pull you through the crap bits if you’re playing on your own. The (often literally) faceless cast, stiff acting and muddled genero-story will leave you with little idea of who you’re playing, what you’re doing, or why. And even less ability to care.
Above: Lost Planet 2's storytelling is little more engaging than this
Still though, the action never stops, the mechs are brilliant fun, and shit blows up real good. If that’s enough for you, you can handle sporadic boredom and frustration, or you can guarantee a full co-op team every time you play, Lost Planet 2 is ready and waiting for you.
Is it better than...
Lost Planet?Yes. Both games offer balls-out action, huge mechs, bigger beasties and explosion upon glorious explosion, but the sequel's break away from consistent snowbound wastelands gives it the edge in terms of level variety, and if you're playing in co-op, it offers even more.
Gears of War 2?Absolutely not. Although not as frequent, Gears 2 throws up equally scaled-up spectacle, but it's shooting is tighter, it's AI cleverer and its level design tighter all round. Also, you can happily play Gears 2 on your own without any hassle.
Uncharted 2?No. The PS3's premier third-person actioner is a much slicker and consistently more inventive blockbuster. There's more variety, more personality, greater flair, and it goes without saying that Uncharted's cast and story will engage you a million times more than LP2's mumbling dullards.
Just for you, Metacritic!
Fast, frenetic, and frequently spectacular in scale, Lost Planet 2 will do the job if you have an itchy destruction finger, and provides some fun and well thought-out times in co-op. But ultimately, it's just all about the carnage, and frequently seems to have no care for the needs of the solo player.