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Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (Xbox 360)
- Frenetic action - Lost Planet is a fast-paced third-person shooter with all the depth, intrigue and intensity of a science fiction classic.
- Xbox Live enabled - An array of online gameplay possibilities await including:
- Downloadable content such as additional maps, missions and weapons
- Online multiplayer cooperative and versus battles
- Foot and vehicle based gameplay - Command highly powered armed vehicles and weapons
- Vast environments - Snowstorms, arctic winds, towering buildings and mountains of ice
- A premier team of developers - The creators of the critically acclaimed Onimusha and Devil May Cry series have come together to create the expansive world of Lost Planet
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- Platform: Xbox 360
- BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
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Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (Xbox 360)
With the Xbox 360 still selling like two week old sushi in Japan, Capcom remains Microsofts biggest supporter from the land of the rising uppercut. Realising theres no point trying to appeal to the local market their games so far have all been very much Western in style, as exemplified by the well-received Dead Rising. This was intended as a third person take on Halo and even though the similarities are ultimately minor its still one of the 360s best action games. Like most Capcom games the story (and particularly dialogue and voiceovers) is not one of the games best features, but thankfully theres not much that needs explaining when youre fighting monster bugs and giant robot riding snow pirates.
Like Halo you can have only two weapons at a time and use a recharging shield. This though is powered by an always decreasing supply of thermal energy, topped up from defeated enemies. Apart from this the only other piece of gadgetry you have to help you is a grappling hook, although it remains largely underused in the single player campaign. The various mechs you can commandeer are a great deal of fun though, with different variants being able to jump, hover or transform into vehicles. Graphically the game is excellent, with some awesomely large Starship Troopers style bugs and possibly the best explosions ever in gaming.
Where the game gets into trouble is the brevity of the single player campaign. Although this is compensated by the online multiplayer mode, even that cannot overcome the games innate simplicity. Complexity, or even longevity, is not what this game is about though and in terms of offering plenty of big dumb fun it succeeds admirably.
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So what's wrong with it? Well, for one thing there's no save option, and the game only auto-saves at the end of each mission. I read a review where someone said that it could take up to 2 hours to complete missions, and at the time thought it couldn't POSSIBLY take that long. How wrong I was. Some even took longer. That's all right if you're a hard-core gamer, but for the short-session gamer its a bit too much to suffer.
The other major let-down was the scripting for the cutscenes. Although the plot itself isn't bad, the cutscenes were almost painful to watch, with consistently twee, puerile and in places unbelievably cheesy ('I WILL kill Isenberg!!') dialogue. It wasn't the content that was wrong - it was the tone.
I personally also loathed the constantly re-spawning baddies, forcing you into a 'duck and dive' style of gameplay. When I shoot the bad guys, I like 'em dead. Period.
If I'd played a demo I wouldn't have bothered with the game. I even considered not bothering to finish it, but as my obsessive nature wouldn't permit that, I played on expecting there would at least be a satisfying ending. Wrong again. Gameplay stops, there's a pathetic attempt at a plot tie-up, then the credits roll.
All in all, unless you like games where you endlessly shoot things for no apparent reason, and are prepared to put in long sessions, I suggest you give this one a wide berth.
So we're terrafoming a new planet to sustain human life- some indegineous creatures (akrid) arnt very happy about it and have proceeded to murder your dad. revenge is in the air... Thats right this is Starship Troopers with snowstorms. The lacklustre story unfolds with a cutscene at the end (and sometimes middle) of each level and in all fairness theyre complete drivle- Amnesia- government conspiracy- there's nothing new here. dont expect to be drawn in by the strory and i would be surprised if you grew any affinity to the chracters.
the game is played from a third person perspective and I must say that its a very well thought out control system which follows the easy to learn/ difficult to master theme. You wont be pressing the wrong buttons at crucial moments and bemoaning your clumsy thumbs.
Its worth baring in mind that this is an arcade style shooter so fans of tactical espionage may be dissappointed- you will have your right index finger glued down on the trigger for large periods and at times you will feel that success is down to luck rather than skill.
Success through levels is often dependent upon your utilisation of VS Suits. These are large mechanoid type walkers with which you can strap large weapons - gattling guns, rocket launchers, laser weapons, shotguns etc. There's nice variation here- some are quick and nimble some slow and powerful and you'll need to think about which weapons to strap to it to best suit the situation. It is very good fun throughout and you'll never feel bored. Challenging without being frustrating.
On the negative side it is extremely linear. There are no alternative routes through levels to aid replay value. Its such an old fashioned style game as well. level based with a boss at the end. I found it frustrating that there are no in-level save points. Each level can take up to an hour to play through, which is about right but i found that i often got stuck on the boss battle at the end but was unable to end my game without having to play through the level again - very frustrating! Also you can quite easily run past most of your enemies and are not forced to fight so you might find yourself asking 'why bother'
The only reason I dont give it 10 is because its not as good as Gears of War, which is still easily the best. Absolutely superb explosions and snow effects. There's a great variety of environments and scenery, textures and colours and some of the akrid are mamoth and awe inspiring. Truly superb in every sense. Its just a shame that this isnt more of a sandbox type of game so that you could explore more. A slight niggle is that your ever diminishing thermal life bar often means that you cant hang around to admire the view.
Cant fault the sound either really. The screams and roars of the akrid are perfect and apporiate to the particular cretures size and type. voice acting is more than adequate (even if the hero is a bit to pretty for my liking) missiles fly past your ears and bullets reverberate on your surroundings. theres good echo in indoor environments and it all has a good feel of authenticity.
Ive never been a big fan of arcade shooters. They seem to me a relic of 90's 8-bit consoles but there was enough here to persuade me otherwise.
this game has a brilliant story mode that will entertian you for quite a while. fair enough the plot is not exactly plot of the year but it does have its twists which surprise you and the graphics are quite good. the combat system is really good wether your on foot or in a giant robot thing and having this choice of combat through out most of the game is great. the best part of the game i would say is the online multiplayer as maps are somtimes absolutely humungus which much bigger than what you get in GOW or halo3 and the mechanics the games uses make multiplayer a barrel of lauhgs somtimes
the only bad thing about this game is the way it creates multiplayer matches can be frusrtaitng and may take a while but somtimes its worth it and the control layout and is a little diffrent from most shooters and the camara angles came be frustating but thats not somthing that will throw u off the game its just somthing you will get used too so all in all i would say this is worth buying if you like and want a game which is diffrent or unique to other games.
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