This honestly is an absolutely brilliant title and well worth playing for anyone into sci-fi shooters!
There are two versions of this game, Lost Planet and Lost Planet: Colonies. The Colonies game provides new multiplayer maps, with new weapons and also allowing the player to play as Akrid (the enemies within the game)!
The story is set on a hospitable planet called E.D.N. 3 and the original settlers are chased away by the insect-like Akrid. The humans then come back with the mission of terraforming the planet to make it alright for them to live there and have the side effect of killing the Akrid. However events unfold that change the story around immensely. The two factions are the Snow Pirates and NEVEC (the original settlers), each fighting against each other for control of the planet!
The gameplay consists of a 3rd person shooter, with the ability to use a variety of awesome weaponry (from rocket launchers to plasma guns), to take down humans and VSs (Vitality Suits I.E. giant drivable robots)! The VSs really are the star of this game and you can customise them with different weapon load-outs to suit your taste. However this drains your T-ENG (essentially another life meter), that when empty starts draining your health and eventual death. You can heal yourself via T-ENG, however you only have a limited supply, which you get from killing Akrid. There are also some very interesting and creative bosses for you to slay within the game!
The graphics and sound are simply beautiful, with rockets screaming past you just inches from your face and the snowy environments and explosions looking truly photo realistic. Capcom did a seriously good job and the fact that this was a launch title for Xbox 360 makes it even better!
All in all you must simply buy this game for its brilliance!
Lost Planet: Extreme conditions is not exactly a new game, but it does have incredible graphics, and an intriguing storyline, even if it is slightly repetitive.
The graphics cannot be faulted, they are incredible. Everything from the fur to the snow looks high resolution, high end graphics, giving the game a definite sense of realism, even if occasionally it did cause the console to stutter on some cutscenes, which is fairly odd, but fairly rare, at least.
The gameplay is good, but gets repetitive, after a while it seems that all you are doing is running around, shooting monsters, and sucking up this precious 'thermal energy' that you need to stay alive in the arctic world. More than once I found this annoying, as you get very little time to explore the gameworld, as you are constantly trying to progress to the next plot point so you can replenish your thermal energy store, and not die. The story is well thought out, and fits in with the overall theme, but is nothing amazing.
The sound is fairly sub-standard, recycled monsters cries and screams, 'oofs' if you get hurt, so nothing special there, so if you rely on sound to pull you into the game world, you're going to be disappointed.
Overall, it's a fairly good game, but it can get repetive and boring, occasionally brings the console to it's knees in the cutscenes, and leaves you constantly worrying about 'thermal energy'
I Purchased this game after reading reviews in the games magazine i buy each month, and it did live up to the reviews of 4 out of 5 it was awarded.
As soon as you start playing the game you are placed in a battle with a huge alien life form boss, which sets the scene for the rest of the game.
Large, impressive levels with lots of attention to detail, a good selection of weapons to choose from as you progress through the game, and a half decent story line work in this games favour.
I Did find some of the controls frustrating, but a quick visit to the options screen with a few tweaks and all was well.
The online function adds life to a game that once played through and completed would only find itself gathering dust in the cupboard.
The added bonus for us PS3 owners is that the PS3 version has some additional content due to the later release than the Xbox 360 version, this includes 8 additional maps for online multiplayer mode and some extra playable characters in the single and online mode.
I paid nearly full price (£32.99) when released, but this game can now be picked up for around £15, and that in my opinion after playing the game is a good buy for any Playstation 3 owner !
Look out for the sequel Lost Planet 2 out now ...