Excerpt: Sequels are supposed to take a game franchise forward, building on their predecessors' strengths, shoring up their weaknesses, and adding new features to enhance the gameplay. Unfortunately, that's not the case with Lost Planet 2, a sequel that manages to be a step backward from the original game. In fact, if Lost Planet 2 was the first game in the franchise, then there probably would never have been a sequel.
Conclusion: Lost Planet 2 is an ambitious and enthusiastic title that is sadly lacking in focus, with a single player experience that falls some way short of the competition and a multiplayer campaign that is diminished by unconvincing AI opponents. And yet…it still manages to be strangely endearing – never knowing where you’ll end up next or what bizarre creatures lie in wait proves enough incentive to put up with the many flaws.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is The first Lost Planet was as on and off as it gets. The series did how ever show potential. The level design was awesome and the enemies came in all sizes and shapes. The multiplayer game was also interesting enough for people to try out and Capcom all of the sudden had a new franchise on their hands.
Excerpt: Lost Planet 2 is a divisive game. When I write that, I don’t mean that it divides players in any way. I’m using the term to describe the very ideas at the game’score. The game feels like two schools of game design are at war with each other and when the dust settles, what’s left is a game that has moments of brilliance and pure enjoyment, but is hampered by an old way of thinking and numerous technical issues resulting from that.
Summary: Feature-for-feature, Lost Planet 2 should be an improvement over the original. It sports four-player online co-op, a robust multiplayer mode complete with unlockable goodies, and impressive visual design with lots of variety and artistic flair. Yet amazingly, this third-person sci-fi shooter represents a major step backward for one important reason: It isn't much fun. Not only did developer Capcom not address the problems of the original, but it exacerbated them.
Pros: Fantastic production values, Loads of gameplay variety, A ton of online content, Competitive play can be good fun
Cons: Abysmal friendly and enemy AI, Awful mission design, Relies too much on taking control away from the player, All sorts of small, deadly flaws
Conclusion: Kudos to Capcom for pushing the four-player, co-op concept, but Lost Planet 2 still doesn't quite work as a compelling shooter. As a single-player it's too bitty and frustrating to compete with the likes of Gears of War, and while the online mode can be fun, it also veers between the mundane and the punitively demanding. The big bugs are brilliant, but it takes more than giant, man-gobbling insects to produce a cracking action game.
Pros: Great boss battles, great co-op action
Cons: AI can forget about teamwork, not great playing single player
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