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Review: Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions.

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In the beginning of 2007 Capcom released a game called Lost Planet. Over all it received good reviews and helped to push the sales of the X-box 360. Now (over a year later) they decided to release it on the PS3. Can Lost Planet stand the test of time?

Well, it really depends on how you look at it. If you ignore the fact that it’s a port of an older game, it’s a pretty solid title.

You play as a young man named Wayne. His father was killed by a particularly massive alien bug called Green Eye. You would think that would be enough, but the bug didn’t stop there. It gave him amnesia! Oh noes! Thankfully you get picked up by a couple of snow pirates who help you gain your revenge. Oddly enough, the only girl in the group managed to show an impressive amount of cleavage even in -60 degree weather. Well played, Capcom.

One of the best parts about the gameplay is the ability to hop in and out of mechs on the fly. If you see laying the group, then go near it. Sometimes you can dig it out of the snow and use it. Better yet, forget about getting in the mech and just take it’s weapons instead. Yes, for those of you who haven’t played the game yet, you can use the mechs weapons. Sure they’re massive and seem really difficult to hold up, but you can still kick some butt while on foot.

I haven’t had the chance to play the original game on the 360, so I really have no basis for comparison (other than videos and images off the internet). But from what I understand, the PS3 port is very faithful to the original. Personally, I think it’s a smart move. If you try to mess with a port to make it better than it’s previous incarnation, you could screw it up and end up making it worse. Capcom played this one smart and I applaud them for it. And even though I would have preferred an actual sequel with completely new content and story, this is the next best thing. Besides, It’s not like I’ve bought the same game twice.

There is still a negative side to keeping this an almost pure port of the original game. Firstly, The controls are a bit clunky and your movement isn’t exactly considered fast. While you’re able to spin the camera around, there are certain angles which will give you some trouble. In example: It’s extremely difficult to look straight up. However, just like about any other game, you tend to get used to them after a while.

Next is the extreme lack of extras. Sure they’ve added the ability to unlock alternative characters to play as (Megaman gave me a nerdgasm), but that has no lasting appeal. Where is the added content? You have coins spread out across the various levels that do absolutely nothing if you hit them. From what I’m told, they were used for achievements on the 360. Too lazy to take them out or think of another use for them, eh Capcom?

What’s even worse is the online play. The amount of slowdown can really get annoying. So much to the point that if makes you want to stick to the single player only. Seriously, it’s pretty bad.

All in all, it’s a good game. But it’s not worth the price of a brand new game. Unless you’re a collector or a hardcore Lost Planet fan, rent this game. You’ll be glad you did.

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