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PostSubject: Lost Planet Colonies Review   Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:54 pm

Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions (Colonies Edition)

Platform: Xbox 360/ PC
Genre Catagory: Third-Person Shoter
Date of Release: 05/27/08
ESRB: T
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Rating: C+
Official Site URL: http://www.lostplanet-thegame.com/

written by Mali


The Frozen Wasteland never looked so good


Lost Planet came out originally at the start of 2007 for the Xbox 360 where it quickly gained much press and awards as a move in the right direction for the next generation games by pushing the level of gameplay and graphics to a new standard making explosions look as if they were apart of a live motion picture that engrossed you as you wanted to play more to learn the story of Wayne, the main character that you play and his ordeal with Green Eye, this enormous Akrid that is responsible for the death of his late father. Lost Planet, after it's sales for the Xbox 360, they made a port to the PC, which was more or less a good move since it gave all those PC fans a chance to play the game which then lead to the port for the Playstation 3. The sales for Lost Planet showed that many people were playing, with leaderboards showing that the Koreans and Europeans could kick the hell out of Americans, which lead them to make a remake of the original. This game being Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions (Colonies Edition), which for Xbox 360 would be a Platinum Hits with a notation that showed that it was the special edition which added more content then the original with the same stuff that we liked. With this, let's begin our review.

The story in Lost Planet, as originally the will carry on as you take the place of Wayne, who in the middle of a battle with the big badass Akrid, Green Eye which is bigger than anything you've seen. They take up Vital Suits also known as (VS.) which are war machines or 'mechs', they use to fight against these bigger Akrids to equal their fire power. Green Eye, overly dominant in the beginning makes you basically run like hell after realizing your father did not make it after a devastating blow by Green Eye. Eventually you find yourself in a last stance against Green Eye which puts you into a inert coma that leads to amnesia because of your loss of 'Thermal Energy' which I'll go into further detail later. You eventually get woke up by a team who wants to fight against these Akrids so they can peacefully live on the planet. Eventually you go through, do missions for this team while you regain memory of what happened until the unavoidable battle with Green Eye.

During your time playing Lost Planet, you'll find that T-Eng otherwise known as Thermal Energy is essential for this Frozen Hell. This'll basically stay up and keep your health from giving out. You can find Thermal Energy out of the Akrids you take down throughout the battles. Akrids are these enemies you face, such as Green Eye and they come in forms of crazy armadillo things that try to run your ass over and huge flies that you get to swat. Thermal Energy can also be accessed from Data Posts. In Lost Planet, you'll find eventually that Data Posts are essential with your experience in Online, which I'll go on explain later.


Oh sh**, it's about to blow!

In this game, you get a new arsenal of weapons as well as maps. These new weapons range from the weakly revolver unless you think your a pro with head shots, stick to big guns, like I recommend the Rocket Launcher, small in size but big in boom! Other new weapons like the Flamethrower and some 'pizazz' to the way you kill your opponents, but other than that, just some of something else they wanted to add thats extra. Other weapons such as the VS which can be used for different things like power, speed and jump power. Their a three different types and weapons such as swords and then you have the beautiful (VS) Rifle which is an instant kill for all you newbies wanting to go in and own!

In Lost Planet, you get three new single player modes which will show how well you do on the leaderboars ranking. First is Trial Battle Mode, which is actually fun. You get a very quick paced run through all the boss battles that you've fought through and you must get done with it in a timely manner. Only a few things I picked up, is that the battles are often hard for people who first play Lost Planet through Colonies, so you should go through the story mode first to learn strategies and what not before you go into that. Throughout Trial Battle Mode, your destination is determined by how you play which is always fun for those just wanting to jump in without learning anything, but highly not recommended unless your someone with very little patience. Then you have Score Attack which tells you to go around, with your combo meter and go in and blow the hell out of everything in your way for points that'll get carried on. This may get quite repetitive after a while of just seeing explosions, which I might add are very beautiful in nature. However, if you want real fun, I suggest you go online.

For those with a Xbox Live account and looking to tryout those four new maps and several weapons, go out online. Online gives a new array of strategies and maps to look forward to as the push to see new things and do new stuff as taken data posts to the new gametype of being an akrid of a 4 to 1 ratio with a max of four Akrids against a number of players to take out makes for new fun. I have found out some manipulation techniques used to be Arkids that seem a little unfair by letting people putting it to highest level gets to be Akrid. You'll soon find out that leveling in Colonies is a whole lot easier then it was in the original and if you play relentlessly with your friends then you'll expect to be a level 50 in one day and maybe level 100 in the first week. Leveling has it's upsides to being easy, as you get to play four new characters and a hidden character ?Frank West? which is basically this guy in his boxers going around shooting at you. Lots of fun, eh? The other new characters two new females and two robots.

There is a downsides to online, with people buying the original and not really wanting a 'remake' but more of a sequel the lobbies aren't really filled with a lot of people. You'll find mostly Japanese and American servers when you go online and it's not that fun if you have no one to play with, though if you find a few friends it can be very fun.


Playing with your friends on a Lego map, TOGA!

Through the game, you'll see that you still get the same old amazing graphics, a few enhanced to match the new maps. These graphics range from wonderful night time snow storms that you see to the fire pits of a mechanized map that shows wonderful buckets of lava just for you to want to jump in! There is also great desert places that look amazing as if you were in the real thing. It's great, these graphics are still awesome and were good for their time, some of the best out there still showing what next generation has done to make games look how they do today. The graphics go great with the sounds of the explosions making it as if you were in the middle of a big Star Wars flick on maps like Space Battlegrounds and Area 921. The sounds of voice over by the characters and other people have been somewhat annoying and not that pleasing, as it's a poor translation from Japanese to English making some scenes sound confusing. The controls of the game are a big strange if you first pick it up. Though, as you play on you'll get more accustomed to them for a Third Person Action shooter that uses the grappler to get from place to place and being able to shoot at things takes a lot of accuracy and balance through your fast paced movement which will easily separate the newbies who have never played the game from those who are well experienced with Lost Planet.


This just shows how beautiful the game really is

At the end of the day, if you loved the original Lost Planet and want something that'll carry you over to the sequel then this is a good and cheap buy, only around 30 USD. It's still a great game and worth the money if you want to play an Akrid and run around to take out things then go ahead, you'll find a bit more than you did in the original and if you're new to the series, then I suggest you start off with colonies because it gives you more for your buck.

Now for the score:

Gameplay: Still the same old things you loved from the first with the point on point controls to the excellent implement of T-Eng and good story with a few more Single Player Options to keep you occupied.

8.5

Online: You wont see many people on, but those you do see on are probably a lot more experienced then those who may be new to the series as well as the online battles are a lot more pact if you have more people, so be sure to get your friends playing with you!

8

Graphics: They are still great with beautiful explosions you saw from the first one mixed with the sweet texture of snow you walk on throughout the game just wants to make you bend over and lick it!

9

Sound: The voice overs are sometimes confused and not well said because of a bad translation and some guns sound like you're in the middle of a paintball fight with your friends in your back yard. Though the sounds of explosions and VS. makes you want to blow crap up all over again.

8

Lasting Appeal: If you really like the first one and really need to satisfy your craving until a sequel then pick this up, if you're satisfied with the first or really didn't like it to begin with then I'd suggest you avoid this, though if you have friends and an Xbox live account then you are set and ready to have a lot of fun for weeks on end. This may not be able to compete with those like Call of Duty 4, RSV2 or Halo 3, but it's still a fun game that'll give you a good time. For me personally the online got a tad boring after much time being alone and not finding parties until I made a few friends who played often.

7.5

Final Score: 8.2
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PostSubject: Re: Lost Planet Colonies Review   Fri Jul 11, 2008 1:12 pm

This is the first review like this, that wasn't C&p'd! And, welcome to TGN. It's obvious you're a TW member, which is a bit more organized than us (biggy does quite a nice job at what he does, if the TW in your GT is Tactical Warfare.) We're a bit less focused than TW, and a LOT more laid back. no mandatory practice (which drove me to leave, in good standing.), but i still think you'll like it here.

Sorry for the wierd post, it's liek 1:11, and if it makes no sense, i'll edit it tomorrow.


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PostSubject: Re: Lost Planet Colonies Review   Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:39 pm

nice reviews juss got done reading buh i think lost planet diserves a lil more graphicss since was one of those early xbox games
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PostSubject: Re: Lost Planet Colonies Review   Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:17 am

armeltology12 wrote:
nice reviews juss got done reading buh i think lost planet diserves a lil more graphicss since was one of those early xbox games

This is the remake, Colonies Edition. Smile
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