Capcom struck gold a couple of years ago when the company released the original Lost Planet. It would seem almost automatic that Lost Planet 2 would be just as great. As it turns out, however, for as good as the sequel is it leaves the player wanting something more.
Visually, Lost Planet 2 is a stunning game. The exotic locations such as the chilly snow area and lush jungle look amazing, as do the characters and big (and we do mean big), bad monsters. The game's soundtrack, limited though it may be, is pleasant on the ears and the dialogue isn't half-bad either.
Gameplay, however, is a slightly different story.
While Lost Planet 2 isn't exactly a twitch game like many shooters are, it still has its issues as there are times where the enemies will be difficult to see. Identifying targets, though, isn't the real problem here; it's in the controls themselves.
Melee attacks are done using the 'B' button (as are running or activating one of the many slow-to-use pillars and beacons). Thankfully, the grappling hook (just like the one in the original) uses the 'X' button, but its reach seems just a hair shorter than it should. While the controls aren't horrible, they do feel like they weren't thought out too well -- kind-of like the city planning over the years here in Sacramento.
Lost Planet 2, to an even greater extent that the original, doesn't know what to do with the little bit of coherent storyline that exists. The original game dealt with protagonist Wayne's quest to regain his memories on the frozen world of EDN III after being struck with amnesia. In the sequel, the END III is beginning to thaw and its inhabitants are splintering off into warring factions. The story is broken into a half-dozen chapters and each of them tell a completely different part of the overall story. What it leaves the player with is a very fragmented notion of what went on through the 15 (or so) hours of one-player action.
The game does offer a co-op mode and while it gets the job done, it feels a bit antiquated compared to current standards and expectations. It's still just as fun to play as the original's, but there are simply better options available these days.
Is the game good? Yes and no. Yes, the game is good (enough) and no, this game isn't quite as good as the original.
Final Game Guys grade: B
- Game Guy Barry White email@example.com