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  • Summary: In Lost Planet, human snow pirates navigate VS (Vital Suits) through hostile ice-covered environments, fighting against the indigenous Akrid creatures for the precious thermal energy they need to survive. For one such pilot named Wayne, death almost seemed imminent until he was fortunatelyIn Lost Planet, human snow pirates navigate VS (Vital Suits) through hostile ice-covered environments, fighting against the indigenous Akrid creatures for the precious thermal energy they need to survive. For one such pilot named Wayne, death almost seemed imminent until he was fortunately rescued. However, he can only remember a few fragments of his past including the slaying of his father by the monstrous beings. Yet under the veil of ice, a devious plan has been set into motion for the termination of all Akrid and snow pirates alike. What really happened to Wayne? Who is plotting the destructive scheme? Encounter valuable allies and dangerous enemies on Wayne's search for the truth. [Capcom] Expand
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  1. Positive: 59 out of 76
  2. Negative: 0 out of 76
  1. From the well planned and executed single player campaign to the never-ending online battles, it’s one of those rare games where you feel like you got every penny’s worth and then some. [JPN Import]
  2. Lost Planet is a great game with action-packed gameplay and a nice cinematic feel to it. Even though the single-player mode is a little on the short side, the great multiplayer elements are enough for the price of admission.
  3. While the game's definitely not perfect, it introduces some interesting gameplay mechanics to keep the action steady from start to finish, and it sports some truly excellent graphics. It's not going to win any awards for its storyline (I still don't know who some of the characters are), but when viewed as a series of standalone missions, it's a blast.
  4. As an action game, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition delivers in spades – even if it can be finished in under 8 hours total playtime.
  5. Despite some niggling flaws with the camera and general speed of the game it does feel reasonably polished. There are some really neat effects used and the idea of having the choice to use the Vital Suits or on foot makes for some inspiring gameplay moments.
  6. There are downsides, like the Akrid's lack of any sense of self-preservation (and strict attack patterns) and a heavy dependence on mechs which are not as much fun to control as in other, mech-centric games. But the biggest drawback is the lack of options and reliability in online multiplayer, which may hurt the game's long term popularity.
  7. On the one hand it has so many design flaws that Gamestyle should hate it. But on the other hand it's a fun experience with a number of memorable moments.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 79
  2. Negative: 17 out of 79
  1. MichaelL.
    Jan 13, 2007
    10
    This game has a great story and the fire FXs are amazing. and its great because how many Akrid you have to kill AWESOME!!!.
  2. Rol
    Jan 13, 2007
    10
    Beautiful and fun in an arcade not realistic way. Games this good are rare. My new favourite 360 game. And why do some of the reviews Beautiful and fun in an arcade not realistic way. Games this good are rare. My new favourite 360 game. And why do some of the reviews undervalue the multiplayer. It's great. Maps are interesting and you can change the layouts of each map. Also the free CE map is very good as well. Plenty of life in the multiplayer maybe more than Gow's to be truthful. Expand
  3. DominicK.
    Jun 25, 2007
    9
    Great Game! Single Player is like going through a Sci FI Movie and Xbox Live MP is the best!! This game as already added three map packs with Great Game! Single Player is like going through a Sci FI Movie and Xbox Live MP is the best!! This game as already added three map packs with three new maps in each one and has also put out one free map for download from Xbox Live. Expand
  4. TheMoo
    Jan 31, 2007
    8
    Definitely a good game. not the best of them all, but yes, passes time quickly from boss to another. Didn't like the repetitive (after a Definitely a good game. not the best of them all, but yes, passes time quickly from boss to another. Didn't like the repetitive (after a while) gameplay, but I guess can't get it all. Multiplayer's awesome. should have worked a bit more on graphics. Playing this after Gears of War is kinda disappointing. Expand
  5. Hawkemann
    Feb 12, 2007
    7
    The Good: Great graphics, incredible explosions, good multilayer, unique "life" meter The Bad: Each level is about fighting a different boss. The Good: Great graphics, incredible explosions, good multilayer, unique "life" meter The Bad: Each level is about fighting a different boss. The bosses are great but if your not into fighting bosses don't buy it. Expand
  6. Dec 24, 2013
    5
    Game play was repetitive and story sparse, the aiming was nice a tight and the ability to traverse the environment was a nice thought butGame play was repetitive and story sparse, the aiming was nice a tight and the ability to traverse the environment was a nice thought but quite choppy. The best different little thing this game did was with it's cold heat source dynamic and life/time limit, these, whilst interesting ideas were pretty poor and similar concepts were dealt with much better in the game metro 2033. A stock standard 3rd person shooter. Expand
  7. Jul 20, 2020
    0
    Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is a game that was founded on horrendous ideas, making it a candidate for the worst third person shooter everLost Planet: Extreme Condition is a game that was founded on horrendous ideas, making it a candidate for the worst third person shooter ever made.

    "B-b-but muh grafix & story!" some of you may utter in a shocked reply. Yes, pretty good graphics (even by modern standards) are a surprising factor in this game, and the story is rather decent, the rest of the game is so mind-bendingly awful these factors will take a backseat to what is really going on. Let's start off with the controls, the biggest sin committed by this atrocity. If you've played 3PS games on the Xbox 360 before, there are a few controls you should expect to see. X to reload, RT to shoot, LT to aim, pretty basic stuff here. Lost Planet tosses that formula out the window with its ridiculous controls, RT to shoot being the only basic one that remains. X to rappel, OK, can deal with that. A to jump? Sure, why not. Up on the D-Pad to aim? Disgusting. Clicking the right stick to reload? Ludicrous. From the moment you start the first level, you'll realize that the controls are awkward and clunky. I'm in 4 playthroughs deep, and it doesn't ever feel right.

    Now, let's get even more basic. The mechanics of the game itself. You technically have 2 health bars while playing, one if the standard LIFE bar that many games have, but the other is pretty exclusive to the Lost Planet series, T-ENG. T-ENG is short for Thermal Energy, and is what you need to survive on a frozen planet. Cool concept on paper, with the worst execution I've seen in video games. You will lose T-ENG by doing ANYTHING. Scratch that, you can lose T-ENG by doing NOTHING. Need to reload? Shoot? Run? Jump? Dodge? Grapple? Throw grenades? Crouch? Stand still and do absolutely nothing? All of the above cost T-ENG, the rate at which you lose it depending on the difficulty you're suffering through. Regaining T-ENG comes from either killing enemies, human, Akrid, or VS, or destroying a piece of the environment such as an explosive barrel or car. All of which involve moving...shooting...reloading...See where I'm going with this?

    When your T-ENG hits 0, you will slowly lose health, be unable to regenerate health, be unable to fire T-ENG based weapons, and be locked out of using a VS. Hit a checkpoint with no T-ENG? The game will generously [/sarcasm] give you 1000 T-ENG to start with. On Extreme, that might be enough to keep you alive for 3 or 4 minutes. T-ENG dictates the entire game, and hitting a bad checkpoint with not enough of it could really ruin your day.

    So, what else does this game have to offer? Mech shooting. That's right, for the cost of a T-ENG number that drops like a lead ball, you can pilot and use a mech with big guns! At least until it gets destroyed within minutes after an enemy sees you. That brings me to my next point, the awful combat system. This game could have gotten away with being called "Knock Down Simulator 2K6" and no one would have second guessed it. Every enemy attack has a strong possibility of knocking you down and doing massive damage. While you're knocked down and healing, your T-ENG drains much more rapidly as you struggle to stand and heal, only to be hit by the enemy again, either repeating the knockdown process or outright killing you. This will occur on foot, in VS, on every level, against every enemy. Sometimes, you'll be completely helpless and unable to stop the impending death after a knockdown. Other times, you'll escape with such little T-ENG that you're merely prolonging life by a few minutes at most.

    The mechs don't feel good to control, feeling more like piloting a WWII era tank rather than a future giant robot made to kill insect monsters. Using a VS is very sluggish, and usually drain T-ENG faster than you can replenish it in combat. The game is also short, sporting 11 levels, 3 of which are under 10 minutes and others of which are re-treads of previous levels. There's also no replayability, since all that leads to is more Lost Planet.

    What's the overall verdict? The death sentence. This game is wholly unpleasant to play from start to finish, with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. It's amazing that Lost Planet 2 turned out to be a rather great game, since it was built on the same shay foundation as this game. I'd say start there and avoid this one at all costs.

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