Some of you may have noticed that on the ol’ XBL, I have finally put down Burnout Revenge (for the most part) and moved on over to another game that I’ve been meaning to get to – Capcom’s Lost Planet.
Before I purchased it, I had only played demos of it at local game stores and it seemed mildly entertaining so when it dropped in price, I thought it’d be a nice one to pick up and kick around for a bit.
Now that I’m pretty deep into the game, I present to you my findings.
I’m probably about 40% through the game now and the gist of the story is you play this character named Vayne who’s hanging out on this frozen planet that the Earth is trying to terraform and eventually colonize. There’s apparently some other stuff going on too including losing your father in a battle with the people who are trying to colonize the planet, these big insect like creatures called Akrid running around everywhere, and more nonsense that you won’t be able to follow.
So as you progress through the levels, you’ll use the regular assortment of weapons (machine guns, rocket launchers and grenades) as well as a grappling hook a la Bionic Commando. Plus, you’ll also find these things called “VS”‘s sprinkled about the levels which are essentially pocket sized mechs that you can climb into and do mech like stuff such as using gattling cannons, grenade launchers, transforming into dumb vechicles, hovering, flying… Well, you get the gist.
Oh – and whole time you’re running around, you’ll have to keep an eye on your thermal energy gauge which functions kind of like the shield in the first Halo. The thinking behind this one is the planet is so cold that you need this thermal energy stuff to keep you alive. And as long as you have thermal energy, it will repair your life as you get hit. BUT if you run out of the energy, your life will go down until you’re dead. Don’t worry – Even though it sounds like a complete pain, very rarely do you ever have to worry about running out.
Is Lost Planet Worth Your Time?
In my opinion, the answer is probably because through and through this game seems constantly a step above decent. But really, THAT’S IT. It’s one of those games that you can’t wholeheartedly say is “good” but you definitely can’t say it’s bad either. Hm. Am I making sense here or just contradicting myself? Look, take the gameplay – It’s not bad. You think you’re going to do one thing, and you do it. No weird glitches and you’ll certainly feel like it’s tight all the way around. But there’s absolutely NOTHING inspired about it. You pick up ammo and weapons, you destroy things, rinse, repeat. You won’t think any of the weapons are original, the VS’s are plain as can be and the environments (while looking good) aren’t very imaginative and they look about on par with everything else that’s out there on the market.
And when you look at the story and cutscenes it’s the same thing. The CG sequences look decent enough, but the characters are MORE than forgettable with Vayne often ending conversation with the Ryo Hazuki, “Yeah.” Oh and the plot… Trust me you really won’t care about it, but in a weird way you’ll be glad that they at least tried to put something together.
Stateside, you can find the game for $29.99 and below so for what it’s worth it’s (get ready) not bad. On the achievement side of things can you can earn’em pretty quickly as you go through the game, with the other ones being fun to try and get through the levels. For me, one of the biggest gripes I have is that Capcom didn’t do more with the grappling hook and VS suits. There is really some great untapped potential there but I don’t know that this game will get a decent sequel so I’ll probably just have to suck on it. Oh well, it’s still enjoyable. (#):)