Thursday, June 24, 2010

Video game number one hundred and seventy seven: Lost Planet 2

Video game review number one hundred and seventy seven in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Lost Planet 2".

I didn't like the first Lost Planet very much. I remember playing through the first couple of chapters and being very unimpressed with the game. Even though I know it got really good reviews, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I say this, because I'm assuming I came into this game a bit biased and it probably shows.

This sequel opens with some soldiers running around in the snow (once again) when they encounter some "Snow Pirates". These snow pirates get into a gunfight with our heroes (whose names I don't think we're ever told)...and they are somehow able to regenerate after being shot a bunch of times. Turns out, they have neat-o regenerator thingies just like the good guys in video games always do (and this amazes our heroes for some reason).

I played through the first level. It was barren and confusing, just like the levels I remember from the first game. Fortunately, it was over quickly...and I found myself being flown to a jungle planet. I was excited for a moment (after all, it was nice to finally get out of the snow in a Lost Planet game)...but the Jungle planet is just as confusing as the snow planet.

This game has failed to introduce me to a character that I care about. I'm not sure if they ever told me the name of my character, or why he's fighting, or who these enemies are that he's fighting (and why we're at war)...but without these details, I'm just playing "Guy in third person shooter". That'd be ok if the shooter were awesome, but it's not.

I made it through the first chapter of the first episode...and after I beat that, I did a save and quit. I really have no interest in continuing, especially when I've left better games than this one unfinished. Splinter Cell, The Saboteur, TMNT, Just Cause 2 and even Spongebob Truth or Square come to mind. These are all games I haven't played in weeks that I'd rather go back and play some more than spend anymore time in Lost Planet 2.

Overall Score? 5/10. I know people love this one, but to's boring and average at best. There's nothing "wrong" with it, it's just not a series that I've been a fan of, and it's not surprising to me that I didn't instantly love this game. If I had a week with nothing else to do, I might get into this one....but I haven't a week with no other games available for....well...years.

Achievements? I got one. The achievements in this game are notoriously impossible, but I'm pretty sure I could breeze through the campaign if I wanted to for 5 or 6 more. Unfortunately for my gamerscore...I don't want to.

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