Lost Planet 2 Hands-On

We discover three friends and one giant lizard in Lost Planet 2.

The ice cold Lost Planet was one of the more interesting shooters released early on in the Xbox 360’s life. The snow-covered world was great for peppering giant insects with your terrible bullets, but there were a few twists to this classic formula as well. You could latch on to enemies and objects with your grappling hook, adding a layer of exploration and maneuverability to the hectic action, and you could also climb inside a mech, giving you extra fire power to ravage the world. The snow has cleared for a tropical setting in the sequel, but Lost Planet 2 has the same frantic action and a new four-player co-op mode to make this even bigger than the first game.

We had a chance to play one level in the upcoming Lost Planet 2 today, and we teamed up with three other players who hate giant beasts as much as we do. The level began with a rocky bridge, muddy and covered in grass. After nabbing a few guns, we were immediately confronted by a hulking monstrosity. No chance to get our feet wet with pushover enemies here--we had to team up to take down a towering lizard.

Luckily, evolution wasn’t kind to this monster. He has glowing red spots that highlight his various weak points. His knees are especially susceptible. Emptying a few clips into his haunches makes them break off, resulting in gallons of black blood bursting into the tropical paradise. He had a weak point along his head and back as well, which isn’t that easy to shoot when you’re just a tiny man standing on the ground. Here is where the grapple hook comes in handy--you can just latch it onto his side and gracefully glide up, riding the beast around like a scaly steed.

You have both an individual life bar and a team one that everyone shares. When you lose all your life, you can respawn in a location of your choice. However, dying lowers your team’s total health, and when that depletes completely, your game ends. Coordination is important here since your buddies will be wielding rocket launchers and flamethrowers, and those can be fatal to lizards and humans alike. There was one mech suit in the demo, which gave us a more powerful machine gun as well as the ability to briefly hover.

The controls are a little loose at this point, making grappling frustrating at times, but the rest of the game is shaping up nicely. Teaming up with a few friends to kill giant monsters is a great formula, and it seems to be well represented here. Lost Planet 2 is currently scheduled for release in the winter of 2010.

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shooters125
shooters125

its going to be a reall good game. the demo was awesome although the controls are a lil sketchy but easy to get the hang of. also how do u swim cuz every time i just keep falling in.

ahnzz
ahnzz

the demo is awesome ... reminds me of monster hunter

OB-47
OB-47

The demo on XBL is amazing. You can actually go in the stomach of the lizard, and its not a new area like in other games. The creature is still moving! So much depth

2kfan
2kfan

awesome game

ruffolo93
ruffolo93

is it true that you will be playing as soliders from NEVEC?

nemesis4x
nemesis4x

Really an awesome third person shooter

gedbyz
gedbyz

Definetely on my list.

gmax
gmax

That was interesting looking, but the digestive tract sequence wasn't particularly appetizing.

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

Looks so much better than the first one, which the first one was pretty awesome!!!

XxDaRkAnZeLxX
XxDaRkAnZeLxX

winter 2010? They better make it highly worthy to play....

Ghost_Face
Ghost_Face

They've really put some polish on the visuals.

darzon
darzon

hm...looks interesting, very interesting

Sidburn19
Sidburn19

@dark_being I quite likes Lost Planet 2, It wasn't that bad a game, it had its problems but overall it was good. So the Ice has melted and the bugs are back. I wounder does that mean you have to collect the bug blood for health or it it just going to be some kind od medic pack? :S The new hook sounds great, i hope they work it in well with the boss battles.

konradak
konradak

Good stuff, glad they are really trying to improve this over the sequel.

AvalonSaber
AvalonSaber

@RedHer0 by winter 2010 they mean between january 1 and march 31 2010 not the end of 2010 :P

dark_being
dark_being

Seems better than the original. Not like it is that hard...

auntbessie
auntbessie

Wasn't blown away by LP1 as I had expected to be, lovely to look at but I found it a little boring, despite being very loyal to Capcom I'm not sure I'll get this one

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

Oooh i like the idea of a spawn limit, makes it so that you have to play smart.

sergeysosnin
sergeysosnin

Game is nice!!!! But that's very bad the game still has not announced on PC!

X-RS
X-RS

sounds like 1p will be a b!+[#i what about people who dont have highspeed!!!

km1498
km1498

thought the first one was great hope this is good too.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I liked the 1st game, and I hope this one can top it

CogSoldier486
CogSoldier486

i CANT WAIT TO PLAY IT. i HAVE LOST PLANET AND THE PLATINAM ONE TOO

RedHer0
RedHer0

Winter 2010?! Craaaap, I thought it would be way sooner than that.

loogon_13_9_9_1
loogon_13_9_9_1

i was so excited to hear some customization elements in this game.

AvalonSaber
AvalonSaber

sooo excited for this, hope to hear more of this in the next few days

Gamer4Iife
Gamer4Iife

Nice graphics. :o Capcom's games all look gorgeous.