Lost Planet 2 Update - Akrid X Boss Battle

It's time to have a look at the latest building-size boss from Capcom's upcoming co-op shooter.

Lost Planet 2 is a big game. More specifically, it's a game with big bosses. We've witnessed that firsthand with our last few looks at this four-player sequel to Capcom's hit 2007 shooter. First there was the giant salamander boss back from the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, a massive enemy that you could actually crawl inside of provided you had the courage to grapple-hook inside his mouth and even more courage to make the journey back out at the other end. Then at the Tokyo Game Show 2009, we got a chance to take on a sand worm boss that had us displaying the full force of our teamwork to rig up a giant cannon to shoot this beast down. Now we've seen a new boss here at CES 2010, dubbed Akrid X. Like the others, he's a building-size enemy that can be felled only if you and your three teammates operate at peak efficiency.

The fight takes place in an urban city environment that feels like a distinct departure from the green jungles and sandy wastelands we've seen in previous Lost Planet 2 stages. Throughout the game you're playing as different pirate factions all trying to survive the Akrid invasion. In this episode, you're playing as the NEVEC, a group you may recall as an enemy from the original Lost Planet. The Lost Planet storyline is surprisingly dense, but if you're a fan of the original game, you'll find yourself rewarded with a few bits of fan service in the form of references to characters from the original game. Remember Ivan Solotov? It turns out there are some clones of him serving in the NEVEC ranks.

As for the Akrid X boss, he's a tough beast to describe. Imagine a demon, a crab, and a dragon, and then combine them all into one towering demon-crab-dragon, and you've got a good idea of what this guy looks like. He's got a few devastating attacks that are capable of killing you in a single heartbeat. First is his ability to leap up to the roofs of the giant buildings flanking the small little courtyard where the battle takes place. He can leap back down below and knock everyone in the immediate vicinity down with a devastating shock wave. Get too close, and you'll be pancaked instantly. He also has the ability to breathe fire, which he does quite often.

Though Akrid X is every bit a hulking colossus, he's got his weaknesses just like every other boss you'll face. Those who played the original Lost Planet will recognize the presence of glowing orange spots on the boss--these are the weak zones where your weapons do significantly more damage than shooting anywhere else on his body. Helping you are a number of vital suits (that is, mini-mech suits) scattered throughout the world that you can either ride around in or strip of their huge guns. There are also battle suits, which are temporary suits of armor that drastically boost your defenses without taking away any of your agility.

These battle suits were the key to our success against Akrid X. Our winning strategy went like this: Run like a madman to the nearest battle suit, throw it on, and then run like a madman to the nearest grenade launcher gun. Once we found one, we'd then briskly walk (hey, we've only got so much stamina) to the bridge cutting through the middle of the level and hide out below to shield ourselves from the boss's death-from-above stomp. From here we'd hang out and fire rockets at his glowing orange limbs. Since he's so tall, he had a tough time seeing us under the bridge, and there were generally teammates scurrying about in vital suits to draw his attention from us.

Though this was our preferred strategy, there were certainly other options for destroying Akrid X. One of the more intriguing weapons from this area is a huge drill--roughly the size of your character--that you can pick up and use against old demon-crab-dragon. The trick, though, is that you'll need to use your grapple hook to get up on top of Akrid X. He's a quick and nimble beast, so it's not very easy to do--but do it right and you'll be able to take your huge drill and bore holes into his weak spots like a futuristic space pirate version of Wander from Shadow of the Colossus.

After an unsuccessful first attempt, we managed to fell this boss on our second go. It was intensely satisfying to see him hit the ground with a giant thud and then disappear into globs of thermal energy. It's a satisfaction you can share with up to three teammates thanks to Lost Planet 2's inclusion of four-player co-op. We're big fans of the teamwork elements that are required for success against these huge bosses, and it's something that makes for an altogether different experience from the original game despite the fact that you're essentially doing the same thing (pointing your gun at the bright orange bits on an enemy and firing). At any rate, we're eager to see more of Lost Planet 2. In the meantime, you can expect it to hit store shelves May 4.

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78 comments
thehawk3986
thehawk3986

I hate to hear ppl complain about delayed high profile game releases.. I mean cmon guys... then when they release a game too early and its absolutely crappy, everyone wants to bixtch and moan... i feel this is the reason why so many sports titles suffer year in and out... they dont have the ability to release a game whenever they want to, they have the same deadlines every year... Lost Planet 2 looks awesome, if nething they should release a Beta so we can have something tangible to keep us occupied!!

Tha_DRP
Tha_DRP

gonna' be awesome to play online co-op with the bro's

Joolsy
Joolsy

lol. looks great. 2010 gonna be an amazing year for games IMO.

Asheileon
Asheileon

Looks like a arcade with good graphics, but I'm getting it.

you1430
you1430

good game for xbox360>>>

Shinkada
Shinkada

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Game will probably awesome but it needs a goddamn PC release. Xbox Live is unplayable in Australia due to massive amounts of lag, so for the love of me, please just give us a freaking PC release. PLEASE.

oKiRe
oKiRe

COME THE EFF OUT ALREADY!!!!

gayguy
gayguy

May??! I thought it was coming outin march. Come on Capcom!

mbashour
mbashour

looks alright. did they totally change the game? cuz i thought lost planet 1 sucked the big one...and why does this guy keep diving every 2 seconds? lol

unbentonslaught
unbentonslaught

anyway will there be a single player mode in this game??

Stormuser
Stormuser

@CyberPenguin88 Capcom mentioned about a "competition" with the other games coming out but yeah... Kinda stinks that they delayed it...

bubble24
bubble24

@noles I also dont think the cutscene was "pre rendered". Make sure you know what you are talking about before throwing terms out there like that. It is a cut scene, yes; but it is rendered real time using the games engine. It is not a quicktime type mini movie.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

This is gonna turn into Capcom's next really big game.... can't wait to get my hands on this one

Keiner
Keiner

This game could of been coming out by mid Feb but Capcom has a fear of it's competitors and pushing it back 3 months is a bit much in my opinion.

Keiner
Keiner

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tdawg2594
tdawg2594

The demo was really fun but idk something was weird and sluggish about the gameplay idk if its more realistic or if it was a problem with the graphics im still buying it but the game moves slugish in the demo but idk

itchyflop
itchyflop

The first one desperately needed a sprint mode!! to slow and cumbersome. it looked awesome though very pretty, and it was a neat idea.

fullmetalpwner9
fullmetalpwner9

@noles82, hmmm, did you miss the part where the giant Akrid got back up after it got hit in the face with a rail gun?? my guess is that you will probably have to fight it. maybe that's just me though. =D

Wanderer5
Wanderer5

Looks like this game is coming along nicely. I played that co-op demo recently and I had some fun, so I will keep a eye on this game.

rattle618
rattle618

Looks just as lame as the first one...

Ryan_as
Ryan_as

I enjoyed the first game and I will probably enjoy this, obviously it wont be everyone's ideal game but its a bit of fun. Everyone takes game's too seriously. Let them be what they are, recreation.

Balthasaur
Balthasaur

oh.. come on guys let the game have a chance and dont forget capcom usually comes up with allright titles...it seems an intresting idea to me but it has a gr8 way of becoming a really good game...

noles82
noles82

So what was his role in this boss fight? He ran to 4 points, pressed B, watched a giant praying mantis climb a building, then ran around pointlessly while shooting a rifle at its legs, to what I can only assume was negligible effect. Finally, a pre-rendered cut scene arbitrarily chimes in and some guy shoots a giant shell into its face. Quit insulting our intelligence with this video game dribble. Gamers expect more.

CHILENO39
CHILENO39

seems boring to me. and wasnt this game in the jungle or something. .lolz

DustMan2704
DustMan2704

"We've witnessed that firsthand with our last few looks at this four-player sequel to Capcom's hit 2007 shooter. " wait.... hit shooter?! it never was a hit!! it didnt get top reviews! im actually surprised someone expect me knows about the game and actually likes it. i even got both the colonies edition and the normal release... and yeah i really like it.

Vladka22
Vladka22

It seems there is no pc version, i wanted to play the sequel, i'm really pissed of

GhortaTheGreat
GhortaTheGreat

@ BaLLz_ON_FiRE You mean like the 360 version of Darksiders is better than the ps3's, o wait I mean Dragon Age Origins, o wait no, I mean to say Metal Gear Solid 4, damnit I can't get this right....

wonzan
wonzan

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BaLLz_ON_FiRE
BaLLz_ON_FiRE

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Mc_Trickz
Mc_Trickz

Very cool game,i hope this will be a very good one!!

biagio55
biagio55

i agree with balla4162 no split screen no buy!

swmxx
swmxx

that's better than the first one :D

alexfulgore
alexfulgore

I found it very bad 1, but this seems much better than this

y3ivan
y3ivan

the humanoid enemies looks the same from the first game... complete retarded.

GaryFong
GaryFong

MONSTER HUNTER 2G portable was really great game ..i hope this time LOST PLANET 2 have similar idea for it.coz x-box 360 dont have MH..if do surely the graphic would be awesome.LOVE CAPCOM.

rebornile
rebornile

i liked the first one and i am gonna love this

LightR
LightR

Want. First pre-order of 2010.