Lost Planet 2 Updated Hands-On: Campaigning Alone and With Friends

We dive into the campaign mode of the upcoming action game and bring some friends along.

Lost Planet 2 picks up where 2006's Lost Planet: Extreme Condition left off. Well, more or less. The game checks in on how the residents of E.D.N. III have been doing since the planetary thaw of the icy world began. This time out, the story switches perspective between a number of different human factions working to carve out an existence on the still-hostile world. The weather may be better, but the wildlife hasn't gotten any friendlier. The Akrid, the indigenous life-forms that were trying to kill you in the first game, are still around and are just as unpleasant. In fact, thanks to the tropical weather, they appear to have gotten bigger. We recently tried out a work-in-progress version of the game, which helped us get a better idea of what's happening in the game.

The opening level starts out on a still-icy section of E.D.N. III and eases you into the changes that have occurred in the game and on the planet. This area offers a quick primer on the controls, weapon usage, and vital suits--the large mechs you could use in the original game, which have been upgraded. There are also a few chances to try out working together to take down Akrid and discover the joys of hanging off of a mech.

The game's tone changes considerably once the story moves you to a tropical jungle location, where you'll have to contend with jungle pirates and Akrid. The second area focuses more on dealing with pirate enemies than Akrid. In one particular stretch, there was a sequence where we had to survive a few waves of jungle pirate attacks. Fortunately, Lost Planet 2's gameplay has been changed up to get you some support. Capcom apparently understands that taking on alien hordes all by your lonesome can be rough, so Lost Planet 2 makes sure you're never alone. The game drops you into a squad of four that can be a mix of AI-controlled players or real people via system link or Xbox Live. This new "buddy system" approach to the action helps keep the challenge manageable and adds a very cool layer of strategy. Besides the human or AI company, you'll have access to a vast array of weapons that are handy for dealing with Akrid.

The game's structure has also seen some changes to accommodate the new four-player system. The game is broken up into episodes made up of separate chapters. The result is smaller, bite-sized gameplay sections for you to run through that give Lost Planet 2 a different flow than its predecessor. The new structure also allows for a greater mix of boss encounters that include mid-bosses and massive end-boss fights.

Outside of the cooperative multiplayer gameplay, Lost Planet 2 will feature a competitive multiplayer mode for up to 16 players. Most of the popular match types from the original game have been brought across, including Team Elimination (a team deathmatch mode) and Post Grab, where each team tries to activate and defend data posts on the map. New match types are also being introduced, including a last-stand-style mode where players team up against a giant arachnid. Multiplayer matches are fully customizable, so you can choose the map, the match type, and weapon loadouts, such as power weapons or pistols, before jumping into a game. The character customization and leveling systems from the first game have also made their way into the sequel. The leveling system is standard fare: you level up by earning experience points in online matches. Reaching higher levels unlocks new items, including clothing and skins, which you can use to give your character a fresh new look.

The customization elements in Lost Planet 2 have been one of the highlights of our time with the game. Besides the cosmetic tweaks you can make to your character and the more vital changes you can make to your weapon loadout, the animations you can use to customize your character's taunts are hilarious.

Lost Planet 2 is slated to ship this May for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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85 comments
SoetSout
SoetSout

i loved LP1, it was a great game for me. but this one isnt at all that great. the gameplay movement is bad, the graphics is worse(in the sense that objects go through each other) the story is boring. and it looks like its only meant for multiplayer. thats good that they are trying but its not working..

DEAD_SPARROW
DEAD_SPARROW

looks great buying on release day! love coop games. cant wait till next tuesday.

legioniers
legioniers

I have only played one mission of the first game. I like it but i didn't get a good experience of so i guess i will try this one i just need to kno if it's a good game or not

BlckN1nja767
BlckN1nja767

This game looks pretty good, the demo is not half bad, but somehow I got lagged on the 3 part when u fight the giant akrid, so I was floating in the air and couldn't kill him but he couldn't kill me lol. But it still looks pretty good!

jeebzski
jeebzski

looks better i stilltink that the charracters should be faster

LDNLDSNHS
LDNLDSNHS

The best, because you can play story with 4 people but if you don't have friends that mean something else.

ya5ee007
ya5ee007

I'm so gonna get this game ^^

klicko90
klicko90

looks great...i am glad it's coming on PC too... :)

icetone
icetone

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wallmart56
wallmart56

didnt this used to be a 360 exclusive?

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

The game looks great!!! But the bosses seem to run around doing nothing than attacking...

Milas7
Milas7

This game looks awesome.

Elgranpimp
Elgranpimp

@julianvillella No I really don't think so. It won't be necessary to have played the first in order to play the second. There may be a few subtle story elements that they throw into the mix but overall nothing drastic. The main thing you need to know is that the planet was covered with snow and the main character of the first one pulled the plug on Nevec (evil corporation) and found a technology that was capable of heating pieces of the planet. Now, I think 11 years later-ish, the snow has melted and instead of the akrid going away they have increased in size while the several pirate factions that were on the planet before are increasing in size and fighting like crazy. That pretty much sums it up. Oh also, the orange goop that comes out of the akrid is used as a valuable energy source hence the fighting amongst pirates.

Elgranpimp
Elgranpimp

@LoZ4life It has been confirmed in other articles that it has 2 player co-op splitscreen. I think four player split would be better but the way devs are cutting this feature altogether these days I am happy that this one has 2 player splitscreen. I can't wait for this game.

Blackychan922
Blackychan922

What has two thumbs and is losing his money, job & life to splinter cell, lost planet and then red dead redemption....thissss guy!

zeebenzene
zeebenzene

Man, I was so confused. I was watching the first video, but there was always this other sound like another video was going on and I was going through all my other tabs trying to check. Then I figured out that the other video was on gamespot below the first video. Lolz. That was pretty screwy. Gamespot should fix their player.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

I think it has local co-op via split screen, but I don't know about 4-player split screen. Only another month to wait.

LoZ4life
LoZ4life

does it have 4 player split screen?

Da4biddenOne
Da4biddenOne

I gotta have this game because its kool to team up with people against the CPU instead of killing each other all the time in team deathmatches.

wonzan
wonzan

The co op in this looks much improved over the one in the demoes

milereb
milereb

The co-op is the reason Im buying this game. :)

jadefury27
jadefury27

liked the first game(minus the final boss fight) but hated the multiplayer, but i really look foward to the co-op campaign.

jlevin860
jlevin860

first was crap.... so i'll wait for reviews.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@ ppg4all get red dead redemption, looks better (this does look good, but not as good as red dead redemption)

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

Ya know, I was one of the only people I knew that really liked the first game, and I'm getting just a little bit tired of games that I like completely changing up what they did in the previous game to feed the fickle multi-player gamers what "they" want... some single player campaigns now feel very (multi-player) even in the single player mode becasue they are working everything around what these people want... this whole principal has squashed the creativity and dumbed down many a game recently until it gets to the point where they worry about the Multi so much it gets completely broken down (talkin' to you MW2) and stale, combined with a 4 hour single player campaign (it's that short becasue they were working so hard spending the money on the broken multi player)... so they lose many of their fans to the next flavor of the month multi-player game, (Bad Company2)... This has got to stop....multi player is great, but make it a stand alone experience like MGS4 did with MGO....... that's the way to give both parties (single and multi players) what they want...you can sell the two games together or separate...have incentives if you buy both together... just don't sacrifice one for the other.... that's just not fair.

baconmaster6969
baconmaster6969

@laptop12 that's what i said when i saw some of the trailers. haha

EVILBOWBADCOMPN
EVILBOWBADCOMPN

can you play the game on co-op mod ? cuz it will be fun to kill a large monsters withe a real players

laptop12
laptop12

looks like Monster Hunter next gen

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

thought they made a game like the movie "the thing" when i saw the first lost planet... would have been cool to get a snowy horror game this isn't my thing not here to hate though it looks like a quality game

DarkNinja09
DarkNinja09

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ppg4all
ppg4all

i want this or red dead redemption

Kme2222
Kme2222

Is it just me or do all of these videos of LP2 keep showing the player using the same basic set of characters? Didnt they say you would be able to customize your own character?? If this is true, we should be seeing a different looking character every other different video preview.

Knutte79
Knutte79

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kris9031998
kris9031998

The demo was OK but it was really bad in....ok i forgot what it was called. Now everyones gonna make fun of me :(

julianvillella
julianvillella

Do you need to have played the first lost planet to understand lost planet 2's story?

SoetSout
SoetSout

LP was awesome, it wasnt too long nor too short. mech was loads of fun. Capcom shud take the mecs and make a mech game. not like mechwarior crap. like the mechs is lp1, with style and awesome manouverability(bad spelling xD)

Ares360
Ares360

Looks good but with other titles like Red Dead, Alan Wake, Mod Nation racers which are already big to begin with makes capcoms shooter seem okay. Its a great try at trying to bridge the Japanese gap with shooters but the first LP was okay but nothing truly amazing that blew my mind except for the mechs.

Rocker6
Rocker6

Nice.I will get it for PC when it comes out.