Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition First Hands-On

The greatest-hits version of Capcom’s frozen shooter debuts with a variety of new features.

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Capcom has finally revealed what it calls its "worst-kept secret" with the official announcement of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition. Although the Internet has buzzed with theories relating to Colonies for quite some time, we can now say for certain what the game will and will not entail. Most importantly, Colonies is an enhanced remake of the original Lost Planet, not a sequel. That may sound disappointing to some, but Capcom has added quite a few new features to accompany the drop to $29.95.

The bulk of the work appears to have been focused on the game's multiplayer aspect. Colonies includes six new multiplayer modes. The new mode we got a chance to try is called Akrid Hunter. This one's got a David and Goliath-style premise in which a random minority of players is turned into akrids for the duration of the match. Exactly which style of giant snow insect you become is entirely up to chance, though there are five possibilities, all taken from the single-player campaign. In our match of six players, two became akrids. One was a giant, scorpion-looking insect with fairly good speed (though not as good as normal players) and tremendous jumping ability. The other was more of a potato beetle that wasn't quite as nimble but definitely packed a punch.

The random element added a lot of excitement to the match. Though we didn't get to play as the akrid, it certainly looked as if those who did had a good time wreaking havoc with their newfound size and strength. However, that's also where one of the potential problems came into play. It was fun to team up and go after the pair of akrid--trying to aim for their glowing weak points in spite of the chaos all over the screen was quite a rush--but it felt a bit like shooting a brick wall. The akrid easily dominated the match. We're not sure whether that's an issue with the balance or just us being too rusty with Lost Planet's multiplayer, but it will be interesting to see how Capcom tweaks the akrids' destructive abilities.

The rest of the multiplayer additions include modes called VS Annihilator, CounterGrab, Point Snatcher, Akrid Egg Battle, and Egg Bandit. To give you an idea of what these new modes promise to offer, VS Annihilator forces you to go after the opposing team's Vital Suit while making sure nothing happens to your own. CounterGrab has you activating data posts, with the winner being determined by whoever holds the highest total activation time before the clock expires. Point Snatcher is a pretty basic free-for-all in which the winner is the one who collects the most energy from downed opponents. Akrid Egg Battle and Egg Bandit are similar modes (as you might guess by the name); in the former, you win by snatching the greater number eggs from the opposing team, and in the latter, you win by holding their egg for the longest amount of time.

Spicing up these added multiplayer modes are new maps, weapons, and players. Among the four new maps, the two that appear most interesting are an abandoned city with expansive streets ripe for sniping and a space ship with zero gravity. The new weapons should offer increased opportunity for mayhem with a flame launcher for humans and a laser lance for the VS suit, among many others. Finally, the number of players to choose from will now rise to 11 with a pair of female characters and a pair of robots.

Fans of the single-player experience won't be excluded from the list of enhancements because three new modes have been added to the campaign. Score Attack adds an old-school arcade element to the story in that everything that can and should be blasted (enemies and the occasional destructible object) has a point value. The more you destroy, the more points you gain. Trial Battle distills the campaign into a series of sequential boss battles. The third, Off Limit, basically saves you the trouble of entering cheat codes by powering up your weapons and foot speed to make the game fly by. Though none of these single-player modes appear to add quite as much variety as the new online options, they're certainly welcome companions to the multiplayer features.

One very important item to note is that this version of the game will not be backward compatible with the original Lost Planet. From a data perspective, Colonies won't be able to recognize your original saved games, and it won't reflect your previous player ranking. Another restriction is that the two games won't recognize one another online. If you own the new version and your friend owns the original, you can't play in multiplayer matches. Of course, the addition of cross-platform play in Colonies (Xbox 360 and PC owners can all battle together online) does help expand the now-limited pool of players.

Overall, it looks as if Capcom has gone the extra mile to make sure this is a step above the usual greatest-hits entry. We had a good time with our experience testing out Akrid Hunter mode, and we're eager to see how the other additions pan out. Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition is slated to arrive on May 27 at the reduced price of $29.95.

Discussion

45 comments
Merl57
Merl57

grr it should be backwards compatible or upgradeable for the first o well

magusat999
magusat999

I don't know what anybody else sees in this game - but I was looking for one change: not dying because of the temperature outside. That was the one thing about the game that made the difference between awesome and hopelessly broken.

TrueIori
TrueIori

Ya i already own the original not buying the game again. Why just not make this as down loadable content? Then they add that great feature that my old save wont work on this version. Ok I loved the originals Story mode but it was not that great that i will pay $30 bucks and have to pass it again.-_- Really aint remakes a thing of the past this would have work more as down loadable content. If i did not Ninja Gaiden Sigma (even though that was priced at $65) i not buying this one PS the game geared towards people who miss on the First one.

jean_borrero
jean_borrero

This seems more like something that should' have been available as a download ad-on for xbox live. To pay 30$ for a game that I already own, just seems like a waste of loot to me.

EvilDarkGon
EvilDarkGon

So, then... how does this effect achievements? If the save data isn't compatible, shouldn't you be able to re-earn achievements? Or did they program in new ones to accommodate for the multiplayer add-ons? Also, they should stop screwing around and make a sequel.

greater_bird
greater_bird

I wish companies wouldn't keep splitting their multiplayer base by making sequels needlessly incompatible with the original games. By all means add new modes and features to encourage everyone to buy the sequel... but please support backward compatibility. It can only help the sequel to gain ground in the early stages, and it doesn't leave owners of the original with too few people to manage a successful multiplayer game.

Kevin75
Kevin75

Should have added akrid filled maps for multiplayer. That is what i expected from the origional which they didn't have. That would have been awsome to battle others while battling akrid. Owe Well.

bulletwaster
bulletwaster

I have the original on 360 but will probably buy this for my pc if it supports 360 controller because i dont have many pc games

mwarrior
mwarrior

Playing as the Akrid is going to be great, but from what I heard they still have some team balancing issues. Whatever, I'm definitely buying this game when it comes out.

Hector_18
Hector_18

Hmm... I missed the first release on the 360 (even though I played it a bit on a friend's pc. I hoped that they would fixed the limitation of how high can you aim. Also not be able to play another guy that has the older version will really hurt multiplayer.

NoMercy4no0ne
NoMercy4no0ne

i love this game so much, i played the online 4 atleast 6 months.i hit lvl 99 2 times i think.if u dont remeber me and u played it be4 is b/c i changed my name 2 this from shoot2kill1293.so if u get this and u want 2 try and beat a pro hit me up at this name on xbox live.nomercy4no0ne

dryden555
dryden555

not really caring about more multiplayer modes

aduana69
aduana69

the original game was not good an this expantion...................ummm lets see 29.95 + 20.00 or so yeah lets buy GTA4.

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

Ok, thats kind of dissapointing....

TheLastSamurai
TheLastSamurai

I really didn't like this game when I played it, I found it too repetitive and too linear. I wasn't exactly moved by the storyline either. I'm a huge fan the type of plot, but I don't think Capcom pulled it off on the original so I don't understand the updated version.

mrtweed2
mrtweed2

this is one of those games sitting in my gaming library that I want to dust off and play only to be distracted byWarhawk, CoD4 or Frontlines, after seeing the video, I am looking fwd to playing this unique shooter again, in fact I'll play the version I have now to work the rust off... the 30 dollar price makes it a "no brainer". Why didn't they make this a downloadable?????????

JJB03
JJB03

giving this game a deeper online mode was a good idea and i cnt wait for this but i cnt help but agree wit wot KO4U is sayin cos y dont dey jus go ahead an make a whole new sequal still i cnt wait

broca
broca

teufelherz: I think console players will own at mutiplayer!!! LOL keyboard/mouse vs gamepad anyone?

illuminatirexx
illuminatirexx

sounds interestign, since i passed on the original

teufelherz
teufelherz

I have both a computer and a 360 but I've always been a console player at heart. I think console players will own at mutiplayer!!!

Igor19877891
Igor19877891

Can not wait! PC users VS Xbox 360 users, cross platform play :D

Z3phyrBR
Z3phyrBR

I think this game will be good, with new multiplayer modes. Well, every game that has multiplayer with 16 plus deserves more than 7 in the final score.

Tha_lazyboi
Tha_lazyboi

Sweet this is one of my favorite online games. Im glad they're releasing this! Cant wait to get it and own u all ;)

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

Sweet, just sweet. Not sure if I would buy this for $60, but for $30, I love it. Cant wait :)

volcomstoner180
volcomstoner180

wow this game might actually make me want to play now....it does sound like fun and 29 bucks aint too bad at all

jtek_maoriboy
jtek_maoriboy

Wicked!! cant wait!! hopefully the release date for NZ will be around the same time.

KO4U
KO4U

I agree, this is just Capcom squeezing $$$ out of an year old game. Downloadable content would have shown far more commitment to fans than this. HOWEVER! I don't believe that was the plan...I think Colonies it targeting those who didn't play/buy the original (like me) And for those folks (like me) this is a tempting offer...

locsh
locsh

I don't see why this couldn't have just been a big patch for the original game.

Rob_101
Rob_101

At first I was like meh. Then I watched the new game play vids and now I'm blown away! Cant wait to pick this up :D

ShovelshoT
ShovelshoT

Just about everything I could of asked for. Capcom & Havok are two of my favorite gaming companies. Thank you for the hook-up on the lower price as well. 16 months later and we get an "Enhanced" version of the original. I like it. This could start being a trend with more & more games now. The only downside I see is not being BC with the original game. Jan. 12, 2007 - May 27, 2008 = 16 months of fun with LP:EC. R.I.P. MAY 27, 2008..........HELLLLLLOOOOOO....Lost Planet: Extreme Condition: Colonies Edition

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

I must have this game now, they took everything that needed to be added to the online and added it, this has become my new favorite game.

stormwalkerx
stormwalkerx

Sounds cool, but I lost much interest after a couple of week whit the first game so I hope this is better.

red-orc
red-orc

Sounds very interesting!!