Lost Planet was originally released
on the PC which offered gamers an enriching universe based on a
distant planet that is "frozen" in a perpetual Ice Age.
Unfortunately for mankind, the planet is also inhabited by an
alien species known as the Akrid who are a deadly threat to
humans. Interestingly enough, this species also offers mankind a
power source by harvesting their thermal energy which not only
gives them access to energy to power their vehicles but also
keeps them alive in this harsh subarctic climate.
As with the PC and XBox 360
version, gamers on the PlayStation 3 version play as the soon to
be hero Wayne, a young man who has somehow survived an attack by
the Akrids which has left him with amnesia.
Found by a band of
snow pirates with the majority of colonists either evacuated or
dead, Wayne unexpectedly stumbles upon the nefarious plan of an organisation called Nevec which threatens the very planet
itself. It's up to the gamer to stop both the Akrids and the
Nevec in this fun title.
Classic sci-fi storytelling!
The title is reminiscent of many first person/third person games
where the player must interact with the gaming environment as
they engage in a variety of different missions battling an
almost unstoppable army.
Apart from ensuring that your character
is not torn apart by the Akrid, gamers must also make certain that
their thermal energy does drop below a certain limit.
Fortunately this can be harvested by the Akrids and through
storage tanks and vehicles that is littered through the gaming
environment which does add some challenging
Match that with some extremely
entertaining albeit difficult boss challenges and you have a
traditional science fiction third person that is filled with
wonder, challenge, frustration, annoyance and some clichéd
The artificial intelligence of the
foes you encounter range from easy to difficult, however as you
challenge the bosses, the game fortunately guides the player by
highlighting a weak spot on your enemy with a yellow colour. Add
in a variety of weapons and the ability to use Mech like
machines and this title is anything from boring.
There are a number of puzzles and
challenges along way, however most seasoned gamers will have no
problem in completing this title. Once you have finished the
campaign mode, the title also offers a rather entertaining
online multiplayer mode which allows for up to 16 games from
Elimination to Fugitive Hunt which is every player for
themselves and is easily my favourite mode.
Graphically, Lost Planet is not as impressive as the XBox 360
version but is still a satisfying experience on the PS3 with its
high resolution and detailed characters, especially the Akrid
bosses themselves. The title also contains some great Hollywood
style explosions and realistic lighting which helps immerse the
gamer into this futuristic world.
Musically, Lost Planet features
your traditional science fiction "majestic" soundtrack that
works in conjunction with the professional voice acting and
sound effects. The developers have made great use of the ambient
background sound effects and some levels really give you the
In conclusion, Lost Planet Extreme Condition is still a decent game on the PS3,
although it does have a kind of dated feel and it's a shame that
there were no real enhancements from the XBox 360 version. The
title has good gameplay, good graphics and will keep most gamers
entertained from start to finish.