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Lost Planet PS3 Review - -

Gameplay 8.5
Graphics 8.6
Sound 8.7
Value 8.5
Distributor: Activision
Review Date:
March 2008
James Wright


Lost Planet: Extreme Condition

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.


  • Frenetic action - Lost Planet is a fast-paced third-person shooter with all the depth, intrigue and intensity of a science fiction classic.
  • Connect to gamers around the world via PLAYSTATION®Network and participate in a variety of cooperative and versus battles with up to 16 players:
    •  Elimination - It’s every snow pirate for themselves in this death match mode where the victorious are rewarded for the most points earned.
    • Team Elimination – You’re only as good as your teammates so strategy and cooperation is key in eliminating the opposing side.
    • Post Grab - Teams are tasked with capturing and holding as many Posts as possible.
    • Fugitive - One player is assigned as the “Fugitive”, and he or she will earn points for various actions (staying alive, killing enemies, capturing Posts). Dying deducts points and winning is determined when a maximum total is reached or when the score ticks down to zero.
    • Foot and Vital Suit based gameplay – Command highly powered VS and weapons not only to help players traverse the treacherous terrain, but to eliminate enemies that lie ahead. Strategically switch between VS and on foot gameplay to best face each situation and challenge.
    • Vast environments - Snowstorms, arctic winds, towering buildings and mountains of ice are all stunningly realized as battles occur above and below ground, creating a truly immersive and cinematic event of epic proportions.
  • A premier team of developers – The creators of the critically acclaimed Onimusha and Devil May Cry series have come together to create the expansive world of Lost Planet.

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 gameplay.

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 gameplay.

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 creeps.

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.


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