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January 17 2010
Lost Planet 2 - PS3 Preview
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Some enemies in Lost Planet 2 are enormous.
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The VS suits return in Lost Planet 2.

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Lost Planet 2 on PS3 looks sensational.
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition was an interesting title which was originally released on PC and XBox 360 in January 2007 before a PS3 version released thirteen months later with the DLC content included for free. It managed to sell a rather impressive 2.3 million units worldwide across the three platforms. Now, some two years later a sequel is due to be released and it looks set to offer plenty of massive improvements over the original game. So what can you expect? Read on...

A decade has passed since the first game, and the face of E.D.N. III has changed dramatically. Terraforming efforts have been successful and the ice has begun to melt, giving way to lush tropical jungles and harsh unforgiving deserts. Players will enter this new environment and follow the exploits of their own customized snow pirate on their quest to seize control of the changing planet.

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What the hell is that enemy?!
As a single player game you can either play through the game on your own, or with the assistance of three AI controlled characters. New to this sequel is the ability to create and customise your own character. As expected Lost Planet 2 remains a third person shooter with some RPG elements however the icy landscapes have made way for lush jungles which has seen the ever-draining T-ENG, or Thermal-Energy, no longer draining in this game. Players will control their heroes across 6 interconnected episodes, creating a truly unique interactive experience that changes depending upon the actions of the players involved. With this concept, players will have the opportunity to engage in the story in a much more dynamic way as plot threads evolve from different players' perspectives.

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Lost Planet 2 is due out in May.
No action game would be complete without an arsenal of weaponry, and Lost Planet 2 has a huge variety of hardware for players to unleash on unsuspecting enemies. Machine guns, shotguns, rocket launchers, lasers, sniper rifles, grenades and a host of other weapons are scattered across the game. However, Lost Planet 2's biggest weapons come on two legs: the heavily armed and armored robotic Vital Suits return in greater numbers and variety than the first game. There are VS that transform into other vehicles, hold up to three players (on the outside of the vehicles) and some that even take multiple players to operate.

Over the last couple of years multi-player has become a large component of almost any title released and Capcom are working hard to make this an impressive feature of Lost Planet 2. First up we have 4-player co-op gameplay so you can take on giant Akrid together. If co-op isn't your thing then the developers are also promising up to 16-players can battle it out in a variety of modes with the game also including a full ranking system

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Ohh, some nice reflective walls!
Visually Lost Planet 2 looks to tick all the right boxes with impressive visuals and character design and some stunning, massive enemies. The company has improved their engine, MT Framework 2.0, an we can only hope that the PS3 visuals are a lot closer to the XBox 360 version then the previous game which was a little disappointing for Sony fans - especially given extra years development time.

With a release currently set for May 18 in Europe and America, and with Japan set to get the game on May 20 we expect the Australian release to fall in line with these dates. There isn't too long to wait until this action title hits the market. From what we have seen it looks like a fantastic, frantic and brutal game.