What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lost Planet 2 might be considered a tamer Halo, as they're both sci-fi shooters that lets you blast away aliens, but this one is a little less graphic. You must work together with friends to destory these critters and use all kinds of firepower to dispose of them. Parents should also know the game is heavily online-focused and those who chat with a headset might use profanity. Scantily clad female characters may also be a concern.
What's it about?
After selling more than 2.2 million copies of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, perhaps it's no surprise Capcom has launched a sequel to the third-person sci-fi shooter. LOST PLANET 2 still takes place on E.D.N. III, but terraforming efforts have transformed this icy planet into sweltering jungles and dry deserts. The single-player campaign has you control your trigger-happy space pirates across six interconnected episodes (of which your decisions and actions can alter the storyline). Extensive multiplayer modes bring the battle online, allowing teams of up to four players to square off against one another. Along with the grappling hooks and conventional weapons like machine guns, sniper rifles, rocket launchers and grenades, Lost Planet 2 also features the return of the first game's armored robotic Vital Suits, which you can hop into and use to lay waste to monsters with ease,
Is it any good?
Lost Planet 2 is just so-so. Despite the improved visuals and beefed up multiplayer modes -- the four player co-op is quite fun, especially when taking down huge alien insect bosses -- the game falls short in the solo campaign for a few reasons. For one, the enemy artificial intelligence is anything but intelligent, as many of the creatures simply stand there wait for you to attack them. Super short missions mean the fun is sometimes over before it begins. And the recoil effect from certain powerful weapons can temporarily stun you and thus leave you vulnerable to enemies. As a multiplayer game, these issues are diminished somewhat and the many head-to-head and co-op modes deliver a fun experience for online friends. Overall, though, this game doesn't feel like it's ready for primetime. Note: the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game are the same.
Online interaction: The online game is fun, but parents should know that the open voice chat during play is unmoderated. Plenty of cussing was heard during test play. In the co-op mode, the people I was playing with used "choice" language when taking down the beasts.
Families can talk about...
Lost Planet 2 is a very violent game, but the violence is perpetrated against monstrous creatures rather than humans. Does this make the violence more acceptable?
Of the characters in the game, only women can be attired in revealing clothing. What does this say about the portrayal of female characters in violent video games?
Families can also talk about online safety. When playing Lost Planet 2 in online multiplayer modes with strangers (or even "friends"), what do younger players need to look out for?