Lost Planet 2

 
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Halo-type game but tamer -- watch out for unmoderated chat.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This sci-fi shooter has you blowing up aliens on a distant planet. The violence doesn't send a terrific message to players, but it is all perpetrated against creatures rather than other humans.

Positive role models

The main snow pirate you play doesn't reveal much about his personality or stance on this epic war against an alien species -- therefore it's difficult to assess whether or not he's a good role model. His main character trait seems to be his willingness to shoot and blow up monsters with various forms of heavy artillery.

Ease of play

Lost Planet 2 is fairly easy to play -- with familiar console mechanics used by many other third-person shooters -- but some of the weapons are difficult to control due to a recoil effect that temporarily disorients you.

Violence

As with its predecessor, Lost Planet 2 is an action game that has you battling giant insect-like creatures, called Akrids, on a mysterious planet. Played from a third-person view, you and your squad will shoot to kill these beasts, which explode and splatter in orange-yellow blood. You can see limbs on the ground, too. In certain multiplayer modes, you can also fight against other human characters.

Sex

Some of the female soldiers wear revealing clothes and they're quite well-endowed, too. You can opt to outfit a female character in a bikini and garter belts, an outfit which allows you to see her breasts jiggle slightly during combat. A draped cloth outfit she wears will flutter and reveal her buttocks. 

 

Language

Swear words heard in the dialogue include sh*t, damn, hell and bitch. Plus, when you play online with a headset, you might hear inappropriate words spoken by human players.

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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?

QUALITY
 

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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:Capcom
Release date:May 19, 2010
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for Animated Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 11 year old Written byrunningmanhattanmom October 4, 2010
 
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byGood ole boy 17 June 12, 2014
 

A good alien shooter game

This game has some very slight blood, mild cursing and futuristic violence. I really like this game, fighting the huge akrid is a blast(in more ways that one haha)! The storyline is pretty good too and you do not need to have Lost Planet 1 to understand it. I think this would serve as a good alternative to Halo for younger adolescents. However, consider that when playing in online multiplayer there may be a whole lot more cursing.
Parent Written byparent1035 November 27, 2013
 

not that bad

it is fine for kids10 and up you can just turn off languge
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