|System: PC, X360||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Capcom||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Capcom||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 27, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-16||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Cole Smith
Let's get right to the point: Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition is a "best of" title with some new features. It's based on the 2007 version, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition that was released for the X360, PS3, and PC. The original is great. This version is just good. It's really like adding a new room to an existing house. However, the price is right, and for those who haven't played the original, this version is definitely the best bargain.
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition, aside from the addition of "Colonies Edition" to the title, includes three new single-player modes, six new online modes, four new multiplayer maps, in addition to new weapons, new playable characters, and new environments. There is even the option of toggling between first-person and over-the-shoulder perspectives. So, do these new additions warrant a purchase? If you are a first time player, abso-friggin'-lutely. Vets are warned that because Capcom considers the new content to strongly impact this version, saves made in the original version will not be recognized. That means you'll be starting all over again. Looking on the positive side, you'll get your money's worth with the extra replay value. Not only that, but both PC and X360 players will be able to compete against each other online.
The Colonies Edition has a lot going for it, including its Lost Planet pedigree. On a frozen planet where conditions are extremely deadly, a human can freeze to death in an instant. The good news is there is a thermo-energy heat source in the form of an oozing, glowing liquid. The bad news is it's produced and guarded by the inhabitants of the planets, an ugly and evil insect-looking race known as the Akrid. These creatures are your official nemesis. As humans attempting to colonize this ungodly planet, special mech suits have been constructed to help deal with the extreme cold. These suits are known as Vital Suits, and not only do they provide protection from the elements but are equipped with weapon systems and offer armored protection as well.
The thermo-energy source is integral to your survival. Without it you will simply freeze to death. It functions similarly to health. As you destroy enemies and enemy equipment, you will receive some of the liquid heat. This is stored and used as needed. It's always being used and needs to be collected continually. If you take some hits it will be used as a form of health and depleted more rapidly. It will even be used to power some weapons such as the flamethrower. This basically forces you into action since standing around and taking it easy will eventually kill you if you run out of the hot juice.
Weapons can be used with or without the vital suits. The guns are incredibly powerful and are extremely fun to use. You can blast the giant bugs to kingdom come with a few well-placed shots. There are machineguns, pistols, hand cannons, and lasers. Grenades are also a very useful component to your arsenal that help you blow up nest of the Akrid. Of course, the suits can carry bigger payloads, which include rockets and missiles. You can equip two main weapons systems on a suit. The suits range from an upright, walking, bipedal style to a quick and highly maneuverable snowmobile-style vehicle. Other suits have different abilities such as hover jumping, the ability to drill into the ground or chainsaw through virtually any obstacle. There is a suit for nearly any occasion.