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Lost Planet: Extreme Condition

PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:11 05 October 2010

Publisher:Capcom
Price: £29.99
Format:PlayStation 3 (also on Xbox 360 and PC)
AGE RATING:16+
Taking it s inspiration from Starship Troopers, Lost Planet places you in

Publisher:Capcom
Price: £29.99
Format:PlayStation 3 (also on Xbox 360 and PC)
AGE RATING:16+
Taking it's inspiration from Starship Troopers, Lost Planet places you in the snow-covered boots of Wayne Holden, a man freezing to death on an icy alien world that's populated by an army of gigantic bugs. With a shattered memory, but a trusty supply of weapons, you must make it through the frozen terrain battling hordes of giant-sized spiders and scorpions in your quest to find out who you are.

Despite a story that's told in beautifully animated cut scenes, Lost Planet wastes little time on exposition or character development. At its heart, it's a third person shooter and your overall aim is to blast the living hell out of anything that moves. Wayne can run and jump and reach higher areas of his surrounding snow world with a grappling hook. He can even climb into robotic armour for extra protection and firepower, but his main task is to move a crosshair onto an enemy and pull a trigger as quickly as possible while avoiding incoming strikes.

His main threat is not the snow pirates who have made the ice-covered planet their base, or the indigenous creatures that constantly try to crush or maul him to death with their giant claws, but rather the deadly sub-zero temperatures that constantly sap his energy levels.

To survive you have to keep moving and shooting because your battle suit has the ability to convert globules of squished bugs into thermal energy to help power up your weapons. It's a handy gimmick but one that's really there to keep you hunting for targets. Lost Planet wasn't designed to revitalize a genre but rather to define it with sumptuous visuals that could have poured off a cinema screen. It's not the most imaginative shooter and relies heavily on old clichés like glowing weak spots on level bosses and predicable attack patterns.

What made it special on the Xbox 360 was that it was such a good-looking game you could forgive the often humdrum nature of its gameplay and simply admire the spectacle of it all. Unfortunately the PlayStation 3 version just doesn't look anywhere near as good. Not only does it lack details like the caked clumps of snow that tumble behind Wayne as he trudges onward, but when it does run many effects at once - like swirling snow and smoke - the frame-rate is crippled.

Take away the near-perfection of the graphics and your left with an average blast that will do little to convince gamers that the PS3 is the equal of an Xbox 360.
Rating: 3 out of 5

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