When Lost Planet was released on the Xbox 360 last year we loved it. When it was released on the PC six months later we thought it was ok. Here we are another six months later and Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is only a few months away from release on the PlayStation 3. We've been lucky enough to get our hands on a preview copy of the game, so how is it shaping up?
By now most people are probably aware that Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is a third person action title produced by Keiji Inafune, the creator of the Onimusha and Mega Man series. The game is set in an alternate future where humans have abandoned an overpolluted Earth in search of a new planet for habitation. Humans find a suitable (but freezing) planet but are chased away by the nasty alien inhabitants. As a last resort they go back to the planet and try and defeat those who chased them away. Because the planet is cold, your character has been fitted with a suit that keeps him alive, but to keep the suit working you will need to keep defeating enemies.
Lost Planet did do a lot of things right but there were a few times where the game fell down. For better or worse, PlayStation 3 owners are getting an almost identical version of the game that Xbox 360 owners got twelve months ago. All the additional content released later on for the Xbox 360 and the PC will be available immediately when the PlayStation 3 version of the game ships - this means that players can play through the campaign mode as Wayne or one of four unlockable characters (Joe, Mega Man, Frank West and the exclusive Snow Pirate Luka). There are also several playable characters for the multiplayer mode including the Crimson Pirate, Mountain Pirate, Hunter, Stranger, Gale's Soldier, NEVEC Soldier, Hero and the four unlockable characters from the single player campaign.
Lost Planet did receive a heck of a lot of support post launch. The addition of new multiplayer maps means the PlayStation 3 version of the game will ship with sixteen multiplayer maps including the Frozen wasteland, the Battlegrond and our person favourite, the Ice Drop map. The good news is that every multiplayer map will support up to sixteen players and with a large variety of multiplayer modes Lost Planet is a game that should continue to be quick popular on the PlayStation Network.
One of the things we noticed when Lost Planet was originally showcased on the PlayStation 3 was that the graphics seemed a little inferior than the Xbox 360 version. The game still looks pretty good, but definitely not as sharp as on the Xbox 360. This doesn't mean the game doesn't run well, as we had no frame rate issues at all, but the trade off appears to be worse graphics.
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition appears to be shaping up rather well on the PlayStation 3. Aside from the fact that the game just doesn't look as good as on the Xbox 360 the inclusion of all the content from the Xbox 360 and PC versions of the game and the budget price point bode well for the title. It is only PlayStation 3 owners that should be looking forward to this game, but the good news is that the port appears to be shaping up rather well.