Lost Planet Review
Capcom’s ambitious Xbox 360 game, Lost Planet contains many of the necessary ingredients for a hit: gigantic bugs, lots of weapons, transforming robots and gorgeous visuals. It almost practically sells it self, but don’t be fooled by front running journalists peddling high scores. This game has crippling issues, most importantly, ridiculous controls that serve to frustrate anyone brave enough to plod through this attractive but ultimately unsatisfying adventure.
In Lost Planet, gamers play Wayne, the slowest human being in the universe. Plagued by amnesia and the death of his father, he sets out on a perilous adventure to rid planet E.D.N. III of a seemingly unstoppable species of bugs known as the Akrid. Unfortunately, Capcom’s poster boy moves about as fast as a line at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Running across a snowy field takes ages, as does aiming one of the game’s 13 guns. This wouldn’t be a problem if the Akrid moved like a discarded banana peel in the New York City marathon, but most of the little buggers quickly scamper, fly and roll across the snow. To make matters worse, Wayne goes down like a Las Vegas call girl and gets up like a quadriplegic. This allows the Akrid to score cheap hits. As soon as he falls, some of the bugs, especially the bosses, repeatedly kick his ass. Way to put the power in the hands of the gamer, Capcom.
"Way to put the power in the hands of the gamer, Capcom. – Page 1, Paragraph 2"
In addition, the story makes little sense. Wayne apparently has amnesia but somehow recalls how to fix complex electronics and pilot the game’s mechanized robots; the Vital Suits. This runs contrary to the game manual, which reads, "All he can remember is his own name, and ’Green Eye,’ the name of the Akrid that killed his father." Furthermore, players must gather thermal energy (which drop from the dead Akrid and other certain objects) in order to keep Wayne from freezing, but they still need to collect it indoors, even while molten lava ripples, spills and dribbles nearby. At least the subzero temperatures don’t stop the female character Luka from displaying her heaving cleavage.