Lost Planet: Extreme Condition - Colonies Edition Xbox 360
Published by: Capcom
Developed by: Capcom
Release Date: Out Now
If Lost Planet Extreme Condition – Colonies Edition does nothing else, it sets the standard for what an Xbox 360 Classics title should be. Capcom could have got away with a simple re-release of the original Lost Planet: Extreme Condition and there would have been few complaints but such a wealth of new content has been added that even those who have already enjoyed what the original release of the game offered should consider purchasing Colonies Edition. For those who have yet to play the game this is definitely the version to go for.
Colonies Edition includes a stunning amount of content. You get the original single and multiplayer game from the original release (if you didn’t read our review of Lost Planet Extreme Condition you can find our review here) as well as six new online modes, four new multiplayer maps, new single-player modes, new playable characters (for online use), new weapons, new environments and even new perspectives with the ability to play the game from a first person perspective. Xbox 360 and PC gamers can even compete against each other.
The new single-player modes in Colonies Edition are Trial Battle mode, Score Attack mode and Unlimited mode. In Time Battle mode you’ll battle the bosses from the campaign mode one after the other. Health, ammunition and weapons etc., carry over from one fight to the next so you have to take a cautious approach. As long as you’re not playing on the Easy difficulty setting your scores are displayed on the online leaderboards. Score Attack mode challenges you to go on a destructive rampage by destroying as many enemies and objects as possible. As long as you’re destroying things the Combo Gauge will remain onscreen therefore giving you bonus points for keeping the combo running. As with the Time Battle mode, your scores are uploaded so you can see how you are competing with the rest of the world. There is also a mode that allows you to play with increased weapon power and movement speed and unlimited ammo for the most exhilarating Lost Planet experience to date.
Whilst the single-player mode has been nicely augmented, it’s the multiplayer side of the game that has been improved the most. The new maps and playable characters are certainly a good bonus but it’s the new online modes that are the highlight of the new multiplayer offerings. The new modes on offer are: Akrid Hunter, VS Annihilator, Counter Grab, Point Snatcher, Akrid Egg Battle and Egg Bandit. Probably the most interesting of these is Akrid Hunter as you get to play as an Akrid with the idea being to take on the hunters and either survive the round without the Battle Gauge being reduced to zero (alternatively you can fill the Battle Gauge completely to win). There are also some new weapons that are interesting (some of which can only be used in online games). There’s the Rocket Pod which fires four rockets at once and the powerful Laser Lance which can be fitted to your VS and consumes T-ENG so whilst it’s a very useful weapon, it can’t be used in a haphazard fashion.
If there’s one aspect of Colonies Edition that’s disappointing it’s that the game isn’t compatible with the original release of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition. This is a problem that could affect those who have already purchased the original game and those who have yet to purchase Lost Planet. Those who already have the original game will be disappointed to find that the game doesn’t recognise their saved games and they will have to play through the single-player game again if they want to earn all of the achievements (of course there is always the bonus that you have another 1,000 Gamerscore points to earn here). With the game not being compatible with the original release, and you not being able to play against someone who owns a copy of the original game, it means you’re going to find less people online to play against, which will inconvenience both those who own the original release and newcomers. Still, given the amazing value in the whole package, it’s not a major problem and you do get to play against PC gamers who have purchased the Colonies Edition.
Considering that you get the entirety of the original game, as well as a large amount of extra content, and that you can purchase the game for less than £18 Lost Planet: Extreme Condition – Colonies Edition is a definite purchase for anyone with an interest in the game. The game is as accommodating for deaf gamers as was the original release and graphically the game looks the same (meaning it’s still a good looking 360 title). Whether you own the original release of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition or not Lost Planet: Extreme Condition – Colonies Edition is a great package that is also excellent value for money.