Xbox 360 owners will find a deal on Capcom titles this week. Lost Planet 2 and Resident Evil 5 have been marked down 75% and 50%, respectively. The Deal of the Week also includes Mortal Kombat (2011), which features a cooperative tag team mode.
Incoming Capcom news! Lost Planet 3 was recently revealed. The follow-up to the excellent co-op adventure, Lost Planet 2, has a shiny new trailer you can check out below. I won't go into details on the video here. You can see all the ice, snow, and Akrids for yourself. I will say that the trailer has a very single player vibe, and from the details given at Capcom-Unity, the game apparently follows suit.
Capcom's flop of a third person shooter, Lost Planet 2, is for sale for only $9.99 at Amazon.com. Why should you care? Because the game is awesome, especially in co-op. LP2 got some low review scores when it came out in May of this year, mainly because of the difficulty level and the necessity of relying on poor AI if you were playing single player. We gave it a co-op score of 4 out of 5 in our review, because we know better than those other guys. Capcom even patched some of the difficulty problems, and you don't need to worry about bad AI if you have some co-op buddies. You can use this link for the Xbox 360 version, or this link for the PlayStation 3 copy, and help support Co-Optimus.
If you thought Lost Planet 2 kicked your butt, you should see what it did to Capcom's profit forecast. The gaming giant has had to lower its expected sales and profit figures for the year. There are several contributing factors to this, a major one being the poor sales of Lost Planet 2.
Capcom have announced a PC version of Lost Planet 2 is on the way and will be out this Fall on October 15th. The port of the popular four player co-op console game will be getting a few new bells and whistles - namely upgraded graphics and 3D support. In fact, Capcom has partnered with NVidia to create a Lost Planet 2 benchmark utilizing new assets from the game to measure your graphics card performance - it's out now and you can download it here.
This Week in Co-Op, Co-Optimus News Network corespondent Jessica Jenkings interviews our own Nick Puleo and Sam Tyler on their latest mission in Lost Planet 2. Jessica asks the hard hitting questions as to exactly what went down on the battlefield and just why the heck there's a giant Servbot helmet involved.
"I hope that's the face. Please be the face"
Ever wanted to play as a Lost Planet 2 data post? Yes, you in the back - today is your lucky day! Capcom is slating a new data post character outfit for the "end of July", tentatively. Joining the downloadable "Post Modern" outfit is a new cooperative mode called Rush Arena, which pits up to four players against every boss in the game in succession.
Lost Planet 2 is a fine experience in most respects; as our review points out, it has some epic monster-munching moments that are truly memorable. But there are also some things about the game that will have you tearing your hair out in frustration. The biggest problem, in my opinion, is the awkward checkpoint/respawn system. Many times, we'd fight our way to a giant Akrid, die horribly, and respawn not at the beginning of the Akrid fight, but several maps previous. It's terribly frustrating, and makes the game artificially difficult, especially when you consider how brainless your AI allies are most of the time. These two needs are being addressed in a patch, available today on PSN and soon for Xbox 360 users.
The world of cooperative gaming is evolving so rapidly, I think it's catching some people off guard. In only half a decade we've gone from famine to feast in terms of co-op offerings in games. But what about single player games? Are we seeing a complete shift - a shoe on the other foot scenario?
Lost Planet was a decent seller, but never broke through to the mainstream. Those that did play the game found it a challenging experience that was equal parts exhilarating and annoying. The sequel adds co-op, and hopes to fix the mistakes. Were these changes enough to make the game a must buy?