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Lost Planet 2 lacks any real story. All you do is shoot enemies (who sometimes look just like you), shoot Akrid, and activate data posts. But why? What is the goal? In episode 4, more than halfway through the campaign, you finally learn about a (weak) story: Nevec is trying to destroy the planet or turn it back into an ice world, so you have to stop them. But after you learn about the story, you get lost in the battles again...with no real plan to do anything but shoot enemies, shoot Akrid, and activate data posts.
There are cutscenes, but they are battle oriented. Again, what is the goal? I don't know. Unlike Lost Planet 1, no real story unfolds with Lost Planet 2.
In Lost Planet 1, I actually cared about some of the characters. In Lost Planet 2, I'm left asking "what characters?" There really aren't any; there is just a generic "them" and "us" (and the Akrid, and the data posts). Most of the time, you don't see anyone's face (there is always a helmet or mask blocking the face). Remember Wayne, Luka, and Rick from Lost Planet 1? They are nowhere to be found in Lost Planet 2 (and there are no names for anyone in Lost Planet 2...because there are no characters).
Lost Planet 1 left us at a world that was turning from an ice planet into a garden planet. In Lost Planet 2, it is unclear what is going on, since you see both landscapes. Which landscape is winning and why? I don't know.
How do you play the single player campaign? That's not clear either. Here are some tips:
To start the campaign, scroll through the main menu until you find "campaign", and then click on it.
Select "offline" for connection type.
Select episode 1, chapter 1.
Set difficulty, and # of AI, and friendly fire.
Click create game.
SAVES - checkpoint system
The checkpoint system saves only when you see a screen that says "continue or save". Choosing either "continue" or "save" will save the game. Never leave the game before you see a screen that says "continue or save" (or you'll have to restart from the last checkpoint). You can only start chapters from the start (you can't continue from the last mission played). "Mission complete" does NOT mean the game is saved. You'll know when you finish a chapter, because you'll see a screen that says "continue or save".
After you quit for the day and want to continue with the game the next day...
To start where you left off (i.e., the last checkpoint), from the main menu, go to "campaign", select the most recent episode and chapter, set AI to the desired #, and click create game. There is no "resume".
I was expecting a story, but there really was none. I do not plan to buy Lost Planet 3.
If you are only playing the single player campaign, then you do not need the Internet to install or play (and the game will not ask you for the product key). You will need Games for Windows Live, but you can use a local profile to avoid the Internet. I have the DVD version of the game, not Steam.
The graphics look really good. The game worked fine for me (no noticeable bugs, no crashes). I'm running it on Windows XP SP3 Home Edition, GeForce GTX 560 Ti, Intel i7 3820, 4 GB RAM.
The seller was AOOutlet. I paid 20 bucks including shipping.
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