Set sometime in the future, Lost Planet casts you in the role of Wayne, a soldier suffering from amnesia stuck in a frozen world. To make matters worse, a group of aliens known as the Akrid, have invaded the planet, forcing the few remaining humans to band together in small groups. Your only memory is of an Akrid killing your father, leading you to hook up with a group of pirates in search of revenge. Of course, things with the pirates aren’t that great – so you’ll find yourself fending off rivals as much as you will aliens.
Action in Lost Planet rides the fence between a 3rd-person action game and a mech game. At different parts of the game, you’ll find yourself running through snow-covered streets and in dark corridors all the while stomping out Akrid nests and fighting off other pirates. Gameplay is oddly reminiscent of Bionic Commando, though that could just be the grappling hook talking. As you explore the area, you’ll come across a variety of weapons, some of which are used to power up your Vital Suit, or VS, a giant exoskeleton.