"Lost Planet 2" for PS3 is set 10 years after the tumultuous events from the original game of the series. This installment finds the world that was formerly frozen transformed into arid deserts and tropical jungles. The Akrid, gigantic, insect-like creatures, have also adapted to the changes. Gaming action is seen through a third-person perspective, as you engage the Akrid while on foot, or from an expansive collection of Vital Suits. During gameplay, you are able to select from an assortment of customizable weapons, such as sniper rifles, laser guns, rocket launchers, or machine guns. You can engage in single-player battle spanning six episodes, or join a co-op group of four players that team up to fight against the swarming Akrid. Lost Planet 2 also allows you to play in competitive multiplayer modes, with a maximum of 16 players. This is a third-person shooter game developed and published by Capcom as a sequel to "Lost Planet: Extreme Condition." It takes place 10 years after the first game’s events, and is set on the same fictional planet, E.D.N. This video game was developed for a number of platforms: PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, and Xbox 360. It is reminiscent of other video games in this genre, like "Call of Duty," "Resident Evil," and "Monster Hunter." Many gameplay features from the original game are present, such as extreme terrain, the ability to pilot mechanical armor suits, and taking part in major boss battles. Unlike the previous game, "Lost Planet 2" won’t constantly drain thermal energy from players because it takes place in a much warmer climate. Energy can only be massively drained when players use weapons that require energy, or when they pilot a Vital Suit unit. Thermal energy is still constantly, but slowly, drained during regular play, unless a specific ability is equipped. Characters may have their energy replenished by other team members, who can give them some of their energy to keep players alive. This game continues with a feature from the original in that it rewards players with experience points. Players can earn more points for completing extra objectives or playing in a unique manner. The storyline of "Lost Planet 2" for PS3 constantly shifts back and forth between different scenarios. The plot starts out with mercenaries battling against jungle pirates and eventually being set upon by a Category G Akrid. After destroying the creature, they are rescued by a friendly squadron in a helicopter. The story shifts over to Waysiders, otherwise known as snow pirates, who are now living in the desert. During gameplay, players have to fight against not only the gigantic Akrid, but also a wide assortment of motley characters. Several more scenarios take place with intense battle action and enemy engagement. Unlike the previous installment in this series, "Lost Planet 2" allows you to create and customize your own characters, and edit and modify weapons and color palettes.