I've been told the key to enjoying Lost Planet 2 is to realise - despite the presence of Marcus and Dom as unlockable characters - it isn't Gears of War.
Not all games should play alike. Just because Lost Planet 2 and Gears of War share a tight third-person perspective and involve shooting aliens, it doesn't mean they have to be the same game. They don't need to use the same control layout, or move at the same pace, or utilise the same save system.
Seriously. Imagine if every game just used the same mechanics.
Lost Planet 2 is its own beast; slower, more considered, more exacting. It's also designed to be replayed multiple times as you unlock a huge amount of meaningful abilities and cosmetic additions. Capcom should be applauded for offering something different. Maybe it won't work for you, but that doesn't make it a bad game - just a different one.
About the only thing it really has in common with Gears is that it's a lot more fun when played co-operatively. Which is what I'll be doing this weekend.
How about you?