The extreme and unpredictable conditions that characterised the Lost Planet series return, harsher than ever before. Lost Planet 3 reveals new truths about the foreboding planet and the colonial history of E.D.N. III. Lost Planet 3 introduces Jim Peyton, a rig pilot who leaves Earth to take on a hazardous but lucrative contract on E.D.N.
User reviews: Mixed (885 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 26, 2013

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The extreme and unpredictable conditions that characterised the Lost Planet series return, harsher than ever before. Lost Planet 3 reveals new truths about the foreboding planet and the colonial history of E.D.N. III.

Lost Planet 3 introduces Jim Peyton, a rig pilot who leaves Earth to take on a hazardous but lucrative contract on E.D.N. III. Working for Neo-Venus Construction (NEVEC) who are preparing the planet for colonisation, Jim joins his fellow pioneers at the Coronis base and begins surveying the uncharted terrain and obtaining samples of the planet’s energy supply – Thermal Energy.

With NEVEC’s existing Thermal Energy reserve running low the fate of the Coronis mission depends on the natural source of the energy supply being located. Realising that this is a great opportunity for a huge pay-off and early ticket home to his family, Jim braves the risk of the treacherous environment and threat of the indigenous Akrid.
Acting as a home away from home and boasting an array of tools that can assist Jim on the field, the utility rig provides Jim’s safety and is essential not only for his contract work but also his protection against the ever-changing climate.

Lost Planet 3 will deliver a diverse range of gameplay including on-foot battles and intense first person action. With a number of multiplayer modes and a compelling single player experience, Lost Planet 3 will delve deeper into the Lost Planet universe, uncovering hidden truths within the unique and dynamic environment of E.D.N. III.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual core CPU 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 9800 or better, ATI Radeon™ HD 4770 or better
    • Hard Drive: 16 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard audio device
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Quad core 2.7 GHz or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460 or better
    • Hard Drive: 16 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard audio device
Helpful customer reviews
90 of 112 people (80%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Preface: I am not judging this game compared to its predecessors, since I did not particularly enjoy LP1 or LP2. That being said...

This game is not good. It certainly starts out well, the story is interesting, the graphics are pretty (especially given how well-optimized it is), the sound design is good, and the voice acting is solid. HOWEVER:

-The game is unbelievably easy (I played 95% of it with just the infinite-ammo pistol) except for random HUGE difficulty spikes
-The game world is incredibly small and stifling
-The "hostile" and "uninhabitable" world poses no threat at all (you can walk around in major storms to your heart's content)
-Controls are lazy and stupid (P is to pick up ammo! Why not the "use" button??)
-The cover system is the epitome of crappily-made. They don't even tell you it's there, which makes sense, since it DOES. NOT. WORK.
-The strategy for killing the akrids (including the bosses) is always the exact same (dodge as they charge, shoot when they're stunned)
-Fighting in the rig is beyond pointless (it's ALWAYS better to get out and fight in-person)
-The boss fights are ridiculously stupid (the one in the rig is mind-bendingly atrocious)
-Bosses are recycled all over the place (you kill the giant crab thing in 3 different boss fights alone)
-The game straight-up lies about button prompts ("W/A/S/D to turn wheel" really means "tap f repeatedly")
-The audio logs are filled with SO MANY juicy, lip-smacky, mouth-poppy sounds that it sounds like the mic is being eaten
-The base only has a few people you can actually interact with, so it feels lifeless
-It is completely arbitrary where/when you can grapple/repel
-There is no visual indicator of health (other than when you're near-death), and your ammo count vanishes and reappears whenever it feels like it
-And so many other little tiny annoyances

If you're a more patient person than I am, you could probably put up with this game, and might even enjoy it. I, however, found it joyless, tedious, and boring. It is a paint-by-numbers, designed-by-committee, heartless blob of checklists, man-hours, and coding. Life is too short to slog through uninteresting crap, and this game didn't make the cut (for me). You may enjoy it, but please don't spend more than $5 on it.
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42 of 57 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
-Excellent Singleplayer Story & Gameplay.
-No COOP, SP & MP.
-DX9 UnrealEngine, good looking tho.
-As a Fan of Lost Planet at first Glance it might be disappointing but I got into it and I love this Story-driven Game.
-Overall very polished game, they added Steamworks & Achievements, Vanilla Version had none of it.
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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
I originally gave this game a negative review due to a gamebreaking bug. Having come back months later this bug seemed to have been fixed so I decided to edit my review.

Unlike a lot of space shootman games, LP3 takes its time introducing its characters and giving you the opportunity to give a ♥♥♥♥ about them, it also focuses on civilians like scientists and engineers instead of your usual "HOORAH SPESH MAHREENS!". Biggest example is the protagonist, Jim Peyton. Jim is no Master Chief or Commander Shepard, he’s just a contractor out to get a paycheck to support his family. He’s a relative everyman and the game does a quality job actually showing you his relationship with his family, mainly through videos he exchanges with his wife, Grace, back on Earth. The game takes it time establishing Jim’s day to day life and I think it works. All the approaches the writers make to establish the characters really help give some real heart to what otherwise could have been a generic TPS game. Though there is also the atmosphere which is really freaking good, EDN 3 looks like an utterly hostile planet filled with freezing blizzards and massive lava pools. The country music Grace gives you also adds to this “space trucker” vibe that the game gives off and it really adds to the atmosphere, though you can just play your own music if you want. Overall, it was clear the writers (One of them wrote Anachronox!) wanted something more than flimsy cardboard excuses for story and characters most actions games. They do well for a while but disappointingly it craps itself at the end with a transparently evil villain that ruins the whole theme of not having any real villains. This really brings the game down from being great but the writing is still solid.

When it comes to the combat it is essentially Dead Space and its serviceable but way too many enemies tend to spawn and there’s not much enemy variety. Fighting in your mech can be cool but sometimes it can be a real pain in the ♥♥♥ due to some obtuse mechanics. It’s not a game you really play for the combat, just stick to Easy.

Overall LP3 has a really strong start with a more unique character driven take on an action game but this peters out as it goes on. It’s still a solid game and worth picking up on sale now
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
After reading the reviews of this game, I hesitated getting it. However, once I got it, I couldn't stop playing. I really enjoyed the story. Capcom did a great job with this game. This game has moments that feel like dead space, and moments that are more action oriented. Wonderful game overall.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Get this game on the next sale. It's not anywhere near perfect, but still it is quite enjoyable. Don't expect it to be like the previous Lost Planet games though.

The gunplay is okay, but I wouldn't call it the game's strongest feature. Controlling the robot from a first-person perspective is actually pretty cool (haha, see what I did there). The plot is alright, although easily forgettable. The main character is quite a charming guy, to my surprise. I actually liked most of the characters, which is pretty rare. The setting and the atmosphere are also cool.

I encountered a couple of bugs during my playthrough. They were rare, but still, they were there.

Overall, it's a fairly decent game. I liked it.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Great Game. If you want a game about giant robots facing monstrous aliens, other giant robots, and stalagtites, buy this game.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
35.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Call me crazy, but I really enjoyed this atmospheric sci-fi experience. Nice balance of action and running around talking to people keep the pacing about right.

A few overly long boss fights - embarrassingly, I had to drop down to easy mode for one of them.. but this was mostly due to bad coding that would only accept certain moves if you were standing the perfect distance from the target. So 90% of the time it said "repositiong your rig.." even though there was nothing blocking you. Sad they never went back and fixed little things like that, but a few small issues like that don't really ruin it.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
This game plays and feels different from the other Lost Planet entries. That much you can get from any other review, and that by itself puts some people off - but not me, and I think you should give this game a chance. That said, I'm not much one for multiplayer, so my comments are about the campaign.

The sound and graphics are good, especially the sound design for the weather. Very atmospheric, it really gets your attention when a howling, thundering blizzard rolls in and whites everything out. The music is not bad, and comes in two flavors: moody science fiction-style instrumentals, like what you'd hear in Aliens or Homeworld, and some surprisingly classy western-style guitar and fiddle tunes the main character likes to listen to. They're both understated, but nice touches.

The art design and graphics fit the mood as well, giving E.D.N. III a stark beauty you don't find very often. The character animations are a little stiff in-game, but not anything that really breaks immersion - and the mech animations feel nice and stompy, like they have real weight to them. It's a nice effect that I appreciate.

The storytelling style is well done, particularly given it's a Capcom game. I don't think they'll ever really live down Resident Evil's infamously cheesy dialogue, but this game feels like it was written by Joss Whedon. Some commenters have mentioned the game feeling similar to the movie Aliens, and I can see that, but I think the main character has more in common with the frontier pragmatism of Jim Raynor or Malcolm Reynolds.

So, that's scene-building and mood-setting, and it's done well. But this is a shooter, right? So, how is the action?

It's a solid third-person shooter. You have different loadouts you can switch between, upgradeable weapons, and a basic cover system. Getting new weapons can be kind of slow, especially if you focus on side-quests, but every weapon always has some utility: there aren't many trash guns in this game.

The pacing can be a bit ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, and is my only real issue with the game. One of the first QTE's - sorry, I didn't mention those, did I? Yeah, there are some QTE's in this game. They're pretty forgiving, though, and they don't show up enough to be obnoxious.

Where was I? Oh, right, pacing. One of the first QTE's is in the middle of a "help us, player character! Fix this problem RIGHT NOW!" situation that blows in out of nowhere. The urgency of that errand is a pretty sharp break from the smoother pace the game had had before that, and afterward, it goes immediately back to that "take your time if you want" approach. It's a bit jarring sometimes.

So overall, if you're a fan of shooters and gritty science fiction, you like mood-building and atmosphere, and you don't mind some pacing shifts, I would definitely recommend this game.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Decent game. Nice graphics. A relaxing shooter. Takes too long to get to ur rig, as well as anything else. Not fond of the country music that I am unable to change.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
I haven't played the first two games as it seemed to make sense to start with the franchise chronologically (the third installment takes place before the stories of the first two games).

Overall it is a good but not great game, which has some similarities to Dead Space 3 but without the gore. The main character is believable in that he is an ordinary man who comes to Coronis to make a living for his wife and child.

The graphics are very nice and everything looks even better with Tridef's 3d profile. The environment is quite realistic though people models could use some reworking perhaps.

Combat mechanics are good though a bit clunky at times (especially when you need to pick up ammo very quickly and you can't seem to lock on the item because it will keep escaping from your view if you move your mouse slightly). You can tell it was designed for consoles to some extent.

The story is average with a lot of fetch quests but fighting the Akrid doesn't seem to get old though it does get repetitive at times.

There are lots of "boss battles" of sorts and quick time events, which can be good or bad, depending on one's view.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
When bought on sale for $13 I considered this a good deal in the end. Very immersive. The first two games I barely have a few hours game-time total and could not stand the constant timer you were on. This game fixed that, changed T-ENG into currency instead of a timer for how long you have to live. Story is fantastic, the writing is really good. This would have been an alright B-grade sci-fi film. Voice acting is great too. The gameplay keeps you engaged and by the time it starts to get grindy you are fairly close to done. Playing through the first time on hard took me about 18 hours total. There are a few downsides to this game but everything else is great so I'm just going to list the few negatives:

-Hunting down T-ENG post locations, albino Tarkaa, and Mementos counts for 80% of the grind in this game (use online guides or go crazy) and while optional doing all these things improves your character in lots of ways
-One-off experience, after beating the game once I enjoyed almost all of my time with it but it's just one of those things only good once
-Console port issues: A few mis-labled button hints and I had one crash in the very middle of the very last boss fight
-Steam login issues: If you lose connection to Steam (problem either your end or Steam's end both) it will boot you out of the game into main menu, even on singleplayer, workaround is play in offline mode on Steam but you will not get achievements

Multiplayer looks neat but I'm pretty sure not many people are playing. I beat the game, got Extreme Conditions achievement and am happy with the experience as a whole. A few small problems bring this down to a 7.5/10 overall rating for me, if they fixed the console port issues, crashes, and disconnects from Steam servers booting you even when my internet is fine then this would at least be an 8/10. Story and characters get 10/10. Regular price of $25 for game alone is too much, when it drops around $15 or about $1 an hour when playing through on hard then this is a good deal.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Well, in my honest opinion, the game is great, however, though the title says opposite, it is not a Lost Planet game. The last game is entirely different than the previous two, gameplay wise. The first two games put on a whole lot different fast paced action 3rd person shooter, meanwhile the last game pretty much put forth a moderate 3rd person shooter. The weapon choices got smaller, the VS mechanic got replaced by a "rig" which is a drill and a robotic arm. Though at first I liked the rig's soundtrack option, I got devastated by the fact that most of the game it is "unavailable". Overall, I would not dare say the game is bad, it is just not Lost Planet.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
LP3 is a solid game. While it may have strayed from what made 1 and 2 so much fun this game still holds its own. Very cinematic and riding around on the big rig never gets old. While there are some iffy gameplay elements added to the game, fighting in your rig and upgrading is a lot of fun. There's a lot to explore and hidden goodies to find. Some people may not appreciate it because it did stray so far from the stories told in 1 and 2. However, if you take the game on its own and weigh it accordingly I think you'll be pleased. It's good fun.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
protagonist looks like nick cage, 10/3 would play again
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Good short (25-30 hr) timesink. Fairly interesting story, however the combat was too easy even on the hard difficulty.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
First, this game isn't nearly as bad as the critics would have you believe. The shooting is very competent and the structure of the game, while not unique, is pretty cool. It basically feels structure-wise at least, like the first Arkham game. An open world that opens up more as you gain new equipment and upgrades, more or less Metroid style. I love the aspect of being a miner essentially in a giant mech, setting forth into undiscovered and dangerous territory on a frozen desolate planet. This scenario lends itself to a great atmosphere.

Secondly, This game is literally nothing like the previous 2 entries, unfortunately. Lost Planet 2 is probably the most unappreciated game of all time, and is easily one of the best co-op experiences ever. So, obviously fans of the series will be turned off by Lost Planet 3 at least initially.

While not much of a Lost Planet game mechanically, LP3 stands on its own as worthwhile experience in my opinion. The music from Jack Wall (Mass Effect 3) is outstanding and haunting. The core gameplay is good enough to not get repetive or frustrating in the some odd- 15 hour playtime. Taking out big monsters on an ice planet will always be rad, so its got that going for it. The story is actually really good, which is a first for the series, and it basically tells the story of how EDN III came to be the way we find it in Lost Planet and Lost Planet 2.

All that said, Lost Planet has gotten a bum wrap by critics in its last two entries. There is plenty here to enjoy, and if you like scifi or third person shooters, you will be suprised by how much you enjoy this game. I know I was. 7.5/10
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
48.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
You must get this game. Ture it may not be like the rest of the Lost Planet Series but its story seems importent to help uncover the reason why the series happened in the first place. It's graphics are Fantastic and do not required high-end graphic cards to reach full quaility . Pls get this game, the story is more interesting and consistant then the rest of Lost Planet. you get a Really Giant Rig, A few old weapons (your a contractor, not a snow pirate) and couple of upgrades that you get from doing sidequest to keep you busy. I understand the hate that this game recives but its on sale now. it may not be your cup of tea, but at least give it a shot.
Ps. you get to play your own list of music from your library, so either your a rock man or pop man or women, this game will let you listen to it!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
One of my favorite games I have played over the last few years. It strays away from the magic that made LP1 and 2 so unique and instead goes for the more standard third person action style. But really what most people don't realize is that a large part of what made 1 and 2 so independent from other third person action shooters was simply their unique presentation style. They had a distinct Japanese action game style. I think that this is still undoubtedly a LP game, and the only real thing I miss is that in this game it is just you and in the other games you could work with a squad. Not that that is a big loss or anything considering how ♥♥♥♥ing totally stupid your squad was in those games, especially LP2, but nonetheless it still makes this game feel more lonely. But that is the point with this one. You are supposed to feel lonely. You are one of the few people on the planet that you are on who are there to extract resources and study bugs. You work alone and you go out on missions alone with only your mech, some cockpit music (some awful old-timey generic guitar-rock music, I usually mute it and play some deathcore in windows media player), and occasional video messages you receive from your wife back home. Those are a nice touch because they are very well acted and voiced and you get the feeling that your guy is really homesick and that they miss each other dearly and he can't wait to get back to her. I would be homesick too if I was on another planet and a hot piece of tail like that was waiting for me back on earth. I would constantly need to be detained from trying to sneak into the escape pod room and blast back to earth d-ck first.

I can understand long-time LP fans not being happy with this game, but the fact is that despite LP1 and 2 being pretty enjoyable games, they were held back by not being as technically smooth as they should have been, hence them garnering average reviews of between 60 and 70 out of 100 when they came out. This game takes away a lot of what we loved from the first two games, but at the same time it fixes the technical aspects and is a very smooth game, much smoother than either of the previous two.

The game engine performs flawlessly and the combat is some of the most satisfying AAA grade that I have seen in a long time, however it does have more bugs than both previous games combined. One big bug was when I was fighting a giant akrid. I was fighting it for about ten minutes then it charged me. I weirdly got stuck and it wouldn't move and I started floating in mid-air like I was falling, trapped in a weird glitch until it killed me. Turrets don't even fire at enemies when I fix them except rarely. The little button tapping mini-game you have to play when you lock up with an enemy really ♥♥♥♥ing sucks. When you first are instructed to grab on to something with your mech arm, it says to press WASD to turn the lever. That does not work and the only way anyone could figure it out is to google it and find out that you have to tap the F key. A little more care should have went in to the game to make sure such stupid things like that didn't happen on such a grand scale.There are a bunch of other small bugs that could have been easily avoided with quality testing and not being rushed out, but the game runs flawlessly smooth at 60fps which I am thankful for because most developers are too stupid to figure out how to program games to run smoothly and most games that come out nowadays run horribly or are just flat out horrible ports.

The graphics are great. Everything looks good from enemies to character models, to effects and level/area design. The sounds are great, the weapons pretty standard but fun and satisfying to use and really pack a punch. I do really want another LP2 styled game, but I have to say that this one is my fav in the series because it is just so much more technically smooth than both of the first two games combined. I gave MP a try also and it was pretty cool, although I doubt you can find games all the time.

8/10
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18 of 33 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Lost Planet was dumb game with crappy story, idiotic characters and awful acting. But it was fun third person action game with vehicles. Yeap it was fun to play between awfulness of it's plot cutscenes.
Lost Planet 2 was boring mediocre game without any redeeming qualities at all. Just grindy third person shooter to kill hour or so with your friends (co-op fixes everything as always).
Lost Planet 3 is very very immersive, very personal game full of atmosphere, beautifully fleshed out characters, detailed environments and great voice acting. It's competent but not very memorable shooter. The problem with Lost Planet 3 is it's own franchise. Lost Planet was dumb but fun bug shooter. Lost Planet 3 is neither dumb or fun shooter. If you want to catch a cold on a distant planet and ride in your trusted drilling machine while listening to great music - Lost Planet 3 is for you. If you just want to shoot some bugs - avoid.
For me - I grew tired of mindless shooting. I prefer immersion. I prefer details. That's it. That's why I put thumb up here and recommend this game for any fan of immersive games.

I never liked Lost Planet franchise anyway (can't see a single reason why anyone would like it anyway), but I really like LP3.
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23 of 43 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Lost Planet 3 is the best Dead Space game I've ever played.
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