Driven to the brink of extinction on ice-covered wastelands, humankind fights to survive. Battle to survive against gargantuan alien Akrid and treacherous Snow Pirates on the vast and frozen landscape of EDN III. With no allies at your side, the only thing you can trust is your instincts.
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Release Date: Jun 26, 2007
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"Decent Port. Lots of options/rebindable keys with decent performance. Subtitles are a bit low res and locked at 720p. Multiplayer needs port forwading."

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Driven to the brink of extinction on ice-covered wastelands, humankind fights to survive. Battle to survive against gargantuan alien Akrid and treacherous Snow Pirates on the vast and frozen landscape of EDN III. With no allies at your side, the only thing you can trust is your instincts.
Combining a gripping single player campaign and intense multiplayer modes with support for up to 16 players online, Lost Planet is an epic gaming masterpiece. Enormous world maps unfold as players battle across vast snow fields and deserted cities either on foot or in armed, robotic Vital Suits.
  • Intense action - A fast-paced third-person shooter with all the depth, intrigue, and intensity of a science fiction classic.
  • Foot and vehicle based gameplay - Command highly powered armed vehicles and weapons, including transformable snow vessels.
  • Vast environments - Snowstorms, arctic winds, towering buildings and mountains of ice are all stunningly realized as battles occur above and below ground, creating a truly immersive and cinematic event of epic proportions.
  • Battle hordes of colossal Akrid.
  • Command heavily armored Vital Suits.
  • Intense 16 multiplayer action.
  • Enhanced DirectX 10 graphics.

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows® XP, Intel® Pentium® 4 supporting HT technology or AMD Athlon™ 64 3500+ or greater, 512 MB RAM (Windows XP) / 1 GB RAM (Windows Vista), 8.0 GB free disk space, 640x480 minimum resolution, 256 MB VRAM, DirectX®9.0c / Shader3.0*, NVIDIA® GeForce® 6600 or greater**, DirectSound compatible. DirectX®9.0c, Mouse, Keyboard, Broadband connection (Internet connection required to play.)
    Recommended: Windows Vista™, Intel® Core™2 Duo, 1 GB RAM (Windows XP) / 2 GB RAM (Windows Vista), 1280x720 or higher resolution, 256 MB VRAM, NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600 or greater, Gamepad, Xbox 360™ Controller for Windows®
    * Operation not assured if VRAM is shared with Main Memory.
    ** NVIDIA® GeForce® 7300 is not supported.
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79 of 83 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
TL:DR? See Conclusion

INTRODUCTION:
Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions is the first game on Lost Planet franchise. Developed and Published by Capcom, it was originally designed to be an Xbox 360 (2006) exclusive but was later released for the PC (2007) and subsequently, the Playstation 3 (2008).

The player takes the role of Wayne Holden, a Snow Pirate surviving in a failed colonization project of an alien world known as E.D.N. III. Said planet was a prospective new home planet for humanity until it was discovered that: 1. Its covered in perpetual winter. 2. Its home to a hostile alien species known as the Akrid. Wayne, along with his father was supposed to be hunting a particularly powerful Akrid but it proved too powerful and soon things went from bad to worst as Wayne finds himself left for dead in the frozen surface of the planet. He was later recovered and revived (with amnesia) by another group of Snow Pirates who came across his frozen body. Join Wayne in his quest to recover his memories and piece together a conspiracy by a mysterious corporation known as NEVEC.

PROS:
+ Graphically and Visually stunning despite being 8 years old at the time of writing this review (2014).
+ Vital Suits (V.S.) are fun to pilot and to play
+ Healthy amount of Variety on the above mentioned VS, each having their own strengths and weaknesses
+ Good Music and Sound Effects (although the voice acting could have used a bit more work)
+ Good enemy variety
+ Epic boss battles
+ Large enough levels for exploration however...(See CON #7)
+ Great environment, level design and refreshing new setting (abandoned frozen planet)
+ Performance Test functionality (which is proper since the game HAD a heavy system requirement back in 2007 for the PC version)

CONS:
- Voice acting could have been better (or they could have used the original Japanese with english subtitles)
- Story line is a bit hard to follow if you're not paying attention
- Not very memorable characters
- The jumps between cutscenes and missions are sometimes disconnected.
- Poor A.I. (You'll see more intelligence in a Coma patient than the Human Enemy AI in this game.)
- Repetitive combat
- Unrewarding and pointless collectibles that serve no purpose in gameplay or story. (You don't get rewarded for exploration.)

CONCLUSION:
Its a NICE game that could have been done better. I can still give it my RECOMMENDATION because I particularly liked my experience with it. It can get a boring at times, but Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions does make for a good pass time since the levels are interesting and satisfying to play through.

The visuals are great which are complemented with good music and sound effects however, the voice acting is tolerable at best. The combat gets too repetitive at times and the human enemy AI is woefully underwhelming but the fun and excitement found when using the Vital Suits does make up for it.

All in all, its an AVERAGE game. RECOMMENDED to be bought on a SALE rather than full price.

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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
if you know onimusha, resident evil 4-5 and the other capcom games you can easily guess what you going to play. lost planet is a good sample of how to optimize a game from console to pc. controls are good enough to have fun.

+ good graphics and optimization
+ music and voice acting
+ challenging boss fights and akrid
+ scenario is good enough

- campaign is too short
- terrible checkpoint system
- the protagonist runs in slow motion

if you ask me which lost planet was the best, it was the third game. i've made a mistake and played the third game first. and the first one will be last :))
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Argueably the best of the series, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is Japanese Studios at their finest.

KAIJU! KAIJU EVERYWHERE!

Lost Planet is a Science Fiction Third-Person Shooter that is everything you'd expect from a Japanese Kaiju film.
Lots of guns. Lots of blood. Lots of Kaiju.

Battle for survival on a frozen planet that is infested with Akrid.
They come small, they come gargantuan.
Those are the only sizes. It's amazing.
You can carry two weapons as well as grenades and you have a grapple to reach high places.
Since the planet you are on is frozen you must collect thermal energy to stay at a regulated temperature...otherwise your life drains until death.

You stand alone against the swarm, will you survive?
Never. Stop. Shooting.

9/10
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Had a ton of fun playing this game!

Pros:
- The combat is GREAT, punching akrid in the face with a 30 ton mech is really a nice sensation
- A lot of different mechs, each one requiring a complete different approach
- Huge Monsters (HUGE)
- The graphic is still pretty good even after all this years

Cons:
- The story is TERRIBLE, after playing this you will probably appreciate more even Twilight
- The final battle, *SPOILER*
Whoever designed it should be exile from our planet...after 9+ wonderful hours of game, feeling great in a juggernaut of metal, shooting bullets big enough to pulverize a car, for the final battle you find yourself flying in the brain damaged cousin of gundam, with huuuge energy sword...incredibly UNfunny to use, and slow like a dead frozen pig...using the same TWO attack over and over...and over...and over...and


In the end, it's a good game, to maximise the fun:
1) When a cut scene start, mute the audio and read a comic...or a magazine...or count the cars passing outside, whatever you do, it will be better than following the story
2) Have someone else doing the final battle, don't spoil yourself the memory of the entire game with that atrocity.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
I really enjoyed this game to be honest...On the 360. Gameplay with Mouse and Keyboard is not as great. Unless you play PC games with a controller I'd recommend caution when playing. It's a FANTASTIC game for sure. Just not good without a controller.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Guns, mechs, aliens, grapple hook, Japanese art style, good story and snow lots and lots of snow.

What isn't there to love? (。◕‿‿◕。)
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
I have beaten this game twice now (on a seperate account) and here's my two cents.
+ Great controller support
+ Great combat
+ Takes a bit of skill for bosses
+ Awesome Mech system
+ Lots of snow
- Takes no skill for non-bosses
- Lots of bugs
- Forgettable cutscenes
- Dead online battle mode
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition combines third-person shooting with mech fighting reminiscent of the old MechAssault games. Although Capcom did a somewhat lazy job with the port, it is fun and playable enough to warrant buying on sale.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
-> tl;dr: TPS with incredible graphics, good gameplay, boring plot and fun as hell. <-

I've played this game back in 2008 and it was great, and now in 2015 I'm playing it again and it's still great! The graphics are still amazing (better than quite a lot of games released in 2014) and the gameplay definitely doesn't feel dated.

The game is a linear TPS with giant monsters and mechas, although during half of the game you'll be walking on foot (which can be a pain since you're slow as hell) but as a plus you get a grappling hook when you're not riding a mecha that you can use to pretend you're spiderman.
The game can get challenging at times (specially at boss fights and on later missions), but even on hard mode you'll never run out of ammo for your machine gun or out of T-Eng (what makes your life regenerate and power your mechas/energy guns) while you kill normal enemies.

The plot is generic and the cutscenes, although beautiful, are long, boring and forgettable. Feel free to skip some, no regrets, no tears.

I've never tried the online, so I can't say if it's good or not.
But I doubt anyone still plays it online.

Fantastic and cheap game, buy it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Actually a fun action game, but skip the story.

No, seriously, it's a bad story with holes and boring characters, and it's not even well told. Skipping it greatly enhances the gameplay. Not to mention that some level have virtually no connection to the story. The level on their own, although not great, are actually enjoyable.

Even at it's current price (15€) it's probably worth your money, on sale even more so.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
This is a god game, looks good, plays well and is nice and is fairly simple. Good game. Play it
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Awesome Adventure game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
Fun.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Story and characters are average at best. I lost interest in them and played on just for the next boss fights.
Poor AI for normal enemies.
Some boss fights are fun.
Level design so so.
In game Instructions are for gamepad.
Good graphics. Need to uninstall a Microsoft update for DX10 to work on my system.
Game is short.
Get it only when it's on sale.
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324 of 427 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
Genuine Canada simulator.
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67 of 83 people (81%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
I absolutely love this game. When I was a teenager my parents bought this for me on xbox 360 and I was blown away. When I saw it was on sale I had to get it. It's just as great as I remember it! I connected my xbox controller to my pc and I'm settling nicely in full nostalgic immersion.
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
My favorite part about this game, that I wish we could see in more singleplayer experiences nowadays, is the fact that it doesn't hold your hand. There's no "FOLLOW" sign hovering above NPCs, there's no slo-mo sequence during boss battles to help you get a better shot, and the game only gives you hints, not explicit instructions, on how to proceed. For example, rather than "dodge the exploding missiles this boss sends flying at you and aim for its weak spot on its stomach" you get simply get "keep moving". The game doesn't tell you how to fight the numerous types of enemies you encounter, you have to figure it out as you go. It's forgiving, but not too forgiving. For example, if you spent all of your energy trying to get through a certain area, there will normall be a station at the end to give you a one-time refill so you aren't completely ♥♥♥♥ed.

The system of necessary-but-constantly-draining thermal energy is what really makes this game. There will be times when you absolutely have to decide between fighting a group of enemies in order to get the thermal energy they drop, while risking getting hurt and losing even more; or you can try to outrun the enemies, many of which are much faster than you, and leave behind their potentially live-saving thermal energy. There's no "Restart from Last Checkpoint" option in the menu, so these decisions need to be made quickly and you'll have to live with them afterwards. During boss battles, especially ones where you pilot a mech (which drain your energy at a faster rate), you will quickly find yourself taking note of where all the stores of thermal energy, ammunition, and cover are and incorporating them into a strategy.

I'm not trying to make this game out as some kind of unholy, Dark Souls-esque death grinder, but rather this is the way that I feel that all single players games should be in order to be worth a full $60 price tag. Enough with the in-game hand holding incorrectly called "hints". Enough with "boss battles" that can only be won if you to wait for a quicktime event or predetermined action in order to beat them. And even though it came out in 2007, it still looks and plays pretty good. Not enough single player experiences have genuinely hard levels/boss battles/enemies. If you want a game that will give you a challenge, this is the game for you. A classic action/adventure game, starting off relatively easy and getting more and more difficult as you play through. Capcom is known for making good, challenging games. If only more developers could take a page from how a single player experience should be, at least on the harder difficulties.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
We are seeing games change. They way we get them, the way we hear about them, talk about them, and the way we play them. Lost Planet is one of the figure heads leading this charge of modernisation, albeit in a subtle way. Playable code was available, publicly, a whole eight months before the finished game itself, with multiplayer maps out three months before the final release. These demos attracted a groundswell of positive word of mouth for the game, the likes of which marketing people can only dream of in their very stickiest dreams.
And now, we have the finished game. But is it like getting to spend longer with a good friend, or just an unwelcome house guest you can’t wait to kick out?

Lots of people are using ‘old school’ as a phrase to describe Lost Planet, and they are all wrong. Just because the core game manages to successfully rekindle the feeling of fun many gamers may have forgotten, it doesn’t mean that it apes games of yesteryear. What it does do, and does very well, is to combine elements from other genres, and bring them together neatly. Take, for example, the feel of the game. It’s an action based shooter, obviously influenced by movies. But on some levels, it feels almost like an RPG – even better, it feels almost exactly like starting the RPG half way through – you know, right at the point where the game is getting good, and has just started giving up the best equipment for you to play with...

The weapon set is, on one level, quite basic – Machine gun, Shotgun, Sniper, a couple of futuristic guns, and a selection of grenades - such as plasma to stun, or Disc for precision throwing and large blast radius. The grapple line offers some variation from the norm, but isn’t really utilised that fully, and its use is, for the main part, left to player discretion.
But then you get to the mechs (VR suits), and everything moves up a notch. The VR suits are an open, blank slate of flexible, combat weaponry, not least because they feature customisable weapons - you can lug around different VR weapons, and quite literally bolt on or take off whichever you fancy. You can even fire these giant weapons on foot, which sacrifices a lot of mobility, but the freedom of choice and the chance of a last minute, desperate boss victory far out weight the fact you’ll have to stop to shoot. The VR themselves come in various flavours, from the basic, to those capable of massive jumps, and others that transform from walkers into burrowing tanks. You never get attached to any one particular VR, though, as they are liberally scattered throughout the levels and encourage you to be as promiscuous with their weapons and types as possible.

There’s plenty to overcome with your new toys: The naturally occurring insect-like Akrid monsters, which neatly fit into the implied ecosystem, ranging from minor threats to screen filling bosses, with some that you’ll swear are screen filling bosses, when they are, in reality, only passing cameos. Each and everyone of their varieties wears glowing weak spots, target markers that give you tantalising obvious finishing methods, yet somehow never quite manage to become routine kills.
While the Akrid are by far the best enemies in the game, the other, human opponents - the mercenary styled Snow Pirates, and the military like Nevec forces are obviously designed with care. But unfortunately, their AI script greatly threatens to destroy your sense of immersion, by having them act even dumber than the giant bugs. There are flashes of brilliance from them, particularly on the unlockable ‘Extreme’ difficulty, but more often than not, they simply charge at you so you can shoot them, or stand still while you slaughter them from afar, and are quite the bitter disappointment.
But while the Akrid are the best enemies in the game, they are not the best opponent – that honour goes to the environment itself, the titular Lost Planet. So much more than just a setting, its vicious and hostile nature, whether out on the frozen snowbound surface, or deep below in red hot volcanic caves, sees your surroundings constantly demanding attention and careful management of available heat energy (gained from defeating enemies or stashes throughout the levels) to ensure success. This energy management system, T-Eng, is perfunctory on first play through, largely offering a safety cushion as it replenishes any health lost in combat. But on the higher difficulties, it becomes a much stricter mistress, forcing you into a very tightly timed resource management mindset, where risk and reward are everything, and winning the day by the skin of your teeth has never felt better.

Lost Planet also offers online multiplayer, for lobbies of up to sixteen people, and a smattering of game types, from command post capture to straight out deathmatchs. The eight playable levels offer quite a variation, with some new features – such as underwater sections – and all feature the VR suits on them for player carnage. It’s engaging and fun, with the addition of having to choose an online avatar, and a rudimentary levelling up system bolstering out the mainly stable and lag free games.

Games like Lost Planet always come across as slightly insecure. By being so heavily influenced by Hollywood action movies, they never seem quite comfortable in their own skin, content to stand or fall based on the experience of game play alone. And like people everywhere, they find safety in numbers, always managing to bring along a friend. Now the law of averages says this friend will be annoying.
The friend in this case is the cut-scenes. And oh, yes, my, how they’re annoying.
Lost Planet suffers some truly dire and nonsensical cut-scenes. While hopes were initially high, with Korean actor Lee Byung-Hun being incorporated as your digital avatar Wayne, and Inafune’s obvious love for action and horror movies showing through successfully in his other titles (such as Dead Rising), it was only right to expect a little more. Unfortunately, it’s business as usual.
Lost Planet doesn’t push into new territory with its story scenes, with terrible, shallow characters, who never really have clear motives or reasons, and change sides at the drop of a hat. Plot twists happen quite randomly, seemingly for the sake of it, and all of this is wrapped up in a large bumper hamper of cheap and over the top melodrama.
Lost Planet, judged on its story scenes alone, would cause a lover of American daytime soaps to turn off in embarrassment. Luckily, though, there’s a cracking game lurking in-between these thankfully skip-able nuances. And the scenes themselves aren’t at all necessary for progression; that’s handled by a page of text briefing that clearly outlines what you are about to be doing, and precedes every level.

Lost Planet is a welcome house guest. Challenging without being frustrating, empowering without being patronising, with small, wonderful discoveries, and giant, heart-stopping battles, it creates an amazingly consistent and sturdy game world that feels weighty and real. Lost Planet hasn’t outstayed its welcome, but at the same time, you won’t be asking it to move in.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2014
One of my favorite games that came from Japan and one of my favorite stories in pc gaming. I've played this since its release year and it always makes want to adventure into unknown places and test my skills with the largest of Alien monstrositys I've ever faced. The graphics are decent, the combat is amazing, and the weapons plus mechs, aka VS's (Vital Suits) dominate all with awsome gameplay and action that takes you into things that blow your mind. I recommend this game for it's weapons and mounts mostly, but try it for yourselfs, see how you like it and let me know what you think.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
A really nice game if you want an action-packed adventure with some environmental exploration and great freedom of approach.

The thermal energy mechanic might take a little while to get used to, but as soon as you wrap your head around it you'll be feeling like a real scavenger, looking around for every container and such, to get that glowing liquid that lets you survive, and you might also want to optimize your ammo usage for that extra survival flavour.

The setting is very fascinating,although its background is too vaguely described.
Enemies are varied and have cool designs, and they are quite aggressive and will swarm you if you're not careful.
Bosses are usually huge and ensue epic battles.

There are some cool weapons, but the best feature is the robots, there are different models that handle differently and have special moves and abilities, very nice. The stronger the robot, the more thermal energy it consumes, so it's all balanced and you gotta be a good player to survive.

The grappling hook is very cool, you can do some nifty tricks with it, too bad that the game doesn't mention them in any way.

There are some collectibles, not sure what they are for since I didn't look for them.

Sniping makes the game easier but I recommend it on some very hard parts of the game, e.g. you on foot vs. 6 robots and 12 soldiers.

It's playable with m&k, very very enjoyable, only the last "corridor" suffers from this layout.

The multiplayer in this version seems to be unusable, what a pity.

Had problems running it in dx10 with my 7870, played it in dx9 without problems, all to the max at 1920x1080.



All in all an excellent shooty-shoot fest with a good japanese flavour that gives it a feel of a lovingly crafted capcom game.

Took me 12 hours to play the campaign on normal, I'm an explorative player though, no point in rushing the experience. So if you're an ocd zergling it will probably last less.
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