Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is one of those Xbox ports to PC by Microsoft, but never seemed to get the attention it deserved. Fight as Alex against an alien bug colony in search of the Green Eye. Fight on foot and in mechs as you battle on an icy cold planet against bug minions and bosses.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Lost Planet in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Lost Planet. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 16 32-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.10-CMST-a632585 & 1.7.10
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.7.10-CMST-a632585 & 1.7.10 are installed and you can close this window
Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
Click Install Steam
Do not click "Install Steam Now"
It will automatically install Linux Steam. Since Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions isn't made for Linux, we will download the Windows Steam instead.
click "Windows" under the green button
Navigate to your desktop
Click "install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name you virtual drive: lostplanet
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.7.10-CMST-a632585
Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive.
Always select 32-bit virtual drive.
Windows Version: Windows 7
Check: Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
Check: Emulate a virtual desktop
Desktop size: 1024x768
Check the following libraries:
Navigate to your desktop
Check: I accept the license...
More updating, extracting and installing
When Steam is done installing the login screen will pop up. You probably won't see any text because there is a font bug.
Click the "X" to close Steam login
Name your shortcut: Lost Planet
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
More PlayOnLinux Configuration
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select Steam virtual drive
Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
This fixes the missing font and store problem
Note: -no-dwrite only works if you launch Steam from PlayOnLinux. Steam is automatically set to launch when Windows starts, which means if you do a "Windows Reboot" from the Wine tab -no-dwrite won't execute. Just close Steam and try again.
Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
Video Memory Size: size of memory on your video card
Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
Click "Login to existing account"
Steam overlay has been known to cause problems launching games.
Click Steam menu
Uncheck "Enable Steam Commuinty In-Game"
Select Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions
After Lost Planet is finished installing
Select "Play Lost Planet: Extreme Condition" or "Launch DirectX9 version"
Performance and Optimization
Lost Planet mostly runs slower than most games - 20 Frames Per Second
NO matter what the settings are I could not get Wine to produce more frames per second.
Click PC Settings
Select "Video/Audio Settings"
I recommend using the default settings unless you have an amazing state-of-the-art video card.
Display Resolution and Fullscreen seem to make the most improvements
Set the resolution you want to use, I set mine to 12080x720 or 1680x1050
Set Fullscreen to off
You can mess around with the texture and shadow/lighting settings and probably get some nice results, but it definitely won't improve your frames per second rate.
Note: You may have to go back to Wine Configuration and change the virtual desktop resolution to match Lost Planet resolution.
I was able to play Lost Planet for the most part. Sometimes the frames per second would go as low at 11-12 FPS, but I was still able to play. I had forgotten how cool this game was and how fun the bosses are. Jumping in mechs is always a plus and the visuals are prett nice considering its age.