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Front Mission Evolved Review

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mpr 14th October 2010, 11:27 Quote
I found it easier to control with mouse and keyboard than with my controller. Maybe I'm blind but I couldn't figure out how to map the controller. On the other hand using my G19 thumb buttons I have all 4 attack options mapped to my right hand.

The game isn't horrible, but I seriously expected so much more. I mean Front Mission usually has a very good story, this time it's not even able to compete with some shareware titles' plots and voice acting. I enjoyed the idea of 3rd person in the series, but out of wanzer combat completely cheapens the entire game.

It's worth the purchase if you find it on sale. I suppose at least it's already supported by SLI and you can force AA and such easily.
Unknownsock 14th October 2010, 11:43 Quote
Got this on release as I'm a massive FM fan already but this game is horrible.
It just plays like an awful third person shooter.

I found the SP tolerable, but the designs were too linear and repetitive imo.
And the Boss fights are some of the worst I've seen in a long time. Getting 1 hit is not my idea of fun nor a clever design imo.

The FOV makes MP too an extent, SP is alot slower paced so it doesn't matter too much i guess.
And everythiong is so stupidly unbalanced, 2x missiles on your shoulders and you will own any boss very fast with not much effort, and the same goes in MP.

The only two things i can say i really liked are the agility backpack, this felt very smooth, andi recon this should have been standard. And Dylan's voice acting which i thought was quite good in comparison to the rest.
Gunsmith 14th October 2010, 11:58 Quote
a poor mans Armored Core.
Pete J 14th October 2010, 12:14 Quote
I'll be picking this up in the inevitable half-price Steam sales. It's lucky I fought my urge to pre-order it just for the 10% discount and two free MECHS.
Bloody_Pete 14th October 2010, 12:54 Quote
When will they stop producing rubbish like this? We want more MechWarrior DAMMIT!!!!!!
mpr 14th October 2010, 13:08 Quote
Pete, it wasn't meant to compete with Mechwarrior (unless you want to count the crap XBox game). It was meant to compete more with Armored Core, but it shouldn't have even had to. FMs plot and writing has always been vastly superior to AC... except this time is subpar in every way. The poor gameplay would be much easier to swallow for me had the writing come through.
Jaberw0cky 14th October 2010, 13:25 Quote
Majorly dissapointed that Evolved moved to action game. I'm a long time FM fan and I have a soft spot for tactical RPGs. It would seem Enix has struck again, making rubbish of Squaresofts good work.
If I want fast mecha action, I'll play Armored Core, if I want methodical mecha action, I'll play Chromehounds, if I want mecha tactics, I'll play Front Mission 4.
-VK- 14th October 2010, 13:35 Quote
Aw man. I really really liked Front Mission 3 - This looks like a disappointment :(
Omnituens 14th October 2010, 14:03 Quote
FM3 was one of the best PS1 games ever. When I heard about this a while back I was hoping for something similar but really, REALLY shiny (though to be fair to FM3, It used the PS1 hardware well).

As soon as I read the words 'real-time' and 'third person' I died a little inside.

If you like turn based strategies and big robots, and have a ps1 or ps3, try and get hold of a copy, you won't regret it. They did make FM4 for the PS2, but it was not released outside of JAP/US and while I have a copy, I have no US PS2 to play it on :( FM5 was Jap only sadly.
Paradigm Shifter 14th October 2010, 14:09 Quote
Another great series falls prey to... how to put this politely... "modernisation"?

Well, I'll think about it when I see it for a fiver or so.
Unknownsock 14th October 2010, 14:34 Quote
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Well, I'll think about it when I see it for a fiver or so.

Still not worth it.
Skiddywinks 14th October 2010, 15:02 Quote
I'm not so arsed that they took a much loved TBS and turned it into a TPS. What I am arsed about, is that they took a much loved TBS and turned it in to a mediocre at best TPS. What assholes. At least do a decent job of it!
Hovis 14th October 2010, 15:45 Quote
I didn't think it was too bad as a shooter. Only thing that I didn't like was the necessity of the agility backpack for nearly all boss fights. It's a big robot shooty game, such a game by it's very nature shouldn't be about ducking and diving. That said I did have to kill one boss by hunkering down behind a shield while hammering away at the week point with shoulder mounted gatling guns. Fun times.
Redbeaver 14th October 2010, 18:37 Quote
im currently playing it evry now and then, but i have to say it deserves at least a 7 in my book.

its loads of exploding fun with nice Dolby digital on my 5.1 and great customization. with a little practice and skills, you can actually be good at it! /gasp

once ur comfortable with a build (slow is slow, heavy is heavy, and no weaponries in the game can compensate for that ****) its a good feeling to slide around and hit hard.


the rest of the game is laughable, yes...

funny how once of the tagline is "game from SE where the story quality is always top notch!".... well, not this game. the voiceover remind me dubbed Naruto and it made me gag alittle in the mouth on every cutscene...
jimmyjj 14th October 2010, 22:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bloody_Pete
When will they stop producing rubbish like this? We want more MechWarrior DAMMIT!!!!!!

+1

Any news on the new Mechwarrior game? Is it actually dead in the water or...
Trefarm 15th October 2010, 00:20 Quote
Why can't someone be brave enough to release a 'turn based' on-line multiplayer? I honestly think it'd work a treat, there must be tens of thousands of long term gamers who'd appreciate it, if for no other reason than it would be a different challenge from all the endless 3rd/FPS twitch clones.

(mind you I'd buy Front Mission 3 if they just ported straight from PS1 to PC... maybe it's a rose-tinted memory but I loved that game.)
mpr 15th October 2010, 08:09 Quote
Trefarm, all the FMs hold up fairly well. There's a mod team working on translating FM5 though sadly we'll have to either get a rom or purchase a JP copy to make an .iso with and then run it through an emulator... and the Emulators don't usually play so nice with Square discs... at least none of the games I own.
Ending Credits 15th October 2010, 09:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Redbeaver
funny how once of the tagline is "game from SE where the story quality is always top notch!".... well, not this game. the voiceover remind me dubbed Naruto and it made me gag alittle in the mouth on every cutscene...

Trust me, Naruto is far from the worst dubs around.
Unknownsock 15th October 2010, 10:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by mpr
Trefarm, all the FMs hold up fairly well. There's a mod team working on translating FM5 though sadly we'll have to either get a rom or purchase a JP copy to make an .iso with and then run it through an emulator... and the Emulators don't usually play so nice with Square discs... at least none of the games I own.

Pretty sure thats already out.
mpr 15th October 2010, 11:41 Quote
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Trefarm, all the FMs hold up fairly well. There's a mod team working on translating FM5 though sadly we'll have to either get a rom or purchase a JP copy to make an .iso with and then run it through an emulator... and the Emulators don't usually play so nice with Square discs... at least none of the games I own.

Pretty sure thats already out.

The beta is, but the final version isn't yet the last time I checked. That was a few weeks ago though, so maybe it's done. Can't check at work.
PQuiff 15th October 2010, 13:25 Quote
MECHWARRIOR!!!!! need....plz :(
Redbeaver 15th October 2010, 18:31 Quote
yes! MW5! want!! :(
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Originally Posted by Ending Credits

Trust me, Naruto is far from the worst dubs around.

and so i heard. gladly ive never listened to any of them.

subs ftw.
robots 16th October 2010, 00:03 Quote
Yeah add me to the list of wake me when Mechwarrior is back people.

There was another similar game I once had which was great, called Terra Nova. Shame they went out of business.
eddtox 16th October 2010, 12:55 Quote
Loved FM3, loved MechCommander, but I probably wont be getting this. I'll just wait until I get a better computer and run FM4 through an emulator. Wake me up when there's a decent mecha game out :D
rickysio 17th October 2010, 07:08 Quote
Replace "z" in wanzer with "k" and the whole review is transformed.
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