Front Mission 3

  • Squaresoft

  • FormatVideo
  • TypeTactical Role PLaying
  • SystemConsole

Front Mission 3 is a strategy role-playing game released by Squaresoft (now Square-Enix) on the Playstation 1.

This is my favourite game of all time, so please excuse any outrageous favouritism! 
Bort_Malice

Originally released in Japan in 1999, it was the first of the series to receive official North American and European translations, both released in 2000. The game also in places bears a resemblance to a visual novel, where the story is progressed and explained through verbal interactions between characters.

The story revolves around two test pilots, Kazuki Takemura and Ryogo Kusama, who find themselves reluctantly embroiled in intrigue and conflict between the OCU, the USN and the DHZ when Kazuki's sister Alisha becomes involved in a plot to steal a newly developed weapon of mass destruction. Like many Square adventure titles of the time, there are many different characters to find and unlock and unusually two separate story-lines to play through, each from the opposing viewpoint of the other. Because of this, the game has good replay value.

The main part of the game is a turn based strategy where the player controls a team of up to four combat mecha known as Wanzers (a contraction of “Wanderung Panzer” or walking tank). Each character pilots their own Wanzer, but the choice of machine and how it is fitted with weapons is entirely up to the player. Arm, torso, leg and backpack components can be switched between Wanzers, and fitting particular parts allows different combinations of speed, power, capacity to mount weapons as well as granting the pilot the chance to learn special “Battle Skills”, which are signature special moves that increase the lethality or survival chances of the Wanzers in combat.

The game does have a lot of hidden depths beyond the story and strategy elements, including a psuedo-internet where the player can browse websites belonging to nations and corporations in the game, and cunning searching and hacking are rewarded with bonus parts for your Wanzers as well as many easter eggs. There's even an email system where the characters can send and receive information to and from non-player characters.

In summary, Front Mission 3 is a game which can reward perseverance and is recommended to fans of strategy games and mecha in general. Though the dialogue can be dry and long-winded at times, this isn't unusual in the genre, and the personalities of the characters shine through, if not particularly deeply.

Review by -  Bort_Malice

Taken from  Bort_Malice's amazing BLOG on Front Mission 3, which you can read in full at http://tinyurl.com/csskp5y


Front Mission 3 - Gameplay
Front Mission 3 Intro Video 1 & 2
  • Squaresoft

  • FormatVideo
  • TypeTactical Role PLaying
  • SystemConsole

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