Saturday, January 1, 2000

Front Mission 3

Genre: Role Playing Game / Tactics
Platform: Playstation
Credits: SquareSoft. Screenshots and images courtesy of Amazon.Com and Squaresoft.

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Character Guide by skysenshi
What would you do...if your country has betrayed you...?

Cover Description:
The incident you witnessed at the JDF base has drawn you into global conspiracy. Now, your best chances for survival lie in a handful of shady characters and your giant battle machines.

Turn-based combat comes to life in this massive strategic adventure. Two different scenarios and over 150 hours of gameplay. Upgrade your machines with better components, weapons, computers, and more, or capture and use an enemy's machine. Search for clues and machine components through in-game "internet" and "e-mail" systems. Plan your moves on detailed, fully 3D environment maps.

NOTE: This description was written sometime in 2000 and was recorded in the classic Otaku Fridge as ??.??.2000. Unfortunately the database would not accept non-numerical values, so this review is now dated January 01, 2000 by default.

Tactical game that specializes in robot wanzers! Very engaging.>>> by firesenshi
Surely Square doesn't make a dud. Front Mission 3 is proof of it! And this is just one of the famous games they released this year. For one, I never actually enjoyed tactical games. I quit playing Tactics Ogre on the first battle and I never actually tried my hand on Final Fantasy Tactics. But Front Mission 3 is way different!

The battles aren't strenuous and lengthy. Work up a good team and a good mechanical robot called wanzer and you're all set. Of course this isn't really as easy as it sounds. I take a lotta time just upgrading my wanzers and building my skills. But that's the nice point of this game. The aspects of the gameplay are all but boring. They're in fact, very engaging.

Another notable part here is the plot, which is bordered on political and futuristic concepts. I even got to see Philippines as part of the story! (Okay, so they bombed a province, but in the other scenario, the Philippines ended up as a neutral contingent of the peace process. Very important role.)

The important part here is developing battle skills by equipping different parts on your wanzer. Having the right skills will save you immensely, especially if you specialize each of your characters into certain types of weapons. You can't be a jack of all trades, folks! You have learned that in life, it just mirrors in RPGs.

I haven't found much setbacks in this game, except maybe for the many battles I have to finish to get to the bottom of it all.

COMPLETION TIME: 40-50 hours
RATINGS: Gameplay 9; Battle 9; Story 10; Visuals 10; Characters 8; Sounds 7; Replay Value 9

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