(http://www.frontmissionevolved.com/)  Rated T for Teen by ESRB.  Front Mission Evolved is the latest entry to the Front Mission series. This is the first third-person shooting game for the Front Mission Series, which has a history of being a turn-based strategy game. The universe of Front Mission games revolve about mechs called Wanzers. Here, you play as a test pilot in the UCS (United Continental States). The back story is deep and rich and fits well into the Front Mission series. You play as Dylan, a test pilot for Diable avionics and you have access to latest Wanzer protoypes. A wanzer can be equipped with four different weapons and customization of your Wanzer is a big part of the game.

(http://www.frontmissionevolved.com/)  Rated T by ESRB.  Front Mission Evolved is the latest entry to the Front Mission series. This is the first third-person shooting game for the Front Mission Series, which has a history of being a turn-based strategy game.

 

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The universe of Front Mission games revolve about mechs called Wanzers. Here, you play as a test pilot in the UCS (United Continental States). The back story is deep and rich and fits well into the Front Mission series. You play as Dylan, a test pilot for Diable avionics and you have access to latest Wanzer protoypes. A wanzer can be equipped with four different weapons and customization of your Wanzer is a big part of the game.

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In the other Front Mission games, you are fighting internal conspiracies and secret groups however in Front Mission Evolved you are battling a terrorist group that is borderline comical. They aren’t out for money or power, they only want to destroy the world.

       

The game offers some of the best pre-rendered cut scenes I’ve seen in a long time. You’ll be amazed at the level of detail in the world in the cut-scenes; although the humans themselves look a bit plain. The voice acting is decent and emotions are conveyed convincingly.

Graphics:
The visuals of Front Missions aren’t ground breaking, but they do a good job of representing the monstrosity of the Wanzers and the destructive weaponry. Enemies explode with satisfying explosions and the visual blurs while zipping around do a good job of conveying speed. The levels in Front Mission are nicely detailed with cars and other destructible objects.

A big part of mech-based games is the ability to customize your own mech. Front Mission Evolved delivers big in this department. You can customize every single part of the mech using different texture patterns, colors, decals, and even the glossiness of the part.

         

Sounds:
The sounds of Front Mission are top notch and do a great job of lending to the atmosphere of piloting huge mechs. The guns sound big and there’s a satisfying crunch to your attacks when using melee attacks.

Gameplay:
The controls are easy to master, with your four potential weapons mapped to L1, L2, R1, R2. Gameplay is generally fast paced, while you mechs is rather ponderous walking, they also have a boost which allows them to skate around the battlefield, dodging attacks and allowing them to perform melee attacks.

Maps are linear, directing you toward the non-respawning enemies which include other mechs, tanks, infantry, helicopters, and turrets. Weapons include melee, machine guns, sniper rifles, shotguns, bazookas, rocket launchers, grenade launchers, missile launchers, and gatling guns.

There a segments of on foot infantry action, which uses the modern warfare control scheme. There are also a couple of on-rail helicopter gunner segments, which are quite enjoyable.

       

Regarding multiplayer, there are 4 modes: deathmatch, team deathmatch, domination, and supremacy. Team Death Match Games are 4 vs 4. Domination mode you capture points and set up/destroy turrets while supremacy mode you work to capture a single moving point. XP is gained, which is used to unlock weapons and parts to customize your mechs. Online gamplay is tense due to the mobile nature of the boosting wanzers, requiring quick reflexes to target foes.

While not offering anything new to the 3rd person mech genre or furthering the Front Mission Franchise, Front Mission is a simple and fun shooter with a few layers of customization. Campaign is about 8 hours on easy and there is also multiplayer with tens of hours worth of gameplay to unlock all the parts and weapons.

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