Front Mission Evolved - PS3

Release Date:

September 28, 2010

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Also on UK.


Front Mission: Evolved will see players take full control of the Wanzer, a massive humanoid, fully customizable war machine, in single player campaign and online multi-player. Featuring Hollywood style production values and a totally immersive storyline, players are thrust deep into a swirl of destruction, conspiracy and crumbling alliances, and battle through intense combat situations as man strives to create the ultimate humanoid fighting machine in a war against terror. Choose from dozens of weapons and parts, including weapons that can be equipped on both hands and shoulders, to customize your Wanzer and blast your way to victory.

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Front Mission by Double Helix has always been a third-person shooter game. The series gets a new addition now in Evolved with some new features to boast about, but still does not do much to keep you very entertained.

Front Mission employs the same old RPG with a new shoot-‘em-up feature which allows you to blow up your enemies with massive weapons, tanks, and guns. This feature, along with the constant battles, is enjoyable for the first few minutes, until you realize you are doing predictable and repetitive tasks. What’s more is that these battles aren’t short. They are typically long battles, so get ready to be bored by them.

The story just continues the old Front Mission games, this time Dylan Ramsey goes on to avenge his father’s death. The time was set in the latter part of the 22nd century, which contrasts with the setting of the earlier versions. This world looks similar to us, though with some added space elevators. You get to control the action within a Wanzer – a giant robotic war machine that can shoot projectiles and weapons towards enemies. This ride can be customized though you will have a hard time mixing the power and weight ratios.

At times, you can fight outside the machine, on foot, using rifles and grenades. These fights are generally good, but everything is just basically the same. The new impressive huge explosions will thrill you with the thunderous audio but will soon leave you tired of them, well unless you are a big explosion lover. Boss fights seem to take forever to finish, and usually you will just have to give up because they do seem impossible to win. In the end, it does not offer any reward, and you’ll end up feeling that you have accomplished nothing at all.

The story overall is really very short, and not at all interesting. You can never get involved with the characters and there are times when you get hooked and suddenly a cheesy line will come up from the villains. Not really the action I was looking for. Even the multiplayer function will only give you the basic shooting game you already played when you were younger. These happen to be just relatively longer than the usual game you had. This not bad, but while the games are long, it will also take too long for you to even rank up a level, which is entirely frustrating.

There is generally nothing good with the Evolved release of Front Mission series. It’s like Double Helix just tried to tempt us with, and gain sales by releasing something that has nothing much to offer. I am not telling you not to buy it if you want to, especially if you are a fan, but if you are not, then it’s better you don’t gamble on it.

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