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Front Mission 3

Developer: Squaresoft | Publisher: Square EA
Players: 1 Player Game | Release Date: 02/29/00 | Genre: Strategy RPG

Front Mission 3 is, by far, one of the best games I have played this year. From the first second of the opening movie, I was hooked. Front Mission 3 takes a whole new approach to the strategy and role-playing genres.

In Front Mission 3 (FM3), the year is 2110 and you are Kazuki Takemura, a wanzer (pronounced vanzer) test pilot for a major corporation. Wanzers play a major part in FM3. Essentially, they are mechs that have one pilot and an assortment of weapons. They are the major military unit in the world. Kazuki witnesses an incident at a major military base, and soon he is public enemy number one. As Kazuki, you have to find out what really happened and survive all of the soldiers trying to kill you.

FM3 uses a whole new style of gameplay. The only map that you can move around in is the battle map. The story and movies automatically put you into your battles.

When you need to go somewhere, you automatically go to that place and when you get there you can choose to talk to people, go somewhere else, do training missions and other such things. Another thing you can do is going on the Internet to check your e-mail and read newsgroup postings, something the likes of which I have never seen. Doing this can give you valuable information on how to defeat your next opponent and it is the only way you can get the special beam weapon. You can also shop for parts for your wanzers over the Internet and have them instantly in your hands. Isn't technology amazing?

The graphics in FM3 are amazing. The movies are beautifully rendered and are incredible to watch. In battles, the scenery is somewhat cartoony, but visually appealing overall. The sound in FM3 is nice in the beginning, but it quickly becomes repetitious and annoying. Voices outside of the movies would be nice, but it would probably require the game to be on two discs.

The control in most RPGs can be confusing and hard to get used to, but in FM3 I was switching between wanzers and killing enemies in no time at all. The controls are easy to learn and make the game more fun by not being too confusing.

In the middle of the game, you choose between two characters that have completely different story lines and once you choose, there are no turning back and you can not switch between them. If you wish to complete the game with both people, this is 100-150 hours of gameplay.

Front Mission 3 is one of the best games I have ever played and it is my current favorite. The innovative gameplay and graphics make for an amazing game that takes you in at the first scene and keeps you hooked. If it weren't for the somewhat annoying sound, Front Mission 3 would get a perfect 10. Front Mission 3 is a game that no Playstation owner should be without.

By Dylan Tulic - 08/15/99
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