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Scheduled release date:

September 14, 2010

Publisher:

Square-Enix

Developer:

Double Helix

Number Of Players:

1-2

Genre:

Action

As Final Fantasy Tactics is my favorite game of all time, I really loved the old Front Mission titles. Why? Because both were turn-based strategy/RPGs; they both featured that old-school “board” and you positioned and executed various commands with your chosen units. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for such productions so when I heard Double Helix was going to eliminate that style of gameplay and replace it with full-on real-time mech combat, well…needless to say, I was disappointed. However, that being said, Front Mission: Evolved is shaping up quite nicely; it appears the developers are using the extra time – the game was initially expected to arrive this past spring but got pushed into September – to their advantage and the final result could be awfully appealing. Provided this is your bag, Square-Enix might have a solid treat lying in wait up their sleeve…

The main character for the storyline will be Dylan, a rookie wanzer pilot who has the immediate edge because his father was involved in the creation and building of those immense robots. Therefore, being around wanzers all his life, Dylan has an intimate knowledge of their inner workings; their capabilities, the techniques required to take advantage of those capabilities and of course, basic control. But his skills are immediately put to the test when New York City comes under attack when Dylan is taking a test model out for a spin. He knows his father is in danger and turns to the military for help; both are now pitted against the invading forces in a desperate attempt to save the city. Therefore, you had best become acquainted with the gameplay darn quick: the good news is that you won’t have to deal with slow, clunky mech controls, as these particular wanzers are built for both power and speed.

But there will be a wide variety of mechs, so you can pick and choose. Some are designed specifically for agility and long-range attacks while others are more like tanks; they move slowly but can dole out immense amounts of damage. The quick guys are often equipped with a jump pack that lets you leap over obstacles and land atop tall buildings to gain the advantage, in addition to propulsion jets that allow you to move quickly in almost any direction. The long-range weapons include a massive sniper rifle, which lets you zoom in and pick off enemies from a distance, and yes, you can indeed target certain parts of foes if you so desire. Nail an arm to hamper their accuracy (or completely eliminate a weapon), or hit the legs to slow them down considerably. This works both ways, though, as your own wanzer will take damage in specific parts of the body, so upkeep and maintenance will be crucial.

It also means you’ll have to be able to adapt on the fly. And if you’re not the biggest fan of zipping about and fighting from afar, get in a big ol’ tank-like wanzer equipped with missile launchers, machine guns, and enough steel in the body to keep it functioning even in the face of heavy enemy fire. There will be over 10 total wanzer models several dozen different weapons available for each, so there will be shortage of options or firepower. And although we’ve left the turn-based strat/RPG formula behind, the depth is still apparent. In addition to what you’ve already read, bear in mind that all your battle skills will be fully customizable and you can even camouflage your mechs for a wee bit of stealth. Last but not least are the different classes: you can be an assault trooper, a healer or a defender, so don’t think for a second that because it’s now real-time action, we’ve had to sacrifice the depth and strategy. It’ll be there; just…everything will be moving a lot quicker, that’s all. Here’s hoping they get it right and Front Mission: Evolved turns out to be a fun, quality title.

7/13/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (17 posts)

Pandacastro
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 9:53:43 PM
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So is this a shooter or a RPG??

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Alienange
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 10:04:41 PM
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Will there be head shots? A mech game with head shots would be awesome. Snipe the guy's cockpit for insta-death. That'd be a good time.

Either way, this is mechs. I'll keep my eye on it for sure.

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CharlesD
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 10:32:29 PM
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I won't be getting my hopes up for this one. It looks cool and massive customizable mechs would be really intense for the campaign and particularly multi-player. However, the environments look fairly sparse and I don't really think it will be able to deliver the feeling of controlling a massive machine. Of course I may be entirely wrong but that remains to be seen

This game or a game like this with an in cockpit view, Move enabled would be siiik

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Naga
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 3:45:46 AM

Armoured Core: Silent Line's got that its pretty cool but I'm not even use to it :(

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Oxvial
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 10:37:12 PM
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Sounds so uninspiring and boring, hey! SE what about release a game your fans want? come on another Chrono Trigger/Cross!.

Last edited by Oxvial on 7/13/2010 10:38:15 PM

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hellish_devil
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 10:51:53 PM
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So the developer is double helix?? no thanks.

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StangMan80
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 11:39:57 PM
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Pass I have been keeping my eye on this but now I don't see my self buying it.

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Oyashiro
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 1:44:05 AM
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Front Mission = YES!

Not a SRPG = Uhh... Ok, might still be good.

Developed by Double Helix = GET THIS S@(# OUT OF MY SIGHT!

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___________
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 3:05:23 AM
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wait, a shooter made by $E?
this just in, its snowing in hell!!!!!

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Naga
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 3:44:07 AM

*published...

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kraygen
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 3:35:08 AM
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It's apparently very hard to make a great mech game, because there are tons of mech games and you can count the great ones on one hand.

With that in mind, I won't be holding my breath for this one.

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Naga
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 3:43:38 AM

Two?

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Naga
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 3:41:50 AM
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I wonder why they decided to go for real-time combat the only problem is the true revelation that it looks too much similarly to Armoured Core... that doesn't mean I won't get it but its worrying to read "ET THIS S@(# OUT OF MY SIGHT!'

Oh... what did Double Helix make? Does there really need to more rubbish mech shooters on the market.

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Oyashiro
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 10:07:03 AM

Double Helix is responsible for the horrible, horrible Silent Hill: Homecoming.

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Naga
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 3:35:43 PM

Ah of course Silent Hill... thanks I'd be wary then...

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Underdog15
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 10:02:09 AM
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Ah mech games...

I still remember the original Mech Warrior for Windows 95. Blowing up the weird looking "bases"... shooting weird, floating, fuzzy bombs...

*sigh* I'm aging.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 7:02:50 PM
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The only mech game I've enjoyed was "Steel Battalion".

And that was only because of it had a specially designed humongous 3-part hand & 1-part foot controller set-up, utilizing 40 buttons & 2 joysticks. It came bundled with the game, and had an average cost of $200 or more.

The controller came out in two color schemes for most of the buttons, mostly either green buttons or mostly blue buttons. I have the mostly blue buttoned one(BTW, there are also some red & amber buttons on both colored models though).

Steel Battalion came out in 2002 and was originally planned for the PS2, but instead, was relegated to the original Xbox. A sequel also came out for it in 2004 called, "Steel Battalion: Line of Contact, this one being an "on-line only" game though.

What a damned shame they didn't decide to keep it on the Playstation consoles, cause I'm sure the whole series would be & alive, & still in existence today on our PS3's.

Pic of the massive controller:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Steel_Battalion_controllers.jpg

Full story on the game & it's controller set-up:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel_Battalion

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