I need to add to some of the character descriptions, and expound upon the plot of FM4...plus I'm not entirely sure I'm happy with a lot of the writing.
Still. I've been enjoying the hell out of FM5 lately. It's making we weep that Square will localize trash like, you know, Dirge of Fucking Cerebus, instead of actual, good games. I understand the business reasons behind it, but it's still slimy and evil. I'll see if I can capture the vids later. It really does look pretty cool, the way the action is presented.
Kurt I'm so glad you made this article. Hopefully people who read the site will import some of these games and interest in the franchise will be raised enough that another one can come out in the west.
Reading this just made me even more pissed off that Front Mission 5 wasn't localized for the west, though I suppose it isn't surpising considering neither Front Mission 3 nor 4 seemed to sell well in the US (speculation of course).
I would import it, but I tend to avoid doing that for strategy/rpg games, as being engaged in the story is a big part of playing them to me, and I would like to understand what's going on.
An excellent article indeed, even if it is for a game in a genre that I do not normally favor. FM does sound like one of the foremost games of its kind, and it does have many enterprising concepts. I... may have to give the first game a try, provided that it does have an English translation somewhere.
Post by Discoalucard on Aug 26, 2006 20:57:18 GMT -5
Yeah I'll agree with that. FM3 is a lot more noob friendly, while still maintaining the depth that makes the series. Like most Square PSOne titles, it's a bit hard to find, but isn't too terribly expensive.
I would recommend this series to anybody. Whether they like rpgs or otherwise. If anybody here would like to get into this series I would recommend starting with the original. It is really not that difficult.
Also, I cannot believe Gun Hazard was called mediocre. That is my favorite action rpg other than Secret of Mana and it's sequel.
Post by Discoalucard on Aug 26, 2006 22:32:53 GMT -5
I'm not a fan of Secret of Mana or its sequels, if that says anything. I'm very picky about controls in action games, and Gun Hazard just feels way too sluggish. (Actually not much of a Cybernator fan either.)
Also, here's a quick video of Front Mission 5. Sound gets out of sync by the end though. Dunno what's up with the capture program.
I consider Assault Suits the best 2-D action series of all time.
Gun Hazard's controls were specific, but good. I certainly see your view about that game, but it seems that game was supposed to control like that. Regardless, I would recommend that to anybody. It has been translated, so it is definitly worth trying.
Also, I am almost certain that G-Craft was a design team with Square, as opposed to a totally different developer.
EX Master I know you're at least right about FM4. That game got genenrally mediocre reviews and in this region it didn't sell AT ALL. Gamestop and most other places had it dropped to $15.99 new not even eight months after it came out.