Michael Blaker’s Retro Game Friday with Front Mission 2

Michael Blaker
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Hey all, I’m back with a review of a game I covered a long while back for this week’s Retro Game Friday. It’s Front Mission 2!

Plot: The events of this game take place 12 years after the initial Front Mission game, and again the story revolves around a set of characters that are connected somewhat, but whose role is the focus for a set of missions before moving to another character for a few missions. It wasn’t the greatest plot ever, but it wasn’t terrible by any means.

Cast: Frankly, I enjoyed the three leads of Ash, Thomas and Lisa quite a bit. Lisa was my favorite, if only because of her being an intelligence officer and the sole female lead.

Gameplay: The game is a tactical RPG like Final Fantasy Tactics.  It does utilize a pretty unique, for the time, control scheme in that you can perform many actions in a single turn. But the limiting factor is AP or Action Points that only restore slowly over time with the rate increasing for pilots as they grow more powerful. But otherwise, it’s not that much different from other tactical RPGs.

Art: Sadly, the art is polygonal as can be, but given that this was made way back in the PlayStation One days, that isn’t surprising.

Music: The music is still great though!

Overall: It’s a good sequel with some interesting new mechanics from its predecessor spicing things up.

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