Front Mission 4 PlayStation 2

User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. JohnH.
    Sep 8, 2004
    7
    While the animation is better than average (detailed armor pieces falling off mech when being shot at) and there's a great number of 'customization' that's available... I do find the GBA-like dialog button pushing annoying. You have to constantly mash the controller button to get the conversation going. Not all conversation are purely text, there are some moments you While the animation is better than average (detailed armor pieces falling off mech when being shot at) and there's a great number of 'customization' that's available... I do find the GBA-like dialog button pushing annoying. You have to constantly mash the controller button to get the conversation going. Not all conversation are purely text, there are some moments you get voice overs. The battles are long and drawn out, like many other popular turn-based combat games. Overall, the game is quite good but I just don't like the amount of button mashing to keep the talks going. Expand
  2. VidM.
    Feb 28, 2005
    6
    Nothing particularly inspiring here. More of the same. Contrived story. Uninteresting characters. And, of course, really fun battles. Unfortunately, all the battles are essentially the same in terms of objectives.
  3. Nov 13, 2010
    6
    SLOW. I find myself continually skipping the battle scenes, but its not fast enough. Prepare to waste hours on a single battle and then lose. The plot is weak. The voice acting is cheesy. Customizing mechs was alright. This game is not fun. I couldn't even sell this game for 99 cents on ebay.

Awards & Rankings

#98 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#90 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Truly a title that has captured all the great aspects of multiple genres. Along with beautiful graphics and extremely deep gameplay mechanics, Front Mission 4 also has a very captivating storyline that keeps you fairly involved with the development of the pilots throughout the game. [JPN Import]
  2. Unless you're a diehard strategy role-playing gamer, Front Mission 4 is so text-heavy and trail and error oriented that you'll spend up to an hour preparing for a battle and reading text and spend over an hour during the battle itself, just to die because you knew nothing about the battle in advance.
  3. 80
    If all you need is a good challenge and you have the patience for turn-based strategy games, by all means, pick up this game. If the inconsistent presentation and lack of multiplayer options have you unconvinced, then it may be a good idea to wait for another one to come along. [July 2004, p.102]