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  • Summary: Front Mission 4 (FM4) marks the debut of the popular mech-based strategy game series on the PS2. Utilizing the technological capabilities of the system, FM4 brings you the newest chapter in the best-selling series. While boasting an enhanced battle system, outstanding new graphics and dramatic voiceovers, FM4 maintains the strategic gameplay that has won acclaim from both gamers and press worldwide. As in the previous games, players can fully customize their wanzers, or mech units, with a variety of powerful weaponry and parts. In addition, new tactical features such as the "Link System" bring a new dimension of strategy to the game. Set in 2096, FM4 opens as an unidentified group of wanzers assaults and destroys an E.C. German base. The player?s point of view switches between two main characters that find themselves trapped within a dangerous global conspiracy. Elsa, a new recruit in the E.C.'s Durandal corps, is sent to Germany with her team to investigate the attack. The story then shifts to Darril, a U.C.S. Army sergeant in South America. He and his company are sent to Venezuela after its governor declares independence from the U.C.S. Though Darril's squad seems far more interested in slacking off than fighting a war, their plans for early retirement are put on hold after they witness a fateful plane crash in the jungle. [Square Enix] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. 100
    I found few things more immensely satisfying about Front Mission 4 than witnessing a perfectly executed chain of attacks occur all from moving one Wanzer into position and issuing an attack order. Thumbs up for an interesting new way to pump a little fresh spice into the standard turn-based strategy formula.
  2. A satisfying and often engaging sequel especially crafted for that seasoned fan who is able to put up with the leaden nature of turn-based strategy. [June 2004, p.60]
  3. It's ridiculously satisfying taking out a bunch of missile-slinging enemy troops with your perfectly geared up wanzer unit - no question. [Sept 2004, p.18]
  4. While the game is difficult during parts, there was many times when enemy AI would do nothing.
  5. Unfortunately, the game loses some of its shine to some tedious pacing, some visual issues, and, in some cases, the weight of its own complexity.
  6. There is much to saviour and overcome for the discerning player, but for others be wary, as this release does not take prisoners.
  7. Not only is the AI predictable, but the storyline is so linear that it's just an excuse to connect one mission to the next.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Hezz
    Mar 28, 2004
    10
    FM3 was sublime, FM4 will be just as good or better. And is there really no 'capture' option?
  2. Dec 30, 2010
    10
    now if i was gona do my top 3 favorite PS2 games this game would be in it. this was a huge suprise mainly because ive never even heard of the front mission series till i played this game . when i saw it i thought it was just some 3rd person shooting mech game where you just run around and shoot things up and thought ok this might be fun. boy was i wrong and for the better its actaully a Stratagy RPG which by the way i freeking love thoose kinda games and was immidiatly hooked on it . the combat system and level up system are great and i love the whole link system where you can chain your attacks . the story is well told and is decently voiced acted with intresting charicters . its a pretty long game to i think i clocked in almost 50 hours first time through . my only small gripe is i wish you could controll more then just 6 mechs in combat . 10 would have been really nice. you also play 2 differnt sceneroes that will intertwine with each other as the game progresses . so you have 2 main charicters . which felt abit strange at first but i begane to like after some time . all and all a great SRPG . Expand
  3. McdonaldC.
    Apr 26, 2004
    10
    I love all of them and now it's online it is right up there with doom3 and quakee.
  4. GheH.
    Sep 26, 2004
    10
    I'm a big fan of the fm series, i just bought the game, can't wait to play it :)
  5. RobertR.
    Mar 29, 2005
    10
    This game never gets boring and it is a real thrill and plus it is a r.p.g. and i love those games.
  6. 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 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
  7. 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. Expand

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