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  • Summary: The year is 2171 A.D. Humanity has reached for the stars once more. Keen to seize a controlling stake in this as yet unconquered region, the global superpowers have raced to build orbital elevators, swiftly turning the emptiness of space into a tangle of surveillance satellite networks andThe year is 2171 A.D. Humanity has reached for the stars once more. Keen to seize a controlling stake in this as yet unconquered region, the global superpowers have raced to build orbital elevators, swiftly turning the emptiness of space into a tangle of surveillance satellite networks and military way stations. Back on the surface, while nations no longer engage in all-out war, border skirmishes have become the more frequent. On these ever-shifting front lines, armored humanoid battle vehicles - code named "wanzers" (from "wanderpanzer") - have proven to ber the unrivaled kings. History has taught us that wherever humanity goes, war is sure to follow...and in this technological age, there is nowhere man cannot go. From the creative minds of Square Enix and Double Helix Games, FRONT MISSION EVOLVED brings the classic FRONT MISSION franchise into an action-packed third-person shooter that gives players full control of a massive humanoid war machine-the wanzer. Players battle through intense combat situations as they explore an immersive world in both the single player campaign and online multiplayer. [Square Enix] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 13, 2011
    80
    Totally conventional, corridor straight mech-shooter surprises with many twists and monumental boss fights. Mech modularity adds a strategic touch to otherwise plain playability. [Issue#197]
  2. PC Gamer
    78
    Good-looking but repetitive action makes Front Mission Evolved a tasty mech-flavored appetizer. [Nov 2010, p.84]
  3. Helix accomplishes a lot in appealing to Western gamers while still sticking to the themes Front Mission has established through its 15-year history.
  4. 60
    There are emblems to collect in the story and ranks to crawl through in multiplayer, but Front Mission Evolved just feels like a flat experience.
  5. With the strategising gone, all that's left is a poor narrative and mediocre shooting.
  6. Front Mission Evolved can sit well with mech game fans especially with its multiplayer. However as a third-person action shooter not very much stands out unless you quite enjoy boss battles with lots and lots of strafing, reloading, repairing and firing volley after volley of missiles, rockets and bullets.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 11 out of 17
  1. Oct 15, 2010
    10
    For me game turned out fairly great. I and my friends were waiting for it for quite a period of time, knowing from the very beginning, thatFor me game turned out fairly great. I and my friends were waiting for it for quite a period of time, knowing from the very beginning, that it would be YPS, but not tactical strategy. Why? Because that was said right away at start of FME's development, so it's very strange that people are crying about their dream's crushing.
    Multiplayer is VERY nice, one thing is not very good that player matching system is a little slow. Music and sounds are also at high level.
    So it's 9.0/10 for me.
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  2. Jan 23, 2019
    5
    Gameplay: - Mediocre
    Story: - Bad
    Visual: - Normal
    Music and sound: - Mediocre
    Average time: - 7H
    Score: - 5 (Mediocre)
  3. Feb 21, 2011
    5
    Going into this game I didn't know much about the Front Mission series, only playing Front Mission 4 several years ago, and I haven't played aGoing into this game I didn't know much about the Front Mission series, only playing Front Mission 4 several years ago, and I haven't played a Square game since Final Fantasy IX, so I had a mixture of expectations. The expectations I had were quickly dashed. I was hoping for a giant robot war game that put me on the front lines of a battlefield with a complex story that early Square games had (I say early because I don't know how they hold up today). The game doesn't deliver any of this. Level design is linear, with many moments of, "Follow the designated path," and, "Kill these several baddies," to move on. This would be moderately okay if your allies and enemies would stop telling you to do it. Before you even have a chance to realize the level started, someone will shout, "What are you doing!? Kill those [whatever] now!" and then proceed to repeat themselves every several seconds. And this happens every single mission.
    As for the story, it has a very strong anime vibe. And along with that, the voice acting isn't the greatest, and with not viable means to switch to the native Japanese, you'll sigh every time you hear the General talk. All-in-all, it's a forgettable story with forgettable characters.
    Gameplay, gameplay, gameplay... This was the biggest draws and drawbacks of the game. The controls are nice and tight, however, that's the extent. They make a big deal over targeting different body parts, yet it's ultimately ineffectual. As well, your own armor goes down obscenely fast, even during boss fights, they know this, laying respawning health packs around the battlefield. There just weren't any tactics to this. It's a simple hold down the button until the other guy dies. In multiplayer, there is some tactical value to be had, but I have found a lack of opponents dampening my want to play it. Though, a friend and I both bought the "Last Stand" DLC which in it's own right is good fun.
    Graphically, the robots look good, characters look good and environments look okay. But the game doesn't have the feel of "Giant robot!" In other giant robot games, destructible enviorments are there, no questions asked. This game everything is a solid block, you bullets don't even leave dents. When everything is said and done it comes down to this:
    Front Mission Evolved is a decent substitute to games like Armored Core, yet still has a long way to go before being a must have. I'd say only die hard AC fans should look into this game seriously until the price drops.
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  4. Aug 30, 2013
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It's not simulation enough to be an Armored Core or MechWarrior game and it's not third person shooter enough to be like one of the Cybertron series Transformers games. Sufficed to say, there are better places to get your mech action.

    It's not completely terrible, just very bland and unpolished. I can't deny that I had fun but I was never terribly excited. The boring story is partially lifted from the Super Famicom game, Front Mission Gunhazard, which is a far superior action mech game to this one.

    I had great hopes for this game, that it would be a fun mech sim/shooter in the Front Mission universe, however it's hard to ignore how rushed and mediocre everything is. Front Mission is known for its mech customization which is present here, but don't expect any Armored Core level of depth. For some people that may be a good thing since Armored Core can be very complicated but they take it too far in the other direction to the point where customization is practically needless.

    The sound is nothing special either with passable voice acting and practically no music which adds to the underwhelming feeling of most missions. Add to that the graphics which aren't necessarily terrible but almost look like something from the previous generation.

    To make matters worse they shoehorned in on-foot segments, perhaps also in homage to Gunhazard, and they're even more poorly designed than the mech segments which are at least occasionally fun for what they are. The story mode is incredibly short though, with only a few frustrating and poorly designed boss fights to slow you down. Expect to beat this in an evening.

    I would still recommend this game to fellow mecha nuts and fans of the Font Mission series with the caveat that they only pay a few dollars and that they go in with low expectations. There is still fun to be had for genre fans but everyone else should stay far away. It's a crime that the west was given this game and not the stellar Front Mission 5.
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  5. Feb 16, 2011
    3
    Got the game on sale through steam and sadly it is not even worth it as a bargain title. The controls are clunky. The gameplay is bland.Got the game on sale through steam and sadly it is not even worth it as a bargain title. The controls are clunky. The gameplay is bland. Customization is nearly irrelevant. The small amount of customzing you can do has little affect on the play. At every turn the GUI is a hindrance. The online community for this game is non-existent. The single player campaign will put you to sleep. All in all just a bad buy. I couldn't suggest this game if it was 5 bucks, much less 20 or more. Expand
  6. Feb 22, 2011
    2
    I really didn't want to give a bad score to a Front Mission game, but this one takes the biscuit...

    Bought from Steam (after a wonderful
    I really didn't want to give a bad score to a Front Mission game, but this one takes the biscuit...

    Bought from Steam (after a wonderful holiday of cheap deals!)- it states "multi language" on the shop page... fair enough, PAY done... woot ... Start the game, NO LANGUAGE OPTIONS... The language is automatically set to the country you live in .... in my case ; Japan, - thanks! . ... bite the hand that feeds you why not!?

    From the intro, you could tell this was a "ruined by Hollywood" take on a Japanese game. All action, no tension. You know, Id prefer it to have the 2d faces speaking to than the crappy 3D acting. (the speech is in English, text in Japanese...)

    The game? Its "alright" to a sense it is VERY linear (go this way then that way then) - the game mechanics feel VERY old, especially in the time of open world sandbox simulation! - I mean, ... you're a huge mech for cyring out loud! Controls dont necessarily feel wrong - theyre mostly tried and tested from the normal shootemup genre. WASD and mouse... or a joypad. Its a shame that it doesnt take some cues from some mech simulation games.

    My rundown, this one is good if you've never played an FPS or mech game in your life... otherwise, look elsewhere!
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  7. Apr 26, 2020
    0
    Tiens, je croyais que les Front bidules, c'était surtout du tour par tour... eh bien avec cet "Evolved", la licence lorgne du côté des ArmoredTiens, je croyais que les Front bidules, c'était surtout du tour par tour... eh bien avec cet "Evolved", la licence lorgne du côté des Armored Core ou autres Mechwarriors, ce qui a priori n'est pas forcément plus mal... encore que...?

    Encore que c'est ici très bas du front et rapidement limité : pan-pan boum-boum avec mon robot qui déglingue les autres vilains (robots) ça ne pisse pas bien loin. On peut en tout cas jouer à la manette et les comandes sont correctement agencées, ce qui n'est pas le cas lors de la personnalisation de l'équipement et des armes :quel menu mal fichu ! Le jeu reste graphiquement moyen et artistiquement peu inspiré.

    On suit ici une campagne vaguement scénarisée... "vaguement", car ça pue la série Z et les cinématiques toutes nazes (en anglais non synchrone !) à deux balles. On dézingue donc et on s'ennuie certainement... puis on rencontre un premier "boss" et là, je sais pas comment il faut faire pour le buter, vu que lui tirer dessus, lui balancer les missiles et des mandales, ça lui fait rien du tout !

    Alors, faut faire quoi ? chanter un karaoké ? se déguiser en pikachu ? bon, peu importe, de toute façon... c'est de la merde !
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