"SQUARE ENIX AND KONAMI HAD A CHILD APPARENTLY!"
FRONT MISSION EVOLVED; is a third person mech shooter attached with occasional third person shooter, mowing down other mechs called Wanzers, tanks and human soldiers. (SPOILER BELOW)
Story 5/10: Nothing significant or different from any other giant mech stories(anime to be precise). Basically you, son of the E.D.G.E system's creator (it's a special wanzer engagement system) have to save the world from a terrorist threat and an A.I that is...... it's basically Eagle Eye, MGS4, Terminator all over again......but it's with rideable wanzers... I guess that's a sell....
oh yeah and you'll have a relationship with a girl who has PTSD so that's a plus.
Mechanics 6/10: The controls are easy enough to comprehend......and perhaps its too simple
There are two parts of this game which are; The mech battles and the third person shooter combats.
You can upgrade your wanzers by customize four parts which are: head, right and left arms, and the legs.
You also can costumize the colors of your wanzer extensively. This includes; The color, camo pattern, decal and the glossiness of your wanzers.
Your wanzers also can be equipped with melee weapons and shields for close-quarter encounter, standard firearms (rifles, shotgun etc...), extra guns/missile batteries mounted on both of the wanzer's shoulders and a backpack as a passive aids in battle. Each of those weapons and parts can equipped with skills cards (of some sort) to enhance your arsenal's ability like explosive ammunition and so on (though they are pretty limited. The E.D.G.E system is basically the Devil Trigger so okay.
The third person part is pretty simple; you got your rifle, shotgun, rocket launcher and grenade at your disposal but no personal collection of your own weapons so no customization here.
Gameplay 6/10: Most of the time you'll be killing wanzers or blow stuff up either as a wanzer yourself or occasionally, a turret section from a carrier. The boss battles aren't as varied as most of them just behave like any other wanzer, just more aggressive and equipped with better weapons. Though there are two boss battles that is actually fun to fight which are the mobile fortress and the AI Core in the final boss battle.
The game is relatively okay, no part of the game is broken or glitched
The gameplay is bearable but a bit too simple
The graphics is pretty nice
If you're a mech lover, this might interest you
If you're not, skipping it wont hurt anyone