Front Mission: The First
Front Mission for the Nintendo DS, alternatively titled Front Mission: The First, is actually a port from the PSX game, which also happens to be a remake of the very first Front Mission released for the SNES. It wasn’t as if the game was remade from scratch. Square, at that time, took a decade-old game, revived, repackaged and added a whole new wing to it. While Front Mission retained most of its original gameplay, artwork and animation, it offered a different side to the original story.
The very first release solely consisted of Royd’s campaign. Royd is a mercenary working to expand the O.C.U. territory. Kevin’s campaign, which focuses on the U.C.S.’s viewpoint, is an add-on. As of this writing, I had already finished Royd’s path and I am halfway through Kevin’s.
Now that I have explained its origins, I suppose I have already painted an opening towards expectations. FM1, looks-wise, is no way near the sophistication of later installations. This is a twelve-year-old game we’re talking about, so you’d see slow animations, isometric 3D, and highly simplistic terrains. The cover artwork is vintage Yoshitaka Amano but the insides are as regular as 2D avatars can get.
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