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Welcome to the MW thread for the under-appreciated SQUARE franchise of Front Mission. Personally, my first exposure to FM was FM 3 for the PS1. I was totally hooked on that game; the appeal of piloting a squad of fully customizable mechs in a world where such vehicles had actually succeeded in being an integral part of a modern battlefield added to an ungodly amount of hours to be spent on one videogame. After FM3, I went to play FM1, FM Gun Hazard, FM4 for the PS2, FM5, and just recently FM2. I would be remiss to not mention the small group of super-fans whose work allowed me to actually play these games in English. A thorough tour of their website will reveal exactly why FM did not get the attention it should have, not to mention the full reach of multimedia that the West did not get to enjoy.

Regardless, I made this thread to gather fellow wanzer-heads, and to celebrate the acquisition of this bad boy, a hardly seen 1/35 scale resin kit of the venerable Zenith wanzer as depicted in FM2:

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This looks to be quite a build, so if anyone else has built this thing, I welcome your insight. ^_^

In addition to FM2, I have also been enjoying the FM Dog Life & Dog Style manga. It seems to be a collection of vignettes that take place during the events of FM1. Its a great read, but it certainly deals with a lot more mature themes that none of the games have touched.

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Guest davidwhangchoi

Oh finally i found someone who likes the same series!

i started with 3 as well and re-brought on ps3 as a digital title.

i have 4 as well. i didn't get to play 5 yet, supposedly the best in the series and i have the translation fansworks of 1 snes.

cool model!

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I agree! It's a very underrated game (Front Mission 3, I mean). FM3 was my first introduction to this series too and I enjoyed it. I don't believe I ever finished it but I got pretty far. I should pull out my disc and replay it sometime and finish it... :)

I have FM4 squirreled away somewhere too. Was FM5 never released in English?

I love the designs of the Wanzers (Zenith, in particular). I think I have a few of the ArtFX toys they released way back when sitting in a box at my parents house.

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yeah, that was a disappointment 5 never came out west. i signed one of those petitions going around to get square to localize it. but it never came true. like yakuza 5.. there's a fans works front mission 5 project that did a english translation but it takes a little work to get going. (buying a specific early version of the japanese import (not a certain revision) and then apply the english translation.) it looks like i may have to ask valk hunter d how long did it take to do. i really want to play 5 someday.

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I loved playing FM4, right up untill I got to the giant final boss at the port and smacked my head against the wall. :(

I own FM3, but I never got into it like I did 4. I guess the characters just didn't appeal to me like 4's did. There was something kind of awesome contrasting that untested rookie euro squad with the american veterans who had been around and seen some s***.

Just a thought, but what do you say about combining this thread with the assault suit Leynos thread and make a classic mecha videogame thread covering everything?

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Incidentally my first experience with Front Mission was also FM3. Funny! ^_^

I should finish this game some day before my PS2 decide to break up on me. To bad there is no way to port ones collection over to the newer systems without buying the games again and again or having to rely on crappy ports. *shakes his fist in anger for the version of FF6 on the PS store*

So has anyone a recommendation what FM games to pick up that have the same look and feel that part three had?

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Fantastic game series. My first experience was with the ROM of the first game. Even though I was only 12 or so at the time and the game had no fan translation yet I played through the entire thing and loved it. I later saw that 3 was coming out to North America and bought it on release and played the crap out of it. When 4 eventually came around I was in high school and didn't have the time to devote to it like I did when I was younger but bought it anyways and while its been almost 10 years since I picked it up I still haven't given it another chance it's sitting on my shelf next to the fan translation of FM 5.

One day I hope to get around to playing through 4 and 5 and maybe 2.

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there's a fans works front mission 5 project that did a english translation but it takes a little work to get going. (buying a specific early version of the japanese import (not a certain revision) and then apply the english translation.) it looks like i may have to ask valk hunter d how long did it take to do. i really want to play 5 someday.

The longest part is tracking down the program to apply the patch, and IIRC, the file for the patch contains locations on where to find it. Just run it, apply the patch to the FM iso file, then play via modded PS2 or even a PS2 emulator. Despite the translation team's wishes, there are patched iso files already out there though. Feel free to PM me, I got that program around here somewhere.

I loved playing FM4, right up untill I got to the giant final boss at the port and smacked my head against the wall. :(

I own FM3, but I never got into it like I did 4. I guess the characters just didn't appeal to me like 4's did. There was something kind of awesome contrasting that untested rookie euro squad with the american veterans who had been around and seen some s***.

Just a thought, but what do you say about combining this thread with the assault suit Leynos thread and make a classic mecha videogame thread covering everything?

FM4 was all kinds of awesome. While the characters didn't have the youthful goofiness of FM3's, the gameplay had more depth. Besides, who DOESN'T want to see Wolverine pilot a giant robot?

I don't mind talking about Leynos or Valken here, although those games never reached the fame FM got.

So has anyone a recommendation what FM games to pick up that have the same look and feel that part three had?

Aside form the other FM games, track down Ring of Red. But be prepared for loooong battles.

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So...for this fan translation of FM5, should I buy a copy off of Amazon to start? I'd like to give them my money somehow. B))

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So...for this fan translation of FM5, should I buy a copy off of Amazon to start? I'd like to give them my money somehow. B))

I've seen FM5 for cheap on Ebay too, but do make sure that it's the regular release and not the "Ultimate Hits" edition. Apparently the patch doesn't work with that one. Of course there are other unscrupulous methods obtaining an ISO file.

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Thanks for the tip! I'm on the hunt then...

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Good news: The wanzer figures Square Enix teased late last year are going to see the light of day, and they look excellent.

Bad news: They're going for $90 a pop for each 4.5 inch wanzer.

Being a die hard FM fan, the Wander Arts line is a god send, but 90 bucks for such a small figure makes me ache.  Damn shame, I would've loved to form my own Durandal squad.

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I've been starving for good Front-mission stuff ever since the good-ole FM3 days and those super fragile PVC wanzers I had everywhere.

I already have the Zenith preordered from HLJ. 

Also really looking forward to Front-mission: Left Alive coming to PS4 and steam later this year. With some vets from Armored Core and Metal Gear helping out it's starting to look pretty good.

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I wish there were some plastic kits. I think kotobukiya did resin ones long ago, but I would absolutely love them to do modern plastic models.

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On 6/6/2018 at 12:08 PM, Duymon said:

I've been starving for good Front-mission stuff ever since the good-ole FM3 days and those super fragile PVC wanzers I had everywhere.

I already have the Zenith preordered from HLJ. 

Also really looking forward to Front-mission: Left Alive coming to PS4 and steam later this year. With some vets from Armored Core and Metal Gear helping out it's starting to look pretty good.

I have reservations about any FM game that isn't a turn based strategy game ever since FM Evolved.  I haven't seen too much of Left Alive, but I hope wanzers have a more active component than just being in the background. 

I caved and pre-ordered the Wander Art figs-the preorder price didn't make it hurt as much.  I'm definitely getting the Frost wanzers as well later on.  No love for dedicated missile or melee builds, Squeenix?

9 hours ago, Big s said:

I wish there were some plastic kits. I think kotobukiya did resin ones long ago, but I would absolutely love them to do modern plastic models.

It's surprising that Kotobukiya didn't go straight into plastic kits like they did with Armored Core.  The resin ones are super rare with only three kits IIRC; Frost, Zenith, and Walrus.  I'm still trying to make a good build of my Zenith.

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It surprised me too. For a wile I had a fantasy about a great line of kits with maybe some weapon sets since kotobukiya loves making extras.

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It's official: Left Alive, the latest game to take place in the Front Mission world is on a new level of suck.  I already had a feeling it was gonna be bad, but reading a few reviews about it has led me to believe it's worse than I thought.  I love FM, but I won't be touching this game with a 10 foot pole.

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3 hours ago, Valkyrie Hunter D said:

It's official: Left Alive, the latest game to take place in the Front Mission world is on a new level of suck.  I already had a feeling it was gonna be bad, but reading a few reviews about it has led me to believe it's worse than I thought.  I love FM, but I won't be touching this game with a 10 foot pole.

i'm going to get it when it's under 10^_^

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