INFORMATION
GAME:    FRONT MISSION ALTERNATIVE
COMAPNY:    SQUARESOFT (1997)
SYSTEM:    SONY PLAYSTATION


     The latest in the Front Mission series of games, Front Mission Alternative is as the title suggests, an Alternative version of the Front Mission series.  Rather than a turn-based stragety like the other Front Mission games, Alternative is real-time. With ultra-dramatic lighting and a less than serious attitude, Front Mission Alternative is a nice addition to the Front Mission line.

THE STORY

     Front Mission Alternative takes place in Africa, 2034. The local governments are being terrorized by groups of guerilla warriors. You'll need to use your WAWs to wipe out these terrorist organizations. But well-planned strategies will be integral to your success.

THE GAME

     In Front Mission Alternative you have complete control over the weapons and shields of your individual WAWs. Using the money earned by successfully completing missions you can customize your WaWs with a wide variety of weapons and shields and "Bolt-on" items.
     Front Mission Alternative is played on a large highly detailed map. You set your platoons (3 WAWs to a platoon) on a course to attack enemy platoons. Timing and attack direction is vital to the success of missions. Although you are always outnumbered, the AI of your computer opponent is rather limited and you can usually out-maneuver the computer with careful planning.


PANZERS, VANZERS, OR WANZERS....AND NOW WAWs.....WHICH ONES??!!

     In Front Mission and Front Mission: Gunhazard the mechs are called Panzers and Vanzers. In Front Mission 2 they are mainly called Wanzers. In Front Mission Alternative they are now known as WAWs (Walking Armored Wanzers). For the sake of clarity, I will refer to them as WAWs here.

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