This article is from the Final-Fantasy and other Square Soft Games FAQ, by email@example.com (Nick Zitzmann) with numerous contributions by others.
Front Mission is a turn based strategy game set in the near future.
Similar in format to such strategy games as Tactics Ogre, Ogre Battle,
and Final Fantasy Tactics, Front Mission places you at the head of a
small team of mobile suit clad mercenaries fighting for control of the
disputed Huffman Island.
Each battle takes place in one of many small but well-realised isometric
landscapes, ranging from wastelands to cityscapes. In combat the game
zooms in to give a more detailed view of the character and opponent who
fight using a wide variety of short, mid range and long range weapons.
Between levels, players have the opportunity to customize and upgrade
mobile suits using an impressive number of add-ons, weapons and body
parts, as well as gamble or fight in a coliseum.
Although Front Mission's excellent menu system and user interface are in
English, making the game perfectly playable to English speakers, the
storyline is entirely in Japanese. Despite this, the linear nature of
the story and the lack of any story based decision making means that the
game can be played from start to finish without too many problems.
Gameplay wise, Front mission is well balanced and easy to master thanks
to its clear interface. Some may find the game a little short, but this
does not detract from what must be one of the most playable and visually
appealing strategy games on the SNES.