Front Mission 3 is a game for the PlayStation, created by Square and released in Japan September 9, 1999, and later in America on March 22, 2000. Front Mission 3 is a tactical role-playing game. It is based on the near-future of the real world, circa 2112.
Battles take place on maps consisting of a rectangular piece of terrain divided into a grid of tiles. The player may deploy a maximum of 4 units, and gets the first move. Each team moves all their units before the turn switches to the other team. In certain maps there may be friendly units which either help the player or need to be protected. In other battles, the enemy may receive reinforcements in the form of additional units which appear on the battle on later turns. Enemy units are defeated by destroying their Wanzers, killing the pilots driving them, or forcing them to surrender. Most battles are won through the destruction or surrender of all enemy units.
In between battles the story progresses through a series of semi-interactive cutscenes, referred to as intermissions. The player may save the game at any point during an intermission. Player characters each have an email address, as well as a shared one for the team. This is mostly for receiving messages, although characters can only reply to certain messages with predefined replies. There is also a virtual network set up as a sort of mini internet, containing websites which can be accessed after their addresses are discovered, either through interaction with NPCs, reading hints on other websites, or through the email system.
In the other storyline Kazuki and Ryogo along with Kazuki's stepsister Alisa join up with a mysterious man named Liu Hei Fong who helps them to run away from Japan due to the JDF's (Japanese Defence Force) cover-up story which makes Kazuki and Ryogo scapegoats for the explosion. Unlike the Emma storyline where the player fights against the DHZ Army, players will mainly fight against the USN and Hua Lian Rebels. For example, in one part of the Emma storyline, the player must try to destroy the Changli Army mobile fortress Tian-Lei while in one part of the Alisa storyline the player must protect it from Hua Lian attack.
When Ryogo asks the player to go with him to deliver some Construction Wanzers, the answer determines which storyline the player will go through.
The two storylines in Front Mission 3 intertwine, often requiring the player to play both sides to understand an entire event. The game has a customizable system of configuring Wanzers and uses a strategic combat system.
It should be noted that except for Kazuki and Ryogo, each scenario has 6 different playable characters.
MIDAS has potential as a new source of energy, and is particularly intriguing to the world's military powers, for the following reasons:
The story of Front Mission 3 begins when MIDAS is stolen from Dr. Klamsky's Alaskan laboratories by OCU Japan. Several months have passed since the theft, during which the JDF apparently duplicated MIDAS with a limited degree of success.
However, both projects were cancelled a few years prior to the start of the game and the subjects executed, although several of them managed to escape. Bal himself was demoted and given an ambassadorial post. During the course of the game, the whereabouts and identities of the less prominent escapees will be revealed, although the player will need to do quite a bit of sleuthing on the network and exchanging emails to uncover the hidden documents which contain this information.
Bal Gorbovsky had in fact spirited away several subjects himself, most notable among them the Real Number Liu Hei Fong, head of his security force, and Lukav Minaev, the first Imaginary Number. Lukav later on convinced all the Imaginary Numbers to turn on Bal and follow him on his crusade to create his own new world order by eradicating all naturally-born humans.
Before the attempted escape, Alisa was safely flown to Japan and placed into the care of her parents' trusted friend, Isao Takemura, the father of the main character, Kazuki Takemura.
Hayama and Matsuo split the composition of the soundtrack, with the former composing 20 tracks and the latter 26 tracks, respectively. SHIGEKI has a sole contribution, the first track of Disc One.
|Front Mission 3 Original Soundtrack track list|
|Disc One 68:34|
|17.||The Bar (China)||Matsuo||2:46|
|24.||Front Line Base||Matsuo||3:00|
|Disc Two 72:29|
|7.||Forest (Southeast Asia)||Matsuo||4:56|
|11.||VS Imaginary Number Forces||Hayama||1:52|
|19.||Stage End 1||Matsuo||1:08|
|20.||Stage End 2||Matsuo||1:38|