Front Mission - Gun Hazard, is a mecha sidescroller, and spiritual successor to the Assault Suits series (of which you may recognize Assault Suits Valken/Cybernator and Assault Suits Leynos/Target Earth. Although there is a sequel to Leynos for Saturn (and I´ve heard that it´s very good), when it came time to make a Valken sequel they made a strategy game :( A remake of ASV is in the works for PS2, or so I hear!
Anyway, a bunch of the people who worked on Valken are credited to Gun Hazard´s staff as well. As such, it´s no surprise that the games play so similarly. Gun Hazard has, to its credit, a much longer, deeper, and more developed story than Valken. It sports nearly a full hundred battle maps, ally units to take into battle, RPG-style experience and levels, and lots of equipment with which to customize your wanzer, although not nearly so much as in a mainstream Front Mission. This, in my view, is a plus -- the ridiculous customizability of your wanzers in the normal FM series has you constantly going back to stores to see if anything new pops up, and when it does, you spend half an hour outfitting your machines with the stuff. It often seemed that you spent more time in intermissions than you did actually playing the game, and Gun Hazard solves that problem nicely.
Do keep in mind that Gun Hazard is not a mainstream Front Mission title -- its story does not fit with the main FM universe´s timeline. Also keep in mind that it is not Front Mission 2. FM2 was released for the Playstation in 1997. That doesn´t mean that Gun Hazard´s not an enjoyable game, as it certainly is. This patch is complete, and is the result of four years of hard work by four dedicated people. We hope you enjoy it!
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