FRONT MISSION 1st: Remake Reviews

FRONT MISSION 1st: Remake is ranked in the 40th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
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GameCentral
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6 / 10
Dec 1, 2022

For a 27-year-old game with only minor changes this is still an enjoyably taxing tactical role-player but it's new games this series needs, not more remakes.

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7 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2022

Solid and definitely have an audience. There could be some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.

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5 / 10
Nov 30, 2022

Unless you're a die-hard fan of the original or the TRPG genre in general, you're probably safe to give this one a miss or just lower the difficulty of the combat to enjoy the story. Despite the strengths of the setting and the characters, the gameplay becomes more frustrating than fun and won't keep most players engaged past the first few hours. It's a shame because there is a brilliance to telling the same story from two opposing points of view, but that gets buried beneath poorly implemented mechanics. Unfortunately, modern visuals and sound can't salvage gameplay here that feels too random to be satisfying.

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83%
Dec 20, 2022

A pioneering game of Square's vaunted library of strategy RPGs gets a worthy update that keeps Front Mission's anti-war spirit alive.

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7 / 10
Dec 6, 2022

Forever Entertainment's modern crack at a classic strategy RPG has its highs and lows, but I walk away from it feeling stoked for the Wanzer warfare remakes to come.

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GamingBolt
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7 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2022

Front Mission 1st would have benefitted from a full remake to address a lot of quibbles that are holdovers from the era it is originally from; however, even as-is, warts and all, the premise and core loop remain fun enough that series and genre enthusiasts, at least, will get a fair bit out of it.

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6.8 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2022

It's a pity that Square Enix and Forever Entertainment had both settled for a (too) faithful remake of a game that was fascinating and difficult but also unbalanced and often unfair. Little things like new menus, new tutorials and a slew of QOL options could have made this a much better game overall. The way it is now, it's only recommended to hardcore long-time fans.

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7 / 10.0
Jan 3, 2023

Forever Entertainment has proven they are effective at remaking old titles with new visuals while keeping the gameplay as faithful as possible. While Front Mission 1st is a worthy alternative to the old version, maybe an HD-2D reimagining with snappier battles would have been better. Time will tell how their efforts will pay off on the more ambitious upcoming entries in the Front Mission series.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2022

As a long-time fan of the series, I'm delighted that FRONT MISSION 1st: Remake is available for Switch as it's great fun and looks superb to boot. With that being said, it's definitely not for everyone and I can easily see modern gamers being perplexed by this SRPG classic.

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7 / 10.0
Dec 25, 2022

Front Mission 1st: Remake is a faithful and pretty recreation of a game that hasn't aged very gracefully. It's worth playing all the same.

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3.5 / 5.0
Dec 8, 2022

Front Mission 1st: Remake often feels old but that’s no huge surprise. It is after all an old game. It released nearly 28 years ago. That it still mostly holds up as an excellent strategy RPG with an excellent story, interesting customization, and strategic combat, is impressive. While it may fall a bit short of what we’d hope for in a true remake, it remains a strong game worth the time of fans of the genre.

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3.5 / 5.0
Dec 9, 2022

While the first entry in this long-running series is showing its age, Front Mission 1st: Remake is a gritty, unflinching story of war and the scars it leaves both on and off the battlefield.

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5 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2022

Front Mission 1st Remake is a bizarre title. It is a true remake rather than a remaster, but all the effort has still gone into the visual side of things rather than tweaking the gameplay to make it more in line with the modern era of gaming. It’s a slow-paced title with painful RNG that really isn’t too interested in providing more than a basic SRPG experience with customizable mechs. It’s great to see the series back once again. With a remake of further titles planned, I can only hope this serves as a stepping stone to provide players with a much more fun and engaging title in the future. Unfortunately, as it stands, Front Mission 1st Remake is a pretty title that while offers some fun, really doesn’t stand out in any real meaningful way compared to its many, many peers.

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6.5 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2022

This feels like a game that really speaks to people who were in the sweet spot for certain points of the release window. If you played this on the DS as a younger person, it’s great to revisit it. If you really enjoy Front Mission titles and want to appreciate the first game, it’s perfect. If you’re an absolute turn-based, grid based, isometric combat beast and can’t wait for the Final Fantasy Tactics remake, this scratches some itches, though in a lesser way. It’s fun, it’s comprehensive, but it’s just not…great.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2022

Front Mission remains a good game, but it has limitations especially in level design and narrative that put it below some of the tactical RPGs that came after it. That said, despite Forever Entertainment bringing little new content and a modest technical revision, Front Mission 1st: Remake is the best version of this game, with remastered music and significant improvements in graphics and quality of life. Considering it's a classic and also a really interesting TRPG in combat systems and some aspects of its plot and music, it's a title highly indicated to tactical RPG fans. For new players, however, there are more accessible and immersive options to recommend.

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85 / 100
Nov 30, 2022

The release of FRONT MISSION 1st: Remake finally does justice to Square Enix's war franchise. All SRPG lovers have the opportunity to finally enjoy the start of the Front Mission franchise with technical, graphic and playable improvements, and also in Spanish.

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