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Rest in pieces mein Wanzer. We killed you.

Unlike the last three Front Mission releases, I didn't buy the newest title as soon as it hit store shelves.

As far as I�m concerned -- as well as my RPG obsessed friends -- the Front Mission series is dead.

The newest title, Front Mission Evolved, takes the strategic, turn-based mech-on-mech action into third-person shooter territory.

I never -- never -- thought I would type a sentence that had the words front, mission and shooter in it.

C'mon Square! I'll buy 10 copies if this comes to America!

Front Mission Evolved could be another spin-off, and maybe the next real title is on its way. Over the years the series has produced a side scroller, RTS and multiplayer online game. So, all of my tears shed over the thought of an over-the-shoulder shooter ruining Front Mission could be for naught.

If Front Mission Evolved is a good game I might buy it. I�m not holding my breath, though.

There�s really only two paths this series seems destined for. On the one hand Front Mission Evolved is a success and Square-Enix focuses on the more action-heavy gameplay in future installments and that�s that.

Or, the game tanks and we lose everything Front Mission�forever.

I guess I�m a bit of a pessimist and resistant when it comes to change, but I want my little mechs on a square grid; there are already enough ho-hum shooters on the Xbox 360.

At least these guys have given gamers like me the happiness Square has denied.
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About Louis Garcia12one of us since 7:09 PM on 08.02.2010

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Gaming has just always been something I've loved since I was a wee lad. Ever since I picked up that NES controller and played Super Mario Bros...much like any gamer, really!

Video games were actually the impetus for me going to college and earning a journalism degree. If not for EGM, Nintendo Power, OPM, Expert Gamer, GameNow and countless other magazines I don't know what I would have done after high school! I'd like to think professional footballer for Liverpool...well, a man can dream can't he?!?!

Right now I'm replaying Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2. I keep up with all the big-time releases, (Marios, Halos, etc.) but I'm also always trying to whither down my pile of shame.

I game on all systems. PC is my least played platform, but five years ago I've finally started to play classics after finally buying a home computer. I've now enjoyed games like Half-Life and others I had only read about before having a mouse and keyboard controlled gaming rig.

Some favorite games of mine: Metal Gear Solid series, almost anything Mario, Halo, Xenogears, Fallout series, Final Fantasy Tactics, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Suikoden 1 and 2...Well, pretty much any good game from any genre except for sports released from the NES era and on. Then it is only Mario sport titles and Winning Eleven and FIFA.

Sad fact about me: I'm desperately (perhaps hopelessly) waiting for a new Shadow Hearts game. :(

Update: It's September in Minnesota (getting chilly), and I'm enjoying Borderlands 2.