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Front Mission: Gun Hazard (SNES)

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Description

The year is 2064, when the great solar power satellite, ATLAS is overshadowed by the invention of fusion power. The government alliance that had supported the building of ATLAS now find themselves facing economic crisis as the balance of power shifts. In this world of conflict and change, the Walking Panzer, or Wanzer, (a form of mecha) becomes the standard armored unit for wars and petty battles across the globe. For the small nation of Bergen, a coup d'etat is underway, staged by Colonel Ark. Seeking to establish complete control over the government and the NORAD units stationed there, Ark's first step involves the capture of President Orwen. Tipped off to the rebellion, Orwen seeks to flee from Bergen, looking for safe passage out of the seaport of Port Ertothal. A young Wanzer pilot, Albert Grabner, is assigned escort duty to the president by loyal elements of the army stationed there...

Gun Hazard is a side-scrolling shooter with strong RPG elements, and a spin-off of the Front Mission series. Gameplay is more than a little similar to Cybernator or Metal Warriors. The player moves between different stages on an area map. Once inside a stage, the player controls Albert and his wanzer as it moves left, right across the screen. The wanzer is able to jump, and attack with a primary and a special weapon. At any time during a stage, Albert can eject from his heavily armed wanzer to explore. Although vulnerable when outside, Albert is able to reach areas the wanzer cannot, in addition to being a smaller target and being able to jetpack indefinitely.

Money and experience are earned through the completion of mission objectives as well as the kill count of enemy wanzers. Additionally, Albert can recruit other characters through the normal course of the story, some of whom can be designated to support roles. These support characters when set can provide a variety of different cover fire abilities for Albert during his missions. They too gain experience and levels. Different weapons and armor can be found or bought. Essential components include the Booster ability which allows the wanzer to hover and increase its jumps, as well as the Dash ability which allows quick left-right movement by the wanzer.

Screenshots

Front Mission: Gun Hazard SNES The wanzer is airtight, but still not designed for underwater usage
Front Mission: Gun Hazard SNES An ambush in the middle of the forest
Front Mission: Gun Hazard SNES Frozen traffic on a cold ice filled bridge
Front Mission: Gun Hazard SNES A giant energy shield blocks the path

Alternate Titles

  • "フロントミッションシリーズ ガンハザード" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

neXGam 2002 8.4 out of 10 84

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Trivia

Connection to the main series

Aside from the Wanzer models and weapons, Front Mission: Gun Hazard does not tie into the rest of the Front Mission series at all. Almost all of the locations in the game are fictionalized and great military blocs that appear in the main series, such as the USN or the OCU are not mentioned at all.

Translation

An unofficial English translation patch applicable to a SNES ROM file was released in 2004 by the group Aeon Genesis.
WildKard (12136) added Front Mission: Gun Hazard (SNES) on Aug 29, 2004
Other platforms contributed by gamewarrior (5063)