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Black Matrix Advanced will most likely never hit the U.S. market. Briefly considered by UFO Interactive, its violent and religious themes were deemed too controversial. The game is available as an import, although much of the story is missed without comprehension of the language. Overall, however, it is an enjoyable experience, even if the influence of other series is quite apparent. If anything, pick it up for the incredible soundtrack, which features a range of tracks from acid jazz to trip-hop beats.
If you like endless strategic battles with old-school graphics and gameplay, then look no further than NEC Interchannel's Black Matrix Advanced. I don't think it will convert anyone, but it gets positive marks for doing a lot of things right. Hopefully UFO will redo the soundtrack for the American release!
It is unfortunate that Black/Matrix AD possesses so much material that would have come under fire in the English speaking world, because UFO Interactive was briefly interested in localizing the game. Flight Plan's game is improved enough over the original Saturn release that it would have been a welcome title for the English Dreamcast, particularly in that system's early months when the RPGs available were not very tantalizing. Left in Japanese, it remains an entertaining tactical title that is a fairly easy import thanks to a solid combat engine.