It’s been a very long time since I last played this game. I remember that I finished it in grade school, and was totally absorbed by it. Until I picked it up again recently, I had forgotten how hard it was. If I didn’t have a guidebook, I don’t think it would have been possible for me to finish it.
Now that I’m playing it again, I’m not sure if “fun” is really the word I would use to describe it. It’s really more “addicting” than it is “fun”. You want to get to the next city so you can upgrade your Wanzers and test them out on the battlefield, an endless cycle that continues with each level. Early game, however, it seems like you’re barely scraping by. You don’t always have enough money to upgrade your machines, despite the fact that you need some of the best gear available to triumph, even in early missions.
I like the unique look and feel of the game. Without a doubt it’s a SquareSoft game, but quite different from anything in the Final Fantasy series. That isn’t to say it isn’t without its similarities (like the music), but it holds its own atmosphere and aesthetic.
I’m finding the storyline a little weak this time through, but it seems like gameplay was the main focus in the creation of this game, as opposed to plot.