BackgroundThis online title inherits the series' three main features: challenging tactical battles, experience-based character development, and extensive wanzer customization. Players choose to side with either the O.C.U. (Oceania Cooperative Union) or the U.C.S. (Unified Continental States), and fight for domination of the global hotspot known as Huffman Island. Players can either set out on the battlefield on their own, or team up with others to further their nation's cause. Each battle is concentrated into several action-packed minutes, creating a fast "pick-up-and-play" experience enjoyable to even casual players.
GameplayFrom the in-game lobby, players control their characters as they communicate with fellow pilots, formulate battle plans, and perform other daily duties. Once on the battlefield, players set out on their armored wanzers--giant humanoid combat vehicles--to seek and destroy the opposition.
At the beginning of their career, players will hone their combat skills against NPC-controlled enemies on their army's training grounds. But once they feel ready, they can test their mettle against players from the opposing nation in the expansive FLZ (Frontline Zone).
As the action may become hectic during player vs. player fights, an integrated voice chat system using headsets is being implemented. This will allow for faster and more accurate communication between players fighting in the same battle group.
Once players achieve a high enough rank, they will be able to receive missions created by their nation's central command, and issue them in part or in whole to other players. The results of these missions will significantly affect Huffman Island 's balance of power.
Aim to become a brilliant tactical commander, or stay on the frontlines and rack up kills—the choice is up to the player!
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- Genre: Massively Multiplayer RPG (PS2)
- Perspective(s): Third Person
- Developer: Square Enix
- Publisher: Square Enix
Released North America Q2 2004 Japan May 12, 2005
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