2019 Games You’re Probably Sleeping On
Left Alive – March 4
Front Mission is one of the longest-running mecha series out there, but you’d never know Left Alive is set in the Front Mission universe at first glance. The game does something very different from previous entries, creating a stealth-shooter experience that takes the focus away from Wanzer mechs.
There are obvious comparisons that you can draw to Metal Gear Solid, and that’s just what makes Left Alive so promising; that it might deliver the new Metal Gear-style experience fans have been craving since The Phantom Pain.
Taking place in the fictional city of Novo Slava in 2127 you control three different characters as they try to survive an invasion by a massive enemy army. Choice plays a central role, both in terms of the story and gameplay.
Whether you creep past an enemy squad and let them execute civilians, or try and save the citizens, decisions like this can affect both the limited supplies you have and factor into the overall story and ending of the game.
While stealth-action is central to Left Alive’s gameplay, Wanzers still play an important role, and the game sports character designs by Yoji Shinkawa (Metal Gear Solid) and mech designs by Takayuki Yanase (Mobile Suit Gundam 00).
With all of the other big Square Enix games lately, like Kingdom Hearts 3, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Final Fantasy XIV, it’s been hard for Left Alive to get any attention. Still, everything we’ve seen of the game looks promising, and if done properly, Left Alive could help fill a serious gap in gaming as of late.