Overall, though, it doesn’t matter, because the strategy element is so strong. The fight cutscenes that play out on the top screen are pretty amusing too - with enemies losing their body parts as you shoot them away. If there’s something more satisfying in this world than seeing a disgruntled giant robot with only one arm left, we’d like to know.
There’s also a really nice Coliseum mode which lets you pick opposing mechs to battle against, so you can come up with some sort of attack plan - not to mention a dead fiancée, frenetic battles and enormous robots fighting in water that comes up to their knees. Well worth a play, this.