The player controls all mechs in the party, maneuvering them around the battlefield and deciding between standard, special and joint attacks, and healing and defending. See the blue bar on the bottom of the screenshots? That bar depletes as you move or perform the issued commands. When it's used up, the turn ends. The fights go on for ages thanks to the extended cinematics that kick in for every attack. Unfortunately, there's just far too much puff and nonsense for most peoples tastes.