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Hired Guns: The Jagged Edge (Windows)

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Description

In Africa the Diamond Coast is ruled by a ruthless dictator and everywhere in the country a state of emergency was declared. A mercenary soldier is sent into the country by someone who claims to be the former president of the region in order to overthrow the dictator and get him back into the position. But whose side is the mercenary soldier, controlled by the player, really on?

As an unofficial successor to Jagged Alliance 2, the game features almost identical gameplay. The game is divided into two parts: the first is played on an overview map of the country with the different sectors marked, once the player's team has discovered them. The most powerful tool here is the laptop which gives the player access to the I.M.A. and Dickie Jay website as well as to his e-mail account and journal. The I.M.A. site is used to recruit more mercenaries to fight on the player's side. Each of them has different abilities, preferences and character traits which means that not everyone wants to work with you or mercenaries you hired earlier. If a mercenary strongly dislikes another mercenary, he won't take the job. The Dickie Jay website is the "local" weapons dealer where the player can buy everything he needs to prepare his team mates for battle.

Once one of the teams reaches a sector in which enemy soldiers are present, the game switches to the tactical map. As long as no enemy is in sight, the game runs in real-time but as soon as an opponent enters the view, the game switches to turn-based until every enemy is eliminated. The battles are highly tactical since every member has only a limited number of action points available and every action from simple standing up to aimed shot costs a certain amount of them. It is all for the player to decide. He chooses which body region the soldier should try to hit, if he stands or kneels for a shot and so on. Once all enemies in a sector are eliminated, the sector falls under the player's control which means on one hand that it generates money if there are mines present but also that he needs to defend it from bandit raids.

Screenshots

Hired Guns: The Jagged Edge Windows Some bandits running around their house.
Hired Guns: The Jagged Edge Windows Main menu
Hired Guns: The Jagged Edge Windows The famous psychological test
Hired Guns: The Jagged Edge Windows Enemy reinforcements coming over the bridge.

Alternate Titles

  • "ДЖАЗ: Работа по найму" -- Russian spelling
  • "Jazz: Hired Guns" -- 2nd working title
  • "Jagged Alliance 3D" -- Working title

User Reviews

[v1.3] The spiritual successor to Jagged Alliance in everything except for gameplay and combat mechanics. Indra is here (19671) 1.86 Stars1.86 Stars1.86 Stars1.86 Stars1.86 Stars

The Press Says

Armchair General Mar 12, 2009 79 out of 100 79
GameStar (Germany) Mar 26, 2008 74 out of 100 74
Krawall Gaming Network Apr 01, 2008 72 out of 100 72
GameLand Dec 15, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Gamezoom Apr 14, 2008 69 out of 100 69
Deaf Gamers Feb 10, 2009 6 out of 10 60
Hooked Gamers Dec 31, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Nov 04, 2007 55 out of 100 55
Game Captain Apr 09, 2008 54 out of 100 54
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jun 27, 2009 51 out of 100 51

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Jagged Alliance 3 7 Indra is here (19671)
Nov 11, 2010

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Related Web Sites

  • Matrix Games (Official download page. Includes videos, screenshots, and patches.)
Sicarius (61034) added Hired Guns: The Jagged Edge (Windows) on Apr 19, 2008