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Jagged Alliance 2

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3.2
Windows
88
4.0
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Description

The political situation in the democratic monarchy of Arulco has gone from bad to worse. The country has been taken over through a coup d'état by Queen Deidranna Reitman, the wife of Enrico Chivaldori - rightful heir and son of late King Andreas Chivaldori. Enrico was reportedly killed in an assassination attempt during his trial for the murder of his father. Enrico however is alive and has contacted The Association of International Mercenaries (A.I.M.) to help him retake the island. Making contact with Miguel Cordoba, the head of the resistance team, A.I.M. will hire mercenaries and coordinate battle plans to control towns, organize militias in a quest to overthrow Queen Deidranna.

Jagged Alliance 2 is an isometric, 3rd-person perspective turned-based strategy game. The RPG elements of the game refer to (mostly) character development. The game is also able to switch between two different "styles": Sci-Fi, or Realistic modes. From a new game, players will use their laptop to review information and hire mercenaries. Following that, the Political map shows a satellite top-down position of the island of Arulco. From the map, equipment and funds are managed, as well as a review of enemy movement, and planning can be made to capture towns, mines and other locations. From the map, mercenaries can be deployed into a specific sector. Hostile sectors and enemy counter-attacks initiate combat mode

The combat screen is where most of the actual gameplay occurs. Traveling in towns, exploring houses (with the purpose of stealing stuff of course!) and most importantly combat, occurs here. An encounter with an enemy team (either offensive or defensive) will prompt a battle in the area of contact. If on the offensive, players may opt to place mercenaries in favorable positions. Each team plays in turns, unless their action in interrupted by an opposing member. Enemies come in all shapes and sizes: Enemy soldiers, tanks, bloodcats, and (in Sci-fi mode) very weird insect-like monsters. The team that remains alive will control the sector.

In order to recapture the island, players must engage in town militia management. A defense system must be organized for newly conquered towns to defend against enemy troops. Only loyal towns however may have its population trained into militia (indicated by a green percentage on the town via political map). A maximum of 2 mercenaries may train militia in any given town. The militia has 3 different training levels: Green, Regular, and Veteran. The first 2 may be acquired through training, while the Veteran status may only be acquired through combat.

Screenshots

Jagged Alliance 2 Windows Deceased enemies drop weapons, ammo and other useful items.
Jagged Alliance 2 Windows The camouflaged team (right) on an assault mission (German version).
Jagged Alliance 2 Windows There are not only human enemies - a horde of nasty wildcats has our team surrounded (German version).
Jagged Alliance 2 Windows Picking a locked door. Unfortunately, it's trapped... (German version)

Alternate Titles

  • "铁血联盟2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Агония Власти" -- Russian spelling

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

I don't scream and cheer at many games. This one I did. Windows Kyle Levesque (329)
One of the best squad-based combat games ever! Windows Frecklefoot (191)
One giant leap for mankind Windows M B (18)
An outstanding update of the original Windows Afterburner (477)
Mercs and guns and baddies, oh my! Windows Narf! (126)
The best turn-based squad combat strategy game around Windows Kurt Sample (963)
My favorite game! Windows SharkD (415)
Disappointing Windows andvari a (3)
Ugly mercenaries, great game Windows Late (97)
Sirtech magic touch blessed this one too.... Windows Marina Shoykhet (7)

The Press Says

Just Adventure Windows 2001 A 100
The Games Machine Windows Oct 01, 1999 95 out of 100 95
Game Captain Windows Jun 03, 1999 91 out of 100 91
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Nov, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Games (Germany) Windows May, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Aug 11, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameSpot Windows Jul 23, 1999 8.8 out of 10 88
Gamesmania Windows 1999 85 out of 100 85
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows May, 1999 84 out of 100 84
PC Gamer Windows Sep, 1999 74 out of 100 74

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Not 4x but x-com like squad/turn based tactics 2 leilei (282)
Jan 02, 2012
4X (eXpand, eXplore, eXploit, eXterminate) 9 Indra is here (19699)
Aug 31, 2007
Anyone know what those switches are for? 4 Indra is here (19699)
Jun 16, 2007

Trivia

Character Responses

  • When Ivan sees someone hitting an enemy in the head he says, "This is why my brother became an alcoholic."
  • Mercenaries (mercs) are known to have certain personality problems with other mercs. One instance is Enrico, the Arulco rebel leader (and his bodyguard) who dislike German and Austrian mercenaries (due to German occupation of Arulco in World War II).

Cover Art

The talent (model) on the front box cover bears a remarkable resemblance to one of Jagged Alliance’s top mercenaries: Sheila 'Scope' Sterling, a British sniper, though this might be purely coincidental.

Awards

  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 - Best Round-Based Strategy Game in 1999
Information also contributed by Chentzilla

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Contributed to by Heikki Sairanen (105) and Trixter (8736)