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DescriptionThe 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.
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Cover ArtThe 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.
AwardsIn the German gaming magazine PC Player (issue 01/2000), Jagged Alliance 2 was named as "Best Round-Based Strategy Game in 1999." Information here also contributed by Chentzilla, Indra, and Patrick Bregger.
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Trixter (8745) added Jagged Alliance 2 (Linux) on Jan 11, 2002
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