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Jagged Alliance 2 (Windows)

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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 A personality test determines your characters' stats (German version).
Jagged Alliance 2 Windows Tanks are extremely dangerous and can only be destroyed with missile weapons (German version).
Jagged Alliance 2 Windows This is your enemy, dictatress Deidranna. She'll get enraged the more sucessfull you are (German version).
Jagged Alliance 2 Windows Deceased enemies drop weapons, ammo and other useful items.

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

I don't scream and cheer at many games. This one I did. Kyle Levesque (329) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
One of the best squad-based combat games ever! Frecklefoot (191) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
One giant leap for mankind M B (18) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
An outstanding update of the original Afterburner (477) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Mercs and guns and baddies, oh my! Narf! (128) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
The best turn-based squad combat strategy game around Kurt Sample (963) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
My favorite game! SharkD (415) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Disappointing andvari a (3) 2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars
Ugly mercenaries, great game Late (97) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Sirtech magic touch blessed this one too.... Marina Shoykhet (7) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Computer Games Magazine Jul 30, 1999 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Games Machine Oct 01, 1999 95 out of 100 95
Game Captain Jun 03, 1999 91 out of 100 91
PC Games (Germany) May, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Aug 11, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Jul 10, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Power Play May, 1999 90 out of 100 90
GameSpot Jul 23, 1999 8.8 out of 10 88
IGN Aug 02, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 20, 1999 17 out of 20 85

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 was here (19239)
Aug 31, 2007
Anyone know what those switches are for? 4 Indra was here (19239)
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

In 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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Heikki Sairanen (105) added Jagged Alliance 2 (Windows) on Nov 01, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Trixter (8743)