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Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business (Windows)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

The Sequel that offered less, but was still worth it! M B (18) unrated
More action, less resource management Evil-Jim (151) unrated
Killing has never been so fun! Kate Jones (453) unrated
Short and sweet Late (98) unrated
The title should be Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Period. Indra is here (19851) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Animations, voice work and gameplay are great! Dan Spencer (12) unrated
Annoying Bugfest Tomthesecond (45) 0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.6
Overall User Score (17 votes) 3.5

Critic Reviews

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Game Over Online
I have always enjoyed the entire Jagged Alliance series. I discovered the first one by accident, and absolutely loved it. I didn't get a chance to enjoy quite as much Deadly Games, but I was in full blast again with the second JA, and now, with Unfinished Business. The curious part about JAs is that, while they gather awards by the dozens, they don't seem to be that famous - moreover, the company couldn't even find a publisher for Unfinished Business for quite some time. People need to stop publishing educational and other moronic titles and really check into where the good games are.
Armchair Empire, The
New players to the genre might be put off by the learning curve and difficulty level, but if they stick with it (and practice) they will start to have fun. Serious players will like the chance to sink their teeth into a good turn-based game. Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business is a game I can recommend.
Gamer's Pulse
For the price, I found Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business to be a worthwhile effort. It provides between 10 and 20 hours of gameplay, depending on your style, and some truly difficult and mind-bending scenarios. If you’re a fan of the series and have played JA2, it’s worth the price of admission; if you aren’t or haven’t, have a look around the bargain bins to see if you can pick JA2 up - you won’t regret it..
PC Player (Germany)
Es gibt Spiele, an denen die Zeit schneller vorübergeht as anderen. Jagged Alliance 2 gehört meines Erachtens dazu: Zunächst fällt die doch schon etwas angestaubte Optik auf, gefolgt von der komplexen, aber eben auch komplizierten und manchmal umständlichen Steuerung. Andererseits - wer über diese Hürden hinweg ist, darf sich an langandauernden Spaß freuen, auch wenn Unfinished Business "kleiner" und etwas linearer ist als das Original. Der Schwierigkeitsgrad liegt nämlich trotz der verschiedenen Einstellungsmöglichkeiten klar im oberen Bereich. Ein Leckerbissen für passionierte Tüftler also. Und für die gibt es ohnehin kaum Alternativen...
Though hampered by terrible graphics, a lack of multiplayer and a few gameplay problems could not keep us from being impressed by Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business. It scores slightly lower than its predecessor, but then again many of the problems in the original game crop up here. Competition is getting stiffer too - with Fallout: Tactics approaching release, those gamers on a limited budget are going to have to make a choice. Unfinished Business has the strategic mode and a great deal of RPG-like freedoms contained therein, while Fallout: Tactics offers superior graphics and a real-time game mode that works quite well.
PC Joker
Der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist dreifach regelbar, dazu kommt mit dem „Ironman-Modus“ eine Herausforderung für wahre Profis: keine Speicherfunktion während der teils mehr als dreißig Minuten dauernden Kämpfe! Combat-Veteranen werden sich zudem über den umfangreichen Leveleditor für die Gestaltung eigener Missionen freuen, jedoch den nach wie vor fehlenden Multiplayer-Modus wohl weiterhin vermissen. Zumal zwanzig Sektoren sowie je zehn neue Charaktere und Waffen ein tolles Add-on, aber eine schwache Vollversion ergeben. Am Ende sitzt das Game damit trotz aller Genialität zwischen den Stühlen, denn Neueinsteigern hat es wenig mehr als der zum Budgetpreis erhältliche Vorgänger zu bieten.
GameStar (Germany)
Bei Unfinished Business fehlt mir der Strategieteil gewaltig. Denn gerade der Kampf um die Bergwerke und Städte brachte gehörig Pfeffer ins Hauptprogramm. Gleiches galt für das hastige Ausbilden der Milizen, während Feindtrupps die befreiten Ortschaften umkreisten. Auf diesen Thrill muss ich nun verzichten. Warum Unfinished Business trotzdem eine hohe Wertung bekommt? Ganz einfach: Es bleibt immer noch genug Nervenkitzel. Denn kaum ein Taktikspiel hat so dramatische Feuergefechte und derart sympathische Söldner. Bei jedem Schuss auf meine Freunde ziehe ich unwillkürlich mit den Kopf ein. Wenn Sie Jagged Alliance 2 vor allem wegen der Gefechte gespielt haben, sollten Sie erneut zuschlagen.
For Jagged Alliance fans, this is a must-get! Great gameplay combined with an interesting story and great sound-effects guarantees you that this game is worth the money! The one bad thing about it, however, must be that it is too short, but that probably also proves what a great game this is!
Despite its drawbacks, Jagged Alliance2: Unfinished Business pulls it off where it matters; the game is fun to play. Whether or not the game has all the right characteristics unto itself is questionable, but the fact remains that it inherited enough from Jagged Alliance 2 to still make it an excellent game. Though the graphics are a bit dated and the game play won’t ever be known for its striking originality and diversity, it is still built on an excellent combat system and retains the power to draw you deep into its heart. Though the execution of the ideas were not done as well as they could have been, the heart of the game was in the right place, and with features such as the level editor, UB still deserves a good review. And when it all comes down to it, I still didn’t go to bed until four in the morning, and a game hasn’t kept me up that late for a very long time.
Game industry News (GiN)
If you have a long weekend and are looking for something fun to do, Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business can be a wonderfully bloody diversion. And since it runs on its own, you don’t need prior experience or a prior version of the game to get right into the killing. It earns a respectable 4 GiN Gems, with a few points off because of no multiplayer support, and because when it was over, I was still hungry for more.
G4 TV: The Electric Playground
Excellent game of small unit tactics, but too hard for all but die-hard tacticians and folks with plenty of gaming time on their hands.
Has someone finally brought fun back to the squad based strategy genre?
PC Games (Germany)
Trotz einer zu kurzen Kampagne und vereinfachtem Finanzsystem ist Unfinished Business eine exzellente Erweiterung des genialen Vorgängers, allerdings nur im englischen Original. Die deutsche Lokalisation ging völlig in die Hose: Übersetzungsfehler und pseudocoole Sprüche drittklassiger Sprecher zerren an Ihren Nerven.
Da Gameboyz
For die-hard fans of the Jagged Alliance series, Unfinished Business is a good challenge and more of the same formula that they love. Beginners will have a tough time getting into things, especially if they find reloading the game every 15 minutes a bit grating. For the guys in the stands yelling "WUSS," you'll be happy to know that there is an Iron Man mode which cranks up the difficulty and removes your ability to save within missions. If you can ace the game in this mode, I salute you! Unfinished Business is hardly pioneering but it cranks up the volume on an already highly accepted game franchise.
JA2: Unfinished Business is a solid game with all the best elements of turn-based combat, but is not for the casual player. If your frustration threshold is anything but extreme, give serious consideration before diving into this one.
Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business might be too little, but it could never be too late. Despite the fact that its "bonus" hours of gameplay come as a result of unbalanced enemies, the game still demonstrates that Jagged Alliance 2 is an original, lasting game that rewards patient gamers with a steady, gripping experience. You might find yourself saving and reloading quite often; your determination to get each battle "right" will signify whether this "one-more-turn" perfectionism results in addiction or frustration.
Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business is neither a sequel nor an expansion, but a budget-priced stand-alone product that continues the story of the excellent 1999 strategic role-playing game. The core turn-based tactical combat between squads of mercenaries is still intact, though many of the noncombat elements have been stripped away and a few new gameplay features have been added. Otherwise, the game retains many of the same great qualities of its predecessor - but it also inherits some of its problems and introduces some new ones.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Anyone who loves squad-based strategy games like the old X-Com series or the other Jagged Alliance titles certainly won't be disappointed by this offering. Though it doesn't tout itself as a true sequel and it uses most of the same elements as its predecessor, there is enough entertainment value for veterans to easily justify the budget price tag. Sadly, the near impossibility of many of the missions makes Unfinished Business something best left to experienced players. Since the developers at Sirtech are working on Jagged Alliance 3, my hope is that they will "evolve" the graphics and soften their approach to difficulty. As a whole, Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business scales down the gameplay but manages to offers fans of turn-based strategy titles featuring squad-oriented combat substantial entertainment.
Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business will be a worthwhile game for those of you who have already played the first two games. Having eliminated many of the RPG elements that made the older titles good, prepare for a knockdown, drag out firefight that’ll leave you weary of mercenary style combat for many weeks to come. Combined with repetitive gameplay where you march, fight, march, fight, rearm, again and again, this game can get pretty boring at times. The only outstanding feature I could find were its relatively low system requirements. Ultimately, I don’t see it being enjoyed by anyone but the original fans of the series.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
The combat is essentially the same as in JA2, requiring careful, meticulous planning and movement. A few nice tweaks, such as overlays for line-of-sight and available cover, are welcome improvements to what is already a fun and rewarding system. Every victory feels like a major accomplishment, which is a good thing. But the downside this time is that it’s simply exhausting, and with nothing else to this game but the combat, UNFINISHED BUSINESS is lust too prohibitively difficult to recommend to anyone but the already converted. For dedicated JA-heads, however, the cheap price (which also includes a rudimentary map builder) makes it, if not a must-buy, then a might-as-well-buy.
Game Revolution
While JA2:UB's combat is unique and rewarding, nearly every other aspect of the game lacks vitality and originality. The graphics are weak, there's no story, no character development, and the villagers never say anything but "They're watching you." Any pleasure that might be derived from victory via some story line or dialogue is lost, and all that follows one victory is another difficult challenge. JA2:UB is a tough game, but not tough enough to overcome its own mediocrity.
Game Informer Magazine
Unfinished Business. What an aptly named game. Perhaps more to the point would be the title Unfinished Game. It’s always interesting to note how a game will give one the impression that what is about to happen will be engaging and fun. Then once the gameplay begins, things turn ugly faster than an Oprah sighting at a beef convention.
Svenska PC Gamer
Jag trodde att Unfinished Business skulle bli ett spännande äventyr, men det blev bara en lång rad tjatiga eldstrider ute i skogen. Fy vad trist för ett spel med en så bra stamtavla.
All Game Guide
Despite the new trimmings, Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business essentially offers little more than a few extra missions that lack the appeal of the original, especially in the area of strategic options. New players to the series would be advised to play the original instead of the expansion to experience the well-crafted strategic elements that made it so successful. Only die-hard fans who haven't had enough of Jagged Alliance-style combat, don't mind the lack of non-linear gameplay, and want to build their own missions, will find the expansion worthwhile.
PC Gamer
I had high hopes for Unfinished Business, since Sir-Tech crafted such a well-designed strategy/RPG hybrid in JA2. But this game is dull and repetitive, having abandoned much of the flavor that made this series so interesting. Decline this mission.
Game Informer Magazine
Jagged Alliance 2 does nothing for me. There’s not enough action delivered from the turn-based combat to keep my interest, and far too much time spent in setup and execution. Soldier of Fortune subscribers might enjoy this, but I have no desire to complete mercenary missions.