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Jagged Alliance 2 (Windows)

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Written by  :  andvari a (3)
Written on  :  Apr 09, 2007
Platform  :  Windows
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Summary

Disappointing

The Good

Good graphics, the whole "personalize this and that" feature, good sfx and an attempt to keep old characters.

The Bad

This game is a complete insult to the original. It steps on all genius things from JA 1 and adds too many clich├ęs and that nerdy feel that just keeps on and on in all "modern" games! How so? Well, for example, the voice talents and characters are so watered down they look and hear really cartoonish, when will game developers understand that a credible character and a believable voice talent make so much a difference just as a good or a bad actor does inside a movie!? Also the characters' relationship with others and personality traits don't matter much anymore as it used to in JA1, something that made the game be truly unique and added a fun strategy to deal with. Also the mobility and gameplay is completely different. JA1 made the player be in total control and gave you a great deal of free will, you could plan your strategy well and conquer your enemy step by step according to your strategy. JA 2 however, is way more linear, almost as if it would be a turn-based beat 'em up game with guns. The characters also seem weaker in the game and characters that used to be excellent mercenaries in the original game, now are soft and slow witted. Graphics in general are good, but really important thing such as the mercenaries faces are terribly cartoonish or simply unattractive.

The Bottom Line

Terrible Sequel, but can make a good game for players as a whole different game.