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Jagged Alliance: Back In Action (PC DVD)

Platform : Windows XP, Windows Vista
4.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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  • Engage in a massive non-linear ground campaign to free the oppressed people of the gorgeously-rendered fictitious country of Arulco, assembling your own motley crew of mercenaries to get the job done
  • Prowess in strategy and tactics is not enough
  • Can you master the intricacies of RPG-like character development, a challenging economy and the logistics to keep your troops supplied - and strike at the right time with the right skills and proper weapons?
  • An innovative "plan & go" combat system combines turn-based planning with dynamic RTS execution.
  • Assemble your own combat squad from over 40 unique mercenaries, each with a detailed personality profile, including likes, dislikes, strengths, weakness and character flaws
  • Simultaneously control multiple squads to flank the enemy from multiple sides as you try your hand at advanced combat tactics.
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  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B0053X9ML2
  • Release Date: 10 Feb. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,294 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
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Jagged Alliance: Back in Action is a contemporary of the latest title in the much-loved Jagged Alliance series of turn-based mercenary-themed strategy games. Designed from the ground up to offer a modern gaming experience, Back in Action showcases an updated isometric 3D look and interface, highly detailed character models and a variety of new gameplay features.

Back in Action takes players to the fictitious country of Arulco, where a ruthless dictator has seized power and only a small group of rebels stand to resist him. Tasked with freeing the island from the dictator’s iron grip, players will command rebel and mercenary forces while using tactical, diplomatic and economic tools to keep troops supplied and ready for the next flight, all while commanding them directly in nail-biting battles.

Back in Action’s innovative “plan & go” combat system combines real-time strategy (RTS) with turn-based elements to guarantee that the intricacies of tactical warfare are rendered in dynamic, exciting gameplay. This challenges would-be commanders to master not only strategy and tactical combat, but also to maximize their team’s capabilities through RPG-like character advancement.

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Jagged Alliance 2 was released in 1999. During these 13 years countless sleeping hours were lost by a legion of faithfull fanatics of tactical turn based modern day small units mercenary combat. People like me were just hypnotized by the sleek combination of detail, tactics, financial acumen required to conduct a successful campaign of liberation of a small country from a ruthless queen. So, just like me, many (not so young) fanatics of this glorious classic were counting the days till the release of this remake of the game. Was it worth the wait ? Well, yes, and no, I am afraid. First of all, the purists should be aware that the turn based combat has been ditched in favor of a continous real time, pausable, game turn. You basically move in real time, but are able to pause the game in order to "plan" in detail combat movements. This system works well enough within its own logic, but I much prefear the detail and accuracy of the original turn structure. Other than that, the story is, nominally, the same: same country, same cities (fewer locations though), same mercenaries.
Let me list some ways I feel JA:BIA compares to JA2:
- The new game looks beautiful, the detail in the jungles and houses are superior in many ways to the original. This graphic beauty also comes without staggering hardware requirements: my 8 years old rig (ATI 4850) handles the game pretty well.
- There is an increased role for melee weapons and stealth attacks. Very good, since knives (except perhaps throwing knives) had very limited uses in JA2.
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I really like this game. There's a real shortage of good tactical / strategic military games for PC players and this fills that gap perfectly.
I've enjoyed the Silent Storm, Men of War and X-Com games and this is is a similar vein, although not turn-based the option to stop the action and plan our your squad's moves is done really well. There are loads of weapons which can all be customised with attachments (scopes, silencers etc.). You can adopt stealth tactics or just go in all guns blazing (although if you're like me you try the stealthy approach, which'll soon turn into chaos).
The game has got a few flaws, such as the annoyance of securing an area only to have the enemy move in as soon as your back is turned. However I still think it deserves 5 stars for being brave enough to be offer a more thoughtful and strategic game in an over-hyped Call of Duty dominated current games market. It's also fun to play with good combat.
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good point
- JAgged Alliance !!
- RTS (with option)
- Good and Improve isometrix 3D Graphic/enviroment/sound
- Follow-up old JA2 Storyline and few new add
- weeks of good gameplay
- Nice price under 10GBP on amazon!(well done amazon)(Steam cost 25GBP)

Bad point
- Can't made/Create your own Merc..(big fall out!! to my opinion..)
- Storyline been shorten(mission storyline not as long as it use on previous JA2)
- AI seem to be Hard (enemy rarely miss shot)
- Steam Activation(but don't need on gameplay)
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I have been a Jagged Alliance fan for a long time and was very excited to hear this was finally released after soooooo many years! I read the reviews and they were very mixed but I thought it was worth checking out.

I have to say, overall it wasn't disappointing but there are elements that were disappointing too....

1) The introduction of the realtime gameplay, though on surface is small, made a real big difference. The style of the game and tactics improved as a result. The 3D nature of the game improves it slightly and the "world map" is better too.

2)I agree with other reviewers when they say they simplify EVERYTHING which will be good for new comers but not veterans. Recruiting is simplier and not so interesting, decisions on what to attack and how to attack is simplified which lessens the gaming experience, characters have less freedom on the map as simple small obsticles cant be overcomed (ie cant even jump over a small barrier or climb over a small wall), no character interactions and role playing aspects have been reduced to zero (ie conversations consists of clicking the first button without thinking)...etc etc...

3) There are no difficulty level setting (which will be bad for beginners?).

4) There are loads of annoying intro video which means you have to wait a while to actually get to the game. I just renamed these files so they no longer run.

My biggest complaint is that the whole game is simplified but the 3D realtime game style makes up for this. It is hugely additive and I will be playing this for a long time! I hope the next version will give the developers time to "unsimplify" things again.

Good game, highly recommend it.
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