Excerpt: Downloadable Content or DLCs seem to be de rigueur
for most PC games these days and the types of DLCs range from simple add-ons
and weapon packs to what we used to call “expansion packs”--expanding the
original premise of the game considerably.
Excerpt: Every since playing Strike Commander back in the old DOS days, I've always had a soft spot in my heart for games that allow you to run a mercenary organization. Whether it be a flight sim ( Strike Commander still needs a remake, damn it!
Excerpt: Turn based strategy games require certain degrees of patience, planning and some tactical decisions. This level of unit command and control is what made games like the original XCOM and Jagged Alliance so popular, but Back in Action has changed their mantra.
Excerpt: One of the very first games I played on the first 'modern' game computer I ever owned, a supped-up 486, was Jagged Alliance. The game had it all. Tactical combat. Lots of cool guns. Mercenaries as characters who all had unique personalities and voices.
Summary: Ask any old-school PC gamer about his favorite tactical games, and more often than not you'll find a Jagged Alliance title near the top of the list. It's a name held in nearly as high regard as X-COM or Syndicate, and for good reason.
Pros: One of very few recent offerings in the Tactical RPG genre, lots of challenge, long play time
Cons: Terrible voice acting, poor game balance, weapon variety is an illusion, terrain is impossible to read, enemies are overpowered too early on, 3D graphics are lost in isometric view, squad management is terrible... I could actually complain about more, but I'm losing my will to live.
Excerpt: John Thompson gets 'back in action' with the latest release of the revamped classic that puts players in control of mercenaries to free an island from tyranny. Is it a job worth of the A-Team?
Excerpt: The tiny but mineral-rich Caribbean islet of Arulco sits under the baking sun, blue skies and jackbooted heel of its insidious dictator, the evil queen Deidranna Rietman. Its populace is starving and working in indentured servitude to Reitman, who sucks the island’s mines dry while padding her...
Summary: The Jagged Alliance series has always been about small squad tactics with a dash of resource management thrown in for spice. “Jagged Alliance: Back in Action” (JABIA) knew a good thing when it saw it and has not discarded these basic building blocks.