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Jagged Alliance: Back in Action
2 September 2013
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. Sir-Tech's classic series combined impressive depth with character and personality, cementing its place in the pantheon of all-time PC greats.
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. Jagged Alliance: Back in Action is the latest title in much loved classic Jagged Alliance series.
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: When it comes to the complex, tactical games of yesteryear, many have either evolved or been remade into simpler versions of themselves. Games such as Rainbow Six and Fallout once demanded greater tactical resolve. Jagged Alliance: Back in Action is the sequel that does not break down in the face of scripted set pieces, but rather holds onto its desire to be a complex, tactical game. The problems that litter the game are miniscule in size, maximum in number.
Excerpt: It’s a surprisingly hard life being a tyrannical despot, you know. Leading a democracy is pretty simple by comparison. In a democracy you’ve always got until the next election to cheer people up, and if you muck it up really badly you’re likely to have a lucrative after-dinner speaking career to fall back on. Tyrants, though? Everyone’s all smiles and “yes, sir”s, until they’re not. Then it’s a MAC-10 to the back of the neck and that’s all she wrote.
Pros: Tactics can be fun, Tons of gear, Management adds depth
Summary: Jagged Alliance: Back in Action is a game whose potent post-patch potential buoys its otherwise limp arrival. The framework for an exceptional tactical strategy game is in place, but it’s hampered by so many time-consuming chores and head-scratching implementations that it will be too rough around the edges for many.
Excerpt: Ночь, Прага, на мосту встречаются двое: помятый мужчина в пальто и шляпе и крепкий парнишка без особых примет. Первый суетливо впихивает подошедшему в руку мешочек с бриллиантами: «Это все, что у меня осталось. Освободите мою страну». Второй, не говоря ни слова, забирает платеж и растворяется во тьме: вольные стрелки лишних вопросов не задают.
Conclusion: Wer hoch nach oben will, muss lange beim Fundament verweilen. Diese Faustregel haben die Entwickler von Jagged Alliance: Back in Action nicht beherzigt: Sie schaffen es, die Komplexität eines Spiels zu reduzieren und es gleichzeitig komplizierter zu machen.