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Jagged Alliance 2 Gold Pack
- Over 150 unique characters with distinct personalities Mercenaries run, duck, climb and crawl as they battle hordes of well-armed enemies Lay down cover fire, cut vital supply lines, and capture and command combat vehicles
- Create you own custom mercenary by selecting abilities and personality traits Play at your own pace using advanced time-compression feature
- Venture deep into underground mines, rendered with stunning dynamic lighting effects Liberate a shattered nation town by town with the help of mercenaries, scientists, and militias built of loyal townspeople
- Amazingly detailed universe with true-to-life line-of-sight and spectacular high-resolution graphics Listen as your team comes to life with more than 10,000 lines of spoken dialogue
- Multiple settings including day-to-night, rooftops, and underground caverns
- Platform: Windows Vista / 7 / XP
- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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Jagged Alliance 2 Gold Pack, featuring the wildly popular strategy title Jagged Alliance 2 and its mini-sequel, Unfinished Business, immerses you into an elaborate role-playing universe where you will interact with more than 150 characters, recruit your own band of soldiers and create your own custom mercenary to win back Arulco - not once, but twice! The perfect blend of strategy, role-playing and tactical combat!
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The biggest mistake, not so much in making the game itself, but in Microsoft's "Vista", is the inability to play several games, including this one. So, if all you have is Vista, save your money. The game IS good enough, however, that I took the time to rifle through old computers of mine and slapped together a working version of XP with an old P4 chip.
For the price, it's an absolute steal. This game gave me likely 60 hours of fun. That's about $0.17 per hour of game play. You can't beat that with a stick!
The game is great in it's initial offering but the real fun comes from all of the modifications you can find for free online. The best one out there was made by the JA2 community and is called version 1.13 (1.12 was the last update released by the OEM), it increases the resolution and adds several modifyable dynamics to the game including mobile militia and hundreds of real world weapons, ammo types, gear, ruck sacks, assault packs, etc. I have had this game for 12 years and find myself getting bored of it enough to put it in a drawer somewhere only to dig it out a few month later and spend another 50+ hours playing it from start to finish.
The comparison to Silent Storm in the other review doesnt do JA2 justice; Silent Storm was enjoyable but it had that typical rough-edged, forcefully changed from Russian to English effect that seems to hover over all current games of the same type, including the latest Jagged Alliance: Back in Action that seems to try to dumb down a lot of the action as well. Sure, JA2 was difficult, but that was because it required you to think. Throughout the game you will have to manage resources including funds, equipment, and personnel while constantly facing a numerically and techknowlogically superior adversary; You have to adjust your tactics constantly in order to overcome these issues. Once you begin to progress through the story you will find the lopsided-ness of each tactical encounter begin to diminish until you are finally able to send it some top-tier operators with excellent weapons, virtually unstopable... well, at least until you find what is waiting on the outskirts of Meduna. Hint: Bring something big;)
Anyway... Jagged Alliance 2 is much more like Fallout 1 and 2 then it is like Jagged Alliance Deadly games. You still get to build a team from a big merc pool like in Deadly games, but like Fallout, there is an actual storyline to drive the game as well as a large map to explore.
As I said in the title, this game is "A tough classic". Newcomers to the Jagged Alliance series may be overwhelmed by the difficulty and lack of direction. In fact, this is one of the few games I had to use a walkthrough in order to figure out what to do next. I hate to admit that because I almost never use a walkthrough for any game. However, even with a walkthrough this game is still very difficult requiring you to save and reload often.
This may be common sense but I will say it anyway. if you are not sure about how to get older games to run on newer equipment, you may want to avoid purchasing this title. It installed and ran just fine on my XP based system, but required me to jump through a few hoops to get it to work on my Windows 7 based system.
All in all, this is a great challenging game for those who are bored of the easy games companies push out nowadays. Play it without the walktrough and you will most likely give up due to frustration. Play it with the walktrough and you will find one of those classic gems you were looking for.
Ahh, the memories of this game...