Jagged Alliance is a turn-based man-to-man combat game with an emphasis on fun rather than strict realism. The player has been hired to take back control of the island of Metavira. You must select (and pay for) the mercenary force which will carry out the mission. During the campaign, other missions will arise. Each of the 60 mercenaries you may select from have their own personalities and skills. They also have unique voices and will speak to your throughout the game. The battle is viewed from a bird's-eye perspective and the player's visibility is limited to what the characters in the field can and cannot see, making cautious tactics mandatory. Three skill levels are available, and the game features a large amount of digitized audio and speech.
The land of Metavira needs your help! Contract additional mercenaries as you explore, capture, and hold new territory so the natives can harvest the valuable trees from which a revolutionary medicine can be extracted. The more trees you hold, the more money you make. The more money you have, the more you can do, such as hire native guards, hire more mercs, in order to take the offense and clear the sector of enemies. You will also need to retrieve certain objects from behind enemy lines, rescue captured personnel, capture equipment, and more. Hire a good mechanic in order to get your equipment and guns repaired, and to "enhance" them with various add-ons. Travel through lush jungles, treacherous rivers (with venomous snakes!), and more as you seek to free Metavira. Eventually, you'll meet up with the bad guys' leader in his compound for the final showdown...
Jagged Alliance is a turn-based tactical combat game with a mixture of strategy, reminiscent of X-Com games. On the "strategic view", you get to see the various sectors of Metavira. You start with just one sector, with a few trees for your income. You need to hold more sectors in order to increase the number of trees you hold, which will increase your income. You can hire/fire mercs.
This is the first part of one of the greatest series in turn-based games. In Jagged Alliance just as in UFO: Enemy Unknown you get a number of points per person you choose, which you can use to move, shoot and so on. Differance here is you hire mercenaries for your hard earned cash. There are a lot of different personalities and skill levels to choose from, some of which won't be interested in joining you until later in the game. It's important to have a balanced team, 8 heavy shooters might sound as a good idea but if one of them is injured or a lock needs to be picked you won't have the right members to do a good job.
As for the story-line it's straight-forward as well as unique, so I'd suggest you just watch the intro and the information you get at the start. In short the island you're on is built up of "mini-maps" or sectors which contain the precious trees that produce the sap that you need. This sap is refined only in couple of plants, so you have to take control of as many of these as the game progresses. The general idea is to move from one sector to another, engage the guards there, and efter getting rid of them search through the buildings and bodies to get the artifacts you need. But watch out, when the enemy attacks your sectors you need to have guards of your own, which cost money and lower the cash you have for hiring mercenaries.
A great side of this game is the freedom you have of manufacturing your own guns, rifles, armors etc. which is done with the objects you find in the sectors. You can put scopes on rifles, create almost inpenetrable body armor or just mix a good old molotov cocktail together, the choice is yours.
In closing this is one of my absolute favourite oldie because of the freedom of play, solid graphics & sound, and the fun and original merc personalities. If you don't know what I'm talking about, just bring Ivan and Fidel out on a mission...
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