The original Jagged Alliance is an old-fashioned turn-based tactical game from the 1990s. The content is to form a coveted team of mercenaries from the catalog, just like you are browsing Amazon to find a killer. Each of the 60 talkative mercenaries has a history, and although they will help you retake Metavira Island department by department, they do not all get along well. Competition has erupted, and some people are asking for a raise, quitting if you fire their friends, or ignoring orders if you don’t let them kill an enemy. Managing their fickle personalities is just as important as setting action points.
After the 2004 Jagged Alliance 2: Wildfire, the series was silent for several years. Although very suitable for the revival of the XCOM style, the recent follow-ups Jagged Alliance Online, Jagged Alliance: Operation Return, Jagged Alliance Flashback, and Jagged Alliance: Wrath! All have been treated badly.
The series is now run by Haemimont Games, the Bulgarian studio responsible for Tropico 3, 4 and 5 as well as Surviving Mars and Victor Vran. Haemimont will obviously “eventually create a true successor to the beloved series”. Dare we have high hopes?
According to the press release, “Iron Alliance 3 combines tactical depth of turn-based combat with exploration of the large game world and strategic elements, including controlling territory, training local troops, and selecting multiple squads from beloved mercenaries-everything Very good, fans of the series know.” So far it sounds good, like the mention of “looting and customizing your arsenal”, which is part of the appeal of the original version. It will also have cooperative multiplayer games.
Some familiar faces appeared in the trailer, the mercenaries Vicki Waters, Ivan Dolvich and “Bomberman” Fidel Dahan, who once again photographed a fictional country. This time it was Grand Chien, “a land that fell into chaos after a brutal paramilitary force called the’legion’ took over.”
The gameplay seems to be a fusion of Firaxis XCOM’s fashion and modernity with the details of the zigzag alliance-the character spends action points and targets various body parts. Fidel uses a “signature ability” that allows him to throw two grenades at a time, which seems to fit the role, and the mercenary catalog includes more veterans, such as Tex, Igor, Wolf, Hitman, Red, Steroid, MD and Buns.
I still have questions about which features of the early games will appear. Can I lie on my stomach? Can you mix your own Molotov cocktail? If you are too lazy to open the lock, can you open the door with a grenade? They are not all essential, but they will be good. I want to believe that this series will be great again, but I have been burned before.
Jagged Alliance 3 has no release date yet, but you can get Jagged Alliance 1: Gold Edition for free steam Until September 23.