Even if the regime is totally inept and corrupt, don't suppose for a moment that you as the liberator will be greeted with open arms. JAGGED ALLIANCE 2: WILDFIRE brings you back to Arulco. The population is being terrorized by a reckless army; in the meantime the main export goods are drugs.
User reviews: Mixed (294 reviews) - 67% of the 294 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 8, 2004

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Even if the regime is totally inept and corrupt, don't suppose for a moment that you as the liberator will be greeted with open arms.

JAGGED ALLIANCE 2: WILDFIRE brings you back to Arulco. The population is being terrorized by a reckless army; in the meantime the main export goods are drugs. Subversion and fraudulence has infiltrated all levels of local government and the ever-present Mafia has his fingers in many pies. You are working undercover on behalf of the US government and your goal is to destroy the mighty drug cartel. You'll need a skilled hand to put together the right team of mercenaries and the negotiating skills of a diplomat to get the sceptical population on to your side. You'll also need the strategic genius of a general and the fighting tactics of a guerrilla.

Should you fail, your "client" will deny all knowledge of your existence.

Jagged Alliance 2 Awards:


An exciting mix of strategy and role-playing that puts you in charge of a nation's fight for freedom. Your objectives are - to hire a core group of skilled professionals through A.I.M., the Association of International Mercenaries; to win the local population over to your side by displaying courage and loyalty; to train your men around the clock and then send them into dangerous missions and lethal fire fights and to conquer the depths of underground mines, reap their riches and discover their secrets. Each success will bring you closer to total victory, while each failure must be overcome with iron determination. Sometimes a tactical withdrawal can bring you more benefits than a battle for battle's sake. Retreat from one sector only to surprise the enemy by attacking on another flank. At the beginning, some of your enemy's bases may seem to be impregnable - but don't despair - you will have to become stronger step by step and slowly gain ground.


Only the best of strategy
  • Incomparable depth of gaming combined with a non-linear gameplay
  • A unique mixture of real time reconnaissance and turn based combat
  • You influence the smallest details of every tactical move

and role-play
  • Create your own optimal mercenary.
  • Interact with more than 150 characters.
  • Recruit teams of mercenaries all with their own unique personality.
  • The likes and dislikes of mercenaries between themselves influence the motivation and skill of a team.
  • Mercenaries have an excellent memory for the behavior of the gamer: Good and bad experiences have their own effect on the players game.
  • Three difficulty levels.


  • Up to 10 mercenaries in a team
  • 8 new playable mercenaries with individual histories
  • 230 new and reworked sectors: new settlements, increased building density
  • Varying landscapes with changing density of vegetation and new visual conditions in close combat.
  • All weapons and explosives have been newly balanced with absolutely authentic characteristics - Total realism in the combination of weapons and protection systems.
  • Realistic sound effects for a new, exciting and authentic game feeling
  • More than 20 new weapons: USP, Uzi, UMP, MP5A3, Mini-30, HK33, G36, MP7, MSG90, AN-94, RPK, V-94, VAL, VSS and over 150 new objects.
  • There are new opponents and unfortunately for the player they have become a lot tougher, cleverer and unscrupulous. Differing enemy behavior demands a higher quality of varying tactics and non-linear thinking.
  • Improved overview with a 1024 x 768 resolution

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS:XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor:Intel or AMD Singlecore CPU
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:3D Graphics card with DirectX support and 64 MB RAM
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1.5 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9 compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • OS:XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor:Intel or AMD Singlecore CPU
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:3D Graphics card with DirectX support and 128 MB RAM
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9 compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • OS:Snow Leopard
    • Processor:Intel Mac 2.GHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Per Pixel Shader 2.0
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • Sound:Soundcard with 5.1 Support
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • OS:Snow Leopard
    • Processor:Multicore CPU
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI/AMD Radeon X
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • Sound:Soundcard with 5.1 Support
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2015
ATTENTION! This game is not for casual gamers or people who like to be a badass superhero instead a real challenge!

Jagged Alliance 2: Wildfire is basically Jagged Alliance 2 on steroids


- More weapons than in the vanilla version of JA2
- All weapons are rebalanced
- Loads of new items
- A completely reworked map with more lively urban and more dense flora sectors
- Harder difficulty, wich forces you to use actual tactics due to...
- ...the fact that enemies will not behave in the same pattern like in JA2, there are different types of fiends that will use different, more sophisticated tactics which forces you to differ in terms of tactics and think outside the box more often (wich I really like! :)
- Side missions are actually important now
- New mercenarys (that replace old ones, its a Pro if you played JA2 a lot and want something new ;)
- Up to TEN mercenarys in one squad (instead of 6)


- Can be punishingly hard (Novice in JA2:W equals roughly Expert in JA2), especially for new players! I would recommend to start with JA2 if you are new to the franchise, unless you seek a challenge or you think that games like frozen synapse or commandos 2 are way too easy :D
- Sadly no Mod support
- Infinite stopwatch bug which lets the enemy stay in an infinite round and forces you to close the game (though rarely witnessed^^)

In terms of bugs, typos and poor voice acting and incompability...i played this game for uncounted hours with the retail version and ten hours with the steam version (on Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit) and it crashed only once or twice, there are a few bugs, but not gamebreaking ones and none that cant be fixed by reloading an earlier safegame, except the infinite stopwatch bug which only occurs rarely :P
The voice acting is quite amateurlike but in a likable way, afterall this is basically a Mod plus, the voiceacting of the vanilla JA2 isnt good either but afterall very likable and characteristic and...this game doesnt take itself too seriously all the time whatsoever, the overacted dubbing, borderline stereotypical characters and the sci-fi setting are proof enough for that ;)

So overall, this is a game for fans of the franchise, the genre, a challenging experience or strategiefreaks :)
If it werent for the 1.13 mod for JA2:Gold, i would say that Wildfire is the best installment of the Jagged Alliance franchise...at least in my humble opinion :3

I Hope this review helps somebody to decide if you should buy this or not :)
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44 of 61 people (72%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2015
This game is for JA veterans only. A first timer does not stand a chance...

Positive: Much more gear, although a lot is useless. New, larger maps (but it's in the negatives as well)


- Difficulty set for the kind of people who don't mind re-trying 200 times the same map: Very, very few characters starting with a decent gun. Enemy who snipes you with handguns while your entire team can't manage to get a shot on him with assault guns. Really stupid cover system, way too random (Especially the roof bonus), every map from the beginning is very large, and you are massively outnumbered from the very start. That is the easy mode.....

If you like having fun in your games, forget it. This one is only for people who enjoy pure challenge and don't care about the game itself.

- The re-voicing of some characters absolutely pathetic. Dialogue changes are made by people with no writing talent whatsoever. You already loose a lot of what made JA2 so great.

- The game feels like a very amateurish mod. Patchy, inconsistent (new items and faces have a totally different style of graphics compared to the old ones etc), terrible balance and difficulty management. Calling a quasi-undoable mode 'easy' makes me think to these arrogant teens who plague the MMORPG.

- The maps are so large that you need HOURS just for the very first steps of the game. Exploring the map for loot is as fun as washing every single car in a large parking lot.

- The high resolution graphics, as usual with the amateur mods, only makes everything much, much smaller. Better not have eye fatigue issues.... Come back to the original JA and it all feels soooo comfortable suddenly despite the late 90's graphics.

- The original graphics are dated, but they were proper graphics. The new stuff (especially weapons and the map) uses a better resolution, but look really silly (The new guns are blue?? Nope, it's to show a reflection effect. Are these multicolor LEDs on the guns??? Nope, bad reflection effects, again). The portraits could be allright if they were not in such a different style compared to the ones from the original JA2.

- The characters personnality lost all interest with the new guys. They are just a caricature of the existing content, clearly made by people with no writing skills.

- Iimagine your team in a good ambush position being slaughtered by a few underarmed sitting ducks... It does not always happen, but it does happens regularly.

- If you don't know already every game mechanic by heart, forget it... You won't learn them because you will be slaughtered in no time.

- Nothing more frustrating than a very addictive game making you mad because of some really stupid ideas that ruin everything... Not only you rage-quit, but you rage-quit a game that you want so much to play.

Well, forget it unless you think that the original JA2 is way too easy, and you don't care about anything else but a harder version of JA2 with new maps.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
99.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
Wildfire in its core is a major community made update to the Jagged Alliance 2, the king of the turn-based squad-sized tactical games.

There, in the Wildfire modification, we simply got a much more real-deal bang of firefights, more guns with more natural stats, more deepness in the economic model, refurbished layouts in the every sector, and more of fixed code, that was not perfect in the JA2. You know, those little bugs, which are not worth for a direct patch, but still troubles when you meet them.

I repeat it in the usual pro/contra manner:

+ Almost the same refined JA2 experience from the original game. Yet we have new economic system and difficulty of the game was raised significantly because of better and more complicated AI behavior. That means – even more tactical thinking is required.

+ By “Refurbished layouts” I mean rewritten maps, with changed buildings and other stuff in the sectors. That was done in favor of the possibility to take upper hand using different stages/floors of the buildings – which is certainly better than usual 1-floored flat-ground firefight experience.

+ Speaking of firefights, enemies learned new tricks with maneuvering, and items using. Expect more challenges, more ambushes and traps (and also mine fields, fences, watchtowers, perimeter lighting, and alarms), more soldiers with better brains and much more wild and rapid fire on your way through Arulco.

+ To the lovers of the boomsticks, there was added a plenty of them, all with real-world stats, sounds and behavior.

+ Some newer team-mates were also added, to make new combinations and getting newer experience

+ In comparison with the JA2 Gold edition without unofficial 1.13 patch, you’ll get a better visuals and compatibility with higher resolutions

- Some fans of the original JA2 may find it hard to adopt newer additions in the economics or in the difficulty settings

- Even with all thorough work made above code of JA2 in Wildfire 6, game still crushes and lags too often for a stable project

- Some quests remained the same, and some were remade – and if it were about new voice acting, that was done badly, due the lack of pro actors for voicing anew

For new players, or for those who were not hard in love with original JA2, this mod will be over-the-head hard experience of being outnumbered and outgunned. And, again, crush of the game in the last phase of the long-going battle for the first airport killed many amateurs hopes for making a quick run through. Face it – it is a project for hard-headed fans of old-school turn-base. You can spend a dozen of hours clearing one sector there – and no, you’ll not get an achievement badge after success. Nobody will know, nobody will care, I fear. That’s the final blow of realism that game can offer.

In the end, I’ll give Wildfire 7.5/10 – because I love turn-based games and hard, but obtainable challenges. As a recommendation, I’ll suggest to try the vanilla JA2 first, add 1.13 patch after it, and only then, if you still be in pursuit of another go through Arulco, try Wildfire. Just try to get a normal life before – who knows? Maybe you’ll succeed and not be in that much awe of such tenacious time-killers, as that game there.
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2015
be suree to run the oldest version of windows, because it will not work with windows 8.1 or windows 10, with no solution in sight. the game is great, support to get it working is not.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2015
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME! It freezes, glitches, and is jsut not worth it. BUY THE ORIGNIAL JAGGED ALLIANCE 2 instead !
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