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: Mostly Positive (133 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 8, 2004

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About This Game

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:

Gameplay

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.

FEATURES:

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.

NEW IN WILDFIRE:


  • 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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
69.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Old game, but still one of my favourites.

It is way better than the newer versions and once you get past that newbiephase you'll actually start kicking ♥♥♥ in this game!

One tip for potential buyers: this game is very very hard, you might want to look into a walkthrough..
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Does not work on Windows 8 and the workarounds posted still have not resolved the issue. Thus until i get it to actually be able to run. Waste of money and a thumbs down. Will post an update if i ever get it to work.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
52.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
As good as it was when it 1st came out and still very re-playable. The ONLY thing I miss is the money cheat. The good mercs are too expensive and the cheaper mercs can't shoot worth a dam.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
It can't run on windows 8! I would of rather got a hooker! (Cheap Hooker Only)
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16.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
This game is only for extreme diehards of the original. The difficulty setting is set way too hard. It does not ramp up as it should. Worse, the game seems to autolevel the opponents. Start the game with some wannabes and your opposition is chaff with mostly pistols (still super tough since they will hit you more than you hit them and they are more numerous). Come in with some vets on short contracts and suddenly the enemy all has shotguns and hand cannons. You seem to get punished for strategy. The most infuriating thing about the game is that your best mercs can't hit ♥♥♥♥! 96% accuracy you say? bah, you'll be lucky to hit 1 shot out of 10. This leaves you too much at the mercy of the RNG.
I'm a huge fan of the series and even the original JA2, but the play balance is completely off in this game for me to recommend it.
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51 of 56 people (91%) found this review helpful
40.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
19 Hours in on steam, Many 100+ hours on my old pc, Pre-Steam

This is maybe to old for some people, but some of us grew up with Fallout 1&2, Jagged alliance, Diablo and i, to this day hold SHADOWRUN pretty high on my favorite game list! Than this game, from 2004 hit me right on the spot
if you not gonna put your time into this game, dont bother. If you like try and fail, not affraid to just be put right into the battlefield and not know if you made up the right team or not, setting up tactical situations, and be extra proud when you pull of smashing trough tough enemy defencives, than THIS GAME IS FOR YOU!
I love this game! This is OLD SCHOOL. IF YOU NOT UP TO THE CHALLENGE, GO BACK TO CALL OF DUTY
if you get the hang of it, its gonna be one of those game's you remember for the rest of your life
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68 of 93 people (73%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Elliot! You idiot!
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
A mercenary/revolution/coup simulator.

If you have the patience for it, this game is STILL an absolute champion-belt and -title defending classic.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
48.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Many reviews here is from unexperienced player and people that can't read.
This game does not support Windows 8 by itself, and it is clearly shown that you should have win xp vista or win 7.

Someone also complains about the resolution, this game is made long long time ago, the graphics were actually quite good at the time of the release of this game.

It is true that there is no real tutorial to this game, but there never was, if you need one you just need to google it, or watch gameplay of it. Its not really that hard of a game.




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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
I bought this for the (normal?) price of $6.99. Two days later, it's on sale for $0.97. My timing stinks, but the game rocks.

I know lots of people prefer the 1.13 style, but Wildfire keeps all of the challenges of the original JA2 and steps it up a notch. I can breeze through an experienced game of 1.13 JA2, but not so much with WF. Glad I ran across this on Steam, I just wish I'd waited two days to buy it.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
37.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
"The Legendary Tactical Turn Base + More Goodie"

Same JA2 feeling, a bit harder and more guns!

I have no issue running this game on Windows 7.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
I've only played this version a bit - but I put several hundred hours into JA 2 - ( not Wildfire ) and this is the same game - with some enhancements and bug fixes. I'm really not into RPG generally but I love 3rd person tactical play which this does very well and it makes a nice combination.

It's a long game and even on easy it's hard so choose accordingly as it cannot be changed mid game - some tips for playing - make sure you get "Steroid" the Arnie imitiation is the best voice character in the game. Choose plenty of guns for a wide choice. And if you liked the movie "Them" make sure you choose Sci-fi on. Thats opens up a whole quest involving the mines and what's down there. The end game is incredibly hard as are the inbred hillbillys if you shoot at any of them. Watch that your mercs get along or you'll have problems later.
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32 of 56 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Very bad Windows 8 support. I got performance issues (as if it is 1999 all over again. It slows down so much, mouse is barely controllable, turns take a lot of time) and game crushes if you minimize it. Best game ever made, but unfortunately, it is unplayable on Windows 8 :(

Ok. Today is 10/12/2014. I read all the comments and decided to try again. Installed it, found .exe file of the game, set compatibility to WinXp aaaaaaaand it froze. Black screen. Not responding. To be perfectly clear, game is great and I have spent a lot of time playing this game (in the past).

If I have to go and modify files, set affinity or do something else, then this is a bad service. Bad service by steam standards.

If you are reading this, keep in mind, that 1/3 of all helpful reviews about “the game won’t even start”.
Game is great but this particular issue is a sad attempt to cash in on a great game. Honestly, they should fix it first.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Jagged Alliance is a very fun game if you like old school squad-based action that takes a good amount of skill and preplanning.

Upon starting, you create a character and have enough funds to hire a couple of mercenaries to accompany you on your missions. When recruiting, you can select whether you want a mercenary to join you for a day, week, or longer. You can also choose to outfit them with their preferred equipment, or equip them from your own stock. Each mercenary comes with a specialized role and relevant skills (+ equipment if you choose to pay for it).

I've played a lot of Fallout, especially Brotherhood of Steel, and I am fairly adept at those games.

In Wildfire, not so much.

Action points limit how far you can move/shoot, etc per turn, and fog of war prevents you from spotting any enemies outside of your party's field of vision. The feedback for weapon accuracy/chance to hit is very helpful, however, it should be noted that on Windows 7 and above you need to manually patch your game in order to fix the bullet drag animations (it is REALLY slow otherwise).

Aesthetics provide a good deal of nostalgia for veterans of older squad-based games, and the comments each mercenary makes when you are attempting to hire them adds nice flavor. The learning curve can be a bit rough if you are not already familiar with playing squad-based tactical games, and the tutorial definitely does not hold your hand. Character death is brutal, as there is no way to revive your downed teammates.

Character skill upgrading is pretty diverse, allowing you to completely remove skill from an area if you do not care about it (ex: putting first aid at "0" will effectively make your medkits useless).

Recommend giving it a try if you want a real challenge and do not care about dated graphics.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Such a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ version. When they mean harder enemies they mean regular soldiers that can spot out your camoflauge guys at night, while your guys are prone, a mile away. Also 90% of the time their guys will always get the jump on yours. Their bases have mines that won't get picked up even by the best explosives expert. So trying to avoid the main gate is not an option. The enemy also has ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ shooting skills that will hit your guys at a distance with handguns. Would not recommend at all. Save yourself some frustration and skip this game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
This is my ChildHOOD game its best shooting strategy playd this game too mutch times so i like it more and more!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Good game, old school turn based.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
My character was too weak to carry any weapon.
With simple pistol in hands she was falling on ground all time.
She needed to rest for 30mins to be able to walk for 30sec.

10/10
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14 of 27 people (52%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
This game crashes before it even starts on Windows 8.1. Nothing fixes it. Don't buy this.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
135.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
An old classic turn based rpg and strategy. Probably one of the best turn based games of all time...A little old school and new combined into a game that has great depth and replayability. Interesting and creative charicters and often funny (grave yard humor mostly but still good for a chuckle.) Enjoy!
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