Jagged Alliance: LOST CONTROL - A game made by FULL CONTROL.
Short version: This game is a big disappointment.
I had a bad feeling about the game when I watched the videos of the Alpha version, then I thought, well the game was still pretty far from finish maybe things would turn out to be better (and it came out yesterday).
Despite the plastic 3D-models and UI designed by some "Hello world!" level programmer, the tactical part of the game is not there at all. It plays like a cheap clone of XCOM with that half-shield/full-shield mark when you take cover but note that you can't do any smart shooting behind an object. The object just block both line of fire and line of sight of yours and enemies'. The whole combat part is to play the "move from a cover to another cover" thing. Enemy duck down, you crawl down, stand up, move a bit, duck down, blah blah blah. I cleared the 1st town with only my IMP merc and not got shot once (default difficulty). I would be grinded to meat pieces if it's a similar situation in JA2.
One funny thing is that enemies tends to rush to your face and not doing anything, I assume they don't plan their AP very well? Remember how you get beaten up by the melee/sprayer enemies in JA2? It's not likely to happen in this game unless you are very very reckless and do nothing when enemies come to you. After you hit them, they sometimes stand in the open ground and do not move. Sometimes they run back and forth a bit. Sometimes it says "Panic" and the wounded enemy run to some random directions. So they behaved like Kamikaze-commandos then suddenly became cowards? Do they have a political commissar kicking their ♥♥♥ but has a limited area of effects?
Sometimes I just rush with all team members when there are few enemies left (remember how cautious you were when getting the last rats in every battle in JA2?), because getting hit is not that lethal at all, since you heal even faster than Wolverine in X-Men. Btw: Sometimes you can have >100% chance of hit. How is that possible? During battles, sometimes when you change the direction your merc is facing, you quit the combat mode, and it says ENEMY CONTACT LOST. It's really confusing.
Enemy will attack the land you occupied very quickly. Once they sent the troops and headed to my land, so I send my team to chase after them. They took down the millitias I trained, I felt so bad about it and I wanted to avenge them. There were at least 10 enemies in their troops so I was preparing for a bad fight. Then, after they took the last pieces of my land, they vanished from the map!!! I felt like a dog chasing a vanishing sausage.
Scripts & story:
You start with receiving some mysterious radio distress from someone and you must kill some evil Prince who is rich and bad. The whole intro feels pale and vague. The scripts of the game were written by some guys who thinks he/she is humorous but there were no humor at all. It doesn't stop mentionning Lynx banging Buzz, or Ivan drinking vodka while loading the game, trying desperately to hook up with old fans of JA series. Not a nice trying I'd say. Even in the very beginning of the game, in the IMP text, I saw they spelled "rathar than" as "rather then". Ye, English is not my 1st language either.
Short version: It's cramped.
You can't interact with most part of the world. I didn't figure out how to jump over a short wall or fence, or jump on the roofs of houses. You can't shoot dead bodies or break a window or open/close a door. Full Control promised many things in the begninning. You can check them here:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2079547763/jagged-alliance-flashback
Did they have the things they promised in the final game? Ok let's check with "Destructible Environments" first since it's the update1:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2079547763/jagged-alliance-flashback/posts/462594
I tried throwing grenades to various things, including wooden barrels, wooden fences, walls, sofas, tires, rocks, sandbags, cows and pigs.... and nothing got destroyed. The only thing I destroyed with grenades is a huge sun umbrella, it looks like the one in the main title screen.
There are lots of animals roaming around on the island. I mean LOTS of, cow, sheeps, pigs, chickens, birds..it feels like an island version of Mongolia. Why do people fight when they are so rich? Don't the evil Prince have feasts with his pawns? Are they all vegans? I tried to kill the cows in the game, but found out that you can't. Even grenade can't kill a pig or a chicken. Not to mention that I want to boost up my strength by punching them! However, you can use the bodies of cows or pigs as cover! Try to lean your body on a pig in real life, please. And don't do it in front of your neighbours.
You can stand in fires and not get burnt.
You can't loot the civillian houses, because in 1988 people were as poor as ♥♥♥♥, there are nothing in their houses. Only in one or two houses out of 20 you can find a case containing some loots. Most NPCs are filled with random taglines, like "Hola" "Can I touch you?". Why the heck you want to touch me?? Also there are side missions like "Please sleep with my wife so I can work". Hmmm, the island dwellers are really friendly aren't they? One thing is really annoying, you must face the directions of the NPCs to see them. No, standing around them is not enough. The town people duck down when you fight your enemies and refuse to talk to you. They don't really need to, because they are as invincible as the animals, but you can't use their bodies as covers.
I hired Buzz and she has less than 10 taglines, and she sounded like a buffalo with a cold. Then I hired Lynx, thought maybe he would spice things up a bit. But nothing happens. Where is the banging part they mentioned before?? They don't even talk to each other! Later I learned that merc Vicky Waters from JA&JA2 is a farmer's daughter. Is that Fallout-looking wrecked car shell in the northern farm supposed to be a 1964 Chevy? It doesn't look like one. Later I saw the Danish girl Monica "Buns" Sondergaard, yes the annoying kindergarten teacher (but I like her) being some local gangster's body guard. I thought she was 12 years old in 1988?
Btw: when you hire someone by calling them, they appear in front of you right after. Are they paratroopers already? Or are they waiting on some satelite and got beamed down to you?
When you talk to recruit-able NPCs, you can ask telephone numbers so you can recruit them later. Then the NPCs vanish in front of you!!! What the heck is that? I want to master that skill too, so I can FLASH to the BACK of the evil Princes and a**l them with the tampon-looking bandage!
On the Steam community people say things like, oh they are a small studio and they lacked money. You know, they missed the cheapeast things to add in this game, the highest value for money things in this game --- All the interesting details that exist in JA2, and they somehow promised to create them in this game.
I donated 25USD because it lit up my hope to see a better new JA game. I'm going back to JA2 now.