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Evil3d.Net: Linux Jagged Alliance2 Review

Jul 28, 2001, 21:38 (2 Talkback[s])
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"When it comes to PC games, the strategy genre is about one of the oldest out there, next to the text based adventure. Through the years, two distinct divisions have emerged; real time and turn based. As more games emerged in each division, the push for more detail and realism is what set apart the bargain bin titles from the "must haves". In July of 1999, Sirtech released Jagged Alliance 2 which became one of those "must have" titles. The award winning game has now been ported to the Linux platform by Tribsoft, backed by publisher Titan Computer.

Jagged Alliance 2, [JA2], is a turned based strategy taking place in the fictitious country of Arulco. The goal is to liberate Arulco from the clutches of a "driven bitch" of a dictator. While the country isn't real, JA2 strives for realism in most all other aspects. If one prefers a more sci-fi game play style, that option is available. Also selectable are difficulty levels, amount of weapons and some extra difficulty options. By using a nonlinear game play style, the player is allowed to think through the game and move at a personally comfortable pace. Included are over 150 characters and mercenaries with unique looks are personalities. These extra give JA2 a high level of repeat playability and depth.

When one purchases JA2, they get a DVD style case, two CDs, and a ~50 page manual to go along with it. Two CDs? Yes. Tribsoft decided to go with the dual set, one for installation and the other for data. Interestingly, they also decided on the dreaded "must have CD inserted" method of anti-piracy instead of a CD key [see the Tribsoft forums to alleviate this]. The manual is quite helpful and even walks one through the start of the mission. For newbies, the manual is one thing not to lose as it is a great reference in times of need."

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