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  • Summary: Brigade E5: New Jagged Union is set in the fictional, small tropical country of Palinero. Players are required to assemble a band of mercenaries and take control of a rapidly deteriorating situation in order to survive the imminent civil war and avoid having their country left in completeBrigade E5: New Jagged Union is set in the fictional, small tropical country of Palinero. Players are required to assemble a band of mercenaries and take control of a rapidly deteriorating situation in order to survive the imminent civil war and avoid having their country left in complete ruins. Brigade E5: New Jagged Union is a tactical strategy title. The story offers players the opportunity to experience three different viewpoints of the conflict, or work outside the political structure to achieve their own goals towards global domination. Game play for the title is based on an innovative combat system called SPM (Smart Pause Mode) that successfully blends together the elements of both real-time and turn-based games. [Strategy First, Inc.] Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 6 out of 9
  1. Brigade E5: New Jagged Union tries to revitalize a struggling genre, but gets almost nothing right. There are some nice customization options available, but that's about it. Combat is not fun at all, and the bad camera views and Playstation 1 era graphics only make things worse.
  2. Brigade E5 has the biggest choice of weapons and equipment I have seen in any video game and it is all usable. That in itself says a lot toward the game and its potential even though it does have some larger problems.
  3. My instinct is that, despite BE5’s flaws, it might have potential for modding or for higher quality sequels.
  4. The game looks and plays cheaply and lacks direction. Players waste time trying to conduct solo missions early on when the heart of this game focus on squad tactics. Terrible translations, boring environments and unintelligent enemies further ruin the experience.
  5. Even if the game falls apart fairly quickly, and has bugs and interface quirks that make the main story borderline unplayable, it still deserves a measure of attention and admiration.
  6. New Jagged Union is not merely a bad game when compared to its peers, but it is a bad game when compared to any titles released in the last several years. I cannot, in good faith, advise any fan of tactical strategy to make this a purchase.
  7. While this game may look good in screenshots, it’s an absolute bore.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. TomB.
    Feb 24, 2007
    10
    Camera control does take some getting used to, along with some other features. Amazing combat though. Awesome weapons and realism. Best game Camera control does take some getting used to, along with some other features. Amazing combat though. Awesome weapons and realism. Best game most people will never hear of. Totally addicted! Expand
  2. Dan
    Sep 13, 2006
    10
    Best tactics I've ever seen!
  3. Tepeze
    Oct 24, 2006
    10
    Combat engine totally rocks! Buy this game.
  4. XmAnXmAn
    Dec 12, 2005
    9
    If you like Jagged, it's your game!
  5. Nathan
    Oct 23, 2006
    9
    Fairly solid game. Much more realistic than JA2 but elements of the story and some NPCs are not as fleshed out as they were in JA2. Tactical Fairly solid game. Much more realistic than JA2 but elements of the story and some NPCs are not as fleshed out as they were in JA2. Tactical combat is what this game is really about, however, and in that department it shines. This game is NOT for the faint of heart. Unless you know a good deal about cover, concealment, suppression, and close quarters fighting things may potentially be very bad for you when you first start playing. These can all be learned with experience, of course. Expand
  6. HarryP.
    Jan 23, 2007
    8
    Minuses: Lack of immersion like JA2, NPC and merc interactions Pluses: Tactical simulation, Weapons selection, able to set options to have Minuses: Lack of immersion like JA2, NPC and merc interactions Pluses: Tactical simulation, Weapons selection, able to set options to have very realistic combat. Expand
  7. JustMe
    Jan 18, 2007
    1
    There is nothing superb about this "installment in the JA series". Control, cameras, action, you name it - it's a miss. I cannot There is nothing superb about this "installment in the JA series". Control, cameras, action, you name it - it's a miss. I cannot understand how anyone with ANY experience in TBS can enjoy this fuming heap. Silent Storm still rocks the socks off of this alpha stageish "release", and SS(S) has been around for quite a while now. One point for the arsenal. Expand

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