Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. New mercenaries, new toys, new game engine, an enhanced role-playing aspect, and more combat options combine to make this another winner from Sir-Tech.
  2. If you loved JA2 (like I did), then you owe it to yourself to play this. If you hated JA2, though, there is nothing in this that will make you change your mind: in fact, the higher linearity (compared to JA2) will likely turn you off even more, and you are probably better off waiting for JA3, whenever that will be.
  3. New players to the genre might be put off by the learning curve and difficulty level, but if they stick with it (and practice) they will start to have fun. Serious players will like the chance to sink their teeth into a good turn-based game.
  4. Though hampered by terrible graphics, a lack of multiplayer and a few gameplay problems could not keep us from being impressed by Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business.
  5. 80
    A more streamlined effort that emphasizes interaction with your handpicked team of mercenaries, rather than miring you beneath the economic and social details of its predecessor.
  6. Chock full of the same brain-straining combat that made the series famous, Unfinished Business will delight turn-based tacticians. Conversely, the game is difficult, perhaps needlessly so, and newcomers are warned to either stay away or prepare themselves for many hours of frustration.
  7. While it isn't really a completely new product it does offer more gameplay in the Jagged Alliance 2 style, and it enables you to pick up where you left off with your character from that game.
  8. For the guys in the stands yelling "WUSS," you'll be happy to know that there is an Iron Man mode which cranks up the difficulty and removes your ability to save within missions. If you can ace the game in this mode, I salute you!
  9. 76
    If your frustration threshold is anything but extreme, give serious consideration before diving into this one.
  10. It can be endlessly frustrating, but it also has most of the elements that make the Jagged Alliance series so outstanding.
  11. Despite the fact that its "bonus" hours of gameplay come as a result of unbalanced enemies, the game still demonstrates that Jagged Alliance 2 is an original, lasting game that rewards patient gamers with a steady, gripping experience.
  12. My only complaint about the story is that it's a little linear, but as the focus of the game is on combat, it's forgivable.
  13. There is enough entertainment value for veterans to easily justify the budget price tag. Sadly, the near impossibility of many of the missions makes Unfinished Business something best left to experienced players.
  14. Delivers its money's worth for true fans of the series, but which is much too hard for anyone not utterly devoted to Jagged Alliance.
  15. Combined with repetitive gameplay where you march, fight, march, fight, rearm, again and again, this game can get pretty boring at times.
  16. While JA2:UB's combat is unique and rewarding, nearly every other aspect of the game lacks vitality and originality. The graphics are weak, there's no story, no character development, and the villagers never say anything but "They're watching you."
  17. Essentially offers little more than a few extra missions that lack the appeal of the original, especially in the area of strategic options.
  18. A faded shadow of "Jagged Alliance 2," minus all the elements except combat. [May 2001, p.70]
  19. A pale shadow of a flawed but fun game. If the designers do not have more in them than this, the Jagged Alliance series should end here.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. AlexP.
    Jul 8, 2006
    10
    Jagged Alliance 2 is one of the best turn-based tactical game to date, no questions asked. It has everything anyone would want in a tacticalJagged Alliance 2 is one of the best turn-based tactical game to date, no questions asked. It has everything anyone would want in a tactical game: An in-depth story, finely created inventory system, a plentiful stockade of weapons, a mile-long list of individually hand-crafted characters, complete with a variety of voice-acted, unique responses to any situation and clever use of turn-based combat. This game has it all.

    If you came here from Steam's metacritic score link and you're wondering if this game is for you, I suggest looking at JA2's criticsm - Not its expansion (Unfinished Business, this review page). Check out these sites for criticsm on the original game.
    Average score - 9.0

    IGN - Score 8.5
    http://pc.ign.com/objects/003/003557.html

    Gamestates - Score 8.8
    http://www.gamestats.com/objects/003/003557/

    Gamezone - Score 8.5
    http://pc.gamezone.com/gamesell/reviews/r11035.htm

    I highly recommend Jagged Alliance 2. It has awesome gameplay and an excellent modification fanbase (http://www.ja-galaxy-forum.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi).
    Full Review »
  2. Oct 1, 2012
    10
    This game was phenomenal. It had a great economic engine combined with even better game play and strategy and a fun set of memorableThis game was phenomenal. It had a great economic engine combined with even better game play and strategy and a fun set of memorable characters. One of my top 10 games. Full Review »
  3. Mar 11, 2011
    9
    A really disappointing Jagged version for the DS: A lot of features were dropped: there are several issues concerning the motivation curveA really disappointing Jagged version for the DS: A lot of features were dropped: there are several issues concerning the motivation curve that drops down in later stages because of bad design decisions (accuracy, fire rate, different hit boxes, more "casual actions" possible etc.). That's why It's even not a good PC port, sadly. ,*-( Technically, the game isn't bad, but lacks of smooth scrolling. It's just a shame, that nothing new was added and the game feels a little bit "unfinished". Full Review »