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  • Summary: The bullets have stopped flying. Arulco is free at last, but your job's not over. An all-powerful corporation is assaulting the tiny country and, once again, you're needed! Enter a whole new chapter of Jagged Alliance 2 with all new weapons, new mercenaries, new terrains, and the new Mission Builder! [Interplay] Collapse
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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Combined with repetitive gameplay where you march, fight, march, fight, rearm, again and again, this game can get pretty boring at times.
  7. 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.

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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 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).
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  2. MichaelB.
    Jul 25, 2006
    10
    The best turn based strategy I've ever played. Truly replayable. The amazing strategic action experience more than makes up for any minor quibbles about the game's aging graphics engine. Expand
  3. R.Turnquist
    Feb 20, 2003
    10
    The Jagged Alliance series is by far one of the best in PC game shistory. This game is funny, fun, and keeps you coming back for more. I truly hope that Startegy First has a Jagged Alliance 3 on the way. Expand
  4. 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 memorable characters. One of my top 10 games. Expand
  5. 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 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". Expand
  6. MattL.
    Dec 28, 2007
    7
    If you loved and owned the Jagged Alliance 2 title, i wouldn't recommend buying this. Jagged Alliance 2 set it's place as an amazing strategy game, with amazingly detailed gameplay, hundreds of decisions to make and good graphics for its time to top it off. Sir Tech threw in some wit and intelligent humour and a amazing classic was born. However, 'Unfinished Business' basically hides behind it's title, as it never tells you what business there is left to do. To compare it to an action film, this expansion is the bit at the end after all the killing, dialogue and steamy romance scenes, when the protagonist drives home. Most creators would omit this bit all together, but it seems that SirTech decided to throw it in anyway for unknown reasons. Like before, you start on a lovely big map, but are only limited to around 8 squares of it. Apart from the battles being a little more challanging (probably to try and entend its tiny life span) , a couple of new weapons being thrown in (and alot of other old weapons with a simple glasses + fake nose disguise on them) there is practically nothing else. It does wrap up the story, but only as far as by putting the text "The End" at the ending screen of a much larger more interesting story that didn't really have, or need it. Expand
  7. Mark
    Aug 16, 2004
    6
    I felt ripped off when I bought this. UB is very linear and you can finish it in no time. I thought that JA2 had much better gameplay and plot. I am glad, however that many people have made their own mods (especially Vietnam SOG 69, which rocks), thanks to the editor included with UB. Expand

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