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59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
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  1. Jan 2, 2019
    80
    Jagged Alliance: Rage! Is the closest thing we have to the greatness of Jagged Alliance 2. It's a very trimmed game, delivering the experience rather than a carbon copy of the series. You still have to care for your mercs' health and gear, as well as carrying capacity, but at a much less grognardy level. I dunno if 1.13 mod fanatics will be pleased, but for the others, it's a good introduction to what Jagged Alliance used to represent.
  2. Dec 18, 2018
    80
    Jagged Alliance: Rage! is the type of game that will surely bring back memories of the golden age of gaming, and for those of you that haven't lived through those days, this game will probably bring back memories you never had. Although it could use some tweaking here and there and the graphics are a dead giveaway for the limited budget the company had, the game is fun nonetheless, and you'll be spending a good couple of hours finishing all the missions with your first pair of mercenaries, and maybe a few extra hours with another pair.
  3. Dec 14, 2018
    76
    Jagged Alliance: Rage is yet another release that uses the Jagged Alliance name but fails to deliver. The turn-based gameplay and the survival elements are good enough, but in other areas there are tons of shortcomings that not only disappoints the old fans of the series but also fails to ward off competition from other turn-based titles available on the market.
  4. Mar 5, 2019
    70
    This game is the closest to the original Jagged Alliance we got in the last two decades. It's a fun game but complexity is far below the standards of the original games in the series.
  5. Dec 14, 2018
    69
    Jagged Alliance Light: Only four controllable mercenaries, small maps and comic graphics - but if you don't expect Jagged 3, you'll get solid tactics.
  6. Dec 10, 2018
    68
    Jagged Alliance: Rage is a fun game when judged on its own merits. It’s certainly not a proper sequel, and perhaps that would be a bit too much to expect from a game that’s selling for a mere 20 bucks. It does have a few whiffs of what made Jagged Alliance great though, and if this would have been sold as a way to whet our appetites for a full sequel coming out next year, I think it would have landed much better with the fans than it did. As it stands, Jagged Alliance: Rage is a cute distraction, a fun-for-a-while-not-quite-Jagged-Alliance that will polarize fans more than it had intended, but should not be dismissed right out of hand.
  7. Jan 7, 2019
    65
    A successor mostly in name and less in essence that suffers from limited scope. It tries to attract veterans and newcomers alike, ultimately failing to provide challenge and depth to the former and something innovative and on par with the competition to the latter.
  8. CD-Action
    Mar 25, 2019
    60
    The beginnings were extremely promising but 8 hours later (around the middle of the campaign) I was seriously tired and annoyed by a myriad of small nuisances which successfully strip the whole experience of joy. [02/2019, p.64]
  9. Dec 13, 2018
    60
    This classic franchise is back with good ideas and a poor execution. If you are a hardcore fan of the series or you’re planning on playing with friends, have a look at it. If not, better look elsewhere.
  10. Dec 11, 2018
    60
    Jagged Alliance: Rage! has a bunch of interesting ideas, but it’s flawed by many technical issues.
  11. Jan 25, 2019
    58
    The battles are decent, but with the focus on wrong priorities, lack of character development and a few other problems this is little more than a mess with quite some potential.
  12. Dec 14, 2018
    50
    It almost feels as though it was made for the mobile market in a way, with its small but plentiful maps and cut down features.
  13. Feb 10, 2019
    49
    This Jagged Alliance is bad, but not to the point that it incites rage. Play, uninstall and forget. It’s not rage, more like… apathy.
  14. Jan 13, 2019
    45
    Everything went wrong with Jagged Alliance: Rage!
  15. 40
    While fans of turn-based strategy might find some features to be enjoyable, long-time players of the Jagged Alliance series and strategy connoisseurs might feel shortchanged of the beloved gameplay of this genre.
  16. Dec 20, 2018
    35
    Even if you’ve exhausted all other options and are desperate for another turn-based strategy game on PS4, don’t give the sluggish, buggy and downright ugly Jagged Alliance: Rage a second thought. XCOM 2 this most certainly isn’t.
  17. Jan 28, 2019
    30
    I'm really struggling to find anything good to say about Jagged Alliance: Rage, other than that its name is appropriate. I suppose the stealth mechanic sort of works, although even there occasionally your sneaky work can be ruined by a patrolling soldier somehow glitching and eternally clambering on and off a rock instead of completing his route. Each playable character has a background trait that is supposed to play out as a weakness but that you rarely notice in play. The characters you choose to play seem irritated by one another, and by everything going on around them all the time. I've got to say, I think it's pretty understandable.
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  1. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a developer try to recapture the magic of Jagged Alliance and I hope it’s not the last, but I found Rage pretty hard work to enjoy. Much like the mercs themselves, for every positive trait it may offer, there tends to be some frustrating problem to deal with too.
User Score
3.2

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 17 out of 25
  1. Dec 6, 2018
    0
    Feels and plays like a mobile game. The graphics look dated as well. It's a kick in the balls to all old school Jagged Alliance fans. Just aFeels and plays like a mobile game. The graphics look dated as well. It's a kick in the balls to all old school Jagged Alliance fans. Just a horrible game once again, like Flashback and Back in Action. This franchise is dead. Full Review »
  2. Feb 8, 2019
    4
    Jagged Alliance - Rage
    Hand-holding: the video game!
    JA2 fans are pretty unforgiving, but after JA2 - one of my all-time favorites -
    Jagged Alliance - Rage
    Hand-holding: the video game!

    JA2 fans are pretty unforgiving, but after JA2 - one of my all-time favorites - anything than the second coming of Christ would be a letdown for most of us. Well, Rage definitely falls short.

    Only seven old mercs made it back this time around - in time, 4 can be recruited to fight against the old enemy: Elliot, the idiot, in a mix of stealth and run-and-gun battles. The whole game is changed into a turn-based tactical game with minimal interaction with the environment or non-combatants. Sadly: Elliot is not a good villain, not funny or menacing at all, and the writing is very low grade, so the humour and charisma JA had, is non-existent. Gone are the banter between mercs and the like/dislike system, losing much of the old charm.

    Implementation of old skills went pretty well: the seven mercs are markedly different, there is no overlap between them at all. All of them excel under different situations, and all of them have one or two meaningful weaknesses, too. While the old skill are here - so Shadow is still an expert in sneaking and Ivan is still a pro with auto weapons - the attributes are gone. No stats for shooting, agility or dexterity is present: therefore weapon handling is almost interchangeable, however most guys will have some preferred guns. The biggest negative here: with only 7 mercs, there are still those guys, who outclass the others to point of breaking the game: Raven and Shadow can win any battles themselves, while dr Q is much less useful.

    On the battlefield you can sneak around, or rain bullets - it is rather uneven, however. In the beginning, sneaking is mandatory, at the end, guns will be blazing, while you are rushed from all angles. On the field, there are alternative ways to maneuver around.

    The biggest problem is: the game does not let you play it your way. The downside of going in guns blazing is so big, it does not worth it - until the last 4-5 missions, where there is hardly any other way of operating. So you will be forced to sneak - and then forced to shoot everyone. But the mechanics of sneaking barely work. Line of sight is poorly implemented: guards will spot dead bodies through walls, and will detour from their way for no reason. It is very slow, based on trial and error - and if you go all in with the stealth with your mercs, you will be hopelessly outgunned at the end of the game.

    During firefights, the game is all right. Enemy AI is poor, but they have strong positions, and numbers on their side. It is outside, where Rage falters badly. It has a restrictive, annoying inventory and looting system, limited, linear paths to take to mandatory missions, random fights forced upon the players and a pretty shallow resource management for water, medicine and part for maintenance - that you can make obsolete by hiring Vicki.

    Also: the game looks sub-par. Very much like Wasteland 2, but without the fun gameplay. The sound effects are passable, but the dubbing is very poor. After the glory of JA2, hearing Shadow or Grunty made me cringe, and the main resistance lady was so bad at acting, it was almost comical. There are very few weapons - and they are the usual +1 point to damage type upgrades over eachother, so say goodbye to the legendary JA2 1.13 armoury.

    Finally: bugs. Lots and lots of bugs from game breaking to simply annoying ones. Never ending enemy turns, the 4th mercs never arriving, remote loot never triggering and so on.

    JA - Rage is not a terrible game. But that does not save it from being forgettable, subpar one. And a JA fan should and will not settle for that.

    4/10 - Below average
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  3. Dec 15, 2018
    2
    A horrible game that has nothing to do with the original title.
    The usual exploitation of IP at low cost, for a game that does not even worth
    A horrible game that has nothing to do with the original title.
    The usual exploitation of IP at low cost, for a game that does not even worth 5 denari.
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