LoboNocturno Posted April 1 Share Posted April 1 Recently finished Jagged Alliance 1 (Gold) from Stream (btw you can find me there as LoboNocturno, who wants to add me up) back to back (once in normal and once in hard). As i mentioned previously in some other topic, i never really played Jagged Alliance 1 still late 2022, the announcement of Jagged Alliance 3 brought me lots of courage & excitement to play while we are still on the wait since almost 25 years. I played Jagged Alliance 2 right on the time around mid 1999s, even before the game was released, i played it on a demo CD that i got from a Gaming Magazine, which impressed me alot. But finally i got my hands on Jagged Alliance 1, so i want to share my opinion about it and compare the pros & cons with Jagged Alliance 2. First of all its a nice retro game, i mean for that time (1994) it was probably 1 of the best turn based games around, but playing it today made me felt somehow odd as how pixeled the graphics (yes graphics matters somehow, not everything though), after playing a hour or 2 was more then enough for me, it was eye scratching from the bird eye view. The game mechanics are also totally outdated, the movements feels after a while totally robotic, the battle system is also very annoying after a while (especially in hard), you cant take proper covers (only to stand in front of a tree or wall), cant go on your knees or prove either like in Jagged Alliance 2. The enemies hit rate % is pretty high and you will miss quiet often which made it to me very unpleasant to be honest. The mercs also rarely throw in a speech, i felt like the character that throwed in the most speech was the native guide Elio of all (if we dont count Jack Richards). After playing it for sometime it can get really dull (speaking of today standards). The weapons selection is also pretty poor, you got like 6 or 7 different weapons and the M-16 is surely the best weapon of the game that you can get only towards end of the game, before that the M-14 is pretty much the best weapon you can use and the 12g Rifle (its not a rifle but a shotgun though). You can improve your weapons combining with "chuck of steel" which you also dont find a lot in the game. I didnt used the metal detector a lot though (dont wanted to scan the entire map with it), guess its possible to find some useful stuff with it if you want spend more time. Then the time limit each day you get from 7 am to 7 pm also annoyed me, when you are back in real time searching the sector the time can go down really fast and also once you are in a sector where the battle is going (that lasts longer then you expect) once the time hits 7 pm, it will give you a automatic retreat which will end up been wounded or even death. Also some of the notes you can find for shipment ambushes and all are pretty confusing, i had to look up to Jagged Alliance Wiki to be honest. But its worth getting those shipments to get better firepower, otherwise its rare to find good stuff. It was also a hustle me to open the crates and the doors, if you dont have a merc with good stats its simply impossible to open those doors. Best crate opener was by far Ivan from my experience since he had high strength (and his model had a sturdy look, which i think played a impact). Played the game 2 times from start to finish as i mentioned once in normal and later on in hard, on hard it was really annoying imo, not due its very hard but the game mechanics overall as you cant take even proper cover and you get hit steadily from the enemies and keep missing many turns. Took in my both journeys Ivan, Fidel & Hector, mainly Ivan & Fidel as the assaulter and Hector as helping hand (the stats also are developing way way slower then in JA2) even end of the game Hector wasnt improved that significantly like a average or low stat merc would become almost a elite towards the end phase in JA2. Had Vinny as well on my both runs as a mechanic, later on recruited Vicki for Vinny and in the final also hired Mike for a day for addinal help. From JA1 Hector is by far my favourite merc that is not included on JA2, a average merc but for sake he is from Venezuela it made me proud to have him on my team, wish he were in JA2 (only his pic in the mercenary history is there) as well with more speeches. I also noticed Fidel`s voice is somehow different then in JA2, i liked his voice more in JA1 then in JA2 (a lil annoying). Guess i gave much more cons then pros overall for Jagged Alliance 1 but dont get me wrong, its still not a bad game but we are talking also here a game from 30 years ago but in todays standards it just doesnt bring the expectations. If you are a hardcore Jagged Alliance fan and didnt played it as yet, i would recommend to play it at least for once if you have time and yea it took my 3 months finishing it 2 times. But to be very honest there is worlds of differences with Jagged Alliance 2 (if you think JA1 may is also similar, dont get disappointed) and the time gap between the 2 games its just 4 years. So they did really a impressive job with it. Jagged Alliance 2 was the main game anyway that we fallen in love with so its normal after waiting almost 25 years we expect more improvements from Jagged Alliance 3. Also played briefly JA1 Deadly Games but didnt really liked it, a bit improvement to JA1 but the turn limited missions were not fun at all to me. By the way am playing currently Jagged Alliance 2 Wildfire, its simply much more relieving to play it, also significantly harder then the original JA2, i feel like in each sector are at least 25 enemies. Let me share in here also some pictures of my Jagged Alliance 1 journey. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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