Jagged Alliance 3 Reviews
Jagged Alliance 3 takes a familiar yet improved-upon turn-based experience, a unique resource management system, 4x-Lite strategy and a satirical setting bursting with character and tosses them all together. While the turn-based combat isn’t going to be everyone’s favorite aspect of the game, it is easy to say that Jagged Alliance 3 hits way more than it misses and offers plenty more for players to enjoy.
Jagged Alliance 3 is a bold attempt at blending the best of multiple genres. Despite success in several areas, its overbearing systems often sideline the enjoyment of an otherwise well-made game.
I had my doubts about if Jagged Alliance 3 could really tap the joy I felt in commanding mercenaries back in Jagged Alliance 2. This is a series that predates most tactical strategy we know, but it’s had some bumps along the road. Jagged Alliance 3 can’t be counted among those bumps. It’s a proficient and beautiful return to form for this franchise with a wealth of options inside and outside combat. It’s also a tough game to overcome, but with all of the options at your disposal, finding your path through the breathtaking landscapes of Grand Chien should be an exciting and varied blast every time. I’ll have a hard time putting anything else in the strategy category above this when the year ends.
UI niggles and a wincingly unfunny tone can't sink a strong hybrid of old and new design ideas.
There's a few bolts that could be tightened up here and there, but Jagged Alliance is back in business.
There's a lot to like in Jagged Alliance 3. The merc management system is solid, the gear works well, and combat can be very satisfying.
Jagged Alliance 3 marks a long-awaited triumphant return for the franchise, with the last undeniably great release being Jagged Alliance 2 over twenty years ago. Creating an exceptional balance on both a strategic and tactical level, bringing back character attributes and progression, an entire inventory system, perks and more, forcing you to balance your broader economy and ensuring you can't just sit back - Haemimont Games have successfully created a game that will challenge, that I have found compelling and fun, and one that has kept me hooked into a "just one more day" loop and a few very late nights at that.
For the hardcore turn-based tactics fans, Jagged Alliance 3 takes the series in a great direction. Unfortunately, there is really no onboarding before the difficulty takes a steep leap.
Jagged Alliance 3 is a flexible, challenging, approachable throwback turn-based tactics game in which the only thing that feels truly dated is the humor.
Jagged Alliance 3 represents the comeback in a big way of turn-based combat strategy games, and it is so compelling that it may revive a genre lately dedicated only to a few hardcore fans. The reckless choice of not showing the probability of hitting turns out to be successful, as it makes each firefight unpredictable, forcing us to risk it all on several occasions. The only flaw in this excellent production is the artificial intelligence of the enemies, who sometimes spare us with no reason or seem prone to suicide. Anyway, it still remains a must have.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Jagged Alliance 3 is a versatile strategy RPG, packed with personality and entertainment. You really have an opportunity to overcome tactical problems with your own personalized approach without being forced into playing a certain way. Any hardened SRPG mercenaries looking to take on a challenging but rewarding contract will definitely enjoy spending countless hours delving into the jungles of Gran Chien.
Starting with a few hiccups, Jagged Alliance 3 quickly becomes a very good way to spend one's time and just doesn't loosen the grip until you finish it. Sometimes not even then.
This is not a perfect game, but it certainly is an extremely successful continuation of the legend from 1999. If you are fans of Jagged Alliance 2 and were quietly waiting for a modernized version of the game, part three will definitely meet your expectations.
Other UI irritations abound, serving only to further complicate an experience at odds with itself for how much information it wants to communicate at a given moment. On the whole, Jagged Alliance 3 lays some strong groundwork for the franchise’s resurgence, but it often feels like a series of individual victories that fail to work in concert for something greater.
The hours spent trying to end the civil war in Grand Chien only confirmed how much the guys at Haemimont Games listened to the players. In Jagged Alliance 3 we have found many of the ingredients that, 25 years ago, have made the brand legendary, showcased by the undisputed technical and artistic skills of the developers.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Jagged Alliance 3 successfully taps into everything that made the franchise great to begin with, giving us a unique blend of genres that mixes turn-based tactical gameplay with some light RPG elements.
Jagged Alliance 3 might not exactly be for people who are new to the Turn-Based Tactical genre, but it’s great for the genre’s veterans. For those who want to try it out, there might be a bit of a learning curve and you’ll definitely need some patience for it but it’s well worth it in the end for the story, brilliant visuals, hilarious commentary and the fun change of pace in gameplay while getting a fair amount of brain exercise at the same time.
If you don’t mind a high entry threshold, many references to the 80s' popculture, a simple war story and some really dry humor, Jagged Alliance 3 is for you. And if you loved JA2 – don’t even hesitate.
Review in Polish | Read full review
A strong return for the classic action strategy series, Jagged Alliance 3 brings things up to speed for modern times with few compromises on the punishing challenge the series was known for.