Jagged Alliance: Rage!
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Developers: Cliffhanger Productions, HandyGames, THQ Nordic
Genres: Adventure, Strategy
Set 20 years after the first Jagged Alliance, this spin-off lets you experience a road trip into a jungle hell to test your mind and body to the limits!
This time it’s just you and a few allies versus an entire island ruled by a drug overlord and his crazed army.
Constantly on the brink of breakdown, faced with dehydration and no support from home, you lead a team of seasoned mercenaries against vastly outnumbering armed forces.
Use tactical brilliance and guerilla tactics to destroy their structures and strengthen the island’s population to take back what is rightfully theirs.
Do you have what it takes to rise to old glory?
2 Player online co-op mode
Deep turn-based tactical gameplay mixed with adventure elements
Choose a variety of tactics ranging from stealth to brute force
Strong character personalities with own skills, desires and personal conflicts
Rage skills: Unique character abilities that get more powerful over the course of the battle
Powerful Commanders coordinate enemy troops on the battlefields
Face terrifying experimental drugs and use them to manipulate your enemies
Jagged Alliance: Rage! - Gameplay Trailer
Jagged Alliance Rage! - Official Announcement Trailer
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. The combat is rarely all that enjoyable and a game that requires so much inventory management should do so much more to make that process appeal to the player.
So here Jagged Alliance Rage is, splashing around in the now dormant waters of that fountain of youth. It doesn't have scope to be the successor to JA2 that much of the Internet seems to want. It also lacks the execution and originality necessary to be the beginnings of a new generation of the long-running franchise. Any charm Rage! has is hidden under thick and ugly jungle, and undermined by its weak execution and a narrative that is at its best boring. Save yourself the rage, and look elsewhere.