Jagged Alliance 2: Wildfire brings you back to Arulco. Although what you find there is in no way pleasing! The population is being terrorized by a reckless army; in the meantime the main export goods are drugs. Subversion and fraudulence has infiltrated all levels of local government and the ever-present Mafia has his fingers in many pies.
You are working undercover on behalf of the US government and your goal is to destroy the mighty drug cartel. You'll need a skilled hand to put together the right team of mercenaries, the negotiating skills of a diplomat to get the sceptical population onto your side. More importantly, you must have the strategic genius of a general and the fighting tactics of a guerrilla.
Should you fail, your "client" will deny all knowledge of your existence.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Blood, Strong Language, Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard. Patched to version 6.04
Posted on 2009-09-20 06:16:59 byHazukiHawkins:
I was suspicious of this title after noting that it was not, in fact, developed by the makers of the original game. My suspicions proved true, as it is not so much an expansion pack as an inordinately amateurish mod of the original game... its story claims to take place after the events of JA2, yet the scenes and dialogue are almost exactly the same, with a few characters inexplocablyread more moved to new locations and deprived of the lines in which they hint at what you actually want to know! The enemies appear to behave much the same, except they now wear blue shirts instead of red ones -many harmless civilians do too, which is needlessly confusing to say the least!
Some of the weapon sprites and armor names have been altered to emulate the real world rather than the Jagged Alliance canon, for no apparent reason other than the developers' personal preferences...
A few things have been changed, and even if it's been years since you played JA2, or if you haven't played it at all, you will know which they are right away -mercs moved to the AIM alumni section with very poor-quality explanations, the top two mercs suddenly being two german gentlemen with unusually boring backgrounds, rebel leader Miguel's voice actor having been swapped out for a substantially less talented one so that his lines might be modified in just a few places to fit the "new" plot, and left the same as they were in the original game out of sheer laziness in other places, despite the fact that this mod claims to take place after JA2 rather than in some strange parallell universe as one might assume- the list goes on.
If you like Jagged Alliance or X-Com, do NOT buy this. Buy JA2, Unfinished Business, JA1 or Deadly Games -Sirtech, at least, know what they're doing!
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Posted on 2009-04-25 19:11:12 byBlackdrazon:
Leaving a review for an expansion set is a bit of a tricky deal. After all, there's no reason for you to get it unless you already like the original, and if you already like the original, what could I possibly add? Well, there's this: Wildfire is HARD, arranged by fans of the game to be the real final challenge. Wildfire is the tip of the difficulty pyramid as far as Jagged Allianceread more goes, but if you're an X-Com veteran you probably won't even bat an eye.
So again, there's really not much I can add, like I'd normally do in these reviews, because it's an expansion set. If you’ve already played Jagged Alliance 2 and Unfinished Business and you still want more, what's stopping you? But if you're questioning the heat of the difficulty, get out of the jungle. Wildfire's not very forgiving and, besides, GOG is already filled with other turn-based strategy games for your entertainment.
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Posted on 2009-04-21 06:20:31 bygreenarmy1980:
I was fortunate enough to be able to get this game to properly function before Vista on XP. It is a very good game, gives challenge and gives me the fond memories of staying up all night when XCOM was originally released. The nervous anticipation of your next encounter and what the next turn shall bring. Thank you for preserving and releasing the classics.
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