Jagged Alliance: Rage! in the test – Senile mercenary
Jagged Alliance Light: In spin-off rage, some of the old mercenary warriors plunge back into turn-based tactics. Everything is a big number smaller – is it still fun?
Almost 20 years after his bumpy start, Jagged Alliance 2 is still one of the best lap strategy games on the PC. The campaign in the fictional island state of Arulco against Despotin Deidranna and her henchman Elliot is still enormously exciting – and plays each time differently.
But alas, despite the ingenious submission, all the developers who have tried it with the big brand have shot themselves in the leg. Even Jagged Alliance: Rage does not come close to Jagged 2, but hits quite a few hits – in the finish, not in the leg.
Jagged veterans have to be brave for now, but after that it gets better, I promise: In Rage you can only play four of six of the old mercenaries , and for a long time only two. The cards are much smaller than the old Arulco sectors, you can order no equipment or train militia. Oh yes, the whole thing also plays in colorful comic graphics. And the story is so daft that we do not even mention it.
Anyone who suddenly got hypertension should continue to read. Apart from these restrictions, Rage has become a good tactical game with exciting battles – you can not expect Jagged Alliance 3 despite the name .
Rage is a bit reminiscent of the Expendables movie about aging mercenaries: all six Jagged veterans are 20 years after the liberation of Arulco, not so in top shape, to put it nicely. Ivan, for example, is definitely an alcoholic and has “knees.” This has an effect in the game that we have to regularly fill it with looted liquor bottles, otherwise he gets a trap and does not even hit an attacking barn door. And if we let him jump down somewhere, the crackling knee pulls him off a health point.
Speaking of high blood pressure: Grunty, our expert on heavy weapons, also has it: The new eponymous Rage system builds up every mercenary fury when he is hit, for example. We can collect these rage points to trigger special abilities, such as a free-fire, which empties a magazine and hits all opponents. But Grunty is heart disease, and too much accumulated anger in the stomach can trigger an infarction – then he loses hearty health, and it briefly skin him out of the pines.