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Hey everyone. Welcome to my LP of Jagged Alliance 2◊
. The Jagged Alliance series has always been a favorite of mine. It basically takes the gameplay of X-COM and refines it. The result is a turn-based strategy game that is polished, realistic, and above all, fun as hell. Vanilla JA 2
is fun all by itself, but I'm going to play it with the 1.13 & HAM patches. It enhances the game with a ton of new features, like adding new weapons and ammo types, fixing bugs, improving the AI, adding a suppression mechanic, and so on. I'd go so far to say that the 1.13/HAM patches are essential
for anyone who has JA 2
. This will be a video LP, but this entry will only contain pics for convenience.
When you choose to start a new game, you get to choose some options that change how you play the game. Here's how I'm playing it.
The game provides a decent challenge on Experienced. Bobby Ray's is the game's main gun store, and I've never played with the setting above normal. Iron Man mode is Exactly What It Says on the Tin
. Any merc who dies in battle will stay dead, unless I screw up royally and get stuck. As for Game Style, sci-fi has you encounter insectoid monsters called the Crepitus in Cambria (I think), while Realistic gets rid of them. We'll choose the former 'cause it's more fun that way. :) I never played with the Inventory System setting on old, and I don't plan on doing so. Items is self explanatory.
So, when we start, we find out that a man named Enrico Chivaldori wants us to liberate his country of Arulco. He used to be its ruler, but he was overthrown by the eeeeevil Queen Deidranna and was exiled. Now, he wants me to take it back, and to do that, I'll need to hire some mercenaries.
We're treated with the sight of our laptop, and when we look at our links, we see only one entry called A.I.M.◊
Anyone who played the first Jagged Alliance should know about it. Their roster is quite extensive.◊
However, we're not gonna hire any of these mercs...not yet, anyway.
We've got a new e-mail, let's see what it is...oooh. Very interesting.◊
That's right people, you can create custom mercs in this game.◊
Who's going to be these mercs? Why, you are, of course!
That is, if you're interested.
There are five steps in the creation of a custom merc. First, your name and gender.◊
Second, your◊ appearance.
Just tell me what you want your character to look like. I'll find the closest equivalent. Oh, there are three voices for each gender, meaning we can only have three mercs of each gender. Again, tell me what you want your character to sound like, and I'll try to find the voice that matches best.
Third, your traits◊
These affect your abilities in battle. I think the traits affect performance in a passive manner, but disabilities have a more noticeable effect. For example, a merc that is forgetful may forget his orders, and a psychotic merc will sometimes go a little crazy with the trigger. Fourth, your specialties.◊
You can have up to two, but if you only choose one, you get an expert rating with that specialty, and if you don't choose any, you get fifty
extra points to spend on your skills. (That's 100) The specialties are pretty useful, though, so don't ignore them right off the bat. A merc with the Night Operations specialty will be much more observant at night, spotting enemies before they see him, and Auto Weapons allows a merc to have better control when firing at full auto, which means he won't lose as much accuracy and he won't fire more shots than he intended to as often as someone without it.
Finally, your skills.◊
These are self-explanatory. You don't have to calculate how many points you should spend. Just tell me what you want to be best at.
So that's it. Once again, I can have three males and three females. The next update will be a video, and it will come once I have six custom mercs. Hope you enjoy!
IMP Mercs (6/6 slots filled)
- Nadja "Sirocco" Van Rockopolis
- Ashley "Ash" Wells
- Carl "Big C" Xavier
- Daryl "Bunny" Bunzowski
- Frances "Ivy" Burton
- Lance "Flanker" Silvis
- Igor Dolvich
- Keith "Blood" Hansen
- Roger "Korgmeister" Kismet
edited 28th May '10 11:04:35 PM by Nimitz