Jagged Alliance is a name sure to bring
back fond memories for many a '90s kid. A game about mercenaries
fighting the good fight with unique characterizations, great art, an
engrossing story and a solid isometric tactical combat system.
The high watermark for the series came
in 1999 with the release of Jagged Alliance 2, which even included a
character creation feature that allowed us all to play as ourselves –
or at least some bastardized idea of ourselves.
But the past two decades have not been
kind to the franchise – having been bought up or given off to no
less than five developers and six publishers in that time. The latest
release from December, 2018 – Jagged Alliance: Rage – has some
neat features, but judging by the reviews - including only a 42%
positive rating on Steam - it's just garbage with a once-loved
franchise name on it.
Going forward, the fans deserve better. So here are a handful of ideas we think would
really bring the franchise back and let it get the love and polish it
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Currently freelancing as a game developer and history consultant. Also tends to travel the eastern U.S. doing courses on History, Writing, and Japanese Poetry.
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