Jagged Alliance: Rage! - Xbox One

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Jagged Alliance: Rage! (Xbox One)
Also for: PS4, PC
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Strategy: Combat
Media: Blu-Ray Arcade origin:No
Soft. Co.: THQ Nordic
Publishers: HandyGames (GB)
Released: 6 Dec 2018 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 18+
Connectivity: Online co-op, Online Multiplayer
Accessories: 4K Ultra HD, Xbox One X Enhanced

Summary

After two decades of hurt (give or take some a lively mod scene on PC), Jagged Alliance fans are finally getting a new game they can get behind. The real time strategy series that set hearts aflame in the dying days of the 20th century is finally back with a game that many are seeing as a worthy heir.

Ignore the sequels and reboots that have come since Jagged Alliance 2 - just go with the fact that our anti-heroes are 20 years longer in the tooth and treat the gap as a feature rather than a bug. You're back with a team of outlaw mercenaries that are now more ragtag than ever, running around a sun-drenched island and attempting to topple local warlords and other ne'er-do-wells in the name of getting paid.

As in previous games, your job is to guide these guys around the map using a mixture of stealth and violence to get things done. While this isn't a roguelike, it Rage has picked up a few traits from the genre. You're heavily dependant on loot and pick-ups, you have to make some tough decisions about what to fix or upgrade during your brief moments outside combat and, perhaps most crucially, you take your damage with you. No home base that will see you rejuvenated here - you'll have time for a patch-up of your guys, but it will depend on what supplies you have to hand.

Longtime fans of the series will notice that some of the micromanagement has been taken out. Overall this is a game that looks to get closer to Jagged Alliance's core gameplay loops, focusing on tight, controlled action over controlling each and every aspect of play. It's aboout the tense moment-to-moment decisions of combat. And, of course, using bad people to murder other bad people.