Jagged Alliance 2. The holy TBC bong full of tactical goodness.
Recently, I reinstalled this gem. I enjoyed this game from start to finish a couple of times, but still...my expectations were this high. No, This high. No, THIS!!! high. And it got even better. How? Let me explain.
So I was browsing for a patch. Can't really have a 10 year old game (it *actually* turned 10 about a month ago) unpatched.
Browse, browse, browse. Oh, JA2 v113, that sounds about right! Didn't find a straight download link though and was forced to dig through some forums. (namely: The Bear's Pit
. Apparently it's not just a patch but a mod that's called "JA2 1.13". The latest official patch was 1.12, so they appropriately called their "mod" 1.13.
Why appropriately you ask? Well LET ME EXPLAIN [this is where I'm going telemarketer on your ass]:
It doesn't *FEEL* like a mod. At all. It really is a patch. Makes shit better. I dare you to throw Ja2v113 at someone who never played the vanilla game - they'll never be able to call out the modded content.
Whatchoo talkin 'bout, Willis?
The most notable changes for someone who doesn't play JA2 on a bi-monthly basis are the higher possible resolutions, the 47 GAZILLION WEAPONS (I'm not even kidding. I've counted them until I couldn't anymore, and I don't have a short attenti)
. Yeah, they did.
Works great, too. Co-Op, Team Deathmatch, whathaveyou.
I won't even go too far into fancy AI improvements, weather effects, squad management, all the awesomely externalized code (So you can fuck up the economy with your XML editor), autofire-mode, a new 'INSANE' difficult level, the new inventory system and countless new ways to shoot your enemies to shreds. Even a couple of new animations.
But. MULTIPLAYER! So much potential! I demand leagues and ladders and whatnot based on that.
You can find all you need at http://ja2v113.pbworks.com