Brigade E5: New Jagged Union allows you to control up to six mercenaries as you explore modern-day Palinero, a small war-torn tropical state in need of order. Your team of mercenaries are interested in making money for their duties and Palinero has plenty of it. On top of money, you team can gain power because of your actions in Palinero as you find yourself at the center of a civil war between three powerful opposing forces.
After several successful Jagged Alliance games Aspeiron decided to go for a more polished 3D game. It seems like they forgot the polish on this one though. The game looks like it was made in 1995 and they used the same graphics and converted it to a 3D game. Graphics aren’t everything if the game play is good it can still be a masterpiece (heck, I still enjoy a lot of NES titles), but the game play was just as horrible. It didn’t take long for me to become frustrated with this title.
First of all the controls are just plain bad. Point and click to move is fine, but instead of the traditional zoom out with the mouse wheel concept to get a bird’s eye view, you’re view is stuck to the ground for the most part. At least the view isn’t attached to your character. You have all these buttons on your HUD except you try clicking them and your character simply moves to where you clicked. It became such a pain trying to do things with the HUD/Controls that I gave up after reading the manual and looking at options.
On top of the frustration dealing with the HUD the game play didn’t help either. When shooting at an enemy the game would pause inconsistently so that I could fiddle with the horrible controls and get more frustrated. Then on top of everything it becomes a click and pray battle. Because of how the game is created there is a good chance that you will die in one hit and possibly the first time you see an enemy.
Brigade E5: New Jagged Union is extremely bad and will most likely become a dumpster game for me. I would only recommend this game to someone who likes pain and torture. You would be much better off going to EBay and buying Fallout Tactics. That is a title this title needed to take a lesson from.
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