Brigade E5: New Jagged Union

Description

Brigade E5: New Jagged Union is a tactical game set in the small tropical nation of Palinero on the verge of a civil war. The mission: hire a band of mercenaries and take control of the deteriorating situation before the country finds itself in complete ruin.

The story offers players an opportunity to experience three different viewpoints of the conflict or work out the political structure to achieve their own goals in the global domination. Game play is based on an innovative combat system called SPM® (Smart Pause Mode) that successfully blends together real-time and turn-based games.

Unlike standard turn-based systems, Brigade E5: New Jagged Union does not use "action points" while in turn-based mode, but takes into consideration the character skills and attributes resulting in more natural and diverse behaviour. In addition, players can issue a chain of commands that will be carried out automatically.

The choice of weapons will satisfy even highly demanding fans, with more than 100 accurately modeled firearms, varied ammunition types, grenades, body armour and special equipment. Players are also able to modify and upgrade weapons by adding various gadgets, sniper scopes, mini grenade launchers, bayonets, etc. The game provides extensive LAN and Internet Multiplayer modes, with CTF, Deathmatch and Fortress dynamic gameplay. SPM® is a brand new feature for the squad combat strategy genre. It gives all players a chance to command their soldiers at the same time, using even an enemy's pause.

Storyline and scripts of Brigade E5: New Jagged Union are written by Shaun Lyng, designer of the famous JAGGED ALLIANCE(tm) series.

Customer reviews

75

Not for everone...

Lemur80 | June 4, 2013 | See all Lemur80's reviews »

It is difficult to say whether Brigade E-5 is a game worth buying. There is only small group of die-hard fans of this type of entertainment. This is not a game for everyone. For me, it was worth any amount of money. Just imagine Jagged Alliance in 3D, devoid of humor, but it is deadly serious dealing in all kinds of weapons and military, interesting, right?. The similarity to the Jagged Alliance is not accidental. The game consists in commanding a group of mercenaries, gaining sectors and carrying out minor or major quests. The fight takes place in "Smart Pause Mode" (the equivalent of turn-based combat in the old Jagged Alliance series). The degree of realism is really huge. Let me just say that you probably won’t see ballistic curves in any other game (except successor Brigade E-5, the game called 7.62). It's a game for total geeks fascinated by weapons. So... why are so many poor ratings? Brigade E-5 is riddled with errors like proximity fuses of sea mine. Their number and the difficulties that are caused by them are really annoying. Speaking of enemies in question, despite that the AI is not very smart, the difficulty of encounters is really high. It reminds me Men of War series. The need to constantly thinking, use of different tactics and weapons is a lot of fun. This is the essence of the game: combat. Despite the large number of errors and coarse gameplay, the fight is incredibly rewarding. So I tolerate many imperfections of this game (from outdated graphics to annoying bugs). If "gun porn" turns you on, you adore diving into the depths of military technicalities, you don’t mind spending half an hour wondering whether to sell two G 36 carbines to buy VSS Vintorez (economic topic, that’s right!), and you love tactical challenging game – take a chance! Brigade E-5 is cheap now, so I think it's really worth buying. Remember that there are many fan-made modifications (like outstanding Blue Sun Mod), which greatly improve game mechanics and gameplay itself.

75

Not for everone

Lemur80 | June 4, 2013 | See all Lemur80's reviews »

It is difficult to say whether Brigade E-5 is a game worth buying. There is only small group of die-hard fans of this type of entertainment. This is not a game for everyone. For me, it was worth any amount of money. Just imagine Jagged Alliance in 3D, devoid of humor, but it is deadly serious dealing in all kinds of weapons and military, interesting, right?.

The similarity to the Jagged Alliance is not accidental. The game consists in commanding a group of mercenaries, gaining sectors and carrying out minor or major quests. The fight takes place in "Smart Pause Mode" (the equivalent of turn-based combat in the old Jagged Alliance series). The degree of realism is really huge. Mercenaries are determined by many statistics, for example adrenaline (depending on what is exactly happening on the battlefield), as well more standard characteristics: mobility, perception, strength and so on. In addition to these typical elements of RPG games, there are very complex parameters defining the functionality of small arms. It’s not only terse description, caliber info, weight, level of damage and the range of weapon. Let me just say that you probably won’t see ballistic curves in any other game (except successor Brigade E-5, the game called 7.62.)

It's a game for total geeks fascinated by weapons. So... why are so many poor ratings? Brigade E-5 is riddled with errors like proximity fuses of sea mine. Their number and the difficulties that are caused by them are really annoying. World of this game created by the developers (of the Apeiron company) is at the first contact completely unreadable. Player does not know what to do, it is not known what mechanisms control the game. You must struggle with technical problems, not the opponents. Speaking of enemies in question, despite that the AI is not very smart, the difficulty of encounters is really high. It reminds me Men of War series. The need to constantly thinking, use of different tactics and weapons is a lot of fun. This is the essence of the game: combat. Despite the large number of errors and coarse gameplay, the fight is incredibly rewarding. So I tolerate many imperfections of this game (from outdated graphics to annoying bugs). If "gun porn" turns you on, you adore diving into the depths of military technicalities, you don’t mind spending half an hour wondering whether to sell two G 36 carbines to buy VSS Vintorez (economic topic, that’s right!), and you love tactical challenging game – take a chance! Brigade E-5 is cheap now, so I think it's really worth buying. Remember that there are many fan-made modifications (like outstanding Blue Sun Mod), which greatly improve game mechanics and gameplay itself.

75

Not for everone

Lemur80 | June 4, 2013 | See all Lemur80's reviews »

It is difficult to say whether Brigade E-5 is a game worth buying. There is only small group of die-hard fans of this type of entertainment. This is not a game for everyone. For me, it was worth any amount of money. Just imagine Jagged Alliance in 3D, devoid of humor, but it is deadly serious dealing in all kinds of weapons and military, interesting, right?.

The similarity to the Jagged Alliance is not accidental. The game consists in commanding a group of mercenaries, gaining sectors and carrying out minor or major quests. The fight takes place in "Smart Pause Mode" (the equivalent of turn-based combat in the old Jagged Alliance series). The degree of realism is really huge. Mercenaries are determined by many statistics, for example adrenaline (depending on what is exactly happening on the battlefield), as well more standard characteristics: mobility, perception, strength and so on. In addition to these typical elements of RPG games, there are very complex parameters defining the functionality of small arms. It’s not only terse description, caliber info, weight, level of damage and the range of weapon. Let me just say that you probably won’t see ballistic curves in any other game (except successor Brigade E-5, the game called 7.62.)

It's a game for total geeks fascinated by weapons. So... why are so many poor ratings? Brigade E-5 is riddled with errors like proximity fuses of sea mine. Their number and the difficulties that are caused by them are really annoying. World of this game created by the developers (of the Apeiron company) is at the first contact completely unreadable. Player does not know what to do, it is not known what mechanisms control the game. You must struggle with technical problems, not the opponents. Speaking of enemies in question, despite that the AI is not very smart, the difficulty of encounters is really high. It reminds me Men of War series. The need to constantly thinking, use of different tactics and weapons is a lot of fun. This is the essence of the game: combat. Despite the large number of errors and coarse gameplay, the fight is incredibly rewarding. So I tolerate many imperfections of this game (from outdated graphics to annoying bugs). If "gun porn" turns you on, you adore diving into the depths of military technicalities, you don’t mind spending half an hour wondering whether to sell two HK G 36 carbines to buy VSS Vintorez (economic topic, that’s right!), and you love tactical challenging game – take a chance! Brigade E-5 is cheap now, so I think it's really worth buying. Remember that there are many fan-made modifications (like outstanding Blue Sun Mod), which greatly improve game mechanics and gameplay itself.

15

Not worth 20€...

newn | Aug. 11, 2011 | See all newn's reviews »

This is one of the worst games I've ever played, and I've played a lot of them. It just shouts "My developers have forgotten about me!" or "Hey guys, let's move the deadline a few months backwards, I want to take a vocation. Let's wrap this up until this weekend, will you guys?" To say something good before the bad starts flowing - the introduction movies are nice... But boy, that would be nice if it would keep it that way, wouldn't it be? As soon as you hear somebody talk, your impression goes away instantly. It seems as the voice actors had only one try to do that job. Even the tutorial was a disaster. It made me read a whole bunch of stuff instead of allowing me to do everything by myself. Why read a book about how to set up a TV if you can look at 4 images? Okay, let's go to the actual gameplay now: first of all, this mode called "Smart Pause Mode" is really, REALLY "smart". It will pause the game in the middle of the action. Imagine, you're in the middle of a great scene, whirling your mouse all over the place, and the game suddenly pauses. You still move the mouse for the next 2 seconds and then you freeze for another 5 seconds from the surprised. "What the..." And then you realize that you have to take a stupid tactical decision. It just CUTS trough all the fun this game could possibly give you. And the sound (not voice this time) is very annoying sometimes. One enemy is approaching you and the metal music starts... That music is good for a five-minute shootout, not for 3 shoots... A nice idea but poorly made is the fact that you can make a difficult path while in tactical mode and let it run. It went bad because of the poor path finding though...

It is really hard to recommend this game, I guess when it's on ~60-70% discount, you could buy just to see how bad it is, and out of respect towards Jagged Alliance title. I will give it 10 points for a good idea and 5 for the title...

30

ouch! that hurt.

pazmacats | April 11, 2011 | See all pazmacats's reviews »

Get jagged alliance instead.

Like every other game that emerged from the general chaos that happened after Sirtech went bankrupt, Brigade E5 is NOWHERE near the standard of Jagged Alliance 2.

The game is only slightly worse than 7.62 (its sequel) and while it certainly does look like its well thought out and everything, it is a terrible gaming experience. Hideous interface, terrible atmosphere, plenty of bugs will make you start to hate your party characters so much that you probably won't need any of the enemy chars to put them out of their misery... Shooting team-mates works just fine.