Jagged Alliance: Back in Action

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"I found it hard to stop until all my plans worked out, and even defeat often had me immediately coming back to try again. That’s the mark of an addictive, fun game" - StrategyInformer.com


A ruthless dictator has seized power on the island of Arulco. The toppled former president has asked you to hire the best mercenaries in the world and win his country back for him ... inch by inch, sector by sector...

Designed from the ground up to offer a modern gaming experience, Back in Action showcases an updated isometric 3D look and interface, highly detailed character models and a variety of new gameplay features. Back in Action takes players to the fictitious country of Arulco, where a ruthless dictator has seized power and only a small group of rebels stand to resist him. Tasked with freeing the island from the dictator’s iron grip, players will command rebel and mercenary forces while using tactical, diplomatic and economic tools to keep troops supplied and ready for the next flight, all while commanding them directly in nail-biting battles.

Back in Action’s innovative “plan & go” combat system combines real-time strategy (RTS) with turn-based elements to guarantee that the intricacies of tactical warfare are rendered in dynamic, exciting gameplay. This challenges would-be commanders to master not only strategy and tactical combat, but also to maximize their team’s capabilities through RPG-like character advancement.

Key Features:

  • Unrivaled mix of combat (tactics), roleplay, business and strategy

  • Innovative “Plan & Go” combat system combines RTS gameplay with turn-based elements

  • Realistic war setting with authentic-looking firearms

  • Laptop/computer menu as a central anchor point for the player

  • Assemble your own unit of mercenaries from numerous unique mercenaries

  • Simultaneous control of multiple squads using a strategic map

  • Convincing characters who interact with and comment on the game events

  • All the dialog has audio

  • Acquire resources by capturing mines and encampments

Customer reviews


Expected more

Kwydin | Feb. 6, 2014 | See all Kwydin's reviews »

I had more hopes for a rework of the series, well I'm slightly dissapointed. Better graphics and nice 3D effects. Gameplay is a bit better than earlier and I really like the active pause and action planning with possibility to time actions of your merc's. Change from actions based on turn/point into times needed in active mode. Less accessories and no more DIY accessories. Health regained instantly after applying meds (no need to wait for them to heal) - exception when your merc was revived. Merc's are employed for the whole game - it was bit of a pain to remember to renew your contract but it was more realistic + earlier you could hire more expensive merc's for a shorter time. You can only hire military by giving them a weapon personally (the pain ...) . Overall still a fine game to play.


Enjoyable Game

Woundead | Oct. 12, 2013 | See all Woundead's reviews »

I found this game fun and intresting to play. Pausable "turnbased" strategy with some rpg elements with level ups och likes/dislikes towards other mecenaries(party members). You loot money and weapons and in turn can make your mercs better and/or hire new better and more expensive mercs. Fun game I recommend, although I have not played the previous games in the series.


Good but should be better

bala1201 | Sept. 9, 2013 | See all bala1201's reviews »

As a great Jagged Alliance fan I had very high expectations when I tried this game. Well, at first sight it was a disappointment. On the first map I easily killed all the guards with an axe, I couldn't repair my kevlars, the AI is incredibly stupid without any tactical sense they simply start running towards you and shooting when in range.The difficulty only means increased numbers and better equipment. Money was the only issue at the beginning but later it also became a piece of cake. Too easy with some annoying bugs but still played to the end :-)


More like spin off

Demilisz | July 11, 2013 | See all Demilisz's reviews »

Back in Action is formally a remake of Jagged alliance 2, but in real time with active pause. At the beginning, the game was a mess with a lot of bugs. Now, after several patches, it is much more enjoyable than before. While fans would never forgive this game for not being turn based, the rest of gamers may take a look as the combat system isn't bad - especially if you played Commandos series. And there is always a active pause with some nice features (like synchronizing actions of several mercenaries) for someone who prefer slower approach. A good game overall, but mostly for non Jagged Alliance fans


A solid tactical game

Lekes | Feb. 11, 2013 | See all Lekes's reviews »

When this game came out, I was not a fan, it was riddled with bugs and game-play errors. These have for the most part been fixed, but there are still some major issues that need to be addressed: The learning curve is extreme, you go from fighting guys with fire axes to heavily armed assault squads with insane accuracy, but I could overlook all of that, IF you could repair armor. In the end this game just doesn't live up to the jagged alliance series we expect ,but the game in-itself is a decent and I do enjoy playing it (For the most part).