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Brigade E5: New Jagged Union

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: 1C Company
Developer: Apeiron

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'Brigade E5: New Jagged Union' - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 9, 2005 @ 12:55 a.m. PST

Brigade E5: New Jagged Union is a tactical game that places gamers in the small tropical nation of Palinero on the verge of 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 the opportunity to experience three different viewpoints of the conflict or work outside the political structure to achieve their own goals in the global domination. Game play for the title 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's skill and attributes resulting in the behavior of soldiers becoming more natural and diverse. Furthermore players can issue a chain of commands that troops will carry out automatically.

Brigade E5 is based on an innovative system called SPM (Smart Pause Mode). It successfully blends together advantages of both real-time and turn-based games. One of the title's distinctive features is that it doesn't use action points typical for turn based tactical games. However each action takes various amounts of time depending on character's skill and attributes. As a result behavior of soldiers controlled both by players and AI becomes more natural and diverse. Furthermore players can issue a chain of commands that soldiers will carry out automatically. Such scripts will make the control of the player's party much easier than in other games of the same genre.

Main characters can be chosen from an extensive pool of cutthroat mercenaries, both male and female. Main objective of the game is to survive in the chaos that has enveloped the whole country. The storyline offers the opportunity to experience three different viewpoints. Players will have a chance to fight for either faction of the conflict and even switch side right in the middle of a battle. It is also possible to be independent and achieve your own goals in the global turmoil.

A lot of attention is paid to arms and ammunition. The choice of weapons will satisfy even highly demanding fans. There are more than 100 accurate models of firearms, dozens types of ammunition and grenades, body armor and special equipment. Players will be also able to modify and upgrade weapons by adding various gadgets, sniper scopes, mini grenade launchers, bayonets, etc.).

Brigade E5 features a selection of specially balanced maps for death match (up to 4 players, up to 6 characters per party).

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