So here we go. This is our standing position - plenty of tangos on the map - our starting position has little to offer in case of cover. It is night and we have 4 mercs.
Let's get closer look on them.
First one of my favs from JA2 - Magic and trust me he does do magic. His equipment is kevalr helmet with night vision goggles, kevlar vest + normal shirt, spectra trousers. He is equiped with Stery Assault Rifle and it is better than in JA2 where I didn't like this gun because of 3 bullet auto-shot. Secondary sidearm is a .357 pistol. Other equipment is smoke and stun grenade and lockpicks. As you can see grenades have 3 'charges' so I can throw each one 3 times. Here smoke grenade dosen't make huge clowd of smoke and when it explodes enemies tend to rush there - so I think it is meh thing for sneaky attack - rather in battle use.
On the right side you can see standard JA skills - I think they are different than in original and below you can see mercs special abilities - in case of Magic it is expert assault rifles, Chameleon - gives better camouflage and Athletic - uses less energy when running. Speaking of camouflage - on the left side you can see 4 different types of camouflage. Each one represent different type of terrain.
Next merc is Fidel - never liked him much although he is a good merc. In my playthorugh I didn't use him much.
He is demo expert, melee expert and a loner - better when working alone. His equipment is meh for current play - a sub machine gun and explosives.
Next one - Lynx - I like him he was my fav and he is very good merc though normally I stopped taking him in JA2 series after a while. He isn't equipped well in case of armour, but being a sniper he will be very far in battle line.
His equipment is Dragunov sniper rifle with 4x scope and M-14 assault rifle, 2 medical syringes - the very basic healing kit. He is expert sniper, Night Ops - better morale at night and Macho - description says - better when teaming with some women - I guess that isn't Buzz
And last is Danny. I played with him once - a good merc not my fav but I can recommend him. His equipment is baisc - pistol and shotgun. Because he is a medic and a good one he has large medikit. He's skill is Athletic and Scout.
So ok. Now that we are introduced - let's get into action....
Oh wait... I got just creamed...
Enemy soldiers are very beefed up I guess and they can kill very easly from far position. Also they were many but still their ACC is very high.
Ok so I try something else. Lynx you try with a head shot - his chance is good one judging by words.
Just to show you how much range this game has now. This is the position the enemy is shooting
This is the positio my mercs are standing - almost 2 screens away and they were hit. So it shows that the difficulty is high enough to make you careful.
So I won this shootout barely - Fidel and Lynx where almost killed - lucky Danny is here to save the day - not that after being knocked down you can't heal mercs completely.
I gathered team in front of the guardhouse.
Also you can change the behaviour of pause system as you like.
After few trials of error I change the position of my mercs. Dany went to the guardhouse from the left side. Lynx went back and to the right to get better sniping position. Magic will support Lynx in case enemy decides to charge in.
Also notice how far I can shoot and have perfect aim from Lynx. That is 3-5 screens.
Next I move Magic forward and using this new feature I surprise the unaware enemy with hot spray of lead. Please not that I wouldn't be able to do it from starting position even if I was standing.
Lynx continued to snipe enemies at distance and some decided to charge so with help from Magic they were disposed of quickly.
After having some pause at fighting I scavenge some loot. I have found SPAS, M79 and 66mm rocket - SPAS I gave to Danny. Unfortunately I wasn't given any 40mm grenades and the rockets I guess are for LAW. Also there was some other junk like apple, pineapple, smokes, spiders etc.
After a while some patrol guys stormed this position - seeing their buddies lying they went to check what has happened. Of course they found out the hard way.
First area cleared. So I moved to the less guarded fence of some field hospital.
I crawl inside and found first annoying glitch. Although Magic is hidden behind this bed his hands are clipping through it. Making him strangely visible to the enemy who is able to hit him.
So doing it much better second time. I move Lynx to shoot through window and Magic pops out and peppers with his Steyr - it was very effective.