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5.11 Tactical XPRT MultiCam Tactical Pant Review

5.11 Tactical has been in the tactical gear and apparel industries for many years and they have a great reputation among airsofters looking at quality gear that won’t completely break their budgets. One of the most popular products they sell to airsoft gamers is the MultiCam TDU Pant. For just under $80 dollars, this pant has some great durability and construction quality that stands up to rugged gameplay. It was with great excitement that I saw they had announced the line of XPRT tactical apparel at SHOT Show 2017.  With a much higher price point, I was curious as to how they would hold up and compare to their lesser-expensive counterparts. 5.11 Tactical sent over a pair and I was able to find out.

In terms of design and layout, the XPRT MultiCam Tactical Pant is similar to its older sibling with some important deviations. First, the new XPRT MultiCam Tactical Pant features 16 pockets! This time, you can even find pockets in the lower ankle areas of the pants! This pair of pants even features magnetic closures on the multiple cargo pockets so that you don’t end up making a bunch of noise like you could with Velcro or zippered pockets. The fabric is nice and durable, being very similar to the MultiCam TDU Pant, and I didn’t feel as though it would rip very easily – although, I should note that I did not purposely try and tear them just because they are an expensive pair of pants. The belt loops of the new XPRT MultiCam Tactical Pant are nice and large to accommodate thicker rigger/gunner belts and the waistline of the pants features a nifty elastic adjustment system that enables the wearer to custom fit them to their particular dimensions. As an added bonus, there is a comfortable padding on the inside of the waistband to make wearing those thick belts a bit more comfortable.

The knee pad area of the XPRT MultiCam Tactical Pant has also been updated a bit. It more easily fits 5.11 Tactical’s new ENDO.K knee pad, a semi-rigid foam pad which I highly recommend. I squeezed these pads into my older MultiCam TDU Pants and simply love them – however, the fit is somewhat awkward. The new pocket is much more accommodating and shaped to these knee pads. you can still fit 5.11 Tactical’s softer knee pads in there if you like, but I highly recommend switching over to the ENDO.K pads.

The older MultiCam TDU pants tended to be a bit tight in the crotch – especially when in a crouched position. If posted up for a time, this could be pretty uncomfortable. The best way to combat this problem was to buy a size larger pair of pants than you would normally need. This gave the crotch area more material for stretching, and worked fine, except that the rest of the garment was a bit looser than I would prefer. Thankfully, this issue is now longer anything to worry about with the XPRT MultiCam Tactical Pant. 5.11 Tactical has replaced sections of the pants with a stretch fabric that moves with you and allows you to perform squatting and prone maneuvering without a problem.

The Good

  • Rugged construction
  • Stretch fabric where needed
  • Lots of pocket space
  • Adjustable waistline
  • Fits ENDO.K knee pads very well
The Bad

  • Price point
  • Magnetic closures tend to snap closed when you might want them to stay open

Overall, the biggest problem with the 5.11 Tactical XPRT MultiCam Tactical Pant is its price point. At $269.99 the pants are more expensive than a set of Crye Precision G3 combat pants. Now, is the XPRT MultiCam Tactical Pant great and amazing: YES! If you can afford these pants, you should. However, for most airsoft gamers out there, the price point is quite a bit more than what they will be comfortable with or used to paying for such an item.

5.11 Tactical XPRT MultiCam Tactical Pant Review Score

(4 out of 5 Stars)

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5.11 Tactical Unveils New TAC Pants

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 17, 2017 — SHOT SHOW® (Booth #13162) — 5.11 Tactical, the global innovator in tactical apparel and gear, today introduced the Defender-Flex Pant and Jeans, an innovative new pant that uses advanced fabrics and classic jean styling to reinvent how we work, live and are always ready.

“Our end users tell us that they want more covert tactical apparel, and the Defender-Flex Pants delivers all the tactical functionality and durability that the world expects from 5.11 in a classic jean slim or straight-fit style that blends into everyday life,” said Joel Alarcon, 5.11’s consumer division vice president.

The Defender-Flex’s tactical features include stretch and recovery technology woven into comfortable denim and twill fabrics. Its seven versatile pockets fit everything from mobile devices to full mags. Whether it’s a day at work, on the range or outdoors, the Defender-Flex Jeans are covert carry capable and ensure you’ll Always Be Ready®.

Pricing & Availability

A weekend in the backcountry, on the range or a night out on the town, the Defender-Flex Jean rolls with you. Both, straight-fit and slim styles are crafted with a lightweight Cavalry Twill cotton/polyester blend; with just enough elastane, these pants are made to keep their shape with style. The five-pocket styling and soft fade finish look sharp, and with the back mag pockets, you’ll always be ready. The Defender-Flex pants are available in Stone, Volcanic, Burnt and Oil Green. MAP: $69.99.

After a decade of R&D, 5.11 releases the Defender-Flex™ Jean. The Defender-Flex Jeans are tactically tough in a slim or straight cut for everyday wear with the features you need to power through every part of your day. From the backcountry to the briefing room, out shooting or a quiet day at home, the conceal carry weapon (CCW) ready Defender Jeans have you covered. It’s the pant 5.11 customers have asked for. An innovative cotton/polyester (LycraT400 Tough Max) mechanical stretch denim means better stretch and recovery. Five pocket styling plus two mag pockets and an extra-deep coin pocket for a mag or pocket knife up your tactical game. The Defender-Flex jeans are available in Indigo and Dark Indigo Wash. MAP: $69.99.

Colorful, comfortable and built for the tactical woman, the Defender-Flex Pant is crafted with Cavalry Twill cotton / polyester blend, with just enough elastane for freedom of movement. The Defender-Flex Pant keeps its shape no matter how you move. Device ready front pockets and back mag pockets help you stay ready. The Women’s Defender-Flex Pant is available in Stone, Volcanic, Thyme and Code Red. MAP: $69.99.

The next iteration of 5.11’s tactical pants is constructed of 5.11’s proprietary lightweight and versatile fabric Fast-Tac. Featuring articulated knees, a fully-gusseted inseam and durable water-resistant finish, 5.11’s Fast-Tac material is 25 percent lighter than traditional Ripstop. It moves effortlessly and offers superior evaporation and heat management, which is key in hot and humid conditions. Both Fast-Tac Urban and Cargo pants are CCW and mobile device ready. They’re available in Charcoal Black, Khaki, Battle Brown and Dark Navy. MAP: $39.99 for the Urban Pant and $49.99 for the Cargo Pant.

Building off the success of its EVO and ATAC® Boots, 5.11 delivers the ultimate urban tactical boot with the Halcyon line. They provide the maximum performance you would expect from a tactical boot designed for the most rigorous environments. Each pair is built with Clarino Rapid Dry Micro Suede, high abrasion Mesh and a Maximus midsole/outsole platform. The Halcyon Boot also features slip- and oil-resistant traction, a Slipstream Low-Friction Antimicrobial® lining, and an OrthoLite® insole. The boots are available in sizes 4, 5, 6-12, 13, 14, 15 Regular and 7-12, 13, Wide; MAP: $129.99 / Black, Dark Coyote.

About 5.11
With offices around the globe, 5.11 works directly with end users to create purpose-built apparel and gear designed specifically to enhance the safety, accuracy, speed, and performance of tactical professionals and enthusiasts worldwide. 5.11 products exceed rigorous standards, which have allowed the brand to establish a reputation for innovation and authenticity, and become the premier choice for those that always have to be ready. 5.11 is a portfolio company of Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE: CODI). Learn more about 5.11’s best-selling tactical gear and accessories at www.511tactical.com. Connect with 5.11 on Facebook, Twitter @511Tactical and on Instagram @511Tactical. #511tactical.

39th Annual SHOT Show 2017 Begins

LAS VEGAS — The 39th Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade ShowSM (SHOT Show®) opened its doors this morning at the Sands Expo Center with industry expectations running high in response to the energized market in America for firearms, ammunition and accessories.

Over the next four days, the show will attract nearly 65,000 industry professionals from the firearms and outdoor industry, including 2,500 members of the outdoor press-the largest gathering of outdoor media in the world-and showcase new, innovative products used for target shooting, hunting, outdoor recreation and law enforcement purposes.

Owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, the SHOT Show is the largest trade show of its kind in the world. The show is open to trade members only and not to the public; consumers will see the products unveiled at the SHOT Show on retailers’ shelves during the course of the year.

The 2017 SHOT Show opens following a year of extraordinary firearms sales-the strongest in history based on NSSF-adjusted background check statistics-and a surprise end to a tumultuous election season. Following those elections, the $6.7 billion industry is seeing purchases continue at a steady pace. Both industry professionals and consumers are optimistic about the future of firearms ownership and the shooting sports. Responding to this optimism, NSSF has added a number of new features to the show.

Kicking off what is now known as SHOT Week in Las Vegas was the 3rd Annual NSSF/HAVA Golf Classic, which took place Sunday at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Bear’s Best Country Club course in support of Honored American Veterans Afield, a firearms industry-run charitable organization that helps the healing of disabled combat veterans and their reintegration back into normal life through participation in hunting and shooting sports.

Monday’s pre-show schedule was jam-packed with events. First on tap was the new Supplier Showcase, featuring more than 260 OEM third-party suppliers on hand to network with exhibiting manufacturers and explore their needs for extrusions, fabrication, fabrics, machinery, metal, plastics, software, logistical support and tools.

Also new to Monday’s pre-show schedule was the much-anticipated Executive Management Seminar. Created to provide executive, senior level managers and rising managers information and insight on the latest management techniques and business practices, the sold-out crowd of more than 160 attendees heard from a top-notch lineup of speakers presenting on topics such as Voice of the Customer, multi-generation management and segment-specific marketing techniques.

Other pre-show events continued to build on their successes of years past. Industry Day at the Range took place on Monday with more than 200 exhibitors, a record number, providing a sneak-peek and hands-on experience to hundreds of firearms, ammunition, optics and vehicles to more than 1,600 invited outdoor media members and buyers. NSSF is the title sponsor of the event.

Finally, Monday was also the host day for NSSF’s annual SHOT Show University, the association’s premier educational resource for firearms retailers and range owners attending the show. Four learning tracks featuring multiple sessions allowed attendees from novice to veteran choose the courses that best suited their business needs. The event expanded its seating this year and sold out quickly, thanks to its extensive list of expert speakers and innovative topics.

New events and features weren’t relegated to the days before the show.

“The SHOT Show is our industry’s signature product showcase and media event that provides the first look at new products from iconic brands as well as new-to-the-market start-up ventures,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “We’re focused on helping to ensure their continued success and to provide an exceptional customer experience for attendees and exhibitors alike.”

More than 160 exhibitors brand new to the main show floor of the Sands are in attendance, as well as an additional 100 new exhibitors in the NEXT Pavilion. Retailers, range owners, law enforcement and military personnel have a bevy of Retailer Seminars and Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) sessions available throughout the week, while manufacturing exhibitors will have the chance to explore import and export opportunities with the SHOT Show’s growing number of international attendees enrolled in the International Buyer Program.

This is the fifth year NSSF is participating in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program, which matches pre-screened foreign buyers with U.S. suppliers. This participation has been such a success that John E. Andersen, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Western Hemisphere for the U.S. Department of Commerce will be attending the 2017 SHOT Show. During his visit, he’ll be hosting a special luncheon and panel discussion on Wednesday, January 18, to help exhibitors connect with international trade opportunities.

“There is all sorts of good news for the firearms industry,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “But we will always face challenges from those who wish take away our livelihood and our rights. We intend for this year’s SHOT Show to embrace the positive energy the elections have produced while preparing for the future and staying vigilant in our mission to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.”

Even as Americans continue to purchase firearms in record numbers, Sanetti points out that fatal firearms accidents continued to decline, to less than 1 percent of all fatal accidents nationwide. The industry’s firearm safety education and free gun lock program, Project ChildSafe, and its “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.” campaign will have high visibility at the show.

Tonight Sanetti will speak about industry challenges and opportunities at the annual State of the Industry Dinner. A sold-out crowd of more than 2,100 industry professionals is slated to attend this event, where in addition to the year-in-review presentation and several guest speakers, they’ll be entertained by Mike Rowe, host of the immensely popular television shows Dirty Jobs and Someone’s Gotta Do It, and CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, “a 501(c)(3) public charity that rewards people with a passion to get trained for skilled jobs that actually exist.”

For the eighth year in a row, the SHOT Show will take place at the Sands Expo Center. The show is the largest event hosted at the Sands Expo Center and attracts buyers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, hosting more than 1,600 exhibiting companies across show floor space that exceeds 630,000 net square feet-equivalent to more than 13 acres. Some 12.5 miles of aisles lead to displays of a wide spectrum of products, including firearms, ammunition, gun safes, locks and cases, optics, shooting range equipment, targets, training and safety equipment, hunting accessories, law enforcement equipment, hearing and eye protection, tree stands, scents and lures, cutlery, GPS systems, holsters, apparel, leather goods, game calls and decoys.

Major sponsors of the 2017 SHOT Show include Ram Truck Brand, Daniel Defense, United States Concealed Carry Association, Aguila Ammunition, Brownells, GunBroker.com, SIG Sauer, Carhartt, Smith & Wesson, Vista Outdoor and Winchester Ammunition.

Anyone with an interest in the show and new industry products can learn more www.shotshow.org or by following the show’s news on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Viridian Announces New Gun Camera Units

Minneapolis, MN—January 16, 2017 — Viridian Weapon Technologies™ officially announced today at SHOT SHOW 2017 a revolutionary new product category that fills a crucial gap, not only within the firearms industry, but for society as a whole.  Introducing FACT™ weapon-mounted cameras for law enforcement, conceal and carry, and self-defense.

“No product introduction at SHOT SHOW 2017 is more relevant than FACT,” said Viridian® President and CEO Brian Hedeen. “FACT can reveal what really happened in situations when a firearm is involved.” Hedeen went on to say, “FACT is not a replacement for a body camera; but with it being uniquely positioned under the muzzle of a firearm, the high definition video and audio captured by a FACT camera may better tell the real story of what occurred. Who knows, the footage might even be powerful enough to stop a riot before it starts.”

FACT™ [Fast Access Camera Technology] is designed for law enforcement, private security and the legally armed citizen and incorporates Viridian’s proprietary INSTANT-ON® activation to ensure the HD video and audio capture automatically records every time the weapon is out of the holster.

Three different FACT models will be introduced in 2017.

    • Law enforcement, duty-grade model with HD camera, forward facing audio plus 500 lumen taclight for full size firearms. ADMIN data evidence integrity built-in.
    • Universal rail mounted model with HD camera, forward facing audio plus 140 lumen taclight for compact firearms.
    • Trigger guard mounted model with HD camera and forward facing audio for subcompact/pocket pistols.

Viridian Weapon Technologies will be launching FACT™ weapon-mounted cameras at SHOT SHOW 2017 at booth #653.

For more information, go to www.ViridianWeaponTech.com/FACT.

Sellmark and Pulsar Announce Helion Thermal Handhelds

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS) – Thermal imaging technology’s popularity has been on the rise among law enforcement, first responders and hunters alike. New for 2017, the award-winning thermal-imaging manufacturer, Pulsar, comes a new thermal imaging handheld monocular with upgraded features and top-of-the-line resolution and display. The new Pulsar Helion allows small details, like the hair on your skin, to be viewed in great detail at close range due to the use of high-grade optic technology.

Coming in a variety of models, new Pulsar Helions produce a crisp and clear image through an AMOLED screen featuring 640×480 display resolution. With 8gb of storage and a built-in video recorder, you can look back on your outdoor adventures without having to purchase an external video recorder. Top Helion models offer an incredible 1800m detection range and all models boast multiple color palettes for customized display.

Strikingly robust and advanced, Helions are IPX7 waterproof-rated and are operable in extreme temperatures ranging from -13° to 122°F. Pulsar Helions have WiFi, allowing them to perfectly pair with smartphones and tablets to work seamlessly with Pulsar’s Stream Vision app, available on both Android and IOS, permitting your friends to watch your action-packed adventures in real time! For more information on the Helion and other innovative products from Pulsar, please visit us at SHOT Show, booth 11924.

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Panzer Corps Review (PC)


The folks behind Panzer Corps had their work cut out for them. Their goal: To recreate the intense strategy gameplay found in SSI’s 1994 hit, Panzer General. The game is available in both the original Panzer Corps and a multitude of DLC packs and expansions. Some expansions, like Allied Corps, add not only new campaigns to the game but also new units for you to command.

Panzer Corps’ gameplay does a great job of mimicking Panzer General’s. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and, in this case, that definitely seems to be the case. It is clear the developers at The Lordz Game Studios had a lot of love and respect for Panzer General. The game starts off with a minimal mission briefing / objective list then (usually) lets players place their units on various hex spaces on the map. After that, the player takes turns with the AI opponent moving their units – attacking and defending, etc. If you are new to the turn-based wargame genre, you can select to turn of the fog-of-war option as well as the need to resupply your units as they expend fuel and ammunition.


For multiplayer gamers out there – you will be pleased to know that this game mode does exist in Panzer Corps – albeit by way of “Play By Email” and Hotseat game types. Both multiplayer modes work well – and I can’t say anything negative about them as they are tried and true methods of strategy wargaming that have been around for a long time. You can also play single missions against AI units or through the various campaign modes that the game has to offer.

Matrix Games, the publisher of Panzer Corps, was good enough to send us over review samples of the entire Panzer Corps collection – which includes both the African and European theaters of battle. If you purchase the basic Panzer Corps experience on Steam, it will run you $19.99 – but, if you purchase the Panzer Corps Collection on Steam, it will cost $79.99. While that is definitely not cheap, you are getting a virtual ton of content for it – including the Allied Corps expansion which allows you to play as the allies. Also in the big collection is the Afrika Korps expansion which takes players to Northern Africa. Panzer Corps was first released back in 2010, so at this point if you are interested in taking the plunge, I highly suggest just buying the whole collection.


Panzer Corps’ biggest weakness is its UI – which is not very self explanatory and will take some getting used to. In some ways, I hoped they would take the gameplay of past games and merge it with more modern design choices – making it easier for young gamers to pick up. But, it is functional and, once you learn it, you won’t have trouble navigating the various buttons and icons. The basic flow of battle is easy to understand – you move a unit, then attack an enemy within its range. Of course, some units will be more successful than others in fighting certain types of enemy units, so the game has a built in battle odds calculator that you can reference prior to firing a shot. It is not 100% accurate but it gives you a general idea of how your units will fare.

Also, if you are a fan of history, World War II, or battle strategy in general you will have a lot of fun trying to take various strategies in the historic battles found in the game’s huge campaign.

Overall, Panzer Corps and its large collection of DLC packs and expansions is a must-buy for turn-based wargame fans and those wanting to flex their strategy muscles.

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Sector 5 Black Ops Elite iPhone 5/5S Case Review


Tactical phone cases are nothing new – ever since the first cell phones, people have sought to protect them in ruggedized cases. One of the most modern and stylish entries into this field comes from ElementCase with their Sector 5 Black Ops Elite iPhone 5/5S case. Retailing for $219.95 on their official website, the Sector 5 is not cheap. However, people who use tactical gear know that you get what you pay for. Moreover, the Sector 5 Black Ops Elite comes with a nice holster made from cordura fabric and even features MOLLE webbing on the back so you can attach it to your favorite plate carrier, backpack, etc. It will also snap closed in case you want to run a belt through it.

As for its design and quality, the Sector 5 Black Ops Elite iPhone 5/5S case is made from thin, CNC machined aluminum which is both light weight and strong. After getting the Sector 5 Black Ops out of the box, you need to install it on your phone. This is relatively simple and everything you need is in the box. First to be assembled around your iPhone is the aluminum frame, then you can clean the phone and adhere the back plate, which actually sticks on. The back of the case features a nifty clip to hang it on things but I can’t see someone paying the heft price point of this case and not using the included tactical holster with it. For those of your concerned not only with the physical security of your phone but also the information security, the box comes packaged with a privacy screen protector to keep prying eyes from getting good looks at what’s on your screen.

Actually using the Sector 5 Black Ops Elite phone case is effortless, as I have used rugged phone cases which add so much bulk to the phone its like the size of three iPhone 5s put back to back. With the Sector 5 Black Ops Elite, it almost feels like you have no phone protection while that being the exact opposite of the truth. The case is just so light – it is truly remarkable how strong it is for its weight.

Overall, the Sector 5 Black Ops Elite iPhone 5/5S case from ElementCase is an exceptional, if not expensive way to keep your iPhone safe from impacts. For people in a tactical occupation, who play action sports like airsoft, or simply like to protect their smartphones, you won’t be disappointed.  You can find it at online retailers as well as the official ElementCase website.

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Blackguards Coming to Steam Early Access Next Week


Hamburg, October 29th, 2013 –As of November 7, three months before its official release, Daedalic Entertainment’s upcoming turn-based RPG Blackguards will be available for purchase thanks to Valve’s Steam Early Access program.

Early Access is designed to allow players to play a game before its official release, and to influence the development process by mailing in their feedback based on pre-release builds.

Blackguards will be published chapter by chapter while in Early Access: On November 07th, 2013, Daedalic Entertainment releases the first part of the game, all other chapters of a total of five will follow after three weeks’ time each.

Daedalic Entertainment offers several packages for those interested in Early Access. In every case, players will secure access to the final version of Blackguards, by paying a lower price than they would if they purchased the game after its official release.

Additionally, they have the opportunity to purchase exclusive extras that will only be available before the official release: For $24.99/£18.99/€24.99, players receive the Standard Early Access Edition of Blackguards, including all chapters for PC at their earliest availability, and the full PC & Mac version of the game after the official release. For $34.99/£26.99/€34.99, players receive the Blackguards Early Access Deluxe Edition, additionally including an approx. 150 page artbook, as well as developer interview videos and six exclusive wallpapers.

Priced $49.99/£29.99/€49.99, the Blackguards Early Access Contributor Edition additionally includes an appearance of a buyer’s name within the game’s credits, as well as the first Blackguards DLC and a copy of the The Dark Eye point & click adventure Chains of Satinav for free.

All additional content will be available upon completion,

Leviathan: Warships Announced


NEW YORK — February 6, 2013 — Paradox Interactive, a publisher of games and a wearer of lifejackets, and developer Pieces Interactive today announced the forthcoming release of a new tactical action game, Leviathan: Warships, for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android platforms. The game, which challenges players to assemble customized fleets of warships and weaponry, will feature cross-platform gameplay across all supported platforms, allowing battles to be fought from nearly any computer, tablet, or location. With a full co-op campaign and several player-vs.-player (PvP) maps ready to put fleets to the test, Paradox reminds players that their tablets will not function as floatation devices.

Ships just got real, watch the announcement trailer here:

In Leviathan: Warships, players will choose from a wide array of ship and weapon types to build a personalized fleet and fight battles in a unique blend of action and turn-based gameplay. Captains can take their time to plot out their turn, assigning moves and attacks to their ships, and then witness the chaos of battle as each fleet engages their maneuvers in simultaneous action sequences. With Leviathan: Warships, Paradox puts the sea in the cloud, allowing players to start a session from their tablet and continue their cloud-saved skirmish from their computer, challenging foes on any available device.

Leviathan: Warships features:

  • Tactical Action: Plot out your turn in advance and watch your plans come to fruition alongside your foes’ moves
  • Form Your Fleet: Customize your fleet choosing from multiple ship types and arm them with a vast set of both offensive and defensive weaponry.
  • Sink Your Devices: Cross-platform play between PC, Mac, iOS and Android, together with the games built-in cloud saving functionality, allows you to continue your sessions from any computer, tablet or location
  • Enlist Your Shipmates: Bring along up to 3 other players for five individual challenge missions, or a full co-op campaign spanning nine levels.
  • Own the Oceans: Prove your dominance of the sea by saving replays of your battles
  • Support for Marooned Sailors: Offline mode available for campaign and challenges

To find out more about Leviathan: Warships, visit:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeviathanGame
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LeviathanWarships
Website: http://www.paradoxplaza.com/games/leviathan-warships
Forum: http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?771-Leviathan-Warships

Jagged Alliance: Back in Action Quick Review (PC/Steam)

A bit of background on this particular piece. Ripper71, one of our esteemed writers, is under the weather. Please send him your good thoughts and jujumugumbo in his recovery! In the meantime, however, I will try to do an adequate job of reviewing a game which was originally on his plate: Jagged Alliance: Back in Action. This game is basically a modernization of the classic game Jagged Alliance 2. It brings crisp 3D graphics to the table as well as a mixture of real-time and turn-based combat (the original only featured turn-based).

How is it?

During my short time with the game, and being a fan of the original, I would have to say it is pretty darn good and well worth your money. The action is still very tactical, even when using the real-time mode (which younger gamers will probably find more appealing than us “old” guys), and it brought back a lot of fond gaming memories of Jagged Alliance 2 while also making plenty of new ones. There is a ton of equipment to outfit your mercenaries with on your quest to liberate a small island nation from a vicious despot. Mercenaries also have personalities and skill load-outs of their own and, some, don’t even like each other! A particular mercenary might not want to work with you if you are employing another individual.

Aside from controlling squads in an isometric view, you will also have to macro-control multiple squads as they maneuver across the island. Plan carefully, as by trekking across the game world in this manner, squads lose stamina until they get a chance to rest a while. Also of particular coolness is that, after you liberate a a map area from the regime, you will see militia units pop up, which you can then outfit with gear. These NPCs will help defend the territory from enemy troops whether you are there or not! Of course, they don’t always win but it is better than using harsh language and rude gestures to route the enemy.

All that being said, Jagged Alliance: Back in Action does have some low-points. Unfortunately, the game’s AI can be downright wonky. Ranged characters do not always auto-defend themselves from opponents who get in close for a melee strike, even when set to guard, and the detection rate of enemy soldiers seems to sway back and forth between making them seem like near-sighted elderly people to highly-trained US Navy SEALs.


Overall, Jagged Alliance: Back in Action is a fun and tactical game of combat which will provide you with a lot of fun – even if there are some frustrations thrown in every so often. Just make sure to save a lot and you will be fine. Now, get ordering up another thousand rounds of .45 ACP for your mercs, they are running low!