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MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38871] Tue, 18 May 2004 05:00 Go to next message
AZAZEL

 
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WOLF !
Perhaps Shadow is a better choice...
But Sanderson does it all.
"Nobody does anything like I do" sais it all. Such a good temper and trainer.
I say we make a contest for the most popular AIM hire here.

Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38872] Tue, 18 May 2004 06:40 Go to previous messageGo to next message
LordDario

 
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Wolf is a great hire. I am stuck in a rut where I cant help but hire the same mercs every game Smile They are:

Wolf
Dr. Q
Spider
Grunty
Blood

All cheap, all fast learners, all will be amazing killers by mid-game.

UC has screwed up my habits with the changes to the AIM mercs argh! Smile

Of those favorties I might put Wolf as #1 if he had lockpicking/NO instead of NO/teaching. Given that, I would probably go with Spider or Dr. Q for my #1 merc of all time considering money, traits, stats, etc.

I know, a lot of people shy away from Spider due to her low agility and strength, but I dont find it to be a problem, and agility raises fast given the right opportunities.
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38873] Thu, 27 May 2004 05:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
trevorColby

 
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Registered:August 2003
Wolf is cool but he doesn't like Numb, I have to separate those two to prevent Numb from getting killed!
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38874] Fri, 11 June 2004 23:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
AZAZEL

 
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Wolf won a special place in my heart the first time he said:" IT WASN'T THAT CLOSE!", after Ira and Fox miawled something about a bullet passing by...
He never left, since.
I'll say it again, whatever more times needed:
WOLF-FOX-GRIZZLY-LYNX is in my opinion the best balanced & available team.

Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38875] Sat, 12 June 2004 06:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Sweeper

 
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I have to vote Magic, expensive yes, but has a position on my starter team...

He just gets the job done.
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38876] Sat, 12 June 2004 23:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
AZAZEL

 
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Yes, Magic is the fittest.Reliability should take that into account.He opens doors. He's not a nurse,though!
Just listen to Ice when Magic dies...
I do think he's the most capable of them all.He could even be self-sufficient.I mean he's ideal for solo missions.
Even better than Scully!
But that doesn't change the way I feel about Wolf!

Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38877] Mon, 14 June 2004 22:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Cayenne

 
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Registered:July 2003
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Nah, best hire is Thor. He is one of fastest learners and has GREAT physical attributes. He gets very accurate very fast.

Also i get Blood... now that is one killing-machine. He interrupts everyone and kills anyone with anything in one turn.
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38878] Tue, 15 June 2004 12:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
yellow

 
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I'd also have to say Magic is the best all-around merc. His lockpicking skills, marksmanship, and high interupt capabilites make him ideal as a point man. He also repairs stuff fast!
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38879] Tue, 15 June 2004 17:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Johnny the Bull
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Scully is the most reliable. Strong, fast, intelligent and accurate. I took Drassen with a pistol and a knife with Scully. Good times...
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38880] Thu, 17 June 2004 01:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
AZAZEL

 
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Wolf's needed training: some 2 days at leadership.
Oh, and 2 points on agility- nothing a couple of nights with Foxy...can't fix...
Feels great to have him around!
He never misses anything, used properly!

Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38881] Sat, 19 June 2004 03:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
idiotgod

 
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Registered:September 2003
Location: Toronto
Wolf is good. Too bad he caught a few bullets and died.

Magic is great. Scully is good, I've got him toting a Minimi.

I really like Grunty though. He's not the best merc, but he is great for his price.

Cougar kicks ass.
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38882] Tue, 06 July 2004 08:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
AZAZEL

 
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@idiotgod
In my games there's one rule:NOBODY DIES!Not under my command.And not if I can do something about it!
Not even the AIM members I don't plan to ever hire.If I get the message about one having died in action bravely,while fighting in a remote country,I get mad.Then, I reload the game and leave all "unavailable"(jack ass employed) mercs messages on their machines:they'll call me to ask for a job.Bare with their constant mails,just don't let them dye...

Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38883] Wed, 07 July 2004 00:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
DNA from the Lowlands

 
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Wow, get them to their answering machines, before they bite it in the Philipines,/ (the place where they get wrecked nto philistines, prolly best in Dutch) THANKS!!!

As for Mos.Val.Merc. it must be Magic, if I only were able to take one Merc it'd be him.
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38884] Wed, 07 July 2004 00:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Harper

 
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Wolf is a nice mercenary and pretty cool Smile However, after playing JA2 for some years now, I find using mercs with the Night Ops skill has the bad taste of cheating Wink
Magic definetly is the greatest of them all. After Mike "Gonnabecoldsoon" has been dispatched Magic is a hot candidat for becoming AIM's new No. 1.
I wonder that Gus has not been mentioned in this thread. Actually, he can do everything. His only significant weakness is the permanent repetition of the word "Woody" (after he kills Mike he promisses to stop that; however, he doesn't). His low agility is compensated by his high level: I sent him in the building in H2, and he interrupted everyone, including the elites! In my judgement the only candidat that might challenge Magic as No. 1 Smile
Back to Magic: Raven has a Medical-skill of 5, however, this is quite sufficient to bandage two mercs in combat. Compared to her skill Magic seems to be a quite able medic.
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38885] Wed, 07 July 2004 06:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
AZAZEL

 
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Since I started this storm:
Try this:create IMP char,go recruit Ira.Put them on training without trainer,for as much as you want,or rather till they reach 85 in every stat.The mercs from AIM and MERC will go on another missions,you won't loose them(send messages,but IPSOI this can't be done for MERC members),everybody will get reliable for their job-speciality,they'll have ridiculously high stats.Gus will,eventually, have great agility
For some reason the ennemy doesn't raise to those levels.But some of the AIM members will be beyond your means early on...
Used this cheat only for the 8000+ game.Pays off...

Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38886] Wed, 07 July 2004 11:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Rednight

 
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WOLF is my boy.....fixes gear...fixes troopers, and trains militia and always fits inside my budget.

I am a rifle man and simply use the troops I start the campaign with until the end for the most part. Mercs like Scope come into play later on in the fight. I try to cut some people but for the most part I like to keep the crew I have....It is like dumping great team members just before you get on the plane for the World Series.
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38887] Wed, 07 July 2004 15:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Gandhi

 
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ya know what... i have been playing ja2 all wrong.. i just realised this. I hire only the best mercs in the beginning of the game, the mercs which require almost no training in most skills,and my imp. makes the game too easy... man.. i am soooooo dumb. >: ( time to restart.. Very Happy
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38888] Tue, 13 July 2004 13:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Doc Croc

 
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Wolf is also great at higher levels because of his good physical stats and teaching ability. Once he gets to like 70 in leadership he's great at training people in health... he can even train flo up to 70 or so.
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38889] Wed, 14 July 2004 02:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
AZAZEL

 
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Hm,Doc,would you mind elaborating(explaining) that?
IPSOI a level 1 trainer is just as valuable as a level 10 one,cause he/she can only train someone till he/she reaches that number minus 10 in that stat,like this: a health 95 or more merc can train another to 85,and so on...
It also depends on the number of students,a teaching expert might teach 8 or more in a stat,but what's that worth when you have a low wisdom student or an already knowleadgeable one,that can't be taught more than 2/2 ?

Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38890] Tue, 27 July 2004 18:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
R@S

 
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Wolf is a good choise, and Magic(but expensive). But my favorites are Thor and Trevor. With my IMP they make an exellent team able to use stealth and a great strike force. I have to confess that I have never hired Magic. Maybe I should do that before posting this:)
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38891] Wed, 28 July 2004 01:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Doc Croc

 
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I know that Wolf is an effective teacher from the beginning but not all of his skills are where I want them to be. By the time he reaches higher levels he usually has the same stats as Scully (except wisdom) and is still cheap enough where I don't mind putting him on training duty.
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38892] Wed, 28 July 2004 16:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
AZAZEL

 
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Quote:
Originally posted by Doc Croc:
I know that Wolf is an effective teacher from the beginning but not all of his skills are where I want them to be. By the time he reaches higher levels he usually has the same stats as Scully (except wisdom) and is still cheap enough where I don't mind putting him on training duty.
You want the best physical trainer,I guess.My IMP char never needs training in physical stats,they increase much harder than MRK,MED,EXPL,MECH!Of course,I make him "practice" in tactical screen...
Hire Magic,or,even better:SHADOW-he has 95 in everything that matters...in combat.After the battle,well,you'll have to train him!

Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38893] Thu, 29 July 2004 06:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
DNA from the Lowlands

 
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Scully, statswise is a hell of a merc + he's got the wisdom. It's just that his knifing-expertise doesn't catch my fancy when compared to his price.

Fav. Merc? (I've allready mentioned Magic plenty, haven't I) ...has to be Magic. ("Smooth" comes to mind sooner)
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38894] Mon, 09 August 2004 00:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Stargirl

 
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Registered:May 2002
Location: Netherlands
AZAZEL wrote WOLF-FOX-GRIZZLY-LYNX
Well I go for the first 3 every time. they work together well and by the time I reach Grumm thier stats have risen considerably. With Wolfs mech stats, Foxy's medical, and Grizzly's strength and heavy weps. I also go for Spider due to her wisdom allowing her to learn quickly. Lynx Comes in later as funds allow or when I've lifted Kingpins stash.
My other choises are Trevor, locks and explosives and Blood.
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38895] Mon, 09 August 2004 02:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
AZAZEL

 
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@Stargirl
Lynx,heavily trained in mechanics(wisdom!),is(might be) cheaper and better with electronics than Trevor!
It all depends on the player and the moment of his hiring.
The "style" again...

Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38896] Thu, 09 September 2004 11:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
CCKeane

 
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Registered:September 2004
Location: Hoboken/Long Island

I like Hitman. Good, cheap, efficent. Gets along with mostly everyone. (except raider, but that might be only when raven is hired as well)Excellent LDR and great trainer.
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38897] Fri, 10 September 2004 01:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jack Funk

 
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Registered:August 2004
Location: New Hampshire, USA
I always get Hitman too. He is a great militia trainer and a decent sniper. I've never tried Magic, time to hire him.

Most reliable? I am partial to Shadow. He is always the first elite merc I hire. Maybe it's just because he's cool.
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38898] Fri, 10 September 2004 02:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
The NumbNuts

 
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"Saps Ace"
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38899] Mon, 25 October 2004 15:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
jamotide

 
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Registered:July 2002
Location: Germany
Gus! Plus he calls me Woody, which I find hilarious! But he's soo expensive...so Magic and Len are great,too.
Raven is pretty reliable, and cheaper.
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38900] Mon, 25 October 2004 15:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bane

 
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Registered:May 2000
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Wolf is great. A good general "all-round" type. He can do it all, and is relatively cheap as well.

Still, if I had to hire ONE merc, it would be Raven. Her MRK and skills (NO/AW) make her an extremely efficient pointman, the perfect companion for my IMP.
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38901] Mon, 25 October 2004 20:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
AZAZEL

 
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Hm,that blonde babe again?For a level 2 merc she's too expensive,my playing style doesn't include so much burstfire,and she's not agile enough.
Yes,played with tandems,only hiring one merc from the beginning to the end,plus the locals.Shadow,Raven,Trevor were for me the ones to pick for the "only hire one AIM" theme.
That ONE,in case I'd only hire one,would be Shadow for me.He's decent enough to wait for my IMP char to surpass him in experience level till he gains one,and his fees increase-never understood why,cause in that tandem with IMP he achieves about the same number of kills.Not the case for Raven,who's not wiser but somehow always gets too expensive for a level 5+,so I usually replace her with Cougar.
But again,I hire teams,not individuals,and I prefer at least 3 mercs liking eachother,cause those comments and reciproque praises have become something I cannot enjoy the game without.

Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38902] Mon, 25 October 2004 21:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bane

 
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She may be pricey, but if you are only hiring one merc, you have plenty to spare. Her level goes up pretty fast, she usually is my second highest level merc after my IMP. Your comments about agility are accurate though, and if you don't subscribe to burst, then I guess she isn't for you.

I know you do this already but I'll mention it again...you can hire mercs multiple times while they are low level, thereby getting them while they are relatively cheap. In that case, her price at higher levels is irrelevant.

Like you, I also prefer teams, but also like you, I do the initial assault solo for economic reasons.
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38903] Mon, 25 October 2004 22:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
El_slapper

 
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Registered:March 2001
Location: Taverny, France
Quote:
Originally posted by Bane:
(.../...)

Like you, I also prefer teams, but also like you, I do the initial assault solo for economic reasons.
Me too. For the reason I give 35 in MKS to my IMP, so he/she needs some easy solo firefights to get to the 55s, where he/she is good enough to get betetr & better. I take Drassen with IMP + Ira. Faaaar enough. Once it's done, though, you need more people to make the job(unless you don't care reconquista by the Queen).
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38904] Tue, 26 October 2004 08:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mental7

 
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Registered:October 2004
Fidel is among the cheapest people available (from AIM), if you can stand him. Grunty's very cheap and learns fast - and he's got Nite Ops. But then Buzz is best.
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38905] Fri, 29 October 2004 06:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
-CHAZZ-

 
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Registered:August 2003
Location: Croatia, Europe
I always pick Raven, but this time she went far too far. Her contract is almost over, and she asks 120.000$ for 2 weeks, or 11.000$/day. Now, that is ridiculous.I like better HI-lvl HI-stats Hamous than that overpriced blonde.Or Igor. Her starting level should be like 5 or something, or she should be cheaper...or i simply should hire her at day 35 when im swimming in cash and hire her for, say, 3 MONTHS LMAO Smile
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38906] Mon, 01 November 2004 06:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
DaveS425

 
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Registered:January 2002
Location: Bellevue, WA
I always seem to hire Fox and Wolf. Since I'm not big on Night Ops I changed Wolf's skills to Heavy Weapons + Lockpick for Urban Chaos (if the modders can change him, so can I Smile ). Hiring Lynx at the start is great for saving ammo (no wasted shots) but almost makes things too easy.

Fox is cheap, and her wisdom turns her into a shooter in no time (by day 10 she reached 96 MRK in my current UC game), plus she's a decent medic and militia trainer.
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38907] Mon, 01 November 2004 06:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
atman

 
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Registered:October 2004
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By the way, do you know if there's any merc whom Blood likes and comments his actions?

Just to make the game more colourful.

Ice admires Grizzly's actions, but does Grizzly admire loudly someone despite Shadow?

The same question about Ice and Wolf: Whom do i have to hire to hear their comments/to hear comments about them?
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38908] Mon, 01 November 2004 07:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Sigma

 
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Location: Lahti, Finland

Grizzly likes Bull. There is a list somewhere about these, but I can
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38909] Mon, 01 November 2004 10:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
-CHAZZ-

 
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Blood likes Magic and hates Bubba and Cliff.
Blood is liked by Ice,Magic and Reaper.
Grizzly likes Bull, Shadow and Wolf, and hates Dr.Q.
Ice is liked by: Lynx,Magic and Thor.
Wolf is liked by:Cougar,Fox(Oh, Wolfie...),and Grizzly.
Chazz.
Re: MOST RELIABLE GUN FOR HIRE[message #38910] Mon, 01 November 2004 11:51 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
atman

 
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That's ok, i just wanted to know the cases where those mercs sometimes start talking admiring their friends, since it doesn't happen in all of the 'relationships' you listed.
By the way how it is known they like each other if sometimes they don't have lines regarding their friends? (Eg. Grizzly never talks about Wolf, but the relationship guide says he likes him - how we know that?)
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