I've started a new game in Jagged Alliance: Back in Action. Crossfire is fun, but they're quite different.
I guess I might as well explain, in case anyone's considering getting either, but don't know which to start with. Crossfire is standalone, so BiA is not required to play. Crossfire is also a more linear experience, has a smaller world with fewer areas to capture, money's more scarce and so is good equipment. It's not really a more difficult game in any way, and in some ways it's even easier. Crossfire is better in some ways, because the areas are designed in a way that takes better advantage of the game's engine. Well, that's my opinion, anyway. In BiA, there are lots of large, open outdoor areas, while Crossfire has more buildings and urban maps, which makes it more tactically interesting. Crossfire also has a larger selection of mercenaries and weapons.
Still, it's a considerably shorter game ( It is technically an expansion ).
Anyway, I started playing Back in Action again, and I've done some things differently. I'm having a blast - again! It's even better this time than the first time I played it. In part because I started out with just two mercenaries - one really good, expensive one, and a cheap one. They've now been joined by a good marksman/explosives expert, and together they're tearing Arulco apart.
One thing I noticed is that things seem to progress more slowly now. Maybe it's because I'm doing everything faster - capturing more areas in fewer days. Well, I'm not complaining. In my first playthrough, I started coming up against high-level enemies very early, which made things very difficult early on. I'm not really sure why.
Anyway, that's enough information that nobody cares about, since I'm apparently the only person in the world who actually likes Back in Action.