Since Just Cause 3 is set to come out this year, let’s take look back on it’s predecessor, Just Cause 2.
Just Cause 2 did many things right with very little room for flaws. Receiving no lower than 8/10 by critics, this game was definitely successful. The game is set in the fictional dystopian island nation of Panau, which is led by Pandak “Baby” Panay. Your character is Rico Rodriguez, the main character in all of the Just Cause games, and a military agent out to overthrow Panay. Along with overthrowing Panay, your other mission is to find a rogue agent who is supposedly Panay’s mentor, John Sheldon.
Being an open world game, JC2 allows you to freely go wherever and do whatever you want, without regard to the story-line. The main way of progressing is Chaos, which is essentially blowing things up in a Michael Bay fashion, and finding collectibles. Rico’s main method of transport is his grappling hook and parachute, which can both be deployed in quick succession to travel quickly throughout the world. The player also has access to a black market dealer named Sloth Demon who provides Rico with weapons, vehicles and an extraction system which is similar to fast traveling.
Players easily spend countless hours exploring the island nation of Panau. The entire world is measured to be approximately 200 square miles in total. This can lead to some boring moments where the players have to travel to a place they haven’t discovered before. Although, once you arrive and start blowing things up, the bore goes away. The game’s Chaos system is an ingenious way to progress through the storyline. All players must know how to do is blow things up and find glowing boxes. JC2’s engine shows explosions extremely well and the lighting effects are spectacular, comparable to modern games like Battlefield 4 and Far Cry 4.
However, this game isn’t perfect. The Panauan army is the main culprit, and sometimes the soldiers will aggro onto Rico when it is totally uncalled for. Their catch phrases are repetitive and annoying, along with many other voice acting in the game. Cut scenes are mediocre and boring, always obligating the player to skip them to get to the interesting part of the game. The WiFi system that shows the player where certain collectibles are is nice, but doesn’t help when the player is in a very large city.
Overall, this game is a gem if you want something open world and full of action. Just Cause 3 looks fantastic and will hopefully fix some of JC2’s flaws.
The Just Cause Series is developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Eidos Interactive and Square Enix.
Just Cause 3 is set to release December 1st, 2015 on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Windows PC.