Just Cause 2 Review
- Posted April 2nd, 2010 at 12:44 EDT by Steven Williamson
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Take yourself on an explosive adventure holiday of a life-time where the only limits are your own creativity.
- Exploring the beautiful island and finding great stuff
- Destroying everything in sight
- Developing our own stunts and being creative in combat
- Having to trek for miles in the main campaign for little reward
- The unpredictable targeting system in combat
Whether you’re wandering by foot across the mountainous terrains of the South East Asian island of Panau with peaks that overlook miles of lush jungle-lands and white sandy beaches, or sky-diving through the air landing in the crystal clear waters 10,000 feet below before swimming under the sun-drenched sky to a remote tropical island, playing Just Cause 2 feels a little like you’ve struck lucky and won an adventure holiday of a life-time.
A quick search on YouTube for gameplay footage uploaded by gamers taking advantage of the excellent PS3 exclusive video capture feature will show you that some are even treating the various terrains of Panau Island as if they were on an extreme sports vacation. You'll see daredevil motorbike stunts over canyons with riders jumping off their vehicles and releasing their parachutes at the very last moment, alongside speedboat stunts, helicopter hijacking and all sorts of crazy stuff that isn't actually anything to do with missions and side objectives. The freedom and sheer variety in Just Cause 2 gives you that flexibility to be creative; and it would be rude not to take advantage of one of the biggest open-world action adventures of all time and stray off the beaten path to enjoy some of the remarkable scenery and secrets that the island holds.
The sheer volume of missions, side objectives and unlockables is incredible, compounded by the fact that the huge area is full of hidden Easter Eggs to discover, such as a fake shark that you can ride across the water, or a hot air balloon that you can commandeer. Stray away from the main narrative and you’ll find a wealth of other stuff to enjoy, simply searching for the island that has been modelled on the one from LOST is an entertaining and time-consuming diversion. In terms of value for money, Just Cause 2 certainly gives you bang for your buck, not least from the impressively large game world that benefits immensely from huge draw distances and beautifully crafted scenery that really makes you feel at home on the island.
With 1,000 sq km to explore it’s easy to go off the beaten track and forget totally about the storyline and what you’re supposed to be doing. That isn't always a bad thing. The story in Just Cause 2 gets totally swallowed up by the explosive action and the million and one other things you'll get involved in besides carrying out your primary mission. Playing as Rico Rodriguez from the last game, you're sent to the island in the midst of a civil war where warring factions and the government are fighting for control of the island. All you need to know, however, is that you'll be carrying out all kinds of explosive tasks from wading into enemy strongholds Rambo-style to cause utter carnage and chaos, to blowing stuff up for the pure hell of it. This is where the new 'Chaos meter' comes into play.
The 'Chaos' meter does a great job at enticing you into being creative with your weaponry and liberal with your ammunition. Throughout the game, before you even get stuck right into the missions and side objectives, you're awarded with points for destroying anything in your path. The more destruction you cause, the more points you get which then gives you access to more vehicles, weapons and side missions. The beauty and serenity that you find on the island is in stark contrast to the chaos and destruction that you can cause; and it's a balance that really works. There's something completely addictive about sending a row of gas cylinders snaking into the clear blue skies or jumping into a vehicle and sending it careering toward a petrol station before leaping out at the last minute, standing back, and watching it all go up in flames.
With all of this freedom given to you to just go out and blow stuff up, or explore the masses of well-filled space out there, taking part in the missions can feel suffocating in comparison. Nevertheless, Avalanche Studios hasn't let its foot of the gas in terms of providing plenty of variety, excitement and over-the-top action. You'll skip from timed events, ... (continued on next page)
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- 7:56am EDT - April 2nd, 2010
I think im going to check this out a few months down the road
- 8:00am EDT - April 2nd, 2010
i tryed the demo, didnt seem all that good, but then again it was just the demo
- 9:44am EDT - April 2nd, 2010
yh i played the demo and the handling in vehicles was terrible you can crash into a person on a motorcycle and the collision is clunky and you take all the damage when ur in a bigger car going fast! its just seems stupid surely the person on the motorbike should have fallen off or died nope...
plus the general speed of vehicles seems abit slow i can understand that cause you can hop onto to other cars so its easier for you to target while on top of ur own car but did they have to make it so slow! seriously its almost like a granny was in charge of how the vehicles should handle!
- 11:04am EDT - April 2nd, 2010
GTA IV on roids. . not exactly a good thing.
- 11:05am EDT - April 2nd, 2010
Great game but...welcome to last week PSU.
- 11:58am EDT - April 2nd, 2010
It's a brilliant game. The full game is much better than the demo. It looks and plays better than both GTA IV and Mercs 2, and there's almost endless stuff to do. I've been playing for more than 40 hours now, and most of the island is still unexplored.
Yes, you can dash through the story missions and finish the game in much less time, but then you'll miss out on so much fun. To get the best out of it, you need to explore and take your time. Do that, and it will reward you with hours of gameplay not unlike huge RPGs like Fallout 3.
Great game, great value for money.
- 1:13pm EDT - April 2nd, 2010
Played the demo last night. It was fun if not a little confusing. I'm on the fence about purchasing it. I don't know if I have the time and patience for yet another open world game with reptitive missions and gameplay, but the sheer size of the environment and the fun stunts you can do seem pretty fun. Probably play the demo a few more times and wait till it hits around $30.
- 2:12pm EDT - April 2nd, 2010
Played the demo; hated it. Said I hated it, and I got yelled at and was told "I dont know how to enjoy life." - I laughed.
- 3:21pm EDT - April 2nd, 2010
game was made for teens w/ ADD and like seeing things blow up, if it ran on a good engine and actually had a story it would make for a great game -- good idea poor delivery
- 3:51pm EDT - April 2nd, 2010
Voice acting and plot is an abomination! =D
Gameplay, colossal open world, stunts, explosions, everything else is amazing!
Worth the play actually, I'm enjoying it so far.
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- 3:52pm EDT - April 2nd, 2010
I will get this game when it gets cheaper. (:
- 5:59pm EDT - April 2nd, 2010
Its a great game guys. If it will get online then i will bump it up to a 9/10. I don't agree with the first negative. Theres planes and helis to get everywhere and not to mention you have the blackmarket fast travel as well. There are so many collectables in this game its nuts. You upgrade your vehicles and any weapons as you want. Better the GTA4 in my opinion.
- 6:01pm EDT - April 2nd, 2010
played the demo, bought the game, game much better than demo, love it.
- 8:07pm EDT - April 2nd, 2010
Demo sucked, rented the game it sucked.
- 10:37pm EDT - April 2nd, 2010
#2 i didnt rate the demo too.
- 11:41pm EDT - April 2nd, 2010
Stop comparing this to GTAIV. It's on a whole different level...GTAIV that is. And I mean higher level.
- 6:38am EDT - April 3rd, 2010
@16 I can compare it to GTA if i want. They both are sandbox games. But Just cause 2 is way more fun.
- 1:14pm EDT - April 3rd, 2010
the demo doesn't do the game justice. plot and voiceacting terrible but alot of fun. travel ain't no thing, use planes or teleport. i give it 8.
- 1:40pm EDT - April 3rd, 2010
I'm really enjoying the game, I don't like it when games are too serious and that's all we've been getting recently.
- 4:25pm EDT - April 3rd, 2010
i didnt like the demo so its completely off my radar.
its just another one of those games were it has a wide open world ready to explore, but not solid enough gameplay to really make it worth it.
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