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My first experience of Just Cause 2 came from playing a demo on the Playstation Network that allowed me to experience about half hour's worth of gameplay. Immediately I was struck by how expansive the game seemed, and the beautiful graphics that displayed the lush and vibrant Cuban-esque jungles and shore lines. My half hour of demo time was spent randomly attacking various government bases, gaining notoriety with every destroyed Silo and Anti-Aircraft gun. It was the best half hour's gameplay I'd had in a long time!
Then I bought the game.
The game still has the expansive world map, with literally hundreds of small villages and military bases to explore and cause chaos (the game's experience system) in, but I found this over catering to the free roam aspect of the game came at expense of the main storyline, which seemed arbitrary.
The plot concerns your mercenary character, known as Scorpio, who has arrived at the fictitious island of Panau to overthrow the dictator, Pandak "Baby" Panay. As I said, this plot takes a backseat to the free-roaming sabotage that you can do and mercenary work for the three main organisations that are rebelling against the government.
The missions are really repetitive and it is a very hard slog to get 100% completion. After almost 80 hours, I'm edging closer to 70%, but the game lost it's fun edge a long time ago and became a rinse and repeat formula of locating villages on the map, destroying as much government property as I can, in order to earn 0.2% completion.
One of the main attractions to the gameplay is the constant use of parachuting and sky jumping to traverse the Panau landscape. It is enjoyable to zip line to a building, then pull a parachute cord and glide across the environment, but after several hours doing this, you'll find yourself getting fed up with the repetitive nature of jumping up and releasing the parachute.
This is an improvement on the initial Just Cause game, which didn't have the same fast-paced nature, nor the expansive environments, but it still seems to be lacking some of the spark that makes sandbox games, like Grand Theft Auto and Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, places that a player would want to devote hundreds of their gameplay hours to visit.
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Just cause 2, one of the best free roam action game's I've played. The massive open world is the first thing you will notice if you bring up your map. Different islands and mountains are everywhere, different colonies full of different people, some friendly, some enemies. This is what make's the game all the more exciting!
You can drive cars, airplanes, boats etc... You will meet a bunch of interesting people along the way as you work your way through story mode. The missions are optional although if you want to unlock more thing's I suggest doing missions. There are also side missions to do which can earn you small prizes.
You are a Russian elite soldier and can do a lot of combat tricks and moves. You are also equipped with a long whip-like rope which can grapple onto things and pull you onto it. You can also open a parachute if you accidentally jumped off a mountain or whatever. Stunt jumps are fun to do. A stunt jump is where you jump onto a car bonnet or roof from the ground or from another car. From there, you can shoot the driver or simply let the driver take you on a destination to wherever.
Your grapple rope can also be used as a weapon. You can fly about mad, raid enemy military colonies and a lot more in this game with never ending action and a massive world to explore with jungles, mountain's, cities, villages and enemy military bases.
Just Cause 2 starts the game with you jumping out of a helicopter with just you, your parachute and you trusty grappling hook, which is invaluable throughout the game, onto a small island called Panua. The black market dealer in the game is a nice touch as you can get transported to any location already visited, this helps a lot as the map is huge, it also allows you to purchase unlocked vehicles and weapons and have them dropped right in front of you. The black market dealer also allows you to upgrade weapons and vehicles with crates that you find throughout the game world. There are also 3 factions in the game all of which are all friendly with you and will attack the Panua military force. There are also lots of vehicles varying from cars to motorbikes and military jets to civilian helicopters.
Although the story to Just Cause 2 isn't very long or interesting, it undoubtedly makes up for it in the amount of side-missions in the game, just some of these include, races, faction missions and destroying any object with the Panuan white star on it, which causes chaos, which you need to progress in the story.
The story mode will take anywhere between 5-10 hours depending on what you do in-between but after you include the side-missions and everything probably 100+ hours. The controls aren't the standard type of a controls for a shooter but they can be changed to your liking but if not you can get the hang of it quite easily. The voice acting of most of the characters are quite poor, the voices the producers gave the characters are unusual ones but it doesn't really matter. The graphics are relatively good, the explosions are good and are realistic, for a game anyway, I wouldn't say the graphics are anything special but I wouldn't say they were poor either.
Platform: PlayStation 3
Genre: Action Adventure
Number of Players: 1
Online Enabled: Yes
Full Mission Single-Player, Story
Content Download, PS Network Compatible, Trophies
Dualshock 3 Controller
This game is a follow up from he first and Rico Rodrequiez has a new assignment. he has been sent to South East Asian islands of Panau. The game is a 400 square mile opened game allowing you to explore. The good thing about the game is it is random and has some great stunts you can pull off for example Leap out of planes and drop 10,000 feet. Jump off bridges and parachute onto moving vehicles. Tether your enemy to the wing of a plane and wave good-bye as he takes off this is just pure class and different. It has really good missions and I really enjoy playing the game different but exciting.
This game for me is just full packed of action and random stunts it is bit like a james bond movie but really exciting. The thing that got me engrossed was in the first few minutes of the game you can grapple to a hovering helicopter; beat up the pilot and hijack the chopper; blow up a cluster of fuel tanks; put the chopper on a collision course with an enormous antenna; jump out at the last moment; and watch the resulting explosion as you parachute to the ground below and that is at the start of the game and this is just normal in the life of your charcter Rico. So if you like the sound of the stunts and you love action packed games from shooting to blowing things up and freedom to run amoke then this is the game for you. A nice wee price too twenty five pound on amazon.
Just Cause 2 pushes the limits of sandbox open world games. The most impressive maps seen in any game so far, featuring wide ranging environments from snowy mountains to the urban city.
This game has a lot to do so much so that it will keep you playing for many more hours than you expect. The cheesy storyline is just a distraction as the most fun can be found just blowing stuff up.
The game is like a bad action movie but is so much fun to play. The open world gives you limitless possibilities. Controlling the main character, Rico, is a little difficult at first but it is easy to get to grips with the controls. There is a wide range of weapons to use from simple pistols to rocket launchers. But it is the vehicles that are key to game. There is such a wide range of vehicles from land, sea and of course the air. More can be downloaded for a small extra cost.
Just Cause 2 is clearly an improvement on the first (which most sequel games should be) and it compares to Mercenaries 2 in some ways. First, obviously they are both sand-box adventure games which allow the user to immerse themselves into an exciting adventurous game.
My first impressions of Just Cause 2 (having played the first game previously) was the attention to detail. As the first mission takes you through a small sample of what you can do, you immediately get a sense of FUN! With the grappling hook allowing you to accomplish over-the-top moves and being able to parachute from literally anywhere, there really is a sense of exaggeration.
Once you get used to the controls and moves that Rico Rodriguez (whom you play) can perform, you can just simply explore the island in your own time and the missions can wait for you instead of you having to wait for the missions to be completed.
The introduction to a bigger island that has most landscapes from desert areas to snow capped mountains certainly adds different atmospheres.
After the first few hours playing, you do get a slight sense of boredom but thats only after you have discovered most areas.
The cut scenes do seem a but cheesy but basically, the game was worth the money.
The limited edition allows you to gain items like the Agency Hovercraft which I have to say is bloody brilliant!
Unlike mercenaries 2, you cannot call in airstrikes (so far) but it does not make the game that less exciting.
The original Just Cause wasn't a GREAT game, but it was a good, entertaining, and absolutely barmy one. Sharing most of the original's problems AND its successes, this is a worthy sequel that's action-packed and unpretentious despite some glaring issues.
The plot is totally minimalist; you're some guy charged with deposing the tyrranical leader of some island country somewhere (like it matters). Cue lots of explosions, gunfire and crazy action scenes, and you totally have the essence of what this game is about. There's nothing more to it than that.
Basically, there are a number of teams you're able to side with, and each opens up different missions and opportunities for you. The common factor is that each results in a lot of carnage, and ultimately they all intersect no matter how you play the game. As you amass more money, you can become more ambitious with your weaponry, and so make even more insane things happen. Rinse and repeat over this epically sprawling map, and that is JC2 in a nutshell.
Indeed, it's hugely impressive how massive the map is, and it's really put other sandbox games like Far Cry 2 to shame with how diverse and absolutely gorgeous everything looks. The developers of the game are also clearly into their action films, because the set pieces here move with great urgency and would make a great film in of themselves.
However, there are some glitches that drag things down; the physics often cause you to die unexpectedly, and ultimately, the whole experience isn't very unique or diverse gameplay-wise. It's as though no attempt was even really made to shake things up, and it coasts on its own laurels quite comfortable, it has to be said.
Still, for silly, brainless action, it totally delivers.
Like many I was a big fan of the original Just Cause and when a sequel to the first game was announced for a Christmas 2008 I was rather excited, however the game was delayed and its release was pushed back by over a year to March 2010. I went along on release day to my local GAME store and purchased the limited edition version of the game for £40 and spent the day attempting to immerse myself in the game whose predecessor had taken so many hours from me.
Just Cause 2 is a sandbox action-adventure game set on the large island of Panau. The game features hundreds of different vehicles ranging from high-tech stunt planes to almost every type of car you can think of. The entire island can be explored by land, air and sea.
You play as Rico Rodriguez, the hero from the first game, who has been sent to Panau in order to hunt down and kill Tom Sheldon an old friend of Rico's. Along the way you must do missions for the various factions of Panau and in return they will help find your target.
The island of Panau has many different landscapes such as deserts, jungles, snowy mountains, massive cities and more. The majority of the island is made up of mountain ranges that the player can use to complete base jumping challenges or go for an off road drive in a 4x4.
One of the main features of this game is the grapple hook that Rico can use to attach himself to and vehicle in order to hijack it, or grapple an enemy to pull him out of a guard tower or turret. The hook can also be used to attach Rico to buildings and swing around in a spider man style. The hook can be attached to anything and so any building can be climbed no matter how tall and there are no restrictions on where you can grapple. Rico also has a reusable stunt parachute which is handy for base jumping and skydiving something that the game features a lot of. When the parachute is used along with the grapple hook the results are extraordinary.
The games vehicles handle well and seem to be able to take a lot of damage before finally blowing up. As the cars become damaged the vehicles handling decreases by a considerable amount, and shooting out an enemies tires (or if they shoot out yours) at a high enough speed the cars will flip causing some of best car damage effects I have ever seen.
The game looks and sounds great; the stunning views that can be gained from climbing a large mountain look fantastic and the views you get of trees rushing past as you speed past them or the pieces of car that come flying off as you plow into them look amazing. The game explosions and gunshots look fantastic and when coupled with a surround sound system can be very realistic indeed. There are some graphical issues, such as the fact that almost all enemies look the same and sometimes civilians fail to animate and just stand still doing nothing even when shot at. Overall however the games graphics are very impressive.
With an island as big as Panau it can take a long time to travel from one area to another. Luckily for the player they can call in the black market dealer who will take them to any location that has been previously visited for free. The player can also buy weapons and vehicles from the dealer with money that is gained from completing missions and destroying military bases. The player can also level up these items with pickups located all around the giant island.
There are some issues with this game with regards to the targeting system which makes all the enemies incredibly easy to kill and the fact that some graphical glitches can the ruin the game experience.
The PS3 version of the game has a video capture feature which will automatically record what you are doing so that if you do something amazing you can upload it to YouTube within minutes; however you cannot cut down the video before you upload it and therefore the video can be up to 10 minutes long. If you don't want to upload to YouTube straight away you can save the video to your hard drive and upload it later. If you manage to get hold of the limited edition version of this game then you will get access to a few new weapons and vehicles, the new content isn't great and so don't spend ages searching or spend a lot of money for this version as it isn't worth it.
If you are willing to overlook the silliness of the game and are looking for something to offer 20 or so hours of good fun then Just Cause 2 is for you. If you are looking for a serious shooter with a realistic plot then you should look elsewhere.
One first point that I must make before going any further is that you should not base your decision on whether to buy this game upon the first title in the series; having played both I can honestly say that the sequel outshines the original entirely.
I originally had no plans to buy the game, but after playing the demo I decided to borrow Just Cause (the original) from a friend until the second was released, and it was terrible. I put it down after 5 minutes. In contrast, I cannot put Just Cause 2 down.
The graphics are the first noticable improvement to the series. Aesthetically it is far better than its predecessor, and this applies not just to graphics but to character animation too. The clunky character movements of the original are gone and combat looks more realistic. Draw distance is immense right from ground level up to the stratosphere (which you can easily reach in a harrier or equally powerful military/agency plane). One thing that really impressed me was the water effects, especially when you're cresting along the sea as the sun sets and leaves a beautiful bright reflection across the coast.
Travelling around the island is much faster now. You can call in an extraction to return to any previously visited settlement on the island. In addition to this, the grappling hook has had an overhaul and can be latched practically any surface in the ground. Need to climb a mountain quickly? Catapult yourself along the side of the mountain on your parachute using the grappling hook to pull yourself upwards. Need to cross a large river or estuary quicker than any of the boats lying around? Travel across on your parachute using the fishing boats as slingshots.
The open world in Just Cause 2 is incredible to explore and far larger than anything I have experienced in any other open world games such as Grand Theft Auto. After the compulsory couple of missions I spent literally 12 hours exploring, creating incredible stunt jumps from clifftops in sports cars and just generally blowing up settlements and military bases in stolen gunships before I even bothered to start the missions properly. The best part is, this still advances the game, as you rack up money and chaos points which unlock further missions and objectives or races within the island.
The cut scenes left a little to be desired. The side missions on offer always had the same animation of a leader pulling up in a vehicle alongside the protagonist and speaking to him whilst a cohort threw a case containing a weapon off their vehicle. Despite the missions changing, each faction always had the same FMV. In addition to this some of them were just outright corny and massively clichéd but I guess that goes with the over the top unrealistic gameplay (which is what makes Just Cause 2 so good). Apart from this however, I cannot think of any other things I didn't like about the game so far.
I'll award it four stars for now.