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Story - 6/10
This game has a pretty good storyline in which you play as an agent trying to force through a revolution amongst some quite tropical islands in the immensely-sized map that you play on. There aren't a lot of missions in the main storyline, which is dissapointing. A lot of the gameplay comes from side missions, rather like the Grand Theft Auto series. However they are all of the same type, in which you overthrow local governments. There are other things to do such as collect hidden objects around the vast map. The cut scenes look good and some of the missions are pretty exciting but the storyline is too short considering the possibilities with the size of the map.
Gameplay - 7/10
This game is great fun to play. You can drive a huge range of vehicles including many planes ranging from an enormous one like the AN225 to small private jets and bi-planes. There are many guns, which you can use and grenades too. Some attachments to vehicles you get to use throughout the main story are fun as well. You can free roam when not in a mission and enjoy the enormous size of the map. Despite all the features, many of them don't have a great feel to them however, such as flying planes. You simply 'accelerate' and 'slow down' but the realism when it comes to landing the planes for example is atrocious. You'll find yourself just bailing out and skydiving/parachuting down most the time.
Graphics - 9/10
The visuals in this game are stunning. You are playing in a whole array of tropical islands. You can use planes to fly up high before bailing out and skydiving or parachuting your way down, when you can admire the most awesome views. Unless the changing weather is bad, you can see far into the distance and it looks awesome, which adds to the quality of the game. More refined objects such as cars, bikes, trees and bridges still look good but you get a better impression of the wider surroundings when playing this game than the details within them.
Sound - 6/10
I am not a fan of the sounds in this game. The music is really good, which brings the rating up for me, but then again it is repetitive. The music is fast-paced or slow according to the scenario and has a great southern american feel to it. The sounds of the guns aren't great and are usually blown out of proportion by the music that kicks in. The sounds of vehicles and such are really monotonous and don't sound realistic. The sound effects when you crash vehicles and blow things up are attrocious in my opinion and a bit annoying! The music is definitely very enjoyable at first though.
Replay Value - 6/10
This game doesn't score highly here as there is a severe lack of missions. Yes, there are plenty of side missions but these get boring and unless you want to unlock every bit of gamerscore in the game and/or love to complete all your games inside out, you won't be playing this game constantly after you finish it once.
Controls - 7/10
The controls feel pretty natural although I don't like the third person view and the controls that lead out from this. Your character is very responsive to controls but some of the in-game moves such as jumping doesn't feel very natural and has a jerky feel. Other moves such as jumping on to car roofs from above and parachuting down amongst the lovely graphics - although quite surreal, feel more natural and enjoyable.
Overall - 68%
This game is pretty good fun if you like large open maps and messing around with guns, cars, bikes and planes. The storyline is too short though and the gameplay isn't brilliant. The game will cost you just around £10 today, which isn't bad if you feel you'd like to give it a go. However I'd point out that there is a second version out now, which although it has a similar feel, has much better gameplay.
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Seeing previews of this game actually encouraged me to buy an Xbox 360, and in the end the game didn't turn out perfect but it was still the right choice.
If you're reading this you no doubt know the background of the game, it's aim etc it's written in most other reviews and on most games sites. I would like to point out what I liked about the game.
So to get it out of the way here's the bad points. The player graphics are poor, the game is repetitive and the missions all the same. the map is huge and can take forever to get around.
Now that's done, lets talk about graphics, yes your character walks funny and looks a bit camp but the scenery, the water, jumping out of a plane and free falling and watching the sun set, just wow. For me doing that is still one of the best gaming moments.
This game gives you so much fun, the parachute, the silly stunts, the vehicles, it's like being James bond.
This game is great fun, pick it up for £20 and you won't regret it, and the second instalment looks to be brilliant.
As a big fan of 'Sandbox' games (in the same mould as both the Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row series) I was interested to give this game a try, despite my first impressions leading me to believe it could be a very good, solid game, I was terribly disappointed by the lack of variation in this game.
I have to say Just Cause is probably a game for people who don't particularly like sandbox games, as strange as that sounds, it does have it's plus points such as the excellent way to hijack vehicles from the sky and the vast size of the map to explore, but these points are minimal in comparison to the important factors of a good computer game, such as gameplay and longevity, in my opinion this game has neither.
The driving is very awkward and unenjoyable, as is the shooting system, the storyline to be fair is decent but again, a good storyline is nothing without good gameplay.
My advice? If you have money to burn then add it to your collection, if not, avoid it completely, I paid £8 for this game pre-owned and I'm sorry to say I'd sooner have that money back in my pocket again.
Rico Rodriguez is a CIA agent, ready to cause havoc in the lands of a Spanish dictator. Help out your buddies to free lands and territories that have been ruled by the Spanish police.
Parachuting from a plane you've just flown, onto a high-tech speed boat, bursting onto dry land and running into a flashy sports car followed by some off road motorbiking are just a sample of the range of vehicles this game has to offer! The variety this game offers is incredible. Compared to most games on the market, I'd have to say this is the one that's kept me the most entertained, and has kept me glued to the action. With so many missions, it's hard to even comprehend how many there actually are, you'll be playing for hours on end. Not to mention the 300 side missions this game has; from car chases or destroying power plants, the possibilities are endless!
They're stunning! Some of the best I've seen. The ocean, landscapes and skies are well created to give this game authenticity. The characters have also been well developed, with brilliant in game videos that show off the creators talents. Classic blaring sun rays really give you the impression you're on the fictitious island of San Esperito.
With it being one of the first games to hit the XBox 360, it's a whole lot cheaper than most games on the market today. At just £7.99 from Play.com that's a great bargain. Watch out for the release of Just Cause 2 in summer 2009!
Just Cause is a fantastic and unique game for the Xbox 360. I was first tempted to buy this when I played the demo and was intrigued by the stunts you can pull off and the extensive scenery. You play as a secret agent working to overthrow the goverment. The game isn't very long in terms of main story missions but the story is simple and effective and will give you some fun from the variety of things you have to do.
The game is based upon a huge set of Islands, which is probably 5 times as large as the GTA IV map. You can get around using vehicles of all kinds including planes and helicopters, bikes and cars. The thing that makes this game unique is the way you can pull off different stunts using your grapple hook - rather like some kind of James Bond game.
Typical stunts you can pull off include using your grapple hook to attach to cars and even planes with your parachute to glide behind them before pulling yourself in to hijack the vehicle. Other stunts you can pull off include riding bikes off mountains or cliffs and parachuting down to reach places and just for fun! This game is of the sandbox genre so you can do whatever you like really. You can fly up high into the skies in a plane before parachuting out or sky diving towards the ground whilst admiring the beautiful scenery and relaxing music.
The graphics for this game are excellent and gives a lovely feel to the tropical setting. The sky colours are beautiful and realistic with the lovely greenery of forests and trees, blended in with the muddy tracks, which lead up mountains and to main roads to get across the map.
The missions include killing people mainly but in all sorts of ways. You may have to hijack vehicles and take them somewhere or blow up large areas. The very last mission is an excellent way to end the game and leaves you diving through the sky when you complete the mission. This game has a lot to offer and is available on amazon.co.uk for £4.00 in the 'used and new' section! This is a real bargain and along with the main story, the side missions will give you plenty of gameplay for your money.
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One of the first games that was available on the Xbox 360, Just Cause is highly impressive on paper. Freeform sandbox gameplay? Check. A huge island to roam around, bigger than basically anything seen before on a game? Check. Beautiful next gen graphics with the mandatory pretty vegitation? Check. Superb levels of interaction, allowing you to comandeer any vehicle you see in the game? Check.
And it looks good too. In fact, starting up the game you're treated to some seriously impressive action gameplay. Plummeting from the sky, you are instantly treated with a magnificent vista of the island stretching out in front of you. On the road below, cars look like ants, whizzing around the island's rural highways.
Soon you find yourself landing on a car, hijacking it and pursuing a badguy, ending up at his own military installation. After 'doing your thing', you walk away from the ensuing chaos, among huge explosions and searing flames, hop on a motorbike and speed off to your next encounter.
Within the first hour of gameplay you're treated to skydiving, jeep driving, helicopter piloting, as well as driving an incredibly powerful military speedboat that seems to be armed with an infinite supply of missiles.
I mean, it's undoubtedly loads of fun. The problem is that games are supposed to be fun, yes, but they're supposed to be fun for more than an hour. And after this, Just Cause has very little to give.
The same gameplay is repeated again and again in tedious missions. The storyline is shallow and just plain poor. Yeah it's fun in a high-octane action hero sort of way, but after that first intense burst of action, it has nothing new to offer, no more surprises in store.
The island itself is beautiful, and also built on a massive scale. But it's bloody boring! It's just scenery, and although the scenery is undoubtedly pretty, there isn't really much that'll make you go 'wow'. The whole area is bland and generic, and there isn't much to differentiate one enemy encampment from another. Although the opportunity is there, the motivation to explore is just not present.
Bar a few glitches here and there, the gameplay here is remarkably fluid. The controls are not clunky, and watching the game is like watching an action movie. It's a shame really, because a bit more time spent on the content itself could have made this a great game.
As it stands, somewhere Just Cause is a great game. Unfortunately the lack of variety really hurts any longievity it might have had, making it closer to a tech demo than anything else.
Just Cause is an amazing game, which I always have the urge to play. It's a great game to just mess around on and purely have fun. This game is well-known for the amazing stunts you can pull off as well as the stunning graphics.
You are a secret agent working to over-throw the government for a revolution. There are only 21 missions in the game, but they are each fairly long and some are a bit trickier than others. The game is set upon an enormous Island, consisting of many small islands. The map is enormous - bigger than GTA IV and GTA: San Andreas put together! To get around, you can use boats, cars, helicopters, planes and bikes. You can pull of great vehicle stunts, which feel great to do, making the game really enjoyable to play.
There are also side missions and more to do in the game, but these get a bit repetitive.
The graphics are amazing. You can see right into the distance of the vast map with the tropical surroundings giving the game a lovely feeling. The sound is great too and the music that plays throughout in the background is relaxing and enjoyable to listen to although it gets tedious after a while (you can switch it off).
There are lots of weapons you can use too from machine guns to rocket launchers. You can use your handy grapple hook to perform a range of great stunts including parachuting and then grappling onto vehicles, reeling yourself in and boarding them. Some amazing stunts, which are possible to pull off include jumping out a plane 5000 feet in the air and grappling onto a passing plane, reeling yourself in and boarding it. You can also ride bikes fast towards a cliff only to deploy your parachute and zoom up into the tropical skies to admire the view and plan what you're going to do next.
It is a really enjoyable game to play and I would definitely recommend it! The graphics, gameplay and tropical feel really make it a warming and enjoyable game.
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Just cause is an action title for the Microsoft Xbox360 games console.
In this game you play as a man called Rico who is working for some rebels to overthrow the corrupt government of the island.
The island's this game is based in is absolutely huge, it takes an absolute age to get from one side to the other! There are lots of grand theft auto type missions to do which involve a lot of killing blowing things up, stealing and things of that nature.
The good thing about this game is that it is free roaming so you can go anywhere and do anything whenever you want.
You can also do crazy stunts, jump on roofs of cars and parachute of, attach to a helicopter and riding around and even steal the helicopter from mid air!
The graphics in this game are spectacular, especially the water effects, the setting is lush and beautiful and it seems like an island paradise.
You can get this game for around 15 to 20 pounds and it is a must-have title.
Just Cause is a game not dissimilar to GTA, it has the same free roam/mission based structure and if you get bored of the missions you can just go and shoot a few civilians, or start parachuting, if you get really bored, or just sadistic, you can start paragliding and then initiate a free fall to your characters death. In the game you are a freedom fighter and must liberate each province from 'el prezidente', one village at a time. To do this you must complete missions and gain the trust of the guerrillas and the Drugs Cartel, the Rojas. The best part of the game however is the paragliding, whether you jump off a cliff, a car or a boat, if you are going at high speed then you can jump and start paragliding, very useful for avoiding the police. You can also use a grapling hook to latch onto a car in order to gain hieght in order to paraglide
Just Cause is quite an endless game, but it gets rather tedious despite this. There is loads you CAN do, but it is all very repetitive and tedious. The graphics are simply amazing though and it gives the Xbox 360 a good reputation for this.
The game is based in some Spanish city called San Esperito. The game is very tropical and makes me feel on holiday whenever I play it. You can fly through the skies in loads of different planes across the huge map. The map is probably 8 times larger than the GTA: San Andreas map. The map is quite repetitive in texture of trees and green land, but there are also quite a few cities. Due to the location of the game, you wouldn´t expect there to be loads of cities everywhere anyway. With the tropical climate, you get weather effects such as storms and more.
You play through 21 missions as Rico, a CIA black ops. The missions are quite fun and of good length, but with only 21, the main game is limited. There are lots of side missions to do, which are fun at first but then get repetitive. You can also liberate locations to take over them and gain respect from gangs you are a part of. The story line follows the classic one of over-throwing the government for a revolution. The game is really fun to play and feels great with superb graphics, loads of weapons and cars to use as well as boats, helicopters and a vast island to use them around.
This game also makes great use of stunts using the grapple hook, which allows you to parachute down from thousands of feet or even free fall as well as jumping out of planes, deploying parachutes from fast moving motorbikes to gain height and reach places. It really is fun to play and makes you feel like a stunt man. For just £17.96 on amazon.co.uk, the price isn´t bad as this game would appeal to many people. Try it out and see what you think!
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'Viva la revolution' - a common quote you will hear throughout this brilliant game. This game should be advertising the Xbox 360. Why? This game has the most incredible, scenic, picturesque graphics I have ever known a game to have. The gameplay is just wild, and so unique with stunts being a natural part of the game. If you like jumping around and performing stunts, then this is more than the game for you! With your very own parachute equipped the whole time, the ability to perform crazy stunts is almost always at the push of a button! The size of this game is enormous as the islands cover a total of 1024 km², making it around 16 times larger than Grand Theft Auto, and also enabling you to reach extreme heights with flying vehicles.
~ Story ~
The story follows a CIA Black Ops. Agent called Rico Rodriguez in a war to overthrow the government. The dictator is thought to have weapons of mass destruction that are a threat to San Esperito, the island on which the game is set. The story actually originates from a real invasion of Panama in the United States. The aim here was to overthrow the leader Manuel Noriega. You play as Rico Rodiguez, as you travel through story missions, side missions and more to overthrow the government and succeed in a revolution. With your very own weapons of mass destruction and your ability to perform a large variety of stunts, it won't be long until you complete your mission! With just 21 story missions, the main game doesn't take long to complete. However, there are side missions
~ Gameplay ~
The gameplay is extremely fun at first with such a large variety of stunts to perform and places to visit. The story starts out, and you have to begin gaining some attention and power. You will go through 21 story missions in order to complete your task. Each story mission is pretty fun and different to any other side mission in the game. As you could imagine with such a vast game, there are special areas for each mission, which are unique. For example, you may be set on a mission to infiltrate a prison and rescue someone. You must get there by boat at a certain time of night, and you must enter killing everyone in your path to rescue this one guy. The prison is a bit of a maze with enemies everywhere, but they are easy to knock down so you can move on. Other missions include taking out people.
The final mission was extremely fun, but hard to do. You went on a wild chase in effort to take out the government himself. In the end, you boarded his plane in mid-air thousands of feet above ground, where you searched for him. After a little fight in the aeroplane, things get a little worse when the president jumps out the plane. With your objective being to plant explosives on him by getting near enough, the end results are fantastic! Not only do you defeat the president, but he is in pieces all over his once-owned land!
As well as missions for the main storyline, there are loads of side missions and more to keep you going. The thing that drops this game in quality is the fact that the rest of the game is so repetitive! There are infinite side missions that you can do, and you earn points from them. These points will go towards promotions depending on which gang you have completed the side mission for. Promotions mean new weapons, vehicles, and bases with save points! Side missions are really repetitive, but funny things seem to happen every time I set out and do one. Side missions include things mostly as killing people, but you must also collect secret weapons and objects and bring them back to base alive! They are normally pretty easy if you know how to do it, and I have worked out some good strategies for them such as taking the small chopper to the objective point, killing who I have to kill or taking what I have to retrieve, and then getting the heck out of there!
Beside the so called side missions, you must perform a number of liberations to free the nation. Liberations are set throughout the map, where you approach a gang member and press 'start liberation'. From here, you will have to overtake provinces by killing a heck load of enemies. You will have to blow up or somehow destroy several blockades to reach the heart of the base. I normally do this with the good aim of a couple grenades for each blockade. What you have to do is get the bar that shows up to one end, proving that you have caused enough damage to be able to takeover the base. As you do this, the base will then be your property and normally a chopper will appear on the roof, where it will spawn in the future. Some liberation's are really hard, as backup choppers come in and mow you down with their missile launchers and machine guns!
Apart from these, there are even more things to do! Cleverly, the creators scattered around mysterious objects that must be found, which show up as blue dots on your radar. Once you collect the first item of a group, you immediately activate a 'collect mission', where you must continue to find the other items of that mission. These may be anything from drugs to weapons. The completion of these will mean more Gamerscore as you unlock achievements!
When not running around like a maniac firing guns, you can take a chance to admire the unique and stunning gameplay of stunts and free roam! Rather like the Grand Theft Auto series, you can free roam whenever you aren't doing a mission. There are 88 vehicles at your disposal from choppers, boats, cars, bikes, mini-subs and jets to explore the huge area! You can also call for drop off vehicles, where a chopper from one of your people will drop off an agency vehicle. There are four of them:
4X4 Similar to Hummer
Off Road Dirt Bike
The 4X4 is amazing in the way it is fast and of high power. It can get you flying around the off-road tracks and is much safer than the bike! The bike itself is much fun, as you always have the option to deploy your parachute at the tap of a button if you have more than a small amount of speed. This enables you to do many cool stunts with ease! The speed boat is very fast, and is the best way to explore the seas. The mini chopper is the most useful vehicle in my opinion. It can fly up to extraordinary heights and get you from A to B safely and quickly. With the ability to fly, it makes getting around this huge island a lot easier!
Achievements in this game range from completing collect missions to story and side missions. When you complete a certain number of story missions, you will gain Gamerscore by unlocking achievements. The same goes for liberating a certain number of provinces and completing a certain amount of side missions. The achievements couldn't be better, as you are influenced in doing stunts galore (although I'm sure you would be already!), because there are a few achievements that require you to perform a certain number of stunts in air, water and on land. Some of these may seem hard to do, but there are cheap ways around them!
* Grab a helicopter to fly to the highest mountain in the game called 'Eagles Nest'. Call for a heavy drop of a mountain bike or 4X4 vehicle. Head towards the edge at full speed and enjoy the exhilarating thrill of heading down the mountain at full speed experiencing the bumps as you go! This can be quite annoying but funny when you mess up and slam into a tree further down.
* Grab a plane and head to the air base right down south. Parachute out your plane and land on the runway where the fast jet is parked. Hop in before the people take you out, hold down the engines and zoom off into the air at breathtaking speeds! From here, you can fly back to other airports or simply enjoy flying the fastest plane in the game with its missiles!
* Go paragliding! Head to the see and call for a speed boat heavy drop. Get in your boat and zoom off to a top speed before deploying your parachute. Using your handy grapple hook, grab hold of another boat and go for a calm paraglide! You can adjust the length of your grapple hook with the triggers as well as reel yourself in to board the vehicle if you wish (this can be done with any vehicle).
* Head to a tall bridge or mountain and BASE jump off it! The stimulating feeling of jumping from buildings and such whilst deploying your parachute at the last possible opportunity (hopefully without messing up and dying) is just fantastic! Also, try to gain the achievement of a 1000ft long base jump free fall before deploying your parachute
* Grab a plane and fly thousands of feet high before getting into a stunt position where you are holding onto the wing single handed! Then deploy your parachute and enjoy the scenery and feeling as you slowly drift down towards land! At the slowest possible decent with your arms and legs spread (you can control this), this can take a few minutes!
So, I am sure you have gathered lots of fun things you can do. The gameplay really is endless. It is a shame that the side missions are so repetitive, but there is so much to do otherwise, that it makes up.
~ Graphics ~
Wow. The graphics are absolutely stunning! They are by far the best graphics I have seen for any game in terms of scenery and detail. You can be flying through the sky and see right across the island into the distance. The graphics are just unbelievable and score top marks for me! If you search 'Just Cause' on Google images for example, you will find some amazing high quality pictures.
The graphics are helped by the setting of the game. On this enormous tropical island, the lovely warm blue sky contrasts with the emerald green palms of the trees that lie below and the cinnamon brown dirt that you can drive along. When falling through the sky, the clouds in the distant may seem far away, but you never know what's round the corner! With the excellent effects of weather, it just adds to the realism and graphical exceptional quality of this game. From light rain to thunderstorms, you really are put in great settings that add to the whole setting of a tropical island!
Not just the skies and lands are of excellent quality graphic-wise. With the ability to swim as well as walk and jump, you can explore the vast oceans! Some collect items will be underwater, so you may have to anyway. The oceans can be dived under at every inch of this gigantic map where water is present. Once diving, not only can you swim metres down to the seabed, but you can admire the vibrant tropical fish, wild turtles and even dolphins that roam the seas! Then, you can hop on a boat that passes by and sail calmly back to land unless you have hijacked a speed boat, at which the breeze running through your hair is better than ever!
The game also goes through both day and night, so you can be flying through the skies in light or dark. The game is entirely different at night, but I much prefer it at day so I can admire the real tropical feel to the game. Overall, the graphics are stunning. The scenery that you will see is out of this world, and amazing that what you are seeing is merely on a games console. You are really set in this wonderful tropical paradise, which is largely emphasised with the formidable graphics.
~ Sound ~
The sound in this game is so amazing too and it really adds to the tropical feel. The music is very Spanish/Mexican mostly composed of quick drum beats and some foreign instruments or keyboard instruments that give the game a lovely feel. The music is so good that I actually managed to download every soundtrack! The music is really up-beat and fast, adding to the feeling of excitement and joy when playing this fabulous game. The music will start playing from the main menu to various parts of the game. When you are sky-diving, a relaxing song will begin to play that is composed of light voice tones and relaxing instrumental play. The music goes very well with specific missions too, where it is fast, exciting and exhilarating.
The sounds themselves are very good too. You will hear all kinds of sounds corresponding to the gameplay. As well as this, you will hear Rico make his cheeky comments such as 'I cannot believe I get paid for this', when you are sky-diving through the scenic sky thousands of feet above land. The sounds of the weapons and grenades are also very effective, as they all have their own sounds. The sounds of the vehicles are somewhat a drawback, as most land vehicles seem to sound the same and a bit unrealistically boring. Other vehicles such as choppers sound great and much more realistic.
Overall, the sound is almost perfect for what the gameplay is like. Appropriate sounds and even music come in at every stage of play. The music itself is just superb in the way it correlates to the genre of setting and brings excitement along with exhilarating stunts and crazy missions that you will be going through in the gameplay.
~ Controls ~
The controls are admirable. There is nothing wrong with them, and they are pretty standard. The triggers are used to control grenades and weapons, which is perfect. You can also use the LB button to cycle through targets. The thing that I found a bit weird was the PDA menu. You have to press the back button to bring it up, but this was really hard to get used to. Because it seems like the main menu that I always visited, I always seemed to press start instead. Apart from this, the rest of the controls are good and work very well. The triggers are used in vehicles to smoothly control the movement or acceleration of vehicles, which is good. The buttons are used more for simple actions such as jumping, aiming (with long range weapons) and controlling the camera. One thing you will have to get used to is using the D-Pad to cycle through weapons, which normally isn't used in most games.
~ Replay Value ~
This game has pretty good replay value. There are loads to do and the achievements can take a while to get them all, if you are into getting every achievement from every game. I found myself coming back to this game many times either to unlock more achievements or simply enjoy the diversity of the game from others. This game lasted me a good month of pretty solid play. After that, I got bored of it for a while until I had the urge to fly planes to such great heights and sore them through the sky only to attempt landings at different airports. I will never get bored of flying through the skies in this game with the relaxing music, admiring the amazing graphics.
~ Price ~
This game is available for just £14.98 at Amazon.co.uk. This is an absolute bargain! This game may not have online play, but for such a price, it is well-worth the buy to experience the unique gameplay of this fabulous game! The graphics are one of a kind, and the gameplay is full of unique stunts and fun things to do. The size of the game is immense, so you will definitely be exploring for a good few weeks at least!
~ The Score ~
Story - 9.5/10
Gameplay - 9.5/10
Graphics - 10(+)/10
Sound - 10/10
Controls - 9/10
Replay Value - 8/10
Price - 10/10
Overall - 9.4 / 10 - 94%
~ Facts ~
Genre: Third Person Shooter / Action
Release Date: 22nd September 2006
Developer: Avalanche Studios
Publisher: Edios Interactive
Rating: ESRB - Mature, PEGI - 16+
~ Conclusion ~
I see no reason why you shouldn't try out this game. A demo is on the Xbox Live marketplace with a fun mission to play through, giving you a good feel of the game. This game offers absolutely remarkable graphics with realistic scenery, picturesque sights and clear vibrant colours. The gameplay is extremely fun with infinite fun things to do on this enormous island. You can either follow the storyline or complete side missions or free roam to the maximum in this vast game. With plenty of stunts, vehicles, and weapons to keep you entertained with, this game offers great replay value. The only thing that drops this is the really repetitive side missions that are kind of pointless, yet still fun! The music is excellent and goes very well with the tropical feeling of this game, with music coming in at perfect times to emphasise on the gameplay - whether it is up-beat and exciting or slow and relaxing, it always works well. The controls work very well with the game with the ability to control vehicles movement quite precisely! So, get your hands on this game and explore the gigantic map in the air, under the sea and on the land with 88 vehicles and tonnes of weapons and your handy grapple hook for use with stunts.
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Ever the tight fisted one, I waited nearly a year before Just Cause became affordable enough (I resent paying £40+ for a game) to justify a purchase. Just Cause recently shot for a limited period to around £10 on some online entertainment websites, namely in my case Play.com.
You play Rico, a mercenary who takes up a series of missions to help revolutionaries take control of a heavy government controlled South American country. And literally that is the top and bottom of the story.
The gameplay is quite diverse but incredibly tedious as there are main missions, and silly little repetitive side missions. The main missions are generally more impressive with lots of big scale fire fights and a 5 out of 10 chance that you will die, whether your storming a building or carrying out a high profile assassination this part of the game is pretty good. The side missions however are really dull, but easy for playing in short bursts. This time you might have to steal a car, trade in drugs, perform a low profile hit or go scavenging for items on the beach or in the cities, villages or towns.
Things are fun because while as the game starts you get a choice to use cars and bikes, as the game continues you get to use more impressive vehicles, from helicopters to giant passenger jets. The air travel can be incredibly good fun especially when you get to jump out at altitude an either freefall, parachute, or throw yourself onto oncoming traffic whether it be by air or by road. Oh yes this aspect I love, it sort of makes up for the chicken in me who would never in a million years jusm from a plane in case the parachute never worked; luckily here you could use 100 parachutes in your fall and never will one fail, although you might land badly and ultimately die.
Just Cause is the most free roaming game I have possibly ever played, starting the game with a series of about 100 island all of which come into use during the game. While the main missions are structured, the side missions allow you to start wherever you want and build up a little arsenal of weaponry before the level of difficulty on the main missions becomes too hard. I really enjoyed the aspect of starting where you like, and like a typical tourist chose the most beautiful looking island to start.
Just Cause is all about the unlocking, and on the Xbox 360 this is a double edged sword. First of all there is the aspect that you do certain things like side missions and it unlocks weaponry or vehicles as well as a number of bases around the island where you can save and store vehicles (other than the ones specifically given). While unlocking you get to make associations with little radical groups and overthrow the authorities, the result of this generally provides you with more side missions and a safe location to get a helicopter or a speedboat. The second side of this which is exclusive to the 360 is the unlock-able points for point chasers. For those not aware there is a point system that works as a sort of status for online players. You can look at other online players when playing multi-player games (this is not one of them) and decide on their points whether or not to challenge them. The points are not necessarily an indication of how well they play; it could be an indication of how much money they have to spend on games. Some games have no points; some have a 100 points, or games like Just Cause seem to have an endless supply of points. Doing a number of side missions gains you points, picking up crates gains you points, as does killing people and performing both ground and air stunts. And this is where the point chasers will love Just Cause because an hour playing and doing a variety of things is more than likely going to give you some points, so far (and I have not completed the game) I have gained 500 points from this game alone, with plenty of missions and other points to gain.
I guess at this point you're probably thinking that the negatives are minor, which I guess to some degree they are, however there are big issues that seem not to be exclusive to me. First and most importantly variety unlike islands is limited, so many of the missions are identical to ones you performed earlier, so much so that you can almost do them in your sleep. But the biggest issue of all is the glitches, for those unfamiliar glitches are faults within the game; and as many missions as the game has it seems to have flaws. Most annoying is the general crash, this is when the game locks up and you have to redo all the progress that you have made since your last save (as a rule of thumb I have now learned to save each time I pass a save point if possible). This is bad enough but the bigger glitch is where you spent time doing all the preparation for a mission only to discover that due to technical difficulties you can't complete the mission; the hot spot (target area you must reach) might not activate, a building you need to blow up simply won't, or you might have travelled three islands with a vehicle only to discover the garage you need to park it in does not open. I guess the final issue is that there is no online option, and no co-operative play.
So in summing up my review and to put things as plainly as I can Just Cause is a great game for £10 the tedium outweighed by the fact that you can play the game in short bursts of say as little as 20 minutes. The glitches are overcome by saving, something which too can be tedious but better than recovering old ground. And for point lovers this is a must have game. But if you're considering spending above £15 for this game then think again, while the graphics are great, and the freedom is fun, paying above £15 for a game that everyone knows has issues is just silly.
Spencer Hawken 01/08
Just Cause is the biggest game I've ever played on, the map stretches on and on and on forever, it has a beautiful island landscape, there is lots of lush vegetation and scenery as well as lots of sun, sea and sand. Although the map is unbelievably big and the biggest I've ever seen in a game it doesn't really detract from the gameplay although there are a few glitches.
Basically the plot of the game is to try and overthrow the government of San Esperito. You play Rico Rodriguez, an agent who has been sent to help the island out, he is also a dead ringer for Antonio Banderas .There is an evil dictator that leads the country with his powerful military and attack choppers and there are plenty of people in the country who hate him who will provide you with men to lead a rebellion against the government. The rebels will provide safe houses for you to stay in where you can save the game and restock your ammunition and also find some nice vehicles to drive, fly or sail across the island in.
If you die in the game you don't have to quit the game, instead you respawn at one of the safe houses you have unlocked during the course of the game. You can also go instantly to any safe house you have unlocked using the extraction feature. This lets you call in a helicopter that will instantly take you to any other safe house or mission briefing point. This is a great feature as it stops you having to travel several kilometres across the map.
Another thing thats great about the game is that the whole map is unlocked at the start meaning you can go anywhere on this massive game area right from the start. When I first played this game I found myself just going around the island having fun for the first few hours. What you can find is really interesting, you can find airports with massive passenger airlines or small airbases and helicopters and it's great because right from the start you can use any of these vehicles. As well as being able to call in extraction from a certain place you can call for a vehicle drop, With this you can get a motorbike, a car, a boat or a helicopter but not all these things are available from the start and you do have to unlock them by doing the story missions.
Apart from the story missions there is so much to do, you can liberate towns and cities, complete story missions or just generally get involved with any fighting thats happening on the island. You often find rival groups driving past and shooting at each other, it's fun to join in with these fights but beware that the groups that you attack will come after you and try to kill you if you get involved. There is also collect missions where you have to collect packages from all over the island. The best way to do this is to get in a chopper and fly around collecting these packages, this adds an extra fun element to the game allowing you to go and explore areas of the map you wouldn't normally go in. There are also races that can be done, these are on land and sea mainly and they are basically time trial races where you have to beat a certain time to win the race.
To get around the island there is so much variety in vehicles, there must be 100 or so different vehicles ranging from the many cars, tractors, trucks, buses, lorrys, army vehicles and motorbikes as well as a range of choppers and various different planes that can be flown everywhere. One of the best ways to get around though is by parachute, it's so much fun to drive of a cliff, jump out the car and then just fly down a mountain using your parachute, it adds an extra element of fun to the game and allows you to land anywhere on the map. For instance if you are in a plane and theres no runway to land on but the place you want to land is right below just jump out the plane and safely land with your parachute. After a few missions you also get given a grapple hook, this is the perfect for get yourself hooked onto vehicles as you can reel yourself in towards the vehicle and get in it.
As far as the missions go there are 21 in total, they are all varied and allow you to use a lot of different vehicles and locations in the game. Of course you can take over the country by completing all the missions but it's fun to get on with all the other things that you can do in the game between missions. It's fun to sometimes complete side missions or fly about for a bit. This game will take you ages to complete because there is just so many things to do. The draw distances are amazing in the game and the graphics look stunning, the water shines in the sun and you can even see little waves and ripples of water, the trees look faithfully realistic and it's great to see the explosions when you blow up planes and other vehicles.
Overall I would say this is a great game, there are a few tiny annoying glitches but the game is gorgeous looking, has great varied missions and has plenty of other things to keep you occupied. It took me about five months to complete this game because I was so busy completing all the side missions and races as well as the collect missions. This is a game for everyone and it's so much fun to play and it's so gorgeous you could just put it on the screen and watch it look good.
This game is one of the best games I have played on the xbox and it was a real suprise package in terms of how good it was. You can pick this game up for about £15 now which is a bargain as it's a great game and it will provide you with lots of entertainment.
Just Cause is like Grand Theft Auto. It's a lot like Grand Theft Auto. Luckily, Grand Theft Auto is good and this game doesn't disappoint. A massive enviroment to explore, easily bigger than Oblivion, is one of this games major strong points.
With such a huge landscape, you need to be able to travel easily. Cars, bikes, buses, boats, helicopters, and planes all make an appearance in this, and in abundance too. The lead character, Rico, also has one of the best gadgets ever seen, even if it is a little unrealistic. The re-usable parachute. No, you didn't read that wrong...
The paracute however has more uses than just if you happen to find yourself falling out of a plane. If you're on a bike, pulling the 'chute will drag you off the bike into the air, giving you a birds eye view of where you were. Happen to standing on top of a cliff? take a running jump, freefall, open your parachute 3ft from the ground and you'll be unharmed.
The best stunts are the car stunts though. Whenever you're in a car, no matter how fast your're going, a tap of a button will have Rico flip out of the car and onto the roof. From here, you have a couple of options. Get back in your car, pull your parachute, jump off the car, or jump to the roof of another nearby car. Carjacking has never been as fun as it is with this.
With all of the car surfing you'll be doing, you're likely to attract the attention of the police, and the Montano drug cartel. They try their best to kill you, but you have a pair of pistols that never run out of ammo, and you can take a real beating before you go down. Dying is rare.
That being said, the game can get repetitive at times. Everybody should at least have a go at it, because it's such a strange action hero spin on GTA.
Ragdoll Physics, Sandbox Gaming, Open Environments. These are all recent buzzwords that computer games have taken on to describe how they play. The problem is that after one game successfully implements them and sells millions of copies another 50 games come out that are essentially clones. So what is the most copied game of the past 5 years? Grand Theft Auto, thats what. We have now seen GTA like games set in malls, with aliens and now in the jungle.
Just Cause wears its heart on its sleeve; its an action fest that does not have time for real life. You play as Rico an undercover Hispanic agent working for the CIA whose job is to undermine the political stability of San Esperito, a series of islands controlled by a government that the US no longer supports. By carrying out a series of sabotage missions and aiding the indigenous rebel groups you can help America take over yet another small country yeah!
If you have read any of my recent game reviews you will notice that most of them have essentially the same gameplay as they are all sandbox games. That is because this type of game is the current flavour for games publishers. Like Dead Rising and Gun you control Just Cause from a third person perspective i.e. from behind Rico. The country of San Esperito is open to the gamer immediately and is immense. Throughout the land are a series of missions that can be seen from you map:
Story Missions: These trigger epic missions that move the story along. They often take you to the most interesting places on the map and give you the most diverse things to do.
Takeover Missions: You can aid the local rebels or drug dealers to take over a settlement.
Races: There are a series of races throughout the land and sea.
Side Missions: Once you have liberated a town you can play up to 300 side missions that usually take the form of getting from one point to the next.
So how does Rico get around the island? This is Just Causes best feature. From the very beginning you are able to steal cars, boats and planes. You can do almost anything you want as you are equipped with a parachute, fancy throwing yourself off a bridge? Fine! Fancy stealing a helicopter and ascending miles into the air and then jumping? Do it! This element of the game is great fun and for the first few days you may just play like this rather than try the missions.
To add even more outrageous fun Just Cause allows you to use Stunt Mode. This occurs when Rico is in any vehicle, boat or plane he gets on top of it and jumps over to another vehicle taking it over from the driver/pilot. It is a ridiculous concept but it works because it is a game!
For all this fun the gameplay is let down somewhat by the controls. Rico is a bit too twitchy and shooting is automated so that it is far too easy. Essentially the gameplay of Just Cause is a copy of Grand Theft Auto but in a different setting with a few extras. Still this style of game is becoming increasingly popular so there must be something in it. (4 out of 5)
I do not always mention character in my games reviews as the industry has still yet to develop this aspect of gaming. However, when the characters stand out for some reason I like to mention it. So does Just Cause have good character creations or poor ones? I would have to say poor. Rico has been developed to be a sassy, sexy, Hispanic action man and is given the voice and attitude to reflect this. I still feel throughout that he feels bland and that the character is poorly created. As for the supporting characters I do not even remember their names as there all played like automated zombies. Poor show. (2 out of 5)
Just Cause promises great longevity out of the box. The gaming world is huge and there are numerous story missions and hundreds of side missions. So I should be playing this for years? Wrong, the main story modes are fun as they take you to interesting parts of the country but the side missions are amongst some of the most boring that I have ever come across fetch this, find that, kill them, drive this. So dull are these missions that I gave up on them after the first 20 or so. This means that the perceived longevity of the game is greatly reduced to just the story missions which you can rattle through in a few days. There is fun to be had just messing around but this does not make £50 worth of entertainment.
Because I am reviewing the 360 version of this game I have to mention the Achievements. They are quite varied including the usual complete certain missions but also more fun tasks such as killing 500 troops or doing 20 stunts. For the player who liked to mess around these Achievements can be added entertainment however, not enough to justify paying extra for the 360 version of the game. (3 out of 5)
Graphically Just Cause is a mixed bag. There is so much on screen at any one time that you can not help but be impressed. However, the game does suffer from quite obvious pop up and tearing. The character builds look ugly and some elements of the game look like they are straight from the PS2 version. The water effects are nice and the blurring which comes with speed really adds to the adrenaline. Not the prettiest game on the 360 but certainly holds its own. (3 out of 5)
With such a huge arena to play in Just Cause is more about the world than the individual levels. It is absolutely huge bigger than GTA, bigger than Oblivion. However, I think the designers have made the world too big. There are vast areas that contain nothing of interest except for rocks and trees. This is in keeping with the 3rd world feel to the country but does not help when your car blows up and you are stuck 30 minutes away from anything worth seeing awful.
Another criticism of the games levels has already been mentioned; the awful side missions. They are so bad that you just start ignoring them after a few hours play. The main story missions are a little better designed but are still below average. The most fun in this game is to be had if you are the kind of gamer that likes to mess around doing their own thing. I am not one of these gamers. (2 out of 5)
The music and sound of the game is actually pretty good. The effects of the engines are impressive and a Latino rock soundtrack kicks in whenever you get into a chase or something exciting. This good work is somewhat undone by the second rate voice acting on show as this does nothing but take you out of the experience (3 out of 5)
In my opinion Just Cause is a missed opportunity of a game. The potential to reek havoc on a fascist government has huge potential. There are large elements of fun to be had including the chasing, flying, shooting and falling. However, this is all undone by the boring and linear nature of the vast majority of the missions on offer.
Just Cause is the kind of game that you would be happy to pick up at a reduced rate as the lack of longevity would be corresponding to the price. However, the only people who could truly enjoy a game like this are those that could mess around to their hearts content for days I need structure and good design. My advice for potential purchasers of this title would be to either buy it on a cheaper console or wait till its reduced on the 360. It is far too average to be worth £50.