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3.0 out of 5 stars Much improved, 31 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Just Cause 2 Limited Edition (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Ideally, I would like to have given Just Cause 2 seven out of ten, or three-and-half stars, so in lieu of that, I've gone with four for fun and three overall. That, in my book at least, raises it into the strata of a good game. Also, anyone who has kept hold of the original Just Cause on 360, PS3 or PC can now forget about it, as JC2 is a far, far superiour title. Gone is the rather pathetic Rico of JC1, a character who could neither burst into a sprint nor, indeed, do anything other than amble along in an unconvincingly stiff stickman manner. The new, improved Rico has almost everything one could ask for in a third-person console character: he's agile; flexible; looks well designed... and he's not practically immortal anymore. Is he still an unsympathetic moron, though? Yep, 'fraid so.

The island of Panau is even more impressive than the one in the original, though anyone wanting some kind of interaction in the cities a la GTA will be once again disappointed, as all the nice, tall buildings are basically the same nicely painted empty boxes as before. The set-pieces (despite some vagueness to the control scheme which makes the tougher battles a bit hit and miss) are impressive, too, though those desiring smooth progression through the game rather than stop/start replaying might want to tone down the difficulty settings from the start.

On the down side, the voice acting is still only adequate, and why a Swedish developer should wish to aim its game's politics at American rednecks, I''m not quite sure. Maybe they think reactionary American Imperialism is what we gamers can't get enough of these days? Clearly, then, they have learnt nothing from GTA's successful ironic take on modern America.

Good game, though.
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