Just Cause (PS2)
- Revolution, defeat corruption, fights for justice and lead a nation to freedom in an open ended world where everything is possible
- The largest environment ever seen in a game! Over 1,024sq kilometres of land, sea and air, allowing complete gameplay freedom.
- Over the top stunts! Jump from vehicle to vehicle, skydive, base jump, parasail
- Your playground 1,024 sq kilometres of mountains, jungles, beaches, cities and villages to explore, quire possibly the largest environment ever seen in the gaming world
- Freeform gameplay approach missions in any way you like, or break off from the fight and enjoy exploring the islands landscape.
- Massive selection of vehicles over 100 of the most varied, exciting array of land, sea and air vehicles ever seen in a video game.
- Stunts Over-the-top stunts, jump from vehicle-to-vehicle, parachute, parasail, skydive and base-jump.
- Wealth of missions story missions, side-missions, bonus missions and many more all ensure there is plenty of action spread throughout the islands.
- Province Control change the balance of power in the game world by building alliances with the local guerrillas and drug cartel.
- Support team Sheldon and Kane, two top secret US government agency field operatives, will provide you with reconnaissance info, extraction and vehicle drops.
- Avalanche Engine procedurally generated landscape delivers a huge game world with an incredibly high level of detail while eliminating loading times
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- Platform: PlayStation2
- PEGI Rating: Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
- Media: Video Game
In a nutshell:
Grand Theft Auto might give you the freedom of a whole city or county but in Just Cause youve got the task of overthrowing a 250,000 acre island all on your lonesome in the worlds first Che Guevara simulator.
Taking inspiration not just from Grand Theft Auto but also Mercenaries and old Amiga classic Midwinter you play CIA black ops agent Rico Rodriguez as he attempts to overthrow the evil dictator of the fictional island of San Esperito. Despite the huge island and the complete freedom of movement you have on it the game actually only has 21 story missions. There are over 300 side missions but it quickly becomes obvious that these fall into only a very small number of different styles, not all of which are all that entertaining. What makes the game fun though is just wandering off and doing your own thing, which invariably involves upsetting the local military or drug lords and instigating a massive, impromptu firefight. The game may lack depth and variety but it offers a freedom to explore and cause chaos that few others can rival.
Most exciting moment:
As impractical as it may seem youve always got a grappling hook and a parachute, which allows you to lock onto any vehicle and commandeer it whenever you want. It also lets you perform some utterly outrageous stunts as you parasail behind boats and jump from a moving aircraft straight onto a road convoy miles below you.
Since you ask:
Instead of storing the island of San Esperito as a gigantic map the game uses a new technique called procedural synthesis to create the landscape on the fly. This is the only way to make such large scale graphics work on the PS2, especially when youre flying miles above the island.
The bottom line:
Che Guevara meets James Bond in this shallow but satisfying sandbox game.
In Just Cause, you take on the role of the flamboyant Rico Rodriguez - an undercover CIA operative specialising in regime change - as he tries to overthrow the corrupt government of San Esperito. This rogue South American island is suspected of stockpiling WMDs and it's your job to negate the threat to world peace. It could be to your advantage that this tropical paradise is about to implode as various factions vie for power - it just needs a gentle nudge in the right direction.
Just Cause offers the freedom to tackle your assignment however you want: play the island's factions off against one another; incite a rebellion among the masses; or build alliances with rebel forces and drug cartels. The incredibly detailed game world consists of 1,225 sq. miles of mountains, jungles, beaches, cities and villages which can be explored by land, sea and air. And you will have at your disposal one of the most varied and exciting array of vehicles, planes and watercraft ever seen in a video game.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story missions I have done so far aren't particularly difficult, I have only failed one (due to poor vehicle handling) and should you do so then you can return to a checkpoint at the point you started.
I have noted some irritating bits, the liberate mission for the guerrillas and cartel are exactly the same (and there are a lot of them!) you kill a few of the opposition, blow up 3 barricades, kill some more goons then their boss. Hopefully this wont carry on throughout the game as I've done about ten so far across 3 islands and they are becoming a real chore, also the side missions after you have done the liberation seem very samy, go there, pick something up, bring it back. It seems almost impossible to die in combat, your character can absorb a huge amount of gunfire damage and you pick up health from those you've killed.Read more ›
Although game allows you to do the most ridiculos stunts imaginamble it would some how be boring without them such as car surfing and rappeling onto planes and helicopters 1km in the air. The amount of variation also impressed me, with 89 veichles to choose from including cars, bikes, planes, helicopters, boats that can all be obtained at some point in the game.
To conclude this without doubt one of the most free and fun games of all time which I think could take GTA over as the best free roaming series ever.
This game seems to go on just for ever as you free roam in third person view using a seemingly amazing variety of vehicles from motor-bikes to gyrocopters! And this game is not like any other free roaming game, oh no. There is always some sort of challenge whether it be unlocking a new vehicle for yourself to capturing a seemingly impregnible village or town as part of a level. There are lots of cool little flicks to the game that can include seeing how high you can fly in your plane and then jumping out and freefalling, seemingly to the game over screen before parsailing in complete safety to the ground, running into a heavily armed fortress and stealing a military jet or simply just exploring. This game is definately one to buy if you love playing stuff like this and although it has rather shaky graphics and sound, more than makes up for it.
You play the role of Government Agent Rico and start off on this big island. The main story sees you take on this ruthless Dictator and, along the way you end up in some utterly memorable battles. One sees you blowing up a missile base, another sees you skydiving into a boat to access another island and the final one sees you take control of a Harrier Jet Fighter Plane, pass the Dictators passenger jet and skydive onto it when it's in the air followed by a final showdown between you and the dictator as both of you plummet towards doom!
It is really good this and kept me hooked for weeks whilst I made my way through it. The death-defying stunts you can pull off are fantastic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
fantastic I would defiantly recommend this to people who love cars helicopters planes and action and doing what they want on the gamePublished on 27 Mar. 2014 by Adam denness
a great open world game with guns, cars, helicopters, planes, boats and parachutes!
easily as good as gta! Read more
this game is a classic worth playing fun for all.although graphics are not great it is a classic. Would recommend for young or oldPublished on 4 Feb. 2012 by mary
You may look at the title of this review and think that this is a person who is about to write a completely negative review, but I am about to talk about the contrary. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2010 by Mr. S. Harding
If this game had been released 5 or 6 years ago, it would have been the best game ever made. But it was just that bit too late. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2008 by Paul
This is a fun game, though sometimes the sheer size of the islands you have to travel around is quite overwhelming. Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2007 by Reviewer
This game is OK. Positives include a massive game area, the chance to parachute and fly a wide variety of air vehicles and a large selection of missions. Read morePublished on 5 May 2007 by C. Mardle
I was really looking forward to this game, with its enourmous map, masses of vehicles, open ended gamplay and impressive looking graphics. However, I was dissapointed. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2007 by G. Colthurst