Just Cause 2 User Review
open world with a ton of fun things to do, you'll be hard pressed to find something as zany as Just Cause 2.
If you're looking for the next GTA, this isn't it. The story in JC2 is near nonexistent. A character in the game literally tells you "ok, go cause chaos" as a way of progressing the story. Yeah, it's dumb. The story missions could be finished in 5 hours if it weren't for all the "chaos" you have to cause before the next story mission opens up. That being said, causing this chaos is an absolute delight. I just wish there had been a lot more story missions.
The overall game play found in Just Cause 2 is quite fun and addictive. The use of a double grappling hook and parachute in this open world add a level of crazy not often seen in a game. What often looks like
impossible odds leads to some great moments of taking down a chopper and grappling off to the next one.
It must also be mentioned that this game focuses on the completionist gamer. If you enjoy treasure hunting in your games, JC2 has this in spades. There are upgrades for weapons, vehicles and armour along with
money drops. Then each of the three actions has 100 collectables lost in the wilds of Panau island. Nothing is ever really that hard to find and the game does a great job of keeping track of what you've collected.
The graphics are good. Not outstanding by any means, but I felt they were good enough. The world looks good and the draw distance is wonderful. The day/night cycle is really good and seeing the main city of Panau all lit up at night from across the map is a delight.
The main focus is of course the explosions. This game is a constant explosion fest and I must say, they're some of the best around.
Watching government property and tech rumble from my barrage of rockets is very very satisfying.
The character models are another story. One thing I enjoy in third person games is when the character you control talks to himself while you play. This game has that. However, if the characters aren't in a
cut scene you will not get any mouth movement whatsoever. Just a voice coming out of nowhere. I thought that was a little cheap of the developers and would have preferred some proper character animations.
As for the sound, well, it's quite weak. Have you heard that the voice acting is bad? It's worse than that. It's atrocious. Some say it's supposed to be like that. They say the game is trying to be cheesy.
Well I don't buy it. The voice acting in this game plain sucks.
The explosions have a nice "poof" sound to them and it's passable, but the weapons sound terrible as well. Add to that the grating sounds of each and every vehicle, and you've got the epitome of terrble sound
The character controls are good. The running and gunning works really well as the game pretty much does the aiming for you. You can hit R3 to take precision shots but I found that to be a waste of time when
you're surrounded by multiple enemies that need to be taken down quickly.
As for controlling vehicles, well, they don't control well at all. The cars have no weight and you'll be seriously challenged to even keep one driving in a straight line. The jets and choppers are better but will
still take a few tries before you get the hang of it.
Overall there is much fun to be had with Just Cause 2. I found I was able to overlook the problems and just enjoy collecting and causing chaos. When I was tired of that I would go off and do some races, fly under some bridges (for the trophy) and explore the wonders of Panau. It's a tough game to recommend at $60, but anything under $40 should be an easy sell for anyone who enjoys mucking around in a fantastic open world.
This user review does not reflect the views of the PSX Extreme Staff.