posted by ArcticSwan (SAINT PAUL, MN) Apr 15, 2010
Member since Apr 2010
gamers (87%) found this review helpful
If you love Grand Theft Auto style games will certainly love this. Panau might be the largest open world game, taking forever to get around. Fortunately, getting around is awesome. There is over a 100 different vehicles in the game, but you'll be using your grappling hook and parachute 90% of the time to get around. Falling from high up, pulling your chute sounds simple, but when used with the grappling mechanic it creates a new experience.
An example being using the grappling hook and parachute together would be firing the hook at the top of a building. You hurtle up at it but before the edge you activate your chute and release the hook. Momentum will carry you higher, longer, the degree varying on certain the physics and while you are floating you can use your hook to change your position or rise higher. The hook has plenty of uses in combat as well like pulling enemies off balconies, stringing them to ceilings to leave them open to anything, or through creativity using it as a battering ram or pinball, but you'll have to find out how.
The world is huge, the draw distance is great, even from way up high. I've taken a jet as high as I could and jumped out and watched it plummet into earth below. With Panua as big as it is, you hope the plot and story would be good too. But the game doesn't excel in this area. The game definitely tries to be silly, not taking itself seriously, but a silly plot can still be good. This one sucks.
I don't have room to get into the plot, but I'll explain the missions. There are 3 factions in the game that you do missions for, eventually leading to Story missions. Missions range from everything, small to large, to even races. Chaos is a currency made from destruction you create that can be used to buy upgradable weapons or vehicles, or fast travel through the world.
While the checkpoint system and sound glitches are awful, the game is fun and a completionist's dream. The fun stuff, how much there is, outweighs most of the problems.
Just Cause 2 is definitely one of the better games I have ever played. When you begin playing this game, there is no question to the amount of effort that was put into the game. Nearly endless game content, wonderful graphics, and the biggest sandbox game I have ever played. The missions are always exciting, and never get dull. The missions will vary from blowing things up with a plane or a helicopter, to strategically running into an enemy camp to fight and take over a territory. I played on hardcore, as I do with every shooter I play. I found hardcore difficulty, just perfect. I was never completely stuck, but never breezed through the game. Fortunately, even on the easiest difficulty, I can't imagine this game going by quickly. Just Cause 2 has many hours of playtime available, for the story line alone. I was amazed with this game, absolutely loved it. I'm apprehensive about ever returning it!!