Just Cause 2 – Absolutely freaking awesome!

I downloaded the Just Cause 2 demo for my 360 a few weeks ago. It was extremely good fun. The grappling hook / parachute combo, and incredible visuals (the landscapes, oh my!) and sandbox nature really had me sold.

So I pre-ordered it for the PC and have been playing it for the past few days.

All I can say is that it’s truly jaw-dropping stuff. Once the training missions are over it’s a freeform sandbox of the highest order. The vehicles are brilliant – from screaming jet fighters, to helicopters to speedboats, and all manner of things in between.

The landscape is a thing of beauty. A whole country to explore with complex river systems, dense jungle, snow-capped mountains, sun drenched beaches and urban cities. If you can see it, you can climb it (one way or another). Visually it’s as impressive underwater as above! With thick coral reefs and a variety of fish. And wow – the day/night cycle! Casting magnificent sunsets / sunrises, and the weather conditions – from dark black clouds with downpouring rain, to heavy snow.

Yes there is a lot of gunplay. And the enemy AI won’t exactly have the Turing Test quaking in its boots. But if you are like me you’ll have fun just exploring the beauty of the place. The engine powering it is nothing short of stunning, and while the voice acting is dull, and the missions all kind of repetitive it doesn’t seem to matter – because that sense of wonder and amazement is JUST high enough to keep you engaged.

The devs responsible for the Avalanche engine ought to be rightly proud of what they have achieved, because it’s nothing short of stunning.

Best game I’ve played in a very long time.

Check out my Flickr slideshow of in-game screen shots I’ve taken over the past couple of days.

Posted on March 27th 2010 at 2:30 pm by .
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  • March 27th 2010 at 7:33 pm

    That looks damn amazing, I’m going to look up a few more reviews and consider grabbing it, at least the demo for sure. Thanks for sharing, damn that looks beautiful.

  • otto
    March 27th 2010 at 10:56 pm

    No Soul?

  • Jarek
    March 28th 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I have to say that I was “kinda” a fan of Just Cause 1. It was crappy for a number of reasons, but it had one thing doe right – skydiving. I remember turning the game only to grab something to fly, get as high as possible, jump and just fall a few kilometers down with this weird, eerie music in the background (sorry, can’t find it).

    I didn’t have much hopes for JC2, but I’d never thought that they would make sky diving so boring. Sure, the grappling hook and the parachute flying is pretty cool (so much that driving cars is pointless), but why did they kill this few minutes of absolute peace when you fall? I really can’t understand.

    That said – I am quite happy that I bought JC2, even with a lot of disappointing aspects (characters being my #1) it is just a lot of fun if you don’t mind your “super powers”. Plus – the game looks super awesome. I only wish my PC was able to run it in 60fps+ 😉

  • April 27th 2010 at 2:05 am

    I played Just Cause 1 and it is awesome!

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