Just Cause 4 is an action-adventure game developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Square Enix. It is the fourth game in the Just Cause series and the sequel to 2015’s Just Cause 3 and is scheduled to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on December 4, 2018.
Announced at E3 2018, action-adventure game Just Cause 4 for PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC puts you back in the role of series protagonist Rico Rodriguez. In Just Cause 4, you’ll glide, grapple, and parachute your way across the exotic fictional country of Solis to liberate it from the grips of an ironclad dictatorship. Sounds familiar? That’s because it is. Despite every game in the Just Cause series sporting the same premise, Just Cause 4 is perhaps the most bombastic expression of it.
The game is set in a fictional South American country called Solís. Rico Rodriguez takes on the Black Hand, the world’s most powerful private army run by Gabriella Morales, a newly introduced character. The Black Hand served as a mercenary group to dictators Salvador Mendoza of Just Cause and Sebastiano Di Ravello in Just Cause 3. When Rico is shown evidence that his late father was working with The Black Hand, he plunges into the South American nation of Solís, the homeland of the Black Hand in search of answers.
Like past entries, Just Cause 4 has you aiding a local resistance to take down an oppressive ruler, though unlike its predecessors, it manages to keep things interesting. You’ll reduce army bases to rubble, partake in elaborate chase sequences right out of 80s action movies, and sail right into the eye of a manmade storm. Just Cause 4’s missions are a varied lot. Be it those that tie-in to the main story, or others that exist simply to give you new grapple hook modifications to play with, there’s enough variety to keep you going.
And while half the fun is in its entertaining missions, the other half is in some new gameplay mechanics. Previous games had you using a grapple hook to latch onto surfaces, take down enemy soldiers, or simply tether explosive barrels together. This time around Just Cause 4 lets you use your grapple hook to attach balloons, rockets, and retractors to any in-game object. You can attach balloons to the top of a jeep, tank, or even an explosive barrel while putting rockets on the side and coupling it with a satellite dish using retractors to create a colossal flaming wreck in the middle of a firefight. These options give you new ways to complete objectives and add a welcome element of creativity to the proceedings.
Aside from a heady mix of missions and new gameplay mechanics, there’s the traversal. You can switch between using a wing suit to glide across the game world, grapple objects allowing you to leap forward, or simply use a parachute to hover towards your destination.
At first, swapping between different traversal options on the fly isn’t as seamless or intuitive as Spider-Man PS4 or Sunset Overdrive thanks to the number of button presses needed to initiate them, but once you’re used to it, traipsing across Solis is second nature while a new AR scanner that seems to be cribbed from Assassin’s Creed makes it easy to find missions and challenges around you.
And speaking of Solis, it’s perhaps the most diverse game world in the Just Cause series to date with areas ranging from snowy mountain bases, sunny urban city centres, dense jungles, and deserts. Each sport unique enemy types and challenges deal that keeps the action varied.
Where Just Cause 4 does falter however, is with its cut-scenes. Ever so often missions would be punctuated with moments between characters giving you a hint of what to expect next. These are bookended with loading screens which ruin the experience. The only loading screen you’ll see outside of these interruptions is a short one when you boot up the game. Although Just Cause 4’s cut-scenes go a long way in making its events feel cohesive, their execution is jarring at best.
Perhaps one of the biggest points of concern surrounding Just Cause 4 is how it plays. With Just Cause 3, publisher Square Enix forced you to sign-in to its services just so you can get access to its leaderboards. This would tank the game’s frame rate and performance, forcing you to play offline. In Just Cause 4, Square Enix still tries to sign you in (complete with a GDPR clause because it’s 2018), though there’s no performance penalty this time around.
This caveat aside, Just Cause 4’s performance is not too shabby. The visuals are fantastic with well-detailed characters and environments. Playing it on a laptop with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor (2.8GHz), an Nvidia GTX 1060, 128GB SSD, and 16GB RAM, Just Cause 4’s frame rate stayed between 35 to 40fps in the most demanding of scenarios with all settings maxed out at 1080p. The keyboard and mouse controls for it work fine though a controller feels more natural for this kind of game.
In spite of trotting out a premise that’s been done to death, Just Cause 4 remains fresh thanks to its creative gameplay features and varied missions. With explosions aplenty and stunning visuals, there’s little amiss with this over the top entry in the series.
- New creative gameplay options
- Varied missions
- Smooth performance
- Cut-scenes introduce too many loading screens
- Traversal has a learning curve
Rating out of 10:- 8.5
Just cause Series Overview:
Each installment in the Just Cause series features a story of multiple factions fighting for control of a small nation. Although all four games take place in real world locations (the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, and South America) the islands are fictional and the games only draw inspiration from those locations. The player can partake in a variety of optional side missions, for example liberating a village or taking over a drug cartel’s villa. In Just Cause these missions are generally quite repetitive, but necessary to gain points with certain factions. In Just Cause 2 the side missions became unique and more complex. When not taking on a storyline mission, players can free-roam and create chaos. However, doing so can attract unwanted and potentially fatal attention from the authorities in the form of “heat”.
The core gameplay consists of elements of a third-person shooter and a driving game, with a huge open-world map to explore. On foot, the player’s character is capable of walking, swimming and jumping, as well as utilizing weapons. Players can take control of a variety of vehicles, including cars, boats, airplanes, helicopters, motorcycles and even an underwater scooter. Players can also perform stunts with their cars in which they can stand on the roof and jump to another car, or choose to open their parachute whilst still in motion on the roof. Other key features of the game include parasailing (grappling onto a car while utilizing a parachute) and skydiving.
The open, non-linear environment allows players to explore and choose how they wish to play the game. Like many ‘sandbox’ style games, while storyline missions are necessary to progress through the game, players can complete them at their own leisure.
Just Cause 1 (2006):
The core gameplay consists of elements of a third-person shooter and a driving game, with a large, open environment to move around in. On foot, the player’s character is capable of walking, swimming and jumping, as well as utilizing weapons and basic hand-to-hand combat. Players can take control of a variety of vehicles, including cars, boats, airplanes, helicopters and motorcycles. Players can also perform stunts with their cars in which they can stand on the roof and jump to another car, or choose to open their parachute whilst still in motion on the roof. Other key features of the game include parasailing (grappling onto a car while utilizing a parachute) and skydiving.
Just Cause 2 (2010):
Just Cause 2 is an action-adventure game with one of the largest game maps ever. All gameplay is in an open world / sandbox and even most missions can be done in various creative ways.
Originally set to be released in 2008, it was pushed back multiple times until it was released on March 23, 2010 in North America and March 26, 2010 in Europe.
It could be bought in original or limited edition which came with Rico’s Signature Gun, Bulls Eye Assault Rifle, Chevalier Classic, Agency Hovercraft, Chaos Parachute and a double sided Panauan Intel Map and Poster. All these items (other than the map) can be obtained as Downloadable content.
Just Cause 3 (2015):
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Just Cause 3 was released worldwide on December 1, 2015. The game is set on the fictional Mediterranean island of Medici, where it is run by dictator Di Ravello. Along with a larger map than Just Cause 2, there is the added feature of a wingsuit to be used by your main character, Rico Rodriguez.
In comparison to Just Cause 2, the storyline is now much longer, but there are no faction sidemissions. However, there are now Random Encounters (which can re-occur) and a lot more types of races and other challenges.
The game allows players to shoot their way through walls, blow up and pull down even bigger Radars and Statues, which will shatter into more pieces. You can even blow up an entire bridge, if you’re being chased on it. “That is the scale of destruction we’re after, not really breaking a hole in the wall.”
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