I recently had a chance to play this action game from Square-Enix. Before I started playing, I was first interested in how they were going to keep players into the game because the world is so big. There have been several games with a big world and it just was not exciting enough to keep on playing and exploring. I have to say Just Cause 2 does live up to the hype and it has a little bit of something for everyone.
The game being huge is an understatement. There is over 400 miles of space in the game world. Because of its size, the developers gave players the ability to get around the world in several different ways. The first is by a grappling hook and parachute. There is an unlimited amount of parachutes that can be activated on command. This method can be the most effective way to travel if there are too many enemies around. You can find over 100 different vehicles in the game including cars, trucks, helicopters, tanks and planes. There is also a way to extract a location once it is unlocked. With all this space there are 150 different locations in the game that vary from cities, military bases, villages and outpost. In each location there are either pickups that will increase the ability to upgrade health, vehicle handling, or weapon abilities. This is in addition to the government buildings that can be destroyed.
You play as Rico Rodriguez, and you're asked by the government to find a missing agent. However, along the way you get a chance to overthrow the government with the help of three factions that are trying to take control of it. Just Cause 2 is mission based, in that in order to progress in the story you must first cause enough chaos to unlock them. There is a number of ways that this can be done. One way is by completing faction missions that leave the government helpless, while another is by destroying government buildings or personal. The faction missions involve a number of things that include saving a certain person, destroying a building, or capturing either equipment or information. The story missions however, are the most exciting in the game.
Chaos is a fun way of progressing the story while helping the country become free of the government rule. Causing chaos attracts enemies to you. When that happens there are different heat levels; when it gets up to three the game starts sending helicopters to take you down. However, anything that the enemy can enter, you can as well. This creates an interesting outcome when a tank and a helicopter comes to hunt you down, but you have the ability to take over any of those vehicles. One of the best things about this game is having this ability to hijack and then kill the entire opposition and sling shot away.
The developers built in a way for everything that is done in the world to have some impact. For example, when enough oil tanks are destroyed, there won't be a lot of vehicles that the government can use. Likewise, if communication towers and antennas are destroyed then fewer soldiers can be called in and it can take longer because bases cannot communicate with each other. However, soldiers still have a habit of popping in at times. When generals and colonels are killed, soldiers will not fight as hard and may leave in the middle of battle once others join your cause. When towns are free of government rule, they fight side by side along with factions when the player is in trouble.
Just Cause 2 is an amazing game with a lot of things available for the player. It is structured in different ways for the different types of players. If you would like to go off and explore or stick straight with the stories or even someplace in-between this game is available for all.
Just Cause 2 is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB for Content Descriptors. This game can also be found on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.