Excerpt: When I first heard about the lofty goal of creating a 256-player online game called MAG (Massive Action Game) on the PS3 which utililzes the the Playstation Network I have to admit I was pretty interested in seeing just how it would work. Heck, call me a little sceptical too. As a long time Xbox LIVE player my online experience with PSN has been limited and somewhat disappointing. Well I have finally had some time to take this online only game for a spin.
Conclusion: Despite the fact that a couple of the mini-games can become a little repetitive, the game is really fun to play. Choosing you own destiny, rather than having a strictly linear path is really rewarding. Even though your initial choices of nationality and specific skill could be the same for every game, the game will play out completely different meaning the replay factor is huge.
Conclusion: For a game that is as large as MAG , it is surprising that I haven’t encountered any lag issues. I have, however, encountered more than a few glitches, some more problematic than others. Once I found myself inside a trailer after a medic revived me. There was no way out and I was stuck until I committed ‘digital suicide’ and respawned. Another issue is how dead bodies aren’t… well, dead.
Conclusion: If there was one word I had to use to describe Just Cause 2, it would be 'ridiculous'. The game never takes itself seriously, which, for the most part, is a good thing. However, sometimes this lackadaisical approach extends into areas where it shouldn't, resulting in an often unpolished, even amateurish experience. Still, the game has fun in spades, so all who pick it up are likely to have a total blast!
Excerpt: Sometimes the simplest things can bring about the most fun. Just Cause 2, while giving you a lengthy campaign of missions to play through, excels primarily because it gives you the tools required to have a good time - a rather explosive one at that. Avalanche's open-world sequel is silly, doesn't handle gunplay all that well and features the worst voice acting I've heard in a very long time, but once you learn the ins and outs of Just Cause 2's grappling hook, it's hard...
Summary: Just Cause 2 is simply a massive game; you will definitely get your monies worth with this title if you try to complete it 100%. While the game’s presentation isn’t all that great, the game-play is absolutely amazing. With over 400 square miles of land to explore and 350 towns to cause chaos in, you’re going to have your hands full for a while.
Excerpt: Most action games of this generation prefer to pepper their explosions and gunfire with some sort of message. At the end – we’re supposed to take something away. You know what I learned from Just Cause 2 ? Blowing stuff up is fun. In this, Avalanche Studios’ return trip to the Just Cause franchise, they’ve managed to craft a fun and action packed time-sink that you can’t help but love.