Excerpt: The original Just Cause quickly became one of the major titles I was looking forward to in 2006, although when it was released I wasn’t as positive in my review as I would have hoped to have been, eventually coming to the conclusion that it was one of 2006’s minor disappointments. Avalanche Studios have now had over three years to improve on where they went wrong in the original game, delivering a hopefully vastly improved sequel.
Summary: Just Cause 2 stars Rico Rodriguez, back to wreak havoc once again, this time with a new destination — the huge playground of the Southeast Asian islands of Panau, in an over-the-top Hollywood-esque blockbuster of a video game.
Conclusion: Just Cause 2 is a coloring book for people who never cared to keep their art inside the lines. Pleasure is derived not from carefully staying within the edges, but ripping all the pages out and then replacing them with whatever twisted idea first comes to mind. Mainline content is merely serviceable, but the degree to which its mechanics allow for improvisation and experimentation within the game's world is unrivaled by its peers.
Conclusion: I haven't had this much fun with an open-world game in years. Just Cause 2 is over-the-top and insanely fun. There are some issues in the game's presentation and the checkpoint system is far from perfect, but Just Cause 2 is otherwise a must-play for adrenaline junkies. Rico Rodriguez might just be my new hero.
Excerpt: It isn't often that I find myself speaking so definitively about games these days. I feel confident, though, when I say that Just Cause 2 is the best damn sandbox game in years. Although it isn't without faults, Just Cause 2 is a full throttle thrill ride. The island paradise of Panau is absolutely gorgeous. With scenic vistas that range from frigid mountain tops to lush jungles, Just Cause 2 has enough new locations to keep things fresh at all times.
Summary: Wow! We were a little lukewarm going into Just Cause 2 but we've had so much fun, and it's such a lengthy game, that we can't help but recommend this game to all gamers that enjoy action games - and that should be almost everyone.
Excerpt: A few years back, Eidos dropped an over the top title on the last gen consoles and the 360. Mercenary Rico Rodriguez was tasked to liberat a large, politically unstable island, from the tyrany of a corrupt government. What it all boiled down to, really, was a balls-out shooter that used exaggerated physics to slap other shooters in their pseudo-serious faces.
Excerpt: Sandbox games are ten a penny these days, everybody is making them, so it takes something different to stand out from the crowd. Some of them use a different setting from the norm, others give the player super powers, some even take a linear game and stage it in an open world, Brutal Legend I’m looking at you. Just Cause used a cheesy B movie style spy story to differentiate itself, and so does the sequel.