While some publishers manage to release a new game within a franchise on a yearly basis, other publishers a little longer to give us the next installment – even in a franchise as popular as Just Cause. Developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Square Enix, we had to wait nearly six years between Just Cause 2 and Just Cause 3. The franchise has a very simple philosophy: chaos!
Just Cause 3 generally takes the approach that “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” in creating this latest installment. There are a lot of similarities between this game and the previous games. However, this is as to be expected. Just how different is GTA 5 to GTA 4? The game does have one massive improvement though and that is the visual aspect of the game. The setting is Medici, a Mediterranean island, and it looks absolutely stunning.
Rico Rodriguez returns for the third time in the franchise and he is required to liberate Medici from the ruthless dictatorship of General Di Ravello. The island is rich in a mineral called ‘Bavarium’, which is why Di Ravello will not surrender easily. With the help of local rebels, Rico will have to embark on an adventure to liberate the island one city at a time. However, this is probably the one area of the game that is a little bit disappointing. The storyline could be described as quite bland. The game has the appeal of a great action movie – cool explosions, lots of action, fighting, fast cars – but the storyline isn’t quite Oscar worthy. However, there are still plenty of things to do in-game.
Villages are liberated by destroying key objects in each area. These objects range from statues to generators. However, they aren’t always instantly visible so you may have to hunt around to find them. Destroying these objects is left entirely to the player – you have complete freedom in how you cause as much destruction as possible. There are also side quests and a separate multiplayer aspect to the game. However…
The game’s strongest aspect is simply having fun and causing complete chaos. There are tons of cars, boats and planes. You have an improved grappling hook that is even more accurate, and the latest addition is the wingsuit that allows you to glide – and even fly without the need of a plane or helicopter. You can grappling hook two enemies together and watch them collide. Grapple an enemy to a car and watch as he is dragged away from the scene. The possibilities for ways to amuse yourself are endless.
Here is a short video posted on YouTube by ThingsWePlay. In the 2 minute clip the player stays idle and doesn’t move – but around them the AI is creating absolute chaos. How can you not love this?
To summarise, if you are looking for a rich and emotional storyline then this game probably isn’t for you. If you are a fan of the franchise then the game is exactly what you are expecting. The game is fantastic when it comes to letting loose, having fun and not having to focus too much on the little things. Chill out and have some fun.
Is the Just Cause 3 worth buying? At Steam’s full price of £39.99 / $59.99 – probably not. But at a discount? It’s definitely worth it.