Just Cause 3 Review
Just Cause 3 Box Art
System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Dev: Avalanche Studios
Pub: Square Enix
Release: December 1, 2015
Players: Single-player
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080i Blood, Intense Violence, Strong Language

Mowing down oppressive government officials with those shabby aiming controls can sometimes become tedious, especially when Rico seems to withstand just about anything thrown his way. Yes, this adds to the grand mythos of his characterization, but it feels a bit forced at times. I only died four times during my initial hours of gameplay through roughly 60-plus gun battles - that ratio seems a bit off in my book. Rico’s a boss, that’s undeniable, but taking on 20-plus automatic machine gun-wielding enemies like it’s a walk in the park can sometimes feel like swatting flies rather than uprooting a Communist government.

The main story missions themselves are a bit weak as well and never seem to fully get off the ground. Secondary protagonists and the primary antagonist are transparent and don’t really hold too much depth when all is said and done. Purging the territories of the oppressive rule also feels like a repetitive rehashing of the previous set of tasks and rebooting after dying feels like it takes an eternity. The game has a ton to offer during free mode but seems to drop the ball for players looking to enjoy an epic story.

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When all is said and done, the overall direction of Just Cause 3 is certainly a positive one. Avalanche Studios set out to build an enjoyable title that gamers can truly experiment with. I have to admit, I sunk more of my time into jumping out of airplanes and blowing stuff up than I did with the actual missions. Rico’s character perfectly complements that fun and creative atmosphere as he feels like an action hero that breezes through the Mediterranean with an arsenal of weapons and a bulletproof chin. The game does have its glaring flaws in the atrocious shooting mechanics, repetitive main missions, and turtle-like loading screens. However, the title definitely shines where it needs to, and Just Cause 3 might very well be the most underrated title of 2015 - this is one wild, testosterone-infused adventure you’ll want to check out for yourself.

By
Patrick Tretina
Contributing Writer
Date: December 1, 2015

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
The visuals are surprisingly done well and the landscapes look beautiful when gliding around in Rico’s wingsuit.
3.8
Control
The new character movements for Rico are intuitive but the shooting mechanics take away from the overall feel of the game.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The sounds blend nicely with the visuals and perfectly complement the high-intensity action.
4.5
Play Value
Boasting a huge open world, the game offers hours of destructive excitement.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Explore a Mediterranean island paradise with complete vertical freedom - skydive, BASE jump and free dive in an open world with virtually zero limits
  • Glide through the air and swoop across mountains with your Wingsuit giving a new way to rain death from above
  • Cause massive chains of destruction in military bases, harbours, prisons, police stations and communications facilities to bring down a dictator

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