The graphics are amazing, ranging from the lush green
fields and mountains that contain trees that floods the island
as if it was paradise for growing Mother Nature. The water feels
almost life like with its beautiful and dazzling lighting that
reflects of it. You can almost feel the heat of the sun when you’re
facing it, the bright glare is upon you which makes it hard to
see and drive, as it does in real life.
All the vehicles are designed well, the best being the agent’s
bike and car plus the police jeep along with many others seem
to have that extra detail to them. As with most free roaming games
the cars come complete with damage modeling, which is done pretty
good from the bumpers, boot, bonnet and doors falling off after
taking enough bullets or damage. The windows also smashes and
the tires being shot, which I may add is sometimes fun just to
shoot your own 2 back tires and try to control it as you drive
and even sliding around corners too.
The Cut-scenes look even more stunning with the water, lighting
and shadows seems so real, which brings me to the characters,
they have the right facial animation down to a t, in the cut scenes
that is. When looking at the people in the actual gameplay they
do look a bit plain and less facial expression apart from the
main character Rico. He has amazing detailed to him and when you
free falling (talk more on that later) you can see his clothes
ripple as it blows in the wind and even the cross he wears around
his neck moves with gravity.
The main let down is the draw distance, the mountains, sea, trees
and most of the buildings are fine which you can spot from far
away. But when it comes to traveling in a car, you will suddenly
get other vehicles appear just ahead of you. This is not too much
of a problem unless of course you’re driving a very fast car on
the wrong side of the road. The other times when the draw distance
is bad is when you are flying or sky diving at a rapid speed that
at times the road doesn’t have time to load up which then very
rarely has a big slow down of the frame rate.
The last thing I mention about graphics is the shadow, not so
much as an error or problem, just that the Ps2 has not got enough
memory and power to display real time shadow and lighting that
moves with the sun and each object. Other ps2 have done this before
but not on this type of grand scale so the developers has left
this out of this version but looks extremely realistic on the
Xbox 360 and PC from images and videos I have seen.
The music to me is the biggest let down to the game. Thinking
of all the free roaming driving games there are a constant music
playing from the amazing radio in GTA to the random varied music
in True Crime, Driver and so on that gives you that cool fun atmosphere
when driving and even the occasional song you can sing along with.
But if Just Cause is trying to make a new fresh feel to free roaming
then they have missed out on one of the most valuable parts. Where
the section of music plays Latino American rock type music is
pretty cool but usually only shows up on the big main missions
and barely at all when driving around the mass jungle and towns
which does bore you with the long times of silentness.
If it was not for the sound and voices then it would render your
sound senses useless. The sounds of all different weapons from
pistols, machine guns and rockets that pack a punch are pretty
good. You can hear the bullets ripping into the metal of the cars
and even the sweet sound of skids you make as you whip you super
Maybe at first some players will get confused with the
controls as there is a bit to get use to but the good thing is
every time you enter a vehicle it shows you the setup as there
is many things you can do and not just accelerate and turn, as
you can also shoot with some vehicles - rockets/machine guns.
As well as the quick dive out of car you got the ability to flip
out the widow on the roof of the car which then leads to other
actions like using a parachute or jump to another car close by.
This all can be done with a press of a button that you will easy
learn, even though it shows action buttons you can perform.
Weapons can easy be changed with the left/right d-pad or up to
go straight to the grapple hook and down to your explosives.
All the vehicles are easy to control, from the bikes to cars
and even planes which is controlled with R1 to accurate and L1
to slow down. The only problem I found with the handling of the
vehicles is that the police jeep and a extremely fast car is over
sensitive and is almost imposable to control, which leads you
to swerving/skidding and hitting everything. But these two are
the only ones I recall of the many (over 85) vehicles that do
not handle right, so there is no thing particularly to worry about.
Just cause is a free-roaming game like GTA and True Crime
and as you get to explore, start missions when you want, along
with lots of side missions and just have lots of fun that doesn’t
have to involve any story. Just cause add more fun to the free-roaming
genre by give you these crazy James Bond type moves, that involve
a Parachute which can be used a unlimited amount of times. You
can dive off a cliff and sky dive down towards the ground then
open up your shoot at the last second that lets you just glide
across towns and the world below you.
If your too scared in real life to jump out of a plane then this
is the game to try it as you can take a plane or helicopter miles
up into the air where you can only see the clouds below as you
jump out and descend at a speed which you can control to a speeding
bullet or pull pack on the pad to spread you arms/legs to slow
you down. This is great fun to do, but that’s not all you can
do, as with a grappling hook you can shoot it at a car and as
it drives away you be pulled up into the air. Ones your paragliding
along the car you can pull yourself in if you like and jump onto
it which you can then flip in through the window to take control
The same can be done with a helicopter, if you have one following
you which is annoying you by shooting you all the time, instead
of just blowing it out of the sky you can use the grappling hook
on it and pull yourself up to it where you can then grab onto
the end of the wing and then into the cockpit. (And you thought
high jacking a heli in mid-air was imposable)
The game throws you straight in by following a cut-scene of you
jumping out of a plane where you get your first experience of
free falling. As you do the main missions from different groups
you get to visit many cool interesting area like breaking into
a prison to get someone out, going to a bar that’s inside a volcano,
stealing a truck full of stock which rolls about in the back of
the truck which you must try not to loss any of it as you are
being chases, along with blowing up many buildings along the way.
As you progress through the game you can unlock safe houses,
where you can save the game, Store vehicles and collect weapons.
As well as the main safe houses you can unlock others that’s own
by the cartel and Guerilla which has each a unique vehicles and
weapons. As the whole land is owned by the government and another
gang you can attack these villages, villas and military bases.
By taking control of this places and doing any missions will give
you points which will unlock new weapons to make missions easier
and more fun, included in some of these places there are helicopters,
jet planes, jeeps and even tanks for you to use at your disposable.
You have a PDA with you that can be uses to many things by pressing
select you go to a menu, where you can check you the map, although
you cant zoom in much and nor can you pin point a spot like on
GTA to find a place you want to go to(which is a bit annoying
as you do have to keep checking the map), as well as the map you
have your stats, extraction (which is used to pick you up and
be flown to one of your bases, if you want to get there quickly)
and heavy drop.
Heavy drop is very much like on Mercenaries game where you can
get vehicles dropped down to you, though they are free you only
have a choose of 4, (Bike, Jeep, Speedboat and a mini helicopter).
Although these vehicles are very good where as 2 of them have
weapons too, I find that you mostly need them when you’re under
attack and need to get away but the bigger problem is that they
do not let you use it when under fire.
Overall the gameplay is good and very fun with all the action
of the vehicles and stunt moves and the great weapons where you
can even shoot the grenades in mid-air to explode them.
The game only contains 20 main missions although very
good for a free roaming games its very short. If you are a good
gamer and only played the main missions then you would complete
it in a few days, but if you are after more fun and you throw
in a load of side missions along the way it can be a much longer
Where as I did a lot of side missions and just had fun messing
around I finally complete the game in about 40 hours of gameplay
which is excellent as the longest gameplay of games take from
40-60hours and that’s in the RPG genre. I’m still playing the
game now to try and complete every side mission which are over
300, that include very good races but only 8 of them and have
taken me to about 85hours.
As you can see there are hours upon hours of gameplay, although
many of the side missions are basically the same, if you love
the gameplay the replay value is great.
==BUY OR NOT TO BUY==
Not as good as the 360 and PC version but still a great
game that will last a very long time as long as your aim is not
just to play the main missions.