E3 06: Just Cause Updated Impressions

We sit down with the Xbox 360 version of this fairly gigantic action game at E3 2006.

LOS ANGELES--Lots of action games have tried to base themselves purely around the concept of lots of ludicrous stunts, but few have taken it to the silly, over-the-top levels that Eidos and developer Avalanche Studios' Just Cause is aiming for. In the game, you play a top-secret operative named Rico Rodriguez who bears more than a striking resemblance to a certain "desperado" from a particularly popular action film. The game takes place on a huge island that basically amounts to a small country, and you'll be able to shoot, drive, fly, and even skydive your way across the entire thing. At E3 2006, developers from Avalanche were on hand to show off the Xbox 360 version of the game for the first time. We sat down with the game, and frankly, were pretty blown away by the scope of it.

Let's just get the big bullet point out of the way immediately, shall we? The island of San Esperito on which the game takes place is 250,000 acres big. Let that number sink in for a moment. 250,000. The game streams environmental data constantly, so whether you're just standing around on the ground or flying over the area via airplane, you'll be able to see as much of the environment as you could in real life. Aerial shots were particularly stunning. Seeing this huge island area spread out over such a wide distance is really something else, and the fact that you can just go to any land mass on the island is even crazier. Nuttiest of all, the developers are going to aim for the same size and scope in the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions of the game--we'll see how that goes.

Primarily, Just Cause is a third-person action game with driving and flying sections. The basic third-person action stuff should be pretty familiar to you. It's got basic weapons combat, melee, duck-and-cover mechanics, and the like. The really interesting stuff, however, is what you can do with vehicles. Many of the game's missions involve covering long distances in relatively short periods, so you'll often find yourself using a helicopter or small plane to travel those distances quicker than you would with a car. Also, you don't have to go searching for a landing strip. If you're in a plane, you can hop out of the cockpit and jump onto the wing of the plane, riding it like a total lunatic. From there, you can just let go, and skydive your way to your desired location. The game lets you control Rico in midair as much as any professional skydiver can control themselves, and once you parachute in, you can either drop to the ground, or, if you happen to see a nearby car, you can use a grappling-hook gun to shoot onto the back of the car and parasail (or is it paradriving?) your way around. From there, you can reel the hook in to land on the roof of the car, and if you want, pull the driver out and take over for yourself. And even after you're driving, you can hop back out and onto the roof if you feel like ghost-riding the whip for a little while.

The whole game is fundamentally centered around doing really, really ridiculous things. Firing off grenades and shooting them out of the air, blowing just about anything and everything you can up, the aforementioned aerial ludicrousness--clearly, this isn't a game that's trying to be too hard-boiled or take itself too seriously. While there were some visual rough edges in the build we saw, and a few random gameplay quirks we noticed, we're generally pretty impressed by Just Cause's E3 showing and think it has the potential to be a crazy bit of fun for Xbox 360 owners (and potentially PC, PS2 and Xbox owners as well). We'll be sure to bring you more on Just Cause in the near future.

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sardax
sardax

I keep my tradition high like Hiroshima9900. I bought the xbox because of Halo, and will do the same with part 3 for the xbox360. I am glad that there is a version out for the xbox, so I don't have to wait that long... And I am looking forward for the game: Gears of War... Must be crazy fun!!! :-)

Hiroshima9900
Hiroshima9900

If i ever by an XBox 360 it will be because of Halo 3, Saints Row, Oblivion, and this game right here: Just Cause. It looks AWESOME. I have played the demo at a friend's on the 360 and it is SEXY. No fooling. Hopefully, the full game itself will be just as good or better than the demo.

jmckenz3
jmckenz3

Just Cause XBOX360 demo is a blend of Pursuit Force and toned down GTA

faceman420
faceman420

nice, wonder y I never heard of it until now

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

This game looks stunning and it is even making its way onto a PlayStation 2. :o

killa5489
killa5489

anyone who thinks this is a GTA wannabe really, really needs help...

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

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FlashNovice
FlashNovice

WOW... If this goes out on PC, just think what modding community would do with it.... ....It certainly would be more than cool, because... ...I am cool :D Jks

Last_Grimreaper
Last_Grimreaper

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Dice836
Dice836

I'm a little confused.... is it or isn't it free roam? Does it have that GTA type missions? Anyways this looks great maybe a little like GTA, but then again what game isn't. I'm looking forward to buy my Xbox360 just so I can play this game.

Everon22
Everon22

Certainly eye catching. Open ended is fun - but lets hope the missions are worthwhile too.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Sounds interesting. The new video makes it look like the insane is pretty fluid. Could be fun. I don't think the PS2 or Xbox versions will go over so well though, it would be a very tough ask to get them to push that amount of memory. even the PS2 had some trouble with San Andreas.

gameboy360
gameboy360

this game is nothing like another GTA just like World of Warcraft isnt another Everquest 1. This game may be open ended but thats the only thing they have in common you **** head. Personally i cant wait for this game to come out so i can ride on the tip of a plane to my death....just sounds fun. BTW i wonder if you can do that for a jet or helicopter. (wasnt talking to dopey i was talking to jessi***)

dopey_geoff
dopey_geoff

Yeah, could fall into the trap of becoming another GTA with a few extrasa, but hen again, is that such a bad thing? Would you complain if someone said you look too much like brad pitt?

ClubRObbers
ClubRObbers

I actually think that this game seems to be really good. Not another GTA cause' it does that and more. To be honest. Skydiving and jumping of buildings anywhere is just what i want to do i Gta, THank you Just Cause

jessicarr2005
jessicarr2005

sounds like another wanna-be GTA SanAndreas........lame

wenbin09
wenbin09

sounds lunatic and headless!!!! just what i need!!!

tyxp
tyxp

Sounds Good..

Clsmoothest1
Clsmoothest1

This sounds cool and quite original, im looking forward to it.

nuer
nuer

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