Just Cause 2 Updated Impressions

Our old friend Rico Rodriguez is out to cause as much mayhem as he can in a new E3 2009 demo.

Just Cause 2 rewards you for being a complete jerk. This sandbox action game set in the fictional island nation of Panau uses a currency measured in chaos--that is to say, the amount of damage you do to the world around you. Pile up enough wanton destruction, and your notoriety increases to the point where you’ll be able to unlock new story missions that help propel the narrative forward. Yes, Just Cause 2 knows what it does well: It lets you fly effortlessly all over the place and leave a smoldering trail of destruction. We just saw a few new methods of doing so in an E3 2009 demo. (For more on Just Cause 2 and the sense of movement that your parachute and grapple hook combination provide, check out our most recent preview.)

What's New: We had the opportunity to see a new story mission, prefaced by a little bit of mayhem in order to gather up enough chaos to trigger it. The demo started with protagonist Rico Rodriguez on top of a tower before base-jumping down onto a speedboat, which he promptly piloted to a military harbor base. There, Rico used all manner of guns, grenades, and grapple hooks to kill these guards and render their base useless.

Once Rico gathered enough chaos, he began a new mission that tasked him with rescuing an associate from a casino under siege. With his buddy near the top of this casino that also happened to double as a skyscraper, Rico took a helicopter, hopped out in midair, and used his trusty grapple hook to shoot himself indoors. In there, he took to shooting a few bad guys before rescuing his buddy and landing safely on the ground below.

Well, maybe not that safe. The pair then had to outrun a legion of armed soldiers chasing them down in jeeps. In this high-speed chase sequence, Rico jumped from jeep to jeep, using his grapple hook to fling baddies onto the road and finishing off their jeeps with explosives and gunfire.

What's Different: It has been a few months since the last time we saw Just Cause 2, and it’s looking noticeably prettier. The frame rate seems more consistent, and the island itself, with its diverse environments and ample stretches of water, looks a bit nicer. Furthermore, the last time we saw the game it had only placeholder dialogue, and this time it appears to have final audio in place. The voice acting and cutscenes are wonderfully cheesy, so there’s no need to worry about the game taking itself too seriously.

What's The Same: The basic gameplay. At its core, Just Cause 2 is a game that lets you make a big old mess in any way you want. It seems like the story mission we saw this time compared to the missions we saw in our previous look doesn't vary all that much. You go from one point to another and kill a bunch of guys and blow lots of stuff up.

What Impression The Game Made This Time: A positive one. Even though the basic premise of each mission is simple and doesn’t vary a whole lot, the way you go about causing chaos is really interesting. You can play it as a standard sandbox action game by simply jacking cars and using guns, but you can also get ridiculously creative by taking your grapple hook, attaching a jeep to a helicopter, and using it as a wrecking ball, for example. And it doesn't end there. We saw the grapple hook used for everything from tangling one enemy with another to just tangling an enemy with an explosive barrel before watching him recoil in horror as the barrel was slowly filled with bullets.

Overall, Just Cause 2 reminds us of the unapologetic destruction of Mercenaries 2. If that particular game left you wanting more, there’s a chance Just Cause 2 may be the game for you. Expect more coverage in the next few months.

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FlashHawk79
FlashHawk79

So, I take it they DIDN'T correct the auto-aim feature....damn.

blazejpietras
blazejpietras

awsome defenetly geting it it looks great i like those kind of games so i think i will enjoy this very very much its definetly better than the first one lets hope it is really good and not a disaster

MetalStorm759
MetalStorm759

Just Cause 1 was, in my opinion, better than Mercenaries 2. Mercs 2 had to many bugs and was so convinced it was really good before its release it got everyones hopes up. I had to return my reserved copy the day i picked i up because of a game freezing bug. I hope Just Cause 2 doesn't do the same.

TR800
TR800

@elitebouncer You should try the first it was AA in my opinion.

TR800
TR800

looks awesome can't wait.

elitebouncer
elitebouncer

I've never even heard of Just Cause 1 but this sounds amazing already.

SkytheWiz1
SkytheWiz1

Mercs 2 did leave me wanting more... but that's cause there was a lot missing in the way of completion - so many bugs... I'm hoping Just Cause 2 is as awesome as it looks.

pakhair
pakhair

Can't Wait............

ocdog45
ocdog45

after seeing the video i was convinced. the first one i don't know why i finished.

teron678
teron678

Loved Just Cause I ..... it was a great game .. can't wait for Just Cause II

brok
brok

please don't suck...PLEASE don't suck.... especially once the missions are completed...

dark_being
dark_being

I didn't really liked the first one, and this one seems to follow in it's footsteps...

Pete5506
Pete5506

The game looks good, I hope its just as good or even better then the 1st game

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

The first Just Cause turned out to be a gerat deal of fun, can't wait for this one:)

ExodusNJ
ExodusNJ

They need cinematic instant replay with this game.

tworkma
tworkma

But is it fun? That last one was a bit crude, but I really liked the warm, colorful environment. And it was very fun. You don't see enough colorful shooters, etc. I'm interested in this one.

Naruto
Naruto

This better be more polished than the first one, that was awful.