Just Cause 4 Review12th March 2019
Is this outing for Rico more of the same or does it redefine the sandbox open world genre? Find out in our Just Cause 4 review. Better late than never.
I didn’t know what to expect from Just Cause 4. I was holding out on buying it until it was cheap as chips. Then It was added to the games library on the wonderful Xbox Game Pass so thought this is my chance to give it a whirl.
The Setting and Story Overview
As with all Just Cause games, the storyline is over the top as usual. It’s the run of the mill bad guy needs to be stopped scenario. Nothing really new but it’s a bit of fun nontheless.
Just Cause 4 sees rogue hero Rico Rodriguez land in Solis, a huge South American world to hunt down the truth about his past, at any costs.
Rico needs to spearhead the rebellion and defeat the Black Hand, a hi-tech private military organisation.
There are many characters that Rico works with on his mission. These characters are fine they do the job and then you will forget them as soon as you turn off your system.
Just Cause 4’s Map
The sandbox world you play in is huge and it is stunning. You can navigate your way around the map using any of the huge array of vehicles including choppers, vans, cars, boats, planes, motorbikes and more.
If you don’t fancy travelling in a vehicle to your destination you can always use your trusty grapple and parachute, although this is a much slower way in some instances although quicker if you want to get over the top of a hill or a mountain.
You can get a grasp of how large the 1024 square kilometre map is you can take a look on the Just Cause 4 website map page.
There are so many missions in Just Cause 4 I sometimes feel that the end is never going to be in sight. There are obviously the main missions that you need to complete to progress the main campaign storyline.
There are also other smaller puzzle type missions like the one I completed. I flew to some ruins inside the top of a mountain, pulled a giant leaver with my grapple that release a large statue head that rolled down a path and then fell to the bottom of a cave.
I then had to manoeuvre the head onto a switch platform using my tool. This then opened a doorway which revealed a candle that I had to light to reveal part of a message written in Spanish.
The message was part of a bigger message that I needed to discover by completing more of these type of side missions.
The world map is littered with things to do. You need to progress the rebellion across the map to take back control. You do this by completing missions that eventually allows you to make a choice of where you want to move the front too.
Hey Good Looking
There’s more foliage more detail in the textures and so on. My only issue with past Just Cause games is that there was not enough variety and that it became quite samey.
However this time round there are a small variety of landscape including the usual paradise type terrain, rainforrest, dessert and snowy mountains. The game is pretty and definitely an improvement on Just Cause 3.
Bugs and Glitches
Now, I’m not sure if it’s because I was playing on the Xbox One S but there appeared to be a lot of pop-in and slow loading textures. It didn’t make the game unplayable by any means it’s just that it catches the corner of your eye every now and then.
There are also a few glitches I came across that hopefully will be patched out over time. One example was when I grappled on to the back of a flatbed truck and when I mounted it I just shot right up into the sky.
Luckily I had my wingsuit and parachute to prevent me from freefalling smack bang into the ground to my death.
The mechanics of both of these is as refined as I think they possibly could be. I mean if the developers hadn’t have nailed this by this outing for Just Cause then there is something seriously wrong.
Whatever the Weather
One new addition to the Just Cause world this time around is the impressive weather systems. On your travels, you will encounter sandstorms, stormy torrential downpours, snow blizzards and a humongous tornado traveling across the landscape adding further to your problems.
I had a bit of fun with this bad boy as you can see in the video below. I followed on and watched it tear up trees, lampposts and all manner of debris including Rico.
Grapple Your Way to Victory
Rico’s grapple tool has now become a truly multifunctional tool. You can use for various things such as attaching balloons to anything and making them float into the air and adding boost onto things.
Using this tool is a lot of fun. I just enjoyed making bad guys float then connect them to a moving vehicle and then driving the vehicle off a cliff into a fuel tank and watched the carnage unfold.
This brings me onto the next thing, explosions. As you would expect these are back and look as stunning as ever. The more explosive moments you create and damage to enemies the higher your Chaos gauge increases. In turn, alerting more powerful enemies to come and join the fun such as missile firing helicopters.
Lets Sum it Up
Just Cause 4 is very much more of the same. It’s one of those games that you can just pick up and play and after 3 hours not really done anything.
I haven’t completed the game yet and doubt I ever will, just like with previous games but don’t let the negatives put you off. There’s lots to do and see in all of Just Causes’ beauty.
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