Just Cause PlayStation 2

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  • Summary: Assume the role of the flamboyant Rico Rodriguez – an undercover CIA operative specializing in regime change - as he tries to overthrow the corrupt government of San Esperito. This rogue South American island is suspected of stockpiling WMDs and it’s your job to negate the threat to worldAssume the role of the flamboyant Rico Rodriguez – an undercover CIA operative specializing in regime change - as he tries to overthrow the corrupt government of San Esperito. This rogue South American island is suspected of stockpiling WMDs and it’s your job to negate the threat to world peace. It could be to your advantage that this tropical paradise is about to implode as various factions vie for power – it just needs a gentle nudge in the right direction. Just Cause offers the freedom to tackle your assignment however you want: play the island’s factions off against one another; incite a rebellion among the masses; or build alliances with rebel forces and drug cartels. The game world consists of 1,225 sq. miles of mountains, jungles, beaches, cities and villages which can be explored by land, sea and air. And you will have at your disposal a varied and exciting array of vehicles, planes and watercraft. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Fans of the Nintendo SNES classic "Pilotwings" will literally jump at the chance to parachute from any of the aircraft for spectacular views of the vast landscape below. There is bound to be a sequel, because this original is so good.
  2. Play Magazine
    82
    Though the story is short-lived and the rest of the missions are repetitive, the main game is strong enough to rise above the shortcomings to provide enough action-packed thrills and spills to satisfy anyone after a game to just have fun with. [Issue 145, p.70]
  3. After you liberate the island and eliminate the dictator, there is simply no other reason to put the disk back in your system. The island looks pretty and there are plenty of attractions to see, but once you spend a little time there, you are ready to leave.
  4. AceGamez
    70
    Those magnificent occasions when you're hovering at 2,000 feet above the ground on your parachute actually justifies playing it through.
  5. The finicky grappling hook controls lack the intuitive ease you'd like from such an integral control element (never mind the fact that you can't hook onto buildings or trees...wha--?). Even by the game's end, I'd still stumble when trying to sling from car to passing helo.
  6. Just Cause is fun for a little while, and if you get sucked into the atmosphere and style, you just might finish it. But there are too many pitfalls that routinely impede your enjoyment.
  7. Just Cause reeks of wasted potential. The story could have been interesting, but the generic characters and bland execution aren’t endearing in the slightest.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Mar 6, 2016
    10
    Diferente das minhas reviews, vou falar pouco aqui. De longe, um dos jogos mais divertidos que joguei no PS2. Pouco me importava as missões,Diferente das minhas reviews, vou falar pouco aqui. De longe, um dos jogos mais divertidos que joguei no PS2. Pouco me importava as missões, eu só ficava zoando pelo mapa, cujo era gigante. Sempre achei os gráficos bonitos. A jogabilidade, por mais ruim que era, era divertida. Foi um dos jogos que mais joguei no PS2, e um dos jogos que mais me diverti. Expand
  2. JamesRickaby
    May 12, 2008
    10
    Just cause is the best game i have ever really had on PS2, because i just love exploring the vast landscape. I have had the game about a year,Just cause is the best game i have ever really had on PS2, because i just love exploring the vast landscape. I have had the game about a year, and according to the game stats i have played it for 160 hours! When i am playing it i just cannot stop, weather i am flying from airport to airport practicing my landings, or base jumping from dizzying hights. People constantly moan about graphics but they really arn't that bad seeming as the gaming area is so huge. But its the feeling you get from exploration that gripped me from the very first step i put on the island. I cannot help but fall helplessly into the hipnotysing world of Just Cause when i stumble upon a secluded town or fishing village, seeing people wandering around with nothing to do, probably driven mad by the atmosphere of the mesmorising landscape.
    It is very true that the side missions and liberations are as repetetive as friday night television and the story is shortlived and uninspiring, but the real reason of being on San Esperito is to have fun in a free world where everything and anything is yours to drive, fly, ride, sail, shoot and kill.
    The gaming experience is very similar to that of the legendary Grand Theft Auto series with a Carribian tweak. Police forces become more intense as you fight to destroy them, and you can throw people out of there vehicles to take control. Amongst the sheer brilliance of this experience is a never-ending array of annoying glitches that follow you wherever you go, from Rico's head flpping inside-out to randomly dieing for no apparent reason when entering a helicopter. Yes, the game has its reasons for being called 'repetetive', 'uninspiring' and 'Just Crap' but in my tiny little oppinion i say WOOP WOOP!

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  3. Mar 28, 2013
    10
    The graphics were okay, however the ps2 developers were coming out with better by this time. But at least make your characters move likeThe graphics were okay, however the ps2 developers were coming out with better by this time. But at least make your characters move like HUMANS! lol It was the gameplay and storyline that caught me off guard, they engaged me from the very begining, and I kept asking, what happens next! Exteremely exiting, I totally forgive anything else that is wrong with this game. In my opinion, if you get the oportunity to get it, GET IT! I promise, you wont be disapointed. Expand
  4. SteveW.
    Sep 28, 2006
    8
    Okie this game has its share of problems its graphicly very bad (ps2) and there is alot of glitchy issues like walking through trees and to Okie this game has its share of problems its graphicly very bad (ps2) and there is alot of glitchy issues like walking through trees and to top it off the shooting element is FAR too easy but that said it has some very original ideas with the grapple hook and parashoot combo that make this game extremely playable not to mention the sheer size of the map with next to no slowdown and no loading times. The main missions are actully quite fun and some are challenging although the side missions are a little boring and repatative. Overall tho there is some laughs to be had at this game intentional or not and when you come across some of the towns in the game you cant help but feel absorbed into the just cause world. Rent or buy? Rent first Expand
  5. Sep 5, 2010
    8
    Just Cause on the PlayStation 2 is a cool game. The landscape; San Esprito that the game takes place is so huge; a great feat accomplished onJust Cause on the PlayStation 2 is a cool game. The landscape; San Esprito that the game takes place is so huge; a great feat accomplished on the PS2, the game looks great and has some cool gameplay elements. You can use a grappling gun and tether yourself to a car or helicopter and glide with your parachute. The gunfights are basic; there is an auto aiming system to make it easier. The side missions can get repetitive and the landscape can be empty with not much to do after the main story mode which isn't long either. Just Cause is a nice sandbox game on the PS2 overall but lacks the gameplay depth that the Grand Theft Auto titles have. Expand
  6. PeteB.
    Feb 27, 2007
    8
    Picked up Just Cause (PS2) off the bargin shelf and glad I did. Graphics could have been better but open-endedness of where to go and how to Picked up Just Cause (PS2) off the bargin shelf and glad I did. Graphics could have been better but open-endedness of where to go and how to get there makes up for it a little. Some interesting weapons available too. Wouldn't paid full price for it but worthwhile bargain purchase. Bring on Just Cause 2! Expand
  7. BeauG.
    Sep 24, 2006
    0
    Appalling game, GTA wannabee with bad gameplay and graphics.

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#37 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
#68 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006