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  • Summary: Developed by Avalanche Studios, Just Cause 2 finds Rico Rodriguez returning in an epic open-world adventure set in the diverse tropical playground of Panau in South East Asia, where the aim is to cause chaos and destruction in a way that only Rico knows how! His mission is to destabilize theDeveloped by Avalanche Studios, Just Cause 2 finds Rico Rodriguez returning in an epic open-world adventure set in the diverse tropical playground of Panau in South East Asia, where the aim is to cause chaos and destruction in a way that only Rico knows how! His mission is to destabilize the island and free it from the tyranny of the evil dictator, Baby Panay. Players tackle missions and objectives in any way they want while exploring the highly-detailed and beautiful island by land, sea or air, performing an insane range of new daredevil stunts and mastering the use of the all new grappling hook and Rico's trademark parachute. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
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  1. Positive: 65 out of 74
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  1. 100
    This game is so well designed that time after time in my playthrough I thought, "Man, wouldn't it be great if this game had X?" and then, lo and behold, X appears, like the albatross to the Ancient Mariner, except in a totally good way that doesn't cause the mass suffering and death of my shipmates. Honestly, I can't think of any reason why anyone who loves video games won't enjoy JC2.
  2. Just Cause 2 is the sort of game where you're willing to put up with a lot just because it's so darn enjoyable. Any time you get annoyed by something, you can take comfort in knowing that there's something to blow up just over the next hill, and sending a tower of flames into the sky will make it all better.
  3. It might get repetitive and a bit boring over time, but in general its simply a blast to drive, run and grapple'n'parachute across Panau, simply in order to cause mayhem and chaos.
  4. Just Cause 2 delivers a huge amount of vehicles, tons of enemy bases and installations to liberate and gameplay so extreme that you'll end up giggling in front of the screen.
  5. Crazy stunts, a huge gameworld, and a playful attitude make Just Cause 2 a lot of fun despite its annoyances.
  6. Chocked full of insane action and plenty of creative opportunities, and knows that ultimately it's all about having fun. It's a brash, no-brainer experience that gives everything you want from a sandbox game, but lets make sure the combat ramps up a notch in the next title.
  7. Just Cause 2 is not without its flaws, but it offers a highly satisfying, if hardly unique, open-world adventure in which players are encouraged to indulge in as much mayhem as possible.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 71
  2. Negative: 1 out of 71
  1. AdamN.
    Mar 24, 2010
    10
    This game absolutely rocks! Firstly the game is huge, i've been playing for over 10 hours now and i have only finnished 6% of the game. This game absolutely rocks! Firstly the game is huge, i've been playing for over 10 hours now and i have only finnished 6% of the game. Almost every vehicle imaginible is available to use from your civilian vehicles (cars, motorbikes, trucks etc.), military vehicles (tanks etc.) airoplanes and helicopter (including attack helicopters and my all time favourites the fighter jets) and heaps more. Your character is extremely versatile and can reach any height due to the addition of the grappling hook which you always have on you and can use at any time. The grappling hook can be used to get you to a location either higher up or somewhere off in the distance (such as a tree to pull you further and faster along). You can grapple vehicles as they are moving and either grab in to them and then steal the vehicle in motion or you can rip people off of bikes as they are moving. You can also attach the grapple to one location and then another so as to , for example, stop a moving car by attaching it to a building. You also have a parachute that you can also use at any time and an infinite amount of times to fly over objects, to fly off from a buring plane etc. This game gives you the tools and sets you free. It is absolutely this most fun i've had in a free roaming sandbox style game. The first Just Cause was a great and fun game but this easilly trumps it in every way. Even though the game is huge you have the option of getting a lift to any location on the map as soon as you locate it. So you can simply fly over the location in a plane or helicopter and that location can forever after be flown to instantly at any time by using the 'Black market' system which is where you can also purchase weapons and vehicles for a price. The beauty is that the transportation is free and you can basically use it anytime you want (exceot during certain situations such as missions). If you like sandbox style games such as Grand Theft Auto you will love this game. In fact i will be so bold as to say that for me i feel that this game is even more fun than GTA. I can't remember when i was so addicted to one game before. At this stage in the game it an easy 10/10 for me. Expand
  2. May 30, 2012
    10
    Best open world, best action game. Lots to do even more to kill. An absolute must play.
    And one the the greatest game ever made. Thank you
    Best open world, best action game. Lots to do even more to kill. An absolute must play.
    And one the the greatest game ever made. Thank you Avalanche and please make another one
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  3. Bogdan
    Mar 29, 2010
    10
    This is one of the most entertaining games I have ever played! It's pure fun, the freedom you have is incredible, the graphics are This is one of the most entertaining games I have ever played! It's pure fun, the freedom you have is incredible, the graphics are stunning (most of the time) and you just can't let the gamepad down. The first time I played for 6 hours continuously, exploring the islands and wow-ing evey minute.The missions can sometimes be repetitive but fun nevertheless. I can't believe that there are people giving it low(0 even) ratings. Try this game, it's worth it! Good job Square Enix! Expand
  4. May 14, 2011
    9
    One of the best sanboxers of recent years. The graphics of Just Cause 2 are a marvel - I've never seen an island so large (Although, maybeOne of the best sanboxers of recent years. The graphics of Just Cause 2 are a marvel - I've never seen an island so large (Although, maybe that's because at time of writing, it's the largest open-world sandbox environment of any retail game!) and detailed. Vehicles, snow-capped mountains, deserts, forests, ruins, casinos, city's, guns, more vehicles, suspension bridges, wind turbines, dams, military bases, airports, and the sea... and so much more, all beautifully rendered at a distance, and up close. Just Cause 2 falls badly on it's writing and voice acting though, and the whole story is shallow. Most missions are composed of grinning and bearing (or skipping...) a cutscene, a repetitive bit of shooting, and a fun finale. Rinse repeat 100x times. But, including the ending (I won't spoil, but it's a legendary one!), and overall good gameplay, Just Cause 2 is a massive, ninja-slapping, grappling hook-parachuting, eye-kissing treat. And goes for about a tenner in the UK too (; Expand
  5. Jan 19, 2014
    8
    Just Cause 2 is a fun open world game, focused on an entertaining gimmick in the main character’s grappling hook. Unfortunately, the game hasJust Cause 2 is a fun open world game, focused on an entertaining gimmick in the main character’s grappling hook. Unfortunately, the game has some clunky mechanics when traversing the terrain that get in the way of a tight, seamless feel. Right off the bat, would it have been so hard to include a few extra animations where Rico can pull himself up a ledge? I expect that to be included in most third person games by 2010, just for the convenience of the player in a game that’s centered around the character’s acrobatics. I have trouble believing this guy, flying through the air like a **** Barnum and Bailey trapeze artist on meth, can’t jump onto a ledge that’s an extra foot or so higher than his vertical jump. Unless he’s just got bad knees. Then my bad for making him think about his bad knees.

    And while the hook and parachute diversion is fun, the game leaves you desiring the things it lacks that other similar games flaunt. All I could think of is how fun it would be if EVERYTHING was destructable, a la recent Red Faction games, or if the weapons had more “oomph” to them, like the genre-cousin Mercenaries. The only reason I give it a somewhat respectable score is the sheer number of awesome moments that can be created when not giving in to the game’s clear-cut mission progression. Jumping outside of and airwalking on the wings of a plane while a dozen enemy soldiers are firing at you is awesome. Dancing around the body of the plane while attaching two enemy helicopters together with both ends of the grappling hook is double awesome. Turning helicopter one into a deadweight with some c4, and watching momentarily unscathed helicopter two be dragged to a fiery mountain death is just the cherry on top this hollow testosterone cake.

    The game really tricks your mind into thinking it has a ton of replayability just by the size of the map, when one minute you can be down on the sandy tropical beaches, and another minute up in the snow capped mountains. Unfortunately, with all that territory to cover, the environments just feel empty; the towns, cities, and villages for the most part are just devoid of any real substance. Don’t get me wrong. There’s all sorts of goodies to find, from armor/weapon/vehicle power-ups, to new vehicles themselves, to entirely new locations. It’s just that aside from blowing up government-owned property, there’s not much else to do with this gem but progress through the seen-it-five-zillion-times story. It feels like so much work went into trying to create an original action-oriented, fluid control scheme for Rico, and his expansive playground, that not enough effort was put in to trying to figure out what tasks could be done with this awesome ability.

    I can’t argue that it isn’t fun though along the way, but I really wish I had more to do with this provided artillery. What won’t ever get old though is nudging my Filipino wife every time one of the character’s speaks and going, “sounds like you!”, even though the voices sound more like white guys doing racist impressions of Asians than actual inhabitants of southeast Asia.

    Is it worth it at the current amazon price of $18.31? I’d say no. Play something else, and wait for it to get a little cheaper. Don’t want to wait? It’s now 2014, and this came out in 2010, so it doesn’t seem you were in too big a rush to play it, anyway.
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  6. Feb 18, 2012
    8
    The demo encouraged me to buy Just Cause 2. I bought this game and it is 10 times better than the demo. The planes are fantastic and the urgeThe demo encouraged me to buy Just Cause 2. I bought this game and it is 10 times better than the demo. The planes are fantastic and the urge to free roam just doesn't die down even after months. There is so much to do, it is virtually impossible to get 100% completion. I had a 23 hour playing time while only playing 2 story missions and not even one faction mission, that is how fun the game is to actually free roam, so much more than games such as Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto. The map is massive and although some bits feel like they are the same, some bits you can tell have been uniquely designed e.g. Panau International Airport. The story itself is not the best and the agency missions are slightly repetitive and easy but to judge the game on a whole I would say 8/10 because of the size of the map, the variety of the map, the variety of vehicles and the variety of things to do. A must buy! Expand
  7. JalexD
    Mar 25, 2010
    0
    I was thoroughly disappointed with this title. Now, I was disappointed with the first game as well, because it was so unfocused. But this I was thoroughly disappointed with this title. Now, I was disappointed with the first game as well, because it was so unfocused. But this game really ticked me off because it seemed to glorify that aspect, as if each and every scenario was mocking me for giving the series another chance. I've seen a lot of comments praising the fact that this game is really nothing more than non-stop pretty explosions, ridiculous stunts, and gratuitous violence. The first two would be considered a plus if they weren't so common and some more thought was put into their use. As it is, this is a game for the shallow, for those who don't read anything that isn't assigned to them or part of the latest electronic messaging fad. All pretty colours with no substance underneath. A shame, really. It could have been great. Expand

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