Just Cause Xbox 360

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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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  1. Positive: 22 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  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. 85
    The sheer capacity of things to do in San Esperito is enormous and usually overwhelming.
  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. 70
    This game is more a sandbox than any other created, and thus the only people who will really be able to enjoy the game are those who have the imagination to make their own fun in a world. For many, this will cause JC to fall into the shadows of "meh", but for creative gamers, it'll be the best sandbox game you will ever own.
  5. Just Cause simply has too little substance to propel it to great status and I think most gamers will find the flaws adding up to make a tiring gaming experience rather than the fun one it should be. That’s not to say the game isn’t fun, because it is, just not all the time.
  6. Just Cause was filled with a lot of great ideas. It had the potential to be an awesome game, but what comes across as unsurety on the part of the development team really hampers it.
  7. As an admirer of all things unusual and unusually entertaining, Rico's bizarre parachute tricks justify the four to six hours it takes to complete the campaign, but once the novelty wears off, there's not much here to merit a second glance that hasn't been done better by other games - mission accomplished, but just barely.

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Mar 4, 2012
    10
    Let's break this down,nice and neat,real very real.This game was made in 2006 where games wish they could be as versitile,as amazing,as aLet's break this down,nice and neat,real very real.This game was made in 2006 where games wish they could be as versitile,as amazing,as a game with infinite replay value.The map is bigger then most open world racing games excluding Fuel of course.This is kinda the ground work of how they produced Just Cause 2 after it being in production for 4 years.Get this,even though just Cause 2 took everything awesome about the first one and exploded on the scene as an out of this world game,the game is just merely bigger than the first game.Just a little bit bigger,can you believe that,that is why you have to look back on the first Just Cause and think that it is nothing less than a masterpiece and a step in gaming that shows you how serious gaming really is.To this day ,(almost 7 years later),I still play this game here and there but I admit that I play part 2 more now but to all you gamer's,play this,love this,live this! Expand
  2. DanielRodriguez
    Sep 9, 2006
    10
    A instant classic. A gamers dream come true. A supurb gem. Undescribible, Unbelievable, Outstanding, and perfect. I can't imagine whatA instant classic. A gamers dream come true. A supurb gem. Undescribible, Unbelievable, Outstanding, and perfect. I can't imagine what the actul game will be like. For such a small amount of land, this game excels with vhicle option and supurb visuals as well as smartly craften missions and beautiful sights. This game rocks. Possibly better than Vice City. This game is sure to stir up some gaming history conversation. 100 out of 1. Expand
  3. NathanSmith
    Aug 31, 2006
    9
    This is a third person shooter with a very GTA feel although i have not played the actual game the demo gives me a good idea for whats inThis is a third person shooter with a very GTA feel although i have not played the actual game the demo gives me a good idea for whats in store. You are able to do rediculous stunts that range from hanging onto the back of a helicopter in flight to jumping from ontop of one car to another while pushing 80. overall it looks like lots of fun. Expand
  4. JohanA.
    Jul 2, 2008
    7
    The best part about this game is the way stunts work. Allowing me to drive off a cliff in a burning car, narrowly escape the explosion by The best part about this game is the way stunts work. Allowing me to drive off a cliff in a burning car, narrowly escape the explosion by jumping to and commandeer a nearby military helicopter all the while the chasing police cars fly by, both plays and looks great. It really makes you feel like a super secret agent. Unfortunately it's not all good, the main story is somewhat dull, and the side missions get repetitive real quick. Some side missions you can't even complete because of bugs. Expand
  5. DavidN.
    Apr 22, 2008
    7
    This game is really fun, but it could have been much better. The main missions seem like just somewhat random missions. The side missions are This game is really fun, but it could have been much better. The main missions seem like just somewhat random missions. The side missions are tedious. There could have stores to buy different clothing and hair styles, etc. Expand
  6. Eli
    Oct 14, 2006
    6
    I must give Just Cause some credit it has some really cool ideas. The grappling hook and parachute are awesome and just all the crazy stuntst I must give Just Cause some credit it has some really cool ideas. The grappling hook and parachute are awesome and just all the crazy stuntst you pull off this game are a ton of fun and the game is very nice looking as well. Alas the game fails in every other area. The shooting is downright awful and the missions are nothing but a series of constant repetition. Everything about the gameplay, besides the grappling/parachute, is crap which is a damn shame. If there is a sequel there have to be some major changes. Overall it's worth trying but the flaws in Just Cause make it a rental at best. Expand
  7. Apr 23, 2016
    4
    Just Cause was one of those game that came out between the release of the Xbox 360 and the PS3 therefore it is interesting to see how thoseJust Cause was one of those game that came out between the release of the Xbox 360 and the PS3 therefore it is interesting to see how those games did and if they are worthy of this generation of consoles or if they could have stick to the old-gen.

    Just Cause had a simple goal: be an entertaining sandbox game, so don't expect much from the story, it's a simple parody of movies like Rambo that will last about 6 hours straight which is very short and you'll have to do the side activities, that will unlock weapons, vehicles and safehouses to make the game last 20 to 30 hours depending if you want the 100% or if you'll get bored of doing approximately the same thing over and over, because yes the side activities are very, very repetitives.

    Concerning the gameplay, the driving really sucks and you'll thank god for the fast travel options, the gunfights are soulless and really easy and so the game, while playable, is really not very fun.

    Finally the game looks okay for the time and considering it was also developed for PS2, the map is huge and without loading times or framerate issues.

    So in conclusion I was very disappointed by the first entry of Just Cause, even if it was a solid technical performance and a good parody of the genre (in theaters or video games) the lack of original content and most of all a clunky gameplay puts the overall experience to boring if not painful sometimes, I do not advise any of you to buy it, Just Cause 2 or 3 are far better choices (where Avalanche actually succeed where they failed in this game) and given the fact that each stories are independent you really don't need to put up with this one.
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