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  • Summary: In Just Cause, take on 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 theIn Just Cause, take on 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. Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  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. One of those amazingly fun, carefree games and doesn't take itself too seriously. The action is hectic and breaks every law of physic and though the gameplay isn't that varied, it's still quite fun.
  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. For the most part, though, Just Cause pulls players along with a promise of bigger and badder weaponry.
  5. Just Cause is able to justify its relative brevity and disrespect for physical law with some extremely visceral and often satisfying action.
  6. The stunts, however, steal the show, and really elevate the game beyond its limitations. From skydiving and parachuting onto the top of moving vehicles to jumping out of helicopters or launching tow cables at passing cars, Rico can do some things that games haven't allowed players to do before, and there's a lot to be said for enabling new frontiers.
  7. Sloppy vehicle handling, some bugs in the design of the missions and the endless travel means it doesn't hit the same high notes as GTA and others, but the mindless action is still good dumb fun.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. AlexB.
    Sep 30, 2006
    9
    The game is large and fun and the graphics are quite good on the Xbox. My only gripes would be the poor animations and the easy auto-target The game is large and fun and the graphics are quite good on the Xbox. My only gripes would be the poor animations and the easy auto-target (although free aim is available) but these are minors complaints and do not detract too much from the game. Expand
  2. JasonM.
    Sep 30, 2006
    9
    Simply amazing.
  3. KyleW.
    Oct 5, 2006
    8
    You can't always trust your first impressions. The game crashed 17 minutes in. I was thrown backward when I approached a cliff edge on a You can't always trust your first impressions. The game crashed 17 minutes in. I was thrown backward when I approached a cliff edge on a motorcycle. You can't drown. There are too few interiors (if any). Graphics closeup are GTA-like weak, and dialog is repetitive. The framerate drops when the action kicks it up. Targeting nearby foes is a challenge when many are onscreen. Goals often require you to kill scores of enemies. That said, it's a credit to the game I actually had a lot of fun despite the technical issues. The action is often intense and the framerate doesn't really detract. The auto-aim helps alleviate the sometimes tedious goals. The grappling hook takes some practice but opens up the gameplay considerably. Flying is easy and fun. Driving, while imprecise, is decent enough. Draw distance is great and graphics in general are well done. The music is atmospheric, edgy and cool. In general, the game creates a great setting with plenty of action to keep you interested and distracted from it's flaws. Expand
  4. DaveE.
    Oct 7, 2006
    8
    The closest thing you'll get to GTA amongst all the clones out there. Some very original ideas, a sexy looking tropical setting, and The closest thing you'll get to GTA amongst all the clones out there. Some very original ideas, a sexy looking tropical setting, and enough action to keep any gamer satisfied, even if many may need to resort to creating there own fun. Definately one fans of this genre wouldn't wanna at least check out! Expand
  5. JordanS.
    Aug 7, 2007
    5
    Well the controls are easy to forget, you have to work so hard to keep your vehicle on the road and the camera is too annoying when your in a Well the controls are easy to forget, you have to work so hard to keep your vehicle on the road and the camera is too annoying when your in a vehicle. Expand