Just Cause Xbox

Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
Buy On
  1. 68
    The lack of depth really comes through once you get more than about 10 hours into the game and the monotony of doing the same side quests over and over takes its toll. After that, it comes down to how much fun you can create by yourself.
  2. Just Cause is able to justify its relative brevity and disrespect for physical law with some extremely visceral and often satisfying action.
  3. Game Informer
    73
    It is a fun game with some cool ideas, just one with its share of problems. If nothing else it tries a few new things, which is more than you can say about many games. [Oct. 2006, p.93]
  4. Overall, on the scale of sandbox games, JC falls somewhere between True Crime and GTA: Vice City. Rico Rodriguez' San Esperito is definitely more impressive than Nick Kang's Los Angeles, but the storyline is nowhere near the Vercetti's Vice City.
  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. 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. And the world is huge. If it was more packed with opportunities for us to use those tools and stunts, this could have been a GTA-killer.
  8. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#25 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2006
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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! Full Review »
  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. Full Review »