Generally favorable reviews - based on 74 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 74
  2. Negative: 0 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. 98
    The Terminator 2 of videogames. A sequel that contained all that made the original so good, without all the boring and unrefined portions...This is by far the most fun I have ever had with an open-world game.
  3. There is something new, fresh, and exciting around each turn and over each hill and mountaintop, making Just Cause 2 one of the best open-world action games ever made – perhaps the best.
  4. The amount of swagger and sheer fun in “Just Cause 2” is tremendous, and needs to be played by you right this second.
  5. It easily blows the first game out of the water, and puts the gameplay in titles like Grand Theft Auto to shame.
  6. One of the most enjoyable sandboxes for players to experiment in this side of Grand Theft Auto. [Issue#204, p.86]
  7. The original Just Cause was a little rough around the edges but the sequel is highly polished and looks great. I could easily see myself logging a hundred hours or more in to the game, it’s probably the most comprehensive sandbox game I’ve played.
  8. Just Cause 2 is one of the best sandbox games I've ever played. The action is absolutely insane, the plot ludicrous, the scenery breathtaking, and though there is a slight learning curve to get your funky fresh moves down pat, it's well worth the investment, as you find yourself drawn back to it again and again just to round out that last village as you edge closer to the massive task of 100% completion.
  9. Just Cause 2 would have been a much better game if the missions were more varied or sadly, thrown out completely. But again, you will only think about it a couple times as the gameplay will certainly keep you entertained.
  10. 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.
  11. Avalanche has created a title that takes sandbox play back to its roots -- the idea that sandbox should mean just that, a sandbox for players to do anything they want, to create their own goals and to essentially create a game within a game by creating and then achieving player driven goals.
  12. Many games have promised a no limits playing experience, and many have failed to deliver this. However, Just Cause 2 has easily achieved this allowing you to travel to the remotest of locations and play the game in an extremely creative way, which makes it very easy to over look the repetitive nature of the mission.
  13. Just Cause 2 is a good, but not perfect mixture of GTA and Boiling Point. It offers a huge playground for every action gamer - supported by beautiful graphics.
  14. It’s fair to say I was more than impressed with Just Cause 2. After 26 hours I had completed the core missions, but had only found or completed 25 per cent of things to do on the island. It retains an appeal to jump in and keep searching for those missing crates, completing locations, and causing havoc. One of the best open world games ever made.
  15. 88
    I haven't had this much fun with an open-world game in years. Just Cause 2 is over-the-top and insanely fun. There are some issues in the game's presentation and the checkpoint system is far from perfect, but Just Cause 2 is otherwise a must-play for adrenaline junkies.
  16. 87
    It's a game that prides itself instead on the glories of the chaos you create, the freedom of exploration and a goof-off action story to keep you in money, weapons and women. It's not for every gamer we wager, but if you're in need of a dose of true sandbox action, there are few better ways to invest your buck.
  17. An immense game, with a lot of things to do that will deliver you many hours of surprising gameplay.
  18. Big, bigger, Just Cause 2. The Game takes it serious with the open-world theme, you can explore countless villages. But on the other hand the story isn't really a burner. Nonetheless we will spend our next holidays in Panau.
  19. 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.
  20. As an open world game with completely unrealistic physics and a humorous mismatch of characters (there must be at least a dozen different accents, sometimes all are hilariously congregated into a single city), this game is second to none.
  21. For all its slight foibles, Just Cause 2 is hugely entertaining, and despite the creeping feeling of repetition beginning to set in as you destroy your 500th fuel tank or collect your 1000th item, there's more than enough freedom to pull off ludicrous stunts and experiment with your weapons, vehicles, parachute and grappling hook to make you want to extend your stay in Panau's sandbox paradise indefinitely.
  22. 85
    It is good for a game not to take itself too seriously and let the player participate in its eccentric craziness.
  23. 85
    Just Cause 2 gives you a quick story, one that certainly is not short. You'll fly with high speed through the different beautiful areas and varying landscapes. So Just Cause 2 is absolutely a must have!
  24. Official Xbox Magazine
    It completely nails what a sequel should be: it expands on everything its predecessor did best without sacrificing what we loved most about it in the first place. [May 2010, p.74]
  25. It's a sandbox, filled with exciting possibilities, and might feel more "next-gen" than anything else out there.
  26. Just Cause 2 does what so many other open-world games try to and usually end up missing the target. Its huge world, insane gameplay, and amazing visuals will keep you blowing stuff up into the wee hours of the morning and not even blinking an eye.
  27. 85
    You're effectively getting two games for the price of one with Just Cause 2. The first is a creative but flaky action game with a criminally stupid story. But the second is a budget-priced holiday to the most remarkable and culturally diverse nations in the world, one where hilarious cartoon violence is just a part of everyday life.
  28. Creating havoc has not been this much fun since players were first treated to GTA3 many years ago.
  29. Just Cause 2 is brainless action at its best. A crazy game with astonishing situations all along that doesn’t take itself too serious.
  30. 84
    True, some elements of the game are by the numbers but when you’re dangling, one-armed, off a helicopter, taking out chasing vehicles with a rocket launcher, you can’t help but forgive Just Cause 2 some of its shortcomings.
  31. While the game is nowhere near perfect and has many bugs, you’ll have so much fun the rest of the time that you’ll simply forget about these nuances.
  32. The good news is that Just Cause 2 is an incredibly massive action game that I have no problem recommending. Unfortunately, it's marred by some strange control decisions, bad mission design and some of the most inconsistent voice acting I've heard in years.
  33. Sure, the missions get repetitive and the vehicle handling stinks, but for all that, Just Cause 2 is just plain fun.
  34. In stark contrast to the first game, you'll never be at a loss for something to be getting on with. You never feel compelled to do anything by the book and every session you play, you'll find yourself concentrating on a new part of the game, continually getting distracted by something else along the way.
  35. While it turns out more silly than satirical, the beauty of the game is Panau itself. An island nation that is interesting to explore and despicably fun to demolish.
  36. X-ONE Magazine UK
    As a high-octane action game this is among the best in recent memory. Everything it does falls just the right side of ludicrously fun, so that it's hard to really criticize anything too harshly...Only the tiniest of niggles drag what is an excellent game back to earth. [Issue#56, p.77]
  37. Just Cause 2 is a sequel that outdoes the original with gripping gameplay, exquisite visuals and a variety of missions that will keep you playing longer than you might expect. If you're an action fan, you need this.
  38. Crazy stunts, a huge gameworld, and a playful attitude make Just Cause 2 a lot of fun despite its annoyances.
  39. Avalanche makes us proud to be swedes: an exhilirating sense of freedom coupled with that timeless satisfaction of just blowing stuff up makes Just Cause 2 a highly recommended action game.
  40. Just Cause 2 is a gorgeous, fun, rollercoaster of a game. It's far from perfect, but its best qualities shine through, leaving the lacklustre gunplay as more of a mildly unpleasant aftertaste than a meal ruining disaster. It's a game that begs to be messed around with, for you to discover new ways to use the tools at your disposal and to take it all in the light-hearted way the developer intended.
  41. It's not deep, the island is mostly empty, it lacks a decent cover system, and controls can be chaotic some times. But Just Cause 2 overcomes all of its flaws to deliver a fun and engaging experience, with so much freedom and many things to do on the island.
  42. Just Cause 2 is silly, action-packed, funny and a huge time-sink. Avalanche Studios has created a wonderful game here and if it can solve those control/finesse issues for a third release we'll be seeing a game of the year contender next time around.
  43. A huge improvement over its predecessor, Just Cause 2 is a blast to play, offering a vast island to explore and great ways to do it... Unfortunately, the repetitive mission design and lousy script keep this from being a truly classic experience.
  44. Just Cause 2 is an amazing world rich with gameplay possibilities with a merely decent game tacked onto it.
  45. Avalanche Studios took all the complaints about Just Cause and turned them into Just Cause 2, proposing a more vibrant and richer gameplay experience, though maintaining the same formula. The vast and marvelous Palau is definitely a place you gotta see… and destroy!
  46. Just Cause 2 is one of those games where you can be critical of specific elements of the game but they still all come together to create an enjoyable game.
  47. 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.
  48. An intriguing free roaming, a little bit messy but seriously entertaining.
  49. 80
    Despite being a few early hiccups and almost being put off by the controls, I pushed through like a good reviewer. And the game did start to charm me.
  50. This is more of what we hated and loved about the original game. The sequel offers amazing freedom and a huge playground, but is still bugged by the sloppy controls. Just Cause 2 is hugely entertaining though, and that is reason enough to return with Rico.
  51. Just Cause 2 is an excellent game with some weaknesses that lower the overall quality of the game. But if you love extreme gameplay, you should to give a chance to this action and discover how beautiful Panau can be.
  52. The island of Panau is like an amazing vacation filled with explosions and action. Just like a real holiday, you want to go home sometime but for as long as it takes Just Cause 2 is about as crazy and fun as an open world game can be.
  53. What makes Just Cause 2 special is the way those parts are assembled for both the minimum amount of reality, and the maximum amount of fun, the law will allow.
  54. The few bugs and annoyances you’ll encounter are vastly outweighed by the amount of fun you can have with this, so strap on your grapple arm and get busy!
  55. Just Cause 2 isn’t going to win any prizes for its trite story and constricting mission structure, but it’s a game that provide moments that no other game can create. The grappling hook revamp has created a gadget that is nothing short of stunning, but the game’s many annoyances hold it back from dominating the sandbox/open-world genre.
  56. 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.
  57. Once I started playing, it was hard to stop. Sometimes I just needed to be reminded about all the great ways that chaos can be caused. Other times, I just had to sit back and watch the sunset. Panua, after all, is a paradise.
  58. There's a ton of gameplay in Just Cause 2 and there's a lot of fun to be had with it, but that fun is tempered by the game's shooter mechanics, bugs, and repetitive aspects.
  59. While these elements may keep Just Cause 2 from toppling the "GTA government for sandbox supremacy," its explosive presence is one that must not be ignored.
  60. 'Just Cause 2' is an over-the-top sandboxed advocate for destruction.
  61. Just Cause 2 is the ultimate transition of the explosion-filled, stunt-heavy blockbuster action movie to the videogames medium. The spectacular grappling hook action takes place on the beautiful, humongous fictional island state of Pauna. The few flaws don’t hurt the overall experience at all.
  62. Just Cause 2 is essentially the video games equivalent of Die Hard. The story is not that interesting but, by God, the explosions and fun you'll have along the way are so worth it.
  63. If it weren’t for the bloated playtime and weak set of characters, JC2 would have reached its full potential and become a true franchise title.
  64. If there was one word I had to use to describe Just Cause 2, it would be 'ridiculous'. The game never takes itself seriously, which, for the most part, is a good thing. However, sometimes this lackadaisical approach extends into areas where it shouldn't, resulting in an often unpolished, even amateurish experience.
  65. AceGamez
    Just Cause 2 isn’t a bad game, but it’s not brave enough to see its expansive vision come to fruition. The next gen freedom it offers is scuppered in favour of strictly linear progression once you’ve chosen which of the missions you’d like to do next.
  66. Just Cause 2 can hardly be called an average game. It's a good one undermined by a selection of mediocre elements, and it's all the more frustrating this time around because Avalanche shows us glimpses of just how much fun two weeks on holiday with Rico should be. [Apr 2010, p.96]
  67. games(TM)
    This politically moribund playground plays host to many guilt-free, brainless hours of insanity. Just be prepared to put the ground work in. You've got to learn to walk before you can run on the wing of a biplane. [Apr 2010, p.110]
  68. An improvement on the first game but despite the joyful carnage this is still a pretty shallow sandbox.
  69. Just Cause 2 is undoubtedly an improvement on the first game. The grappling hook is still enormous fun - even more so this time around - and there's generally more variety in the missions. Sadly, it still follows its predecessor in regularly reaching points where none of the challenges on offer seem even remotely interesting.
  70. As far as technical achievement and pure playfulness goes, this is a massive accomplishment for Avalanche Studios. If you're into blowing stuff up and wreaking havoc in a open free roaming environment, this is the game for you. If you're looking for a clever story driven experience, look elsewhere.
  71. Although it's hard not to fall in love with the landscape, the grappling hook, and the parachute, their combined appeal just isn't strong enough to override the bloated playtime, the dull cast of characters, and missions that are only mediocre at best.
  72. 60
    While it's insane stunts and action-packed firefights ooze their own brand of explosive charm, Just Cause 2 falls victim to an unwieldy mission structure and unfortunate lack of variety.
  73. Open letter to the designers of Just Cause 2: Thank you for making me drive 2 kilometers each time I die. It really makes me appreciate your big open world.
  74. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 305 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 305
  1. MikeE
    Mar 30, 2010
    I am actually surprised the critics have not rated this game higher merely on the technical brilliance of this game. Yes the game is a bit I am actually surprised the critics have not rated this game higher merely on the technical brilliance of this game. Yes the game is a bit unfocused and yes the dialogue and voice acting is campy at best but the sheer size and beauty of the island they have created for us to play on is amazing. I have played about 17 hours and I still find something that blows my socks off in this game. Has anyone actually dived in the ocean? I mean that experience in itself was awesome. I really hope more developers use the engine that was created for this game because it does absolutely amazing things. A better story and more focused gameplay is the only that keeps me from giving this a 10. I would say its more like a 9.3. Full Review »
  2. JackG
    Mar 29, 2010
    The overall fact of this game is if you do exactly as your told without thought, you wont enjoy this game. If you get past this idea and The overall fact of this game is if you do exactly as your told without thought, you wont enjoy this game. If you get past this idea and start being creative with the tools the game gives you then you will love it. A prime example would be early on in the game you are faced with going into an enemy base and dealing with a powerful boss. instead of just going in and shooting i decided to crash a plane into the base and activate pre placed c-4's which is much more interesting, Full Review »
  3. Bogdan
    Mar 29, 2010
    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! Full Review »