Just Cause 2 (Xbox 360) Review.
This is a Sanbox type game in which you roam around Panau, a foreign land somewhere (not exactly sure haha) You play as a mercenary and you have to do missions for people, sounds great right?
The Graphics are pretty damn good on this game, so far I haven’t seen a single blocky thing, it all looks beautiful, especially the game world, its so huge and even from miles away you can still see that they have put details into things (although eventually you can see some things in different places that look VERY similar). The water looks beautiful, it is one of if not THE best water I have seen in a game, it isn’t very often a game manages to keep everything looking beautiful, especially water!
Graphics rating 9/10
The gameplay is fun in this game, you have a Grappling Hook which lets you either grab onto things, hang things from walls or even attack two people (or other items) together, it is so much fun, you also have a parachute that you can use to get around, that is also quite fun although it can be quite tedious if you are using it to go to far away places which is why its great that they have included vehicles! The physics in this game are a little bit weird, I mean just yesterday i drove a little car into a motorbike and the bike didn’t get affected but my car went flying into the air, it makes no sense and the ragdoll physics are a bit overboard, it takes ages to get back up on your feet again. Your main way of killing people is shooting them, this is really easy although its easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of enemies around you, the guns are able to kill anybody but bosses/mini-bosses with just a few bullets but this gets boring after a while, so you go to melee people and people hardly seem affected by a metal grappling hook smashing their face in, its annoying! so due to that the gameplay gets marked down.
Gameplay Rating 8/10
The world in this game is HUGE! it takes forever to get from one side to the other, that is unless you use extractions which will take you a matter of seconds, I think that they over did it with the world, it’s too big, there’s too much to explore, I find myself getting bored of all the new settlements and areas I find as i’ve done it all about 300 times before (no kidding!) its bloody annoying! There is over 300 settlements in this game, that is way too much, it takes long enough to get to each one then you have to collect stuff then destroy stuff which always gets the army after you, resulting in low health and having to flee for your life, you end up far away from where you were and you have to go back and do it again with the next place, its too boring.
I can’t deny that the world in Just Cause 2 is beautiful, in fact, yes I can, its not beautiful, its stunning! The only flaw with the world is that its so huge it takes about 100 hours or so just to get everywhere and complete all the settlements, its good for people who like repetitive things but it isn’t for me.
Throughout the world there is also a hell lot of collectibles to get for each Faction in Panau, it takes a long time to collect it all.
World rating 8/10
In Just Cause 2 there are around 107 or so vehicles to drive, you get boats, planes, jets, helicopters, cars, motorbikes etc, this gives for a huge amount of different ways of getting around the games world. The vehicle controls aren’t too bad in this although it can get quite confusing while driving a very fast plane, you end up at such odd angles it kind of screws you over (well it did for me at least haha) although the vehicle physics are REALLY bad, as I already mentioned in the gameplay section.
Vehicles rating 8/10
This game has 8 story missions and whole load of side missions, this means that you spend most of your time doing random missions for the different factions that control Panau. Some of the faction missions can be quite fun but only some, I mean alot of them are VERY repetitive, so there isn’t a huge diversity in the mission types, they had the ability to make every mission different but they chose not to, this means that people can easily get bored with all the side missions. Due to the tiny amount of story missions and the repetition of the faction missions the missions get marked down quite a lot.
Missions rating 6/10
Overall this game is very fun and also challenging as you seem to get killed a lot during the main missions, it also has a lot of other things to do, collectibles, faction missions and more, the game also has a huge world to explore but it also gets very boring at times, these times meaning exploring the world, the faction missions and finding all the collectibles.