Action games are a lot of fun. When you are playing one, it is easy to become engrossed in whatever adventure you are on in your virtual world. Just Cause 3 is no different. The game is rife with chaos, comedy, and destruction. When the game came out in 2015, it had mixed reviews, and our Just Cause 3 review will explore that.
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Before you jump on Amazon and buy the game, its best to find out exactly what other gamers think Just Cause 3. Also, are the storylines interesting or are you going to fall asleep with your hands wrapped around your Elite controller?
Overview: Just Cause 3 Review
Just Cause 3 is an action-adventure game played from a third person perspective. Avalanche Studios developed the game and published by Square Enix. There are certain aspects that you will see in every Just Cause game, like the grappling hook that allows you to travel freely in the open world.
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Other things Just Cause is all about are explosions and explosive effects. It's like you see a movie, everything that can explode will explode. This a big part of the Just Cause game series: chaos.
In this Just Cause 3 review, we will discuss the necessary information about this game including the storyline. We'll also consider the different opinions from others about this game and how this game compares to other similar games.
Storyline: Just Cause 3
The story of Just Cause 3 is a follow up to the story of Just Cause 2 which is a nice element in the game. For those of you who have never played Just Cause before, here's some background information. You play the game as the character Rico Rodriguez who starts as an operative of an Agency that overthrows dictators by helping rebellion forces, but eventually, he becomes a mercenary. He is originally from Medici (fictional island country) which plays a massive role in Just Cause 3.
Six years after Just Cause 2 Rico returns to his home country that is taken over by the dictator Sebastiano Di Ravello. Rico's goal is to take this country back with the help of rebel forces and a resistance movement run by an old friend of his: Mario Frigo.
Within the story, there are attacks from the rebel forces to the dictatorship and the other way around. While these retributions take place, Rico also comes across some old friends, some of which he doesn't trust. At the end of the story, the rebel forces manage to take over the last command center of the dictator. Rico and Sebastiano have the last fight on a volcano, will Rico let him live?
Pros and Positive Reviews
The next thing we have to talk about in our Just Cause 3 review are the ratings and reviews, of course. What a lot of Just Cause fans like about the game is that you feel like a superhero while playing this game. With explosive effects everywhere, you feel indestructible.
Gamespot published in their Just Cause 3 review that they felt like Batman, Spider-man, and The Punisher combined while playing Just Cause 3. Grappling on to helicopters or crashing them into the ground with your grappling hook. In Just Cause 3 these things are like daily activities, it's just another part of the job.
Another aspect of the game Just Cause players like is that you have limitless freedom in how and where you move into the open world (400 square miles). You grapple yourself to the street and fly away with your wingsuit, repeating this process will allow you to fly across the map.
Last but not least, Just Cause 3 enables every gamer to have fun without too much thinking. Even when it means crashing the face of Rico onto the pavement. The explosive aspects of the game in combination with the wide variety of travel mechanics (like flying with a wingsuit) allows the player to have hilarious moments of ridiculousness.
Pros and Negative Reviews
One of the biggest criticisms was that Just Cause 3's liberating element became a repetitive process. As you liberate Medici, you have to go from town to town, again and again. After doing the same thing three times, it becomes boring. You blow up the buildings that have to be taken down, kill a couple of targets, destroy the statue of Sebastiano and that's it.
IGN also found the liberating aspect of towns, bases, and outposts repetitive. Another thing some players might find annoying is the number of glitches and bugs that are in the game. As is expected of a chaotic game full of explosions, some things may not process correctly.
Every single piece that explodes and every person in the game move in unpredictable patterns, which can make it fun or annoying. Sometimes when you need to escort someone, a random driver might kill them out of nowhere before you can even pick that person up. Or you step into a car that has glitched in a traffic sign, and it explodes immediately, and you're dead. A lot of Just Cause players expect this, but it can still become a frustrating factor when you're trying your best to complete the missions.
The last possible downside to the ridiculously big explosions is the processing of it. It can slow down the framerate and graphics quality of the game. It might even crash the device you're playing it on. Of course, this doesn't happen a lot, but the chance of it happening increases by way of how the game is designed to be.
Just Cause 3 is not a new game anymore, so it is a bit cheaper than it was originally. Prices for the game range from $11.00 to $80.
How We Reviewed
In this Just Cause 3 review, we spent about 10 hours playing this game on PC but was too bored after the repetitive patterns in the game. We also gameplay videos, including funny moments videos like the one below, you will get a grasp of the infinite amount of possibilities in this game.
After getting a grasp of what the game exactly was, we dove into online publications specialized in video games, like IGN and Gamespot to see what experts and players had to say about the game.
Just Cause 3 Review: How It Compares To Other Games
It's important to compare the game to other similar games in this Just Cause 3 review. We do this to see where they can do a better job and where they're already excelling.
Red Faction: Armageddon
Red Faction: Armageddon (similar to Mass Effect) tells the story of Darius Mason who is on Mars in 2175 fighting aliens with the help of the Red Faction to clear his name. In Armageddon, Darius opens a large shaft in an old temple which allows these aliens to crawl all over Mars.
The size of the world in Red Faction is smaller than that of Just Cause 3, but the exact size is unknown. In Red Faction you can destroy everything with a wide variety of weapons and explosives but also with the hammer you can use everywhere.
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The Geo-Mod 2.5 engine of the game makes the destruction of every building a unique experience. It allows for a variety of different patterns of destruction with huge buildings. Compared to the Just Cause 3 engine, this is an entirely different experience. In Just Cause the structure almost always shows a sort of explosion, in Red Faction it is more realistic as buildings collapse slowly.
Regarding superhuman-like abilities, Red Faction is quite limited. You can destroy everything, but you can't fly with a wingsuit or anything, like in Just Cause 3.
- Customer ratings and price range
The Red Faction: Armageddon game had a very average score. The sales were meager which ended up in a total of $38.4 million loss for THQ in one year. THQ also announced that this was the final chapter of the Red Faction series because it was so unsuccessful.
Combined reviews from IGN, GameSpy and The Escapist all come down to the same thing: the story is of poor quality because it's just a linear, boring story and the open aspect is still fun for your destructive inner child who loves to waste his time with a mindless game. The game has an IGN rating of 7.0 out of 10.
The price of Red Faction: Armageddon ranges from $2.00 to $400.
- Pros and cons
The most significant plus point for Red Faction was that their primary focus, massive destructions, were improved compared to the previous games. That made the demolition of big buildings even more fun. Combined with the variety of weapons and vehicles, it was even more fun.
Something they introduced with this game was the new infestation mode (survival mode) which was also liked by most players. Playing this mode with friends made it a hilarious game party.
Where there are good points, there are also bad points. Many players found the story awful, there was no freedom in the campaign, and everything was close quarters. Another problem was that they made Red Faction: Armageddon look like every other shooter which degraded the Red Faction experience.
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell
In Saints Row: Gat out of Hell you play as Johnny Gat or Kinzie Kensington. In the story, you are thrown into hell because you call Satan by accident via an Ouija board game played on the birthday of Kinzie. Satan throws you into hell from a spaceship where you were celebrating her birthday. After being thrown into the hell, they both try to help the American president to stop the marriage of Satan's daughter.
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The Gat out of Hell version of Saints Row is officially an extension of Saints Row IV, but it is also a standalone game. Because this is an extension, the map is tiny, thus smaller than the map of Just Cause 3. There's still a great variety of weapons varying from the Wrath (explosive gun) to the Sloth (armchair with miniguns). The guns are of a unique nature.
In Hell, you can fly around like a dark angel, sprint like sonic, slam the ground, summon demons, blast stuff with explosives and support yourself in combat by activating an aura. Basically, you're a superhuman.
Regarding the destruction of everything, Saints Row only allows destructions of vehicles and particular objects. You can't destroy all the buildings in hell like you can do in Just Cause 3 or Red Faction: Armageddon.
- Customer ratings and price range
The average score of Saints Row: Gat out of Hell is just above average, 6.1 out of 10 according to the users.
Destructoid called the game impressive with a few problems. They wrote in their Just Cause 3 review that the game was worth your time and cash. The price for Saints Row: Gat out of Hell varies anywhere from $5 to $43.
- Pros and cons
Saints Row has always focused on playing for fun and hilarious moments. Saints Row: Gat out of Hell lived up to this, flying around with special abilities combined with the hilarious comedy in the story itself makes this game a funny experience. There's also an option to play the campaign co-op online.
The negatives consist mainly of bugs and bad graphics. Saints Row, like Just Cause 3, includes a certain level of chaos that makes bugs more common. Saints Row: Gat out of Hell is available for Xbox One and PS4.
The only problem was that their looks did not upgrade with the console which was a bummer for people who were looking forward to playing Saints Row on the new console. It could have been worse though, after looking at these classic games, the graphics of Saints Row are the best!
Just Cause 3 Review: Is It Worth The Hype?
If you haven't played this game yet because you were not sure if you would like it, you should definitely try it. We rate the game 8.0 out of 10-stars in our Just Cause 3 review. After comparing Just Cause 3 to Red Faction and Saints Row, you see that there is a big difference in graphic and gameplay quality. Just Cause 3 allows you to play a realistic game while giving you a feeling that you're a superhuman.
Maybe the story of Just Cause 3 may not be as best as everyone thought, comparing the storyline to the other mentioned games in this article. However, it is still fun.