An open world third-person action-adventure game that has you liberating a fictional Mediterranean island from a ruthless dictator.
Platform: PC, PS4, and XboxOne
Release Date: Dec 1, 2015
Developer: Avalanche Studios
Publisher: Square Enix
If you like open-world adventure, sandbox-style missions, and blowing stuff up, this is the game for you! If you don’t like bugs, always-on online connectivity problems, and really long loading screens constantly interrupting your gameplay, then maybe this game isn’t for you.
And that’s the dilemma with Just Cause 3: it’s a fun game-when it works. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work a lot. Or rather, it works but in a messy, buggy sort of way.
The story has you reprising the role of Rico and liberating a Mediterranean island from a ruthless dictator, and it sets its over-the-top tone from the first scene, where you climb out on top of a small plane mid-flight and shoot RPGs. The game is pretty much non-stop chaos as you liberate towns, bases and outposts with all sorts of weapons and tools, including an upgraded version of the game’s trademark grapple hook, and a new wingsuit.
There are also all sorts of side quests and challenges you can participate in, from races to hostage situations to escort missions, that give you “gears” which you use to upgrade your weapons and equipment. There are lots of glitzy sports cars, boats, and tanks to drive, and helicopters and plans to fly-all in a beautiful environment. Even the explosions are gorgeous!
Just Cause 3 is basically a Michael Bay movie in video game form, with the same caveat: come for the action, not the story, which is weak and predictable. But who watches this kind of movie for the plot anyway?
Unfortunately, your enjoyment of the action is constantly interrupted by bugs. The game is constantly trying to connect to the Square Enix servers to deliver in-game competitive info-which can disrupt the gameplay if you have any connection problems; the frame rate suffers during the action scenes; and there are plenty of other glitches plaguing both PC and console versions alike.
But perhaps the biggest problem with the game is the endless loading screens, which vary from a few seconds to three minutes, and are impossible to escape-you get them when you end a cut scene, when you die, and when you start a new side quest. Basically, the game feels like a series of loading screens with some action in between.
If you liked Just Cause 2, you’ll probably enjoy Just Cause 3 even more. If you haven’t played any previous Just Cause games but you like open-world action-adventure games like Far Cry, Grand Theft Auto, or Metal Gear Solid, you’ll also probably enjoy Just Cause 3.
But in either case, I’d wait a few months for some of the bugs to be fixed. And then bring a good book to read during the loading screens.
Reviews Around the Web
VentureBeat, Heather Newman - Don’t Recommend
Just Cause 3 offers the tantalizing tease of a terrific open-world adventure, with weapons and tools that make blowing up the bad guys hilarious fun. The wide maps and great selection of missions, although fairly repetitive, means you always have something engaging to look forward to. Unfortunately, technical problems ranging from serious connection issues to NPC failures make the game nearly unplayable at times, and if the bugs don’t drive you insane, the loading times will.