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Just Cause 4

Developer: Avalanche Studios Publisher: Square Enix
03 December 2018
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I had a lot of fun with this though its a bit hard to explain how when so much of it comes down to: it sticks to what fundamentally makes Just Cause games great and there's also some other stuff. A lot of people would say that as a criticism but I really don't think that games within the same series need to do incredible innovations all the time. Just Cause 2 is fantastic but with video games being such a young medium and technology having come such a long way I really don't see a problem with doing the same thing again but a bit better.

So yeah, the grappling hook rocks, destruction is beautiful and satisfying, and the freedom offered by the sandbox is great.

Though, some of the physics has been made to feel too.. clean, I suppose? There was a certain jank and unreality to the physics in Just Cause 2 that made it so great and that's certainly still here but not to the same extent. I think the main issue is a lack of momentum. Everything slows down super quickly and whenever you manage to achieve incredible speeds in a vehicle the game quickly shoves you back down as soon as you run out of resources. This is most apparent with the wingsuit which feels amazing when using the booster but without it feels terrible - worse than I remember it feeling in Just Cause 3.

The open-world might be a bit too packed. I think a lot of what defined the fun of Just Cause 2's world was that it was perfectly populated. There were quite large forests and deserts which you had to traverse to get to the next playground and it created a quite satisfying tempo. You're pretty much always next to something that can blow up in 4, which sort of takes away from the excitement.

One weird thing that I really like about this is how they added ammunition limits to vehicles. Its like the developers read my mind because with all the ridiculous bullshit you could do in 2 the infinite ammo (along with the insane rate at which you could fire missiles) was always the thing that took me out of the game. I don't know why, but it was, and they addressed that here. Its actually a similar thing to the open world, where too much freedom becomes a bit of a detriment, at least to me, so they made it a bit worse with the world but a bit better with the vehicles. It also adds a bit more of an incentive to do the classic, jump out of your jet mid-air and hijack another one, maneuver.

They've continued to add a bunch of Cool Little Things that let you sandbox it up and do random weird shit. I was confused at first by the Microfighter's seemingly useless ability to retract its wings until I realised that it was so you could park it inside the massive military jet and fly out of it mid-air - sick! The balloons and boosters on the grapple were pretty neat too. Not as well implemented as they could have been with some awkward binds and occasional lack of responsiveness but the ability to, in a pinch, simply make your problem fly away was pretty fun.

I sincerely believe that there was a certain tongue-in-cheek, satirical nature to the story in these games that went a lot deeper than people gave it credit for. I'm sure the bad voice-acting in Just Cause 2 began as a limitation the studio just had but I think they ended up leaning into it. Palau was like a stupid Americans idea of what a South-East Asian nation is like, and combined with a story where you're very blatantly enacting regime change for the United States created a really absurd, satirical world that was fun to inhabit. I recall there being a line in the final cutscene of just Just Cause 2 where someone just goes "Yeah we'll install a puppet president that basically works for the US now" and thats portrayed as like, the ultimate victory - its funny. I say all this to say that 4 basically abandons that. This all feels a lot more sincere now, and to be fair to go along with that they've upped the voice acting. Mira is genuinely likable (with weirdly good facial animation, but like just for her though?) and a cool side-character and the main villain is charismatic enough and comes off as just, yknow, pure evil. So its fun when he dies at the end though its complete bullshit that the final boss is basically a cutscene.

So yeah, its a Just Cause game, they haven't departed too much from the formula or fucked anything up too bad so to me its a good experience.
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I enjoy this franchise
I like these games, I know they aren't the best, the story is has been the same in every game, that being: "Kill evil dictator man". But the gameplay and mechanics which they keep updating and adding between installments is what makes these games and this one passable. Being able to wingsuit across a massive map, blow up military bases in whatever way you see fit and mess with the weather is what makes this game an easy to play action game.
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rybo_exe 2023-07-12T16:39:57Z
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I'm sorry, but I love this game to death.
I'm a pretty big fan of the just cause series, I've been a big fan ever since I first saw one of my favorite childhood youtubers, venturiantale, play just cause 2. I was in love with how absolutely chaotic that game seemed, so when just cause 3 released, I got that game and played it to death. Fast forward some time, and Just Cause 4 was going to release, and I was hyped. I was a big fan of the style the game had, it had the gritty feeling of 2, but the vibrant colors of 3, and I couldn't wait to play it. Then the reviews came in. Almost every review I saw on this game was trashing on it and saying that it was an absolute waste of money, and to be honest, I held back on buying it for a few weeks because of those reviews. When I bought it though, I fell in love. Just Cause has always been a franchise about fucking around, and all this game needed to do was be fun. In my opinion, it was fun, and it had the perfect amount of action flick cheese and wingsuit mobilities to make me hooked to the screen. I literally only finished this game yesterday, even though I bought it the year it came out, because the open world in this game is so unbelievably fun. The map is absolutely gigantic, I think it's genuinely one of the largest maps in gaming history. There are different biomes, all with different natural disasters, and I find it so fun just exploring and wingsuiting across all the different sections of the map. There are tons of military bases to capture, territories to liberate, and weapons to acquire, and it's so fun to me. The new tethers are so fun to use, especially the balloon tether. Driving cars while using the balloon tether, going to the maximum altitude, and freefalling in the car while you're jamming out to the radio is absolutely hilarious. While I do miss the remote explosive mines from Just Cause 3, I think the plethora of new tethers and abilities more than make up for it. The shooting is a massive improvement on Just Cause 3, because for me at least, the shooting felt weak and some of the weapons felt uninspired. For Just Cause 4, they made the gun sounds feel much more punchy, and they even added a brutal headshot sound for bullet based weapons. The kills feel so much more impactful, and the varieties of weapons along with the alt fires feel so rewarding to use. The smg has this cool reload animation where Rico flips the gun and loads in a clip, and it's small touches like that which make the game feel so much more fluid and fun to me. Another thing that makes this game so fun is the absolutely brain dead AI, I cannot overstate just how much I love the AI. Enemy AI will chase you no matter what stands in their way. I have had an enemy AI in a buggy, chase me off of a bridge into a ravine, and needless to say, that enemy's car exploded. I have seen npc's in airplanes crash their plane into cliffsides for no reason at all, and I have seen an npc run over an enemy AI and then drive into a waterfall. This is not a complaint by the way, as I am sure Avalanche knows just how batshit insane the AI is. The story is ridiculously cheesy, and it was a blast to play through, Some missions got on my nerves, but just before the missions started to annoy me, they would throw you into a huge car chase and everything would be fine. Something I really admire about this game though are the times where you're not fighting and you're just.... flying. Wingsuiting was a core part of what made Just Cause 3 so fun to play, and here, the wingsuiting feels so freeing. I'm assuming almost every glitchwave user also has RYM account, so I think most of you guys probably know what I mean when I say, this game is the best game to play your own music to, and chill. I play some shoegaze or dream pop when I'm flying, Punk when I'm in a fight, and synthpop when I'm driving. I know it's stupid and cheesy, but it's fun, and It's enjoyable. I think a lot of games, both old and new, take themselves to seriously, and they are way too serious for their own good. It's so refreshing to have a game, which is just focused on delivering dumb fun, without a purpose, and without a cause. It's so nice just wingsuiting through these lush landscapes and listening to the faint ambient score wash into the sound of the wind. I genuinely love this game, and it's fine if other people don't like it, but it's a game that just personally means so much to me, that I don't think many other games could surpass it in just how fun it is to me. I know my review is long winded, but I think a game like this deserves this review, because even though a majority of people think this game is mediocre, I find this game to have a certain charm to it, that no other game really has.

10/10 :)
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not good
central mechanics are an objective downgrade from just cause 3
this series is not supposed to be art- its supposed to be fun. and i did not have fun playing just cause 4.
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  • COSMIC_CADET 2020-06-05 05:56:47.647038+00
    I swear Rico gradually looks more and more like a generic white dude with each new game
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  • laurent1683 2020-12-28 21:07:55.849256+00
    this is really surprising so far, i've had no performance issues on ps4 (i had way too many of them in JC3) and the driving feels incredible, and the missions are not complete trash for once
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  • ... 2021-09-24 13:41:16.855774+00
    this came out?
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  • southernstargazer 2023-01-15 19:24:38.536226+00
    I love this game and I have no shame. It is so unbelievably fun to just fuck around, and so far it's been my personal favorite just cause game.
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  • southernstargazer 2023-02-18 06:26:10.469252+00
    finally finished this game's campaign yesterday, I can safely say this is one of my biggest guilty pleasures, and one of my favorite games of all time.
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