- System: PS4, PC, Xbox One
- Developer: Square Enix
- Publisher: Avalanche Studios
- Release Date: December 4, 2018
- Rating: M for Mature
- Genre: Action, Adventure
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://justcause.square-enix-games.com/en-us
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Just Cause 4 plays almost…no, exactly like the previous titles. Players control Nico—who seems to look more and more movie-esque with each version—as they cause literal chaos by killing baddies and blowing things up. Also, like past games, Just Cause 4 is all about taking areas on the map by causing chaos to build up—take on missions and blow up specific areas—and gaining control back from the enemy. It’s a rather simple premise, but it works to make players explore both the world and engage with the missions. Just Cause 4 is a sandbox game at its core, which means you do advance the story by doing what we said above but you could also just enjoy the sights and cause mayhem for the heck of it.
In terms of gameplay though, what matters most about Just Cause 4 is how it plays. Thankfully, because not much has changed since its last outing, Just Cause 4 plays pretty darn well. Zooming around the island with your grappling hook and other utilities feels responsive and fun. Equally, hijacking vehicles—like helicopters and road vehicles—makes for good transportation too. When you’re not flying around like Spider-Man, you’ll be engaging in combat which works quite well even with the lack of challenge. Rico is a bullet sponge, the dude can absorb explosions and small arm fire like he was made of rubber and while that means you’ll more often than not feel overpowered, it also creates a lack of tension in combat. We only died once while playing Just Cause 4 for several hours and that was because we legit kept trying to melee people. Just Cause 4 makes you feel like you’re playing a literal action movie and that is an enjoyable experience overall.
The world of Just Cause 4—a fictional South American place called Solis—feels alive which helps the sandbox elements of the game immensely. We loved seeing random guerilla fighters engaging in combat and driving around as if they were living their own lives. We also enjoyed seeing cars crash into each other—or boats—due to how glitchy Just Cause 4 is at times. During missions the AI would drive off cliffs or bridges for no reason and we endured random glitchy camera issues that while annoying, weren’t too game breaking. Just Cause 4 lacks the polish of other sandbox games but overall runs quite smoothly for a great experience.
Finally let’s discuss the graphics and sound. Just Cause 4 looks pretty darn good and is definitely the strongest of the 4 games. With the new weather elements and Solis location, Just Cause 4 looks impressive more often than not. The same can be said of the soundtrack. We loved the music in Just Cause 4 which made every encounter feel way more epic than it already was. The voice acting isn’t the best—a lot of the lesser characters sound very generic—but it works to not detract from Just Cause 4’s experience. In the end, Just Cause 4 looks and sounds better than 3 and that always good to see in any new title in a series.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Insane action that’s fun and quite exciting
- Ridiculous but movie-like plot
- Simple controls that make shooting and driving simple
- Impressive graphics and ost
- Awesome weather effects
- Very repetitive after long hours
- Not much different from Just Cause 3
- Tons of glitches
Honey's Final Verdict:
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