Square Enix brings us the third installment in the Just Cause series with another third-person open-world adventure. Imagine that Far Cry, Assassin Creed, The Division, and Saints Row created a DNA swirl and impregnated GTA. The resulting lovechild would be Just Cause 3. The goal is to cause as much chaos and violence as virtually possible and free Medici from the grips of General Di Ravello. Think you can handle it? In the words of the great western philosopher Yosemite Sam, you’ll need to be the “rootinest, tootinest, shootinest cowboy east, west, north, and south of the pecos”! So give ‘em hell!
Blue Ball Score: 12 out of 25 balls
Just Cause 3 is pure chaos at its core. Your goal with every step is to blow stuff up, destroy, and shoot to kill. Over the top explosions and physics give the player an immense satisfaction, and yet leaves an insatiable thirst for more destruction. The map is huge with plenty to explore, both high and low. There are plenty of methods of transportation including, but not limited to: cars, trucks, tanks, planes, helicopters, boats, and more! Vehicles can be upgraded through the in-game mod system, which allows you to turn them into weapons on wheels (or wings).
Alongside the vast array of vehicular selections, there is also a wide arsenal of firepower providing a solution for any problem. Assault rifles, SMG’s, heavy weaponry, rocket launchers, snipers, shotguns, and a lot more. All of this can be available to you at any moment by calling in a Rebel Drop. It’s a care package on steroids, as it can include weapons and/or vehicles. Need a helicopter? No problem, it will be delivered faster than Amazon Prime shipments.
The control system is fairly standard, but it will likely take a little bit of time to get used to. One of the main mechanics is the grappling hook and parachute combo. You can use your grappling hook to latch on to any nearby surface and be pulled to that location. Grapple high towards an edge and you can also catapult into your parachute to travel longer spans. The player also has a wingsuit at their disposal to travel much faster than the parachute. You can also use your grappling hook while using the wingsuit to stay in flight. Most importantly, it’s a very fun way to travel.
Overall, the gameplay mechanics are solid. It tends to get a bit tedious in my opinion, which knocks the score a bit. Gameplay earns 3.5 balls.
You play as Rico who comes back home to the island of Medici. He finds the island under the rule of General Di Ravello. Rico joins a rebellious movement to free the island from the regime. You will be tasked with liberating towns by completing various objectives, such as destroying propaganda billboards, speakers, statues, and freeing corrupt police stations. Once all objectives have been met, you can raise the flag and give a big rebel yell! This also unlocks other challenges that will show up on your map. Conquering challenges can earn in-game mods to upgrade weapons or vehicles. As mentioned previously, the map is massive for hours of exploration and plenty of towns to liberate.
I found many of the tasks to be mundane, tedious and repetitive. Actually, I had more fun just free-roaming and blowing stuff up. A boring narrative holds the score back quite a bit. Campaign earns 2.5 balls.
The sounds are equally satisfying. Weapon fire and explosions will become commonplace as you work your way through the various cities and landscapes. Stand too close to an explosion and you’ll quickly learn to stand back before pushing the detonator. Enemies are in abundance and they use everything from snipers to military trucks to helicopters. The sound of a helicopter circling ahead will have you looking to the skies or ducking for cover. The sound works well to bring the world to life.
Great graphics and sound earn 4 balls.
I’m left feeling as if this game tried to be many of that things that Far Cry is, but Just Cause 3 fell a little short in almost all areas. The level of destruction that you can dish out in this game is certainly unrivaled, I’ll give it that much at least. However, I found myself wanting more from this game and it just simply wasn’t there to give it. Just Cause 3 finishes with a final score of 12 balls.