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GameSpot: Just Cause 2 PC Review

GameSpot writes,
"There's a lot to do, a lot of sights to take in, and a lot of secrets to uncover if you look hard enough--and the game is so much fun that you'll have a blast doing it. After all, you can grapple to a gas canister, shoot it, and fly into the air like a rocket. And if that sounds like fun to you, it's time for a vacation to the island paradise of Panau. "

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kaveti66162316d ago (Edited 2316d ago )

I understand why this game got an 8.5 or an 8.6 and such. I understand because even though the game is probably very fun, it might have its drawbacks. What I don't understand is why this game's minor drawbacks are so clearly outlined in reviews, but the many negative aspects of Grand Theft Auto IV were not outlined, were not detailed and were not taken into account when a final score was given for that game.

Why is it that Avalanche Studios can work so hard to deliver what appears to be an astonishingly fun and immensely expansive experience with very beautiful visuals and effects (especially considering the size of the game) and they get an 82 to 84 on metacritic? And all the while, Grand Theft Auto IV, possibly the weakest GTA title in years, and what I consider to be a step down from San Andreas, sits pretty on a 98 Metacritic score that it so obviously does not deserve, as fun as it may be for some people.

Avalanche either deserves more recognition for Just Cause 2, or Rockstar's titles deserve a bit more scrutiny.

And I myself am not biased against Rockstar. I enjoy most of their games and am looking forward to Red Dead Redemption, Agent, and their next GTA. But I also hope Just Cause 2 gets more critical acclaim because the effort of the developer really shows here. This game, more than Saints Row 1&2, challenges Rockstar in the sandbox genre.

yess2316d ago

I agree in your view.

And then another word...Online.

ReservoirDog3162316d ago

Well, I loved GTA IV for it's realism, atmosphere and story. The gameplay was very good but slow. It has its glitches but I'm not one to dwell. One of my biggest gripes with GTA was a lot of money but nothing to buy.

But I feel those 9s and 10s GTA IV got were entirely justified and had I reviewed it, I would have gave it 10. It's for people who want a more mature game. If you don't, fine, give it a 2. But that's just were our opinions differ.

But this game looks like it's just dumb fun. Which normally isn't my thing but I'm getting this as soon as I can afford it.

Life's easier when you're not so critical.

Pandamobile2315d ago

I bought GTA IV for the mods alone, and my god was it ever worth it.

Ravage272315d ago

and some sites like IGN base their entire score system around it

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Kratos Spartan2316d ago

some kind of binocular vision

dirthurts2316d ago

Finally some Pc specific reviews. Woot!
Game seems fun. Played the demo. Playing on 16x Anisotropic filtering kills my fps though...

quadalupeupe2316d ago

lots of sites are afraid to rate big name games low and not so popular franchises high

This is why Halo and Grand Theft Auto franchises always get 9's or higher even if they don't deserve it

Spiden802315d ago

Was a great game, for its atmosphere, story and the attention to detail. However, there are draw backs to creating a realistic story because you sacrifice some sort of fun factor, which San Andreas had, it was just goofy fun. Kind of like those James Bond movies like the Spy Who Loved Me or Moonraker and then you had the serious entries into the series like For Your Eyes Only or Casino Royal. I've been playing Just Cause 2 for a good 3 days now and i'm having a blast. The fun factor is there in spades, there are gripes that i have though, such as the cover system which is just simply a pressing down on the L3 button. The aiming i actually don't mind surprisingly, and getting from place to place can be hit or miss.

I think though that when critics reviewed GTAIV, they were impressed with the detail of the environment, the story, the voice acting and basically just the way you are immersed into the story and the world.