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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kaveti66164930d ago (Edited 4930d 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.

yess4930d ago

I agree in your view.

And then another word...Online.

ReservoirDog3164930d 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.

Pandamobile4930d ago

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

Ravage274930d ago

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

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dirthurts4930d ago

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

quadalupeupe4930d 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

Spiden804930d 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.


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Knushwood Butt266d ago

The Yakuza Games

Haha, yeah, currently over 100 hours into Yakuza 0. Considering going for 100% and well on the way but may not get there. Cat Fights are a real chore.

blackblades266d ago

I use to be a trophy hunter, was getting around 20 to 30 platinums a year. Had a saying of Play-Beat-Platinum, play and enjoy the game like there wasn't no trophies, beat it and at least get 50% then look at them and see if I'll platinum and platinum it. I think death star was a pain, the servers was ending so i had to rush and play that for awhile none stop. NGs2 was hard because of that online trophy but easy if you had the partner that can do it for you while you grab the enemy attention. Grinding idk, death was grinding last one I had to grind for platinum literally 1 trophy needed was dungeon travler or something vita gave up on it. After that I stop trophy hunting get like a 1 platinum a year or 0.

Knushwood Butt266d ago

Yeah, if I enjoy a game I usually go for the platinum unless there are some unreasonable trophies in there.

For Yakuza 0 I've invested too much time in it to give up just yet and most of the content is good fun, apart from Cat Fighting which is broken and dull after a couple of fights.

DarXyde265d ago

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 was literally the last platinum I got on PS3. After that, I went into PS4 kinda deflated and getting them where it felt appropriate.

I genuinely HATED that platinum, but it was a personal challenge I took upon myself. It was a lot of "get 1,000 kills with [insert weapon]" and it got to be a bit tedious. Master Ninja really pissed me off, but the WORST which you alluded to was that bloody Gold trophy for missions that you needed to do online because the AI was useless and got wrecked in moments. I jumped on the game a bit late so I struggled with finding a partner for at least 1.5 months. After that, I burned out hard with trophy hunting. I still came back for games I really enjoyed (Bloodborne, Dark Souls III, Nier: Automata, and a few others that escape me) and low hanging fruit that was just a bit time consuming and I didn't want to buy new games at the time (Final Fantasy XV). Total, it becomes clear where I taper off since I've only plat'ed 33 games since there inception of trophies which really isn't much.

Screw Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 lol. That game was pure nightmare fuel.

blackblades266d ago

I say never force getting a platinum, its not worth the trouble definitely if it costing you to waste time on chore like grind. Those brainless design trophies.

hotnickles266d ago

Dead rising was the worst one I’ve ever tried. I haven’t tried it with the modern console “rest mode” but the 360 didn’t have that.

Duke19266d ago (Edited 266d ago )

Was GTa4 the on where you had to collect a shit ton of pigeons around the map and there was no help in finding them?

roadkillers265d ago

Yep. I’d say GTASA was more difficult since there were so many collectibles

Profchaos265d ago

The saving grace was that there was only on average 50 collectables with the two exceptions being graffiti and oysters from memory horseshoes and photos were capped at 50 each.

But for me it was all the other grind that was way more painful in SA like the car export lists which even with guides took way longer than collecting stuff

iivGHOST265d ago

There was a guide book that came out with the game that had all the pigeons in it. I actually still have it

Chocoburger266d ago

One of the more recent games I got a Platinum in was Killzone: Mercenary for Vita. What a crap game, that requires so much terrible grinding.

Awful game, awful experience.

outsider1624265d ago

Oh man..wish i could get a vita. I've been trying to get a preowned too(in my country) but no luck.

CantThinkOfAUsername265d ago

I can vouch for Just Cause 2. It was the reason I quit achievement hunting. 86 hours in, the game bugged on me during one of the last side quests (it failed no matter what I did) and my save file got corrupted. Wiped it off my drive and never looked back.

SonyStyled265d ago

I downloaded the ‘complete edition’ or whatever it was called for $2 about 7yrs ago in hopes of trophy hunting it for a platinum. It always sounded fun and I would like to commit time to it but not enough for a platinum trophy