Reviews for Just Cause


Huge open-world!

Ho0pz4sho | Sept. 13, 2015 | See all Ho0pz4sho's reviews »

When Just Cause first came out people thought it was going to be just another spin-off of the GTA series. Little did they know. You play Rico Rodriguez, an operative for a secret military organization. Your main job is to overthrow the dictator of an island located in the Caribbean. In order to do so, you have hundreds of missions, hundreds of vehicles, and most importantly, thousands of square kilometers to do so. The map is an absolute beast, compared to other open-world games. The liberty to do anything you want, without having to complete missions is something that everybody will love. I recommend it for hundreds of hours of fun.


Great for open world exploring

palmtreebearer | Aug. 29, 2015 | See all palmtreebearer's reviews »

This is one of my favorite games to just grab a vehicle and go around exploring the landscape. Planes, cars, boats, it has it all. Plus you can run around killing people and participating in the revolution. Sometimes it is Grand Theft Auto meets Call of Duty. I enjoy the game a lot, but sometimes the controls for driving vehicles on the PC seem to be more difficult than driving vehicles on the Xbox (I have played on Xbox and PC). I generally like shooter type games better on the PC, but sometimes I found the vehicles seemed to be more designed for the console on this game. Still enjoyed it for the PC though, you just need to be careful sometimes.


A Solid Start

sycomantis1991 | May 28, 2015 | See all sycomantis1991's reviews »

The original Just Cause definitely isn't the superb sandbox extravaganza that'd launch the franchise into the public subconscious. That being said, it's still a fun game that establishes the formula that its sequel would take to the next level. It's a fun open world but it has areas that limit you within the story. The gameplay isn't exactly fine-tuned, and the AI is terribly incompetent. Overall, it's a fun game, but it doesn't hold up next to Just Cause 2.


Give me back my 2007!

gagarin | Oct. 8, 2014 | See all gagarin's reviews »

Ooh, this is a very interesting game. Was in 2006-07. But now, things are a little different. Open World is almost empty. Enemies stupid and kill them easier than kill a turtle in Mario. Graphics outdated. But, nevertheless, this game was the basis for the second part, in which the game is already much better. So, if you've never played it - it is worth the stay. Travel around the island by car, 200 times open the parachute and kill 400 pieces of bad guys - the day was not in vain. Retro is in vogue now. PS Please do not call this game a clone of GTA.


Open world. Script free play

yngdr | Sept. 9, 2014 | See all yngdr's reviews »

JC has a great open world environment, a huge landscape to explore or exploit. The graphics are great for a game made in '06. The style is freedom, freedom to use whatever means you can to finish a mission, cars, boats, planes, choppers, and the landscape. Controls are a bit clunky and the aiming is off a bit, and there's the over use of your grappling hook to get around. Grab it on sale and it's a few hours worth playing.


It's about having fun

Demilisz | Aug. 15, 2014 | See all Demilisz's reviews »

While other sandboxes tries to be a serious games with serious plot, Just Cause is different. Plot? You work for The Agency and comes to banana republic called San Esperito with one mission - overthrow ruling dictator. There are missions that follow the plot and are mostly about weakening the government, but the true power lies in freedom as you help local guerrilla to liberate cities and one of narcocartels with "liberating" villas from their rivals. You can travel in one of many vehicles that moves by land, air or water. And God protect San Esperito citizens when you get something with big guns. Game still looks good, and while you can't liberate entire country at ones (you need to proceed with plot missions before provinces become available for liberation) and side missions are very repetitive, the Just Cause is worth it's price.


Refreshingly free

iamstillbroke | May 4, 2014 | See all iamstillbroke's reviews »

Sandbox games are sometimes thinly-disguised linear trots through the same game. However, it can safely be said that Just Cause does not care for those conventional rules. As stereotypically macho the story is, gameplay-wise it does break some sandbox rules without even batting an eyelash. Airplanes, gun-mounted combat, and parachutes aren't usually seen in missions until the latter portion of games, but this brings everything in within the first fifteen minutes. It's refreshing how it has the audacity to show minstrelsy in an age where such acts are relegated to cheapness. Admittedly, it goes for cheap thrills at some parts, especially when you get the grappling hook, but the fact that it doesn't slow down to attempt justification is fun. Clunky aiming, unyielding moving mechanics, and rather tedious side missions hamper an otherwise insanely fun experience.


Huge world with unrealistic but entertaining gameplay.

homes223 | Feb. 5, 2014 | See all homes223's reviews »

Just Cause on paper is a good concept even though it copies off the freedom of GTA, the environment of Farcry, and the gameplay of Mercinaries. With its lush and fairly pretty graphics the Island looks great and is very large. Speaking of the large island, another perk is there are no loading times while just playing around and not doing missions or side quests. The side quests are very repetitive but can be set aside if you keep failing and want to do another side mission. Driving mechanics aren't too shabby but the view and cinematic feel of it and most of the stunts in the game are cool and makes you feel as if your in a movie at times. While the cinematic driving can be exciting at times it is also boring to have to drive from little province to province with the world being as big as it is. The story of Just Cause is pretty much Mercs with a revolution on a Carribean Island. On the higher settings I frequently crashed but when run on medium all ran smooth even though the AI is brainless and often grenade their own soldiers. If you can overlook the stupid AI and difficult aiming system, Just Cause is a nice looking addition to your collection of PC Games.


Weird GTA-style game in South America sauce

Quillan | Dec. 27, 2013 | See all Quillan's reviews »

I dislike a bit this game, I found it a bit too weird for my taste and a sort of betrayal of my expectations. At first it seems a sort of GTA-style game with different setup (a Central/South American's Banana Republic), with lot of things to explore, try and overcome... but at the end, it lacks something that can push you to complete the game itself. It becomes a bit boring and repetitive, too many times you have your eyebrows up and down seeing some very too-much-incredible and unrealistic situations depicted in game. It has also strong point, like the graphics (very good when it was released), in-game control (especially for vehicles), some part of the story are really amusing... but in the end, I won't play it again (instead , for example, I restarted more than once GTA III/SA... just to say).


Great fun

rjb789 | Sept. 24, 2013 | See all rjb789's reviews »

Just Cause is mental. If you want to jump off a pier on a motorbike and crash into the sea where you swim across to a jungle you can do just that. The gameplay, although dated, is very fun and involving. However the graphics are very dated and Just Cause 2 would provide a smoother and more graphically pleasing game. The sounds involved in the game are adequate and provide a decent soundtrack. If you have the extra money you should get the sequel (Just Cause 2) but if you want to try out the series and would like to spend a bit less go grab the first game, you wont be disappointed


Not better than GTA, but it's close

Jimmysil | Sept. 17, 2013 | See all Jimmysil's reviews »

People often compare this game with games from GTA series. Yes it is another open world game, where you can drive around the whole map and do what you wanna do. The GTAs feel more real, and Just Cause is more funny. One thing that really took my breath away, by the time this game was released, was the look of the game world. It is just beautiful. The sky, sea, and the islands, it all look great. You feel like you are on vacation. But it's even better, because here you can fly jets, drive quadbikes, and use your parachute ten times in a row.


Fun game with lots to explore

BlockAgent | Sept. 9, 2013 | See all BlockAgent's reviews »

So much to explore! This game has a story that is nice in length and does a good job of not being repetitive. Think of it as Grand Theft Auto set in an third world latin country and you will have a sense of it. Plenty of adventure to be had here.


Just good old game.

yuppy | Aug. 25, 2013 | See all yuppy's reviews »

Game has lot of advantages or disadvantages. You can play in big open world, watch amazing graphics of nature, but if you want used cars better change game on one of NFS series. What about sounds? Is there music?? Yes in intro... Story is better than good but this game could be well prepared. Better is version on xbox. If you have time you can play it, if not try other game or sequel of JC.


True lies

Gojko | Aug. 19, 2013 | See all Gojko's reviews »

All of you have probably watched Schwarzenegger movie True Lies, and this game is just that. A bunch of nonsensical and paradoxical action scenes, like in movies of Jon Woo ... and the final result ... very good fun. This is a game you should definitely try it if you have a free afternoon.


Just Cause-New game styles, same old problems

metalos1 | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all metalos1's reviews »

If i say open world, you think of GTA. But there is a ton of open world games. The Just Cause was fresh and pretty awsome in it's time. The location is a beautiful tropical island, with an evil regime and it's army, the rebels, and the player, namely Rico Rodriguez. Rico is a badass character, who kick some ass, when it's time. In 2006, the Just Cause was an absolutely different experience than a GTA episode. You has a parachute, that was a core gameplay element, you could fly away in the sky, and when you attached to a car, that was an excellent transport way. But in 2013 the game is very frustrating, you settled down to the smooth gameplay, what isn't in the JC. The AI is terrible alongside with the controlls. The graphics and the sound were played out. If you want a better JC experience, you must play with the sequel. The Just Cause 2 is provide a way better gameplay in 2013.



fiddy187 | Aug. 12, 2013 | See all fiddy187's reviews »

I bought this game twice. Once when it came out for the xbox, and again for the PC more recently. The game is just a lot of fun, just like JC2 is. It's not about the realistic-ness, but rather the fun of driving/parachuting/flying around killing people, liberating areas, following a decent story. At the time of purchase the graphics were really nice. It's been a few years now, so no longer as nice, but it can be forgiven by most i'm sure. I put a lot of hours into this game first time around! Spending lots of time just having as much fun as possible! If you're looking for a little fun, and something to kill time, JC is worth a look!


Amazing visuals, damn good fun!

tomdoughnut | Aug. 8, 2013 | See all tomdoughnut's reviews »

The game is based in a luscious tropical archipelago of islands, the game world is massive and has realistic day/night, weather effects like tropical storms, lightning, low lying cloud and so on, the scenery is beautiful - think Farcry but with weather effects and on a much more massive scale and including towns, bridges spanning valleys, docks, an airport and so on. The game leaves you pretty free to do what you want and you're free to go wherever you want however there is also a mission based storyline which is pretty cool. Missions range from hijacking vehicles, to chasing a train through a valley in a helicopter to obliterate it with rockets. There's a wide range of vehicles - cars, motorbikes, helicopters, buses, planes, boats that are all useable. The game has a large variety of sub-games such as races round mountain tracks, races in planes and boats, helping friendly cartels take over enemy villas and so on. The game isn't without it's bugs and the AI can be a bit simple, however none of it is game breaking and they're all probably going to be fixed in a patch I'd guess as they all look like fairly easy things to resolve from a programming point of view. Overall, think of the game as grand theft auto in that you have a massive set of areas to explore and things to do, inserted into Far cry's luscious tropical settings coupled with a james-bond like secret agent style theme and story line. If you want a game with lots to do then this is a great choice, purchased alongside Saints Row it's a perfect companion with both games being of the same genre - that of massive, free roaming worlds but both with differing storylines, differing vehicles, weapons and sub-games. All in all I really recommend this game, one of the most fun I've played in a while and probably the best looking game I've ever played!



Trollfaceyomama | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all Trollfaceyomama's reviews »

OK so the controls could have done with a bit more work and I really miss gamepad support but this game is FUN. The map is huge with no loading screens and the draw distence is stunning. First impressions make for a comparison to San Andreas and it fails but after a couple of hours you see it in it's own right and there are many ways it puts GTA to shame. It's hard to understand the negative reviews unless people are basing their judgments on the demo, I can only say that the retail is way better with most of the irritations ironed out. Excellent game.


Welcome to beautiful San Esperito

suvojit91 | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all suvojit91's reviews »

Just Cause has all of the makings of a great sandbox game. It has a vibrant, open world with a multitude of environments to explore. There are a huge number of side quests to keep you occupied along with a slew of vehicles and weapons to aid you in your quest to see everything and blow it up. The fictional area explored during the game is described as being over 250,000 acres (1,012 km2; 391 sq mi) in size, with 21 story missions and over 300 side missions to complete. Aid guerrillas & Reojas,two best mates in the island country.. You have to "topple a dangerous government ",that's the main motto. Just Cause puts players in the role of Rico Rodriguez, a debonaire CIA agent with a flair for capturing the hearts of women everywhere and the skills needed for regime change. Rico doesn't exactly work as a behind-the-scenes operator. You won't be brokering deals or throwing silent support to pro-US dissenters. Nope. The powers that be prefer to send Rico in to destroy weapons caches, publicly assassinate people, and generally cause as much chaos as possible. Lastly you can do some crazy stunts here..I own this game so if you like to topple a government a must buy...


New, fun and long.

Veniu | July 26, 2013 | See all Veniu's reviews »

Some pepole say, Just Cause 2 is better than Just Cause. I'm the one that needs to disagree. As I've completed Just Cause about 2-3 times, I couldn't complete the JC2 for even once. The whole story in JC (one of course) is much better (even the main and side missions) and have more sense into the game. JC2 feels like being a gun-nut, not a real professional. Imagine Mr. Agent 47 always dealing with his target the loud way! Basically, JC offers us totally free and open world. Its pretty huge and theres always something to do, bah even driving a car around is actually satisfying. Islands are beautiful, same goes to the sea and mountains, you just can't be bored in this game. Sky diving from a helicopter (you guessed it, hijacked helicopter!) is literally breathtaking and fun. Connecting things to another thing in JC2 is fun but, not for so long you know? Side missions. Theres thousands of them. Sure its all about go there and do something but somehow with the reward system in the game (as we help our friends) they don't get boring. You choose how you want to do the side quest, bombard a villa from the sea, make everything explode with hijacked chopper, go on a bare foot rampage or take your enemies by suprise with a tank. For the revolution! And freedom of course... Bikes, cars, tanks and the heavy stuff. Its all in here to satisfy your needs. You can always call some "emergency supplies" from the Agency to buckle up your firepower. You can also always call for an extraction (doesn't needs to be an emergency extraction) and get your bottom safely to some safe place. Like a boss. Because the pilot never lands. Freefall with a parachute, heeeeeeeeee-yah! Graphics, FOV and filters actually match the game overall. Its not too "hot" and not really too dark. We can chill out a little while watching a nice sunset and a flaming plantation of weed while some dudes are killing eachother. Thats lovely. Sounds? The gun souds are just moderate. Not too loud or relistic, but also not too non-realistic and silent. However, there are no "real" weapons in the game, so I guess its alright to make your own sounds. The bad aspect of the game is the sound of the police and gangs. Sometimes, no matters where you are, whatever you do, you can randomly hear: "Stop right there citzen! This is the police!" or "This is the Polizei, stop right there!". After playing this game you just will have these voices in your head saying this from time to time. Other fun aspects are the grappling hook (which you need to check out really) and some explosives. More of these things in the game so yeah, check it out!


Very nice open world, but not perfect

Speed4Runs | July 7, 2013 | See all Speed4Runs's reviews »

Just Cause is a very good game which will give you a lot of fun. You can drive cars, pilot helicopters, jump off from them, and do many other things, while you admire the - amazing - big world and its stunning visuals. It runs pretty well even on not so powerful new computers, and it has some nice effects such as sun rays, bloom, shadows and motion blur. Too bad that this game also features some problems: you can't choose your custom resolution, you should change some registry keys in order to change language, there are some graphical bug (such as random shadows on the ground), the grappling hook wasn't developed that good (the one featured in JC2 is WAY better) and the shooting isn't the best. It seems to be a bit more limited than Just Cause 2, but still, it's a good open world game. The story mode doesn't last very much. **Graphics + performance: 6.5** *Graphics: 6.5 Although it features some not-so-good graphical items, such as (sometimes) too much bloom and some graphical bugs, it has very nice graphics; shadows are good, but, depending, on your current visual, they tend to "change" their quality and become pixelated. Water is very good, I prefer it to the one featured in JC2 (especially when you are underwater). *Performance: 6.25 The performance is good, but there are, sometimes, big framerate drops (when you reach very big areas or there are many enemies). **Plot: 6** The plot is ok, but not so great; very nice ending. **Gameplay: 6.25** Very nice gameplay regarding the open world "part" of the game, but not so good for the action part. Vehicle handling is ok, but it could be improved. You can use parachute to jump off from your car/helicopter/boat, use a grappling hook (this feature isn't so good, infact it got improved in Just Cause 2), go underwater, and do many other things. It's very nice, but it lacks some cool things that could be introduced in an open world game. Although the shooting isn't so good, the gameplay is still very funny and nice. **Sound: 5.5** Average sound (but not good Italian dubbing). **Longevity: 6.25** Very big world with many open areas, seas, and cool places to find... ... but the story is a bit short. Final score: 61 Very good game, I recommend it to anyone (especially to open world fans)!


Giant world with lots of things to do

lok0812 | June 24, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »

This game is similar to other types of open world action adventure except this open world is pretty massive in size and with many things to do. There are also numerous different types of vehicles for the players to use from land, air, to sea. Story quest could be a little short but in return you get plenty of side quests you can do from racing to controlling towns. One thing the Just Cause series emphasize a lot is the ability to do crazy things, over the top explosions and crazy stunts with grappling hooks. Definitely a must get for anyone who enjoy a good open world action games with the abilities to cause havoc anywhere you go while it is not as great as the second this installment is pretty solid itself.


The epic fun game

furious_gamer | June 11, 2013 | See all furious_gamer's reviews »

This was a trend setter game. The fighting tactics, vehicle handling, weapon handling, especially the pull-rope stunt and there are lot of things to love.This game is absolute wonderful game. It has it's own downfall, but in the end, it the fun that we all need. Guys who compare JC2 with this, obviously in sequels they fix the last game's issues and release. So if you want to see why JC2 was bug success, try this one. You will not regret.


A completely not biased review

thegaminglyfe | June 8, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »

I bought this game on PC back when it came out before Just Cause 2 so I won't compare this game to Just Cause 2. Just Cause is an action-packed adventure through a lush sandbox world. There are lots of epic moments like jumping from helicopter, shooting cops chasing you while you're on the turret. The graphics aren't the best, mostly because of the bland colours and the overuse of bloom and heat mirages. Some of the missions are very hard to do because of lots of people coming at you while you'e protecting something but it doesn't get in the way of the fun. The game has a lot of stunts like standing on a moving car shooting at enemies and moving around the vehicle. There are not many side missions, only a few races. The story is pretty average, not horrible but doesn't stand out. All of these features are really awesome at the start of the game but get repetitive after a while in the game. Highly recommend you buy this game as long you won't let Just Cause 2 shadow the game.


A fun game, but you'll probably like the sequel more

DaiMonPaul | May 27, 2013 | See all DaiMonPaul's reviews »

Just Cause is a solid entry into the sandbox action genre, but it's not without its flaws. The game plops you down into a tropical country as a US agent, and then it lets you do almost anything that you want to. If the mission you're on calls for you to kidnap a local leader, you can sneak into his house and pull him out, go in with guns blazing via tanks, or (my personal favorite) dive from a helicopter, land on the roof of his car, and hijack the car with him inside. The possibilities are almost endless, and it's very entertaining to see what craziness you can think of next. It's not all fun and games, though. The game is very ambitious, but the main story doesn't match these lofty goals. It's there, and it's enough to give you some direction, but it's not particularly deep or well-written. The side quests can also get repetitive. Of course, an open-ended game like this can function perfectly fine with a mediocre story, but there are also some issues with the controls. Vehicles don't drive as smoothly as they should, with driving being somewhat clunky. The guns also don't feel as satisfying as in other games, including Just Cause 2. And therein lies the biggest problem with the game: it's not its sequel. Just Cause 2 takes everything in this game and does it bigger and better. If you're looking for a sandbox action game and don't mind tolerating some rough edges, then you'll have a lot of fun with Just Cause. If you want the best possible experience from this franchise, though, go for the sequel... it looks better, plays better, and simply is better.