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No thread for this? First game was crap, but on the basis of the amazing demo (which is a great timewaster in and of itself, a fairly large chunk of game with a 30-minute timer) and a glowing review from Eurogamer this looks to be worth checking out, especially for those who liked Red Faction Guerrilla or Saints Row 2.

The (overhyped) vertical stuff is fabulous- this game does more to play around with scale than anything since Katamari. And though the grappling hook is of limited usefulness in combat, getting around with it and using it to set up stupid shit (tie a goon to a gas canister and send him rocketing into the sky! Tether a jeep to a military chopper and swing it into things! Conk people's heads together like coconuts on an elastic band! Etc) has yet to get old.

Also, I thought the developers were going for something semi-clever by making the fictional country this weird, indistinct mashup of Latin America, southeast Asia, basically every politically unstable region of the 20th century (it even has a dictator called "Papa" being succeeded by his son "Baby"), but after spending a bit more time with it it seems Panau is very firmly supposed to be off the coast of China and the rest is just kind of stupid. There's some hilariously bad voice acting as well- the generic grunts are bad enough ("HE GOT ME WITH HIS WIRE THING"), but the NPC (Bolo something) in the opening cutscene is something else, with an accent that travels the entire globe in a single sentence. Ein minuten, bitte, ich habe eine kleine problemo avec diese accent.

TLDR version: fun, stupid, technically amazing.

a black white asian pine ghost who is fake (Telephone thing), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 18:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

it's a shame there's no co-op, this game is crying out for a crackdown style 'roam the island' mode

cozen, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 22:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

OK this game's pretty sick

antexit, Thursday, 25 March 2010 03:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

i keep reading this as "why?" "well, just cause"

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 25 March 2010 11:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

That's about right! Just 'cause zooming around on a zipline and shooting mfs is a lot of fun

antexit, Thursday, 25 March 2010 14:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

yes/no: Should I buy this after class today? I still haven't beaten FF13 and I don't need to buy another game. But it sounds amazing? ADVICE PLZ!

Mordy, Thursday, 25 March 2010 14:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

my new policy is to just wait and buy all games when discounted so I'd say beat FF13 and wait for inevitable month down the line price crash. besides easter's just round the corner bound to be some foolhardy e-tailer discounting this bad boy

cozen, Thursday, 25 March 2010 14:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

that is sound advice! i will take it.

Mordy, Thursday, 25 March 2010 14:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

i kind of wish there was a targetting lockon or something, even just for sniping guys from the parachute

antexit, Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

For me this just looks like one of those games that seems amazing for the first 4-6 hours / look at this world & these toys you can play with in it! but after that it's the kind of thing I'd never touch again - like Far Cry 2 or the last Red Faction game or Infamous (actually it looks most like Mercenaries 2 w/o co-op, a game I skipped anyway). Or what was that B&W open world WWII game set in Paris that came out a few months ago - I've already forgotten? Too many of these sort of mid-tier open world games already this generation IMO.

Jeff LeVine, Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

i agree, but i like to have a pick-up-and-play omg look at this crazy shit you can do game lying around to destress with for a half-hour

antexit, Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3rSSd0opis&feature=channel

cozen, Friday, 26 March 2010 17:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

damn, the demo is so much fun.
i'm gonna wait on this, but it looks like a must get.
Every review seems to suggest that the "game" is no fun, but just exploring and blowing shit up is non-stop wonderland.

forksclovetofu, Friday, 26 March 2010 19:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

I've been playing this demo so much. It was a mistake not getting it last week I think. Next time I have the chance, I'm picking it up.

Mordy, Saturday, 27 March 2010 20:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

sorry mordy! ;_;

cozen, Saturday, 27 March 2010 22:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

It's okay. Your advice was good -- I couldn't have known at the time how amazing the game is.

Mordy, Saturday, 27 March 2010 22:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

finally going to get back into some gaming, and will download this tonight. is it playable as a single player?

bracken free ditch (Ste), Tuesday, 30 March 2010 12:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

It's single player only, and yes, the demo is very playable in a "pick up for half an hour, ignore missions and fuck around" way.

a black white asian pine ghost who is fake (Telephone thing), Tuesday, 30 March 2010 16:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

Is it a bit tiresome how huge and samey the map seems?

antexit, Tuesday, 30 March 2010 17:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

okay had a bash at this. seems okaaay, but not totally grabbed by it which i was surprised at because it sounded like my sort of thing. i still might get hold of the full thing, when the price is right.

bracken free ditch (Ste), Tuesday, 30 March 2010 17:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

curious to know if there's any kind of recognition in the plot that you're a terrorist?

goole, Tuesday, 30 March 2010 17:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/04/02/postcards-from-panau/#more-27905

kinda makes me want this

etrian odysseus (cozen), Sunday, 4 April 2010 11:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

Traded in some stuff and picked this up today. Hope to get some time with it after Barcelona-Arsenal finishes.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 6 April 2010 19:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

i don't like the chopper controls in this at all

bracken free ditch (Ste), Tuesday, 6 April 2010 22:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

I needed a new run around being a dick and causing mayhem game - so far, this is outstanding at that. I guess I'll have to do enough of the story to unlock all the toys, but the "plot" sure isn't much of a hook. Found the Mile High Club, which I plan to shoot down at the first opportunity (I had a weaponless chopper and no explosives, and then had to make dinner). Huge frickin' world - really surprised at just how full it is.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 7 April 2010 00:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

i've only played the demo, so would you recommend the purchase? i need something vast to keep me amused

bracken free ditch (Ste), Wednesday, 7 April 2010 07:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

(the demo didn't last long, and i only covered a few hundred yards of area so i couldn't get the sense of a 'large world' from that)

bracken free ditch (Ste), Wednesday, 7 April 2010 07:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

(I had a weaponless chopper and no explosives, and then had to make dinner)

what is there a masterchef subgame or something

the big pink suede panda bear hurts (ledge), Wednesday, 7 April 2010 08:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

i wonder what playing this would be like if one had never played GTA (like me)

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 7 April 2010 10:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

(I had a weaponless chopper and no explosives, and then had to make dinner)

what is there a masterchef subgame or something

Should have stated I had to stop playing and make dinner. Though that would be cool if there were times where the game just switched you up and went Cooking Mama on your ass.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 7 April 2010 11:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

tracer you've never played any GTAs?

etrian odysseus (cozen), Wednesday, 7 April 2010 11:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

I've only played a few hours so haven't seen that much - but when the map opens up and I see how little of the game I've explored it seems huge. Hope to get a little more time with it today.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 7 April 2010 11:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

Apparently you can't shoot down the Mile High Club. However, I was able to fire into the club with a helicopter gunship and kill everyone and blow up all the neon signs.

I'm having insane amounts of fun with this game - I've now done one mission for each of the factions, but just screwed around for another 6 hours. It is incredibly huge - I've checked out less than 10% of the land. Decided to run between two dots on the map that seemed pretty close - took me almost ten minutes.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 9 April 2010 14:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

Feels like one of the biggest gameworlds I've ever played (after WoW and like Daggerfall obv).

Mordy, Friday, 9 April 2010 15:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

cozen - nope.

Tracer Hand, Friday, 9 April 2010 15:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

Kind of pressed for cash right now, so I haven't picked this up yet, but I'm still finding funny shit to do in the demo. My latest pastimes:

1. starting a big stupid road chase and hopping from motorcycle to motorcycle, elbowing their riders off as I land

2. attracting a ton of heat, hopping on top of a car, loading it up with triggered explosives, waiting for the inevitable roadblock and sailing away at the last second on the parachute as the bomb-covered car smashes into the line of soldiers and jeeps. I worry that I may enjoy this too much.

a black white asian pine ghost who is fake (Telephone thing), Friday, 9 April 2010 23:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

About Just Cause 2 as a B flick:
http://shouldntbegaming.wordpress.com/2010/04/12/impressions-just-cause-2-and-the-unserious-game/

Mordy, Sunday, 18 April 2010 16:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

this is great!

goole, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 15:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

some lols, much otm

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/1632-Just-Cause-2

goole, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 21:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

just CUZ!

sir gaga (s1ocki), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 21:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

muthafucking game is sweet

Guru Meditation (Ste), Sunday, 27 June 2010 18:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

couldn't get into the controls at first, but man it was worth it.

also was basically baffled at first what this game was all about, but it's just so simple and addictive really. can't stop playing it. stupid world cup getting in the way.

Guru Meditation (Ste), Sunday, 27 June 2010 18:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

i've realised what this game reminds me of, Midwinter 2 FoF. and in some similar ways, Hunter

Guru Meditation (Ste), Monday, 28 June 2010 22:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

just started playing this, and found the mile high club within the first few hours. OMG insanity...

Ghia (stevie), Monday, 28 June 2010 22:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah that's a mad base. the destroying satellites mission is pretty wow too.

love how this is just so simple to play

have resisted its grasp tonight so that i can indulge in a hefty session on wednesday when no football is on.

Guru Meditation (Ste), Monday, 28 June 2010 22:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

stuff to blow up gets kinda repetetive pretty quickly, but I'm still enjoying this. I'm still discovering new and unique bases for starters.

Like I was all woaah at flying by 737 happily towards a mysterious island and noticed a large tower in the distance and suddenly BLAM it knocked me out the sky. i'm guessing some kind of emp tower.

just enjoying trying to find all the stuff, like really want to complete the 'driving unique vehicles' list.

Guru Meditation (Ste), Tuesday, 6 July 2010 10:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I'm still playing the crap out of this game. Passed 100 hours this weekend, and I've collected all the skulls, black boxes and drug drops, 100% of all the towns done (still a few things to find in a couple of the cities) and am slowly wiping out the airfields, harbors and military bases. I think I have a couple of oil rigs left to finish off as well.

Gave up on the story though - kept failing at killing the bosses on top of the towers and decided since the story sucked anyways I'd just do all the other stuff.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 27 September 2010 14:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

ok thx to goole i have this now so here is my rundown

1. pretty fucking fun
2. airplane controls suuuuuck so much that i refuse to do the race missions
3. weirdly aimless - like the game actually kinda makes it difficult to progress down the storyline a lot of the time by putting tantalizing stuff in the way or making travel lead you through hot zones and whatever.
4. it is probable that i am stupid here, but i ran out of plantable explosives and have never found more of them anywhere, which is getting v v annoying at this point.
5. this might be one of the worst written games dialogwise ever.
6. really looks great - the level of detail is kinda o_O, especially since very little of it is actually functional.

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 28 October 2010 17:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

4. Call the black market dealer. If you haven't gotten that ability yet, you just have to hope to find some more.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 28 October 2010 18:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

Just got this for under £10 from Zavvi - only played half an hour so far and I think I'm going to like it. Can't quite get to grips with the grapple hook controls yet but I'm looking forward to using it for lots of crazy shit away from the story mode. Shoulder buttons being the wrong way around is annoying (R2 instead of R1 to shoot) - dunno if I can change that in the options. Voice acting is *really* bad. Ground combat & transport jacking feels very like Mercenaries 2 which I've played the shit out of.

he's Big but he's not Bobo (onimo), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 00:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

You can swap the triggers out in the options. You're playing on a PS3, right? I get the feeling it defaults to L2/R2 for shooting because it feels more natural on the Xbox's triggers (and most Xbox FPS's use those buttons).

muus lääv? :D muus dut :( (Telephone thing), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 01:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah PS3 - I'll mess around tonight and get it the same as the Mercs 2 buttons. I also had some difficult working out the weapon swap/pick up that led to me throwing an automatic rifle away and running around with two empty pistols :)

he's Big but he's not Bobo (onimo), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 11:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

just started playing this. got it free with my video card last year and just found the coupon. I like it a lot, but I really really hate the controls. I've tried with both my Xbox 360 controller and keyboard/mouse, and both suck in their own way. Will try to keep going. Dialogue is hilariously bad.

get off my lawn (rockapads), Monday, 17 January 2011 23:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

The story is a giant pile of doo. The fun is just getting around and marveling at the world, finding little hidden temples and explodable whales.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 17 January 2011 23:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Luckily the story keeps out of the way for the most part. But yeah, it's not good.

polyphonic, Monday, 17 January 2011 23:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

I still haven't finished it.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 00:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

it's immensely stupid, lah? sure do enjoying fucking shit up though.

From the novel "Spinster Dinner" (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 18 January 2011 00:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

this game is going for 19.99 on xbox now.. brand new

strongly recommend. unless you're a bitch (mayor jingleberries), Tuesday, 18 January 2011 01:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

another cheap totally underrated game: $30 for Alpha Protocol

Mordy, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 01:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think I just turned a corner in this game - learning how to "fly" with the chute and grapple. The "ohhhh I get it now" was similar to when I first surfed the electrical lines in InFamous.

get off my lawn (rockapads), Tuesday, 18 January 2011 04:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

great thing to do with this game: climb a mountain to find a citadel, kill everyone in it, blow up everything and then leap off the side of the mountain. unfortunately, this is more or less the ONLY thing to do with this game.

From the novel "Spinster Dinner" (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 18 January 2011 04:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

drive really fast on your motorcycle off a cliff, hit your parachute at the last second, glide over beautiful snow capped mountains into a river valley below

Mordy, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 04:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

Speedboats off cliffs are fun too. As is hooking two planes together and watching them death spiral into a city.

Ah, good times.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 05:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

i loved this game but there was def a point where the stupidity of the writing and story became more than just "eh". because i kinda wanted the repetition to add up to something, i guess

goole, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

revisited this recently, bloody loving it. I should be complaing that it's fairly repetetive but somehow I keep finding things to do picking up hidden stuff or randomly destroying government property. My favourite right now is taking out the antenna stations. Twanging the supporting cables with my chopper.

The dialogue is hilarious. There's a mission where you have to pick up some prostitute and the woman who is telling you about the mission constantly bad mouths the 'filthy whore'

sooo many missions too.

if you wanna gamble, take that shit to vegas (Ste), Monday, 11 April 2011 11:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

just got this

& it is hilarious

I'm gonna do the missions over time but just fucking around is def fun. I just like to blow stuff up I think, & then ride away to some new locale, ad nauseum (since I get motion sick in these kinds of games, but it's worth it)

Euler, Saturday, 15 October 2011 00:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

that's good for like a week and then the game kinda sputters out.

loads of personality, loved to chase chickens (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 15 October 2011 00:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

130+ hours, still haven't finished the story. Beautiful game for silly 20 minute blasts of mayhem.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 15 October 2011 00:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

or that too.

loads of personality, loved to chase chickens (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 15 October 2011 00:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah that's all I wanted, for $15 that's perfect

Euler, Saturday, 15 October 2011 02:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

that's good for like a week and then the game kinda sputters out.

that's what i felt too, but i think that's because a) i didn't really stick to the missions because the scripts and acting were too dull and (more importantly) b) i found the missions very hard.

Joe Romeo, Concerned New Yorker (stevie), Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah like i said, man, nearly a year ago now, the stupidity was an afterthought for much of the game... until it wasn't. there was no reason for the mission design to be so repetitive and for the writing and v/o to be so bad.

ban moves like jagger (goole), Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

there was no reason for the mission design to be so repetitive and for the writing and v/o to be so bad.

http://www.geek.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/square_enix_logo_qjpreviewth.jpg

loads of personality, loved to chase chickens (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 19 October 2011 21:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

it pains me to say that, but it's true these days.

loads of personality, loved to chase chickens (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 19 October 2011 21:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

this is a fun game for me, i have a million hours in and still not completed but i pick it up every now and again for just a muck about and to do some more missions. a bit like how i play fallout 3 really.

Summer Slam! (Ste), Wednesday, 19 October 2011 22:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

wow save game fuck up. all that work

good job i enjoy the shit out of this damn game

prop forward turned celebrity chef (Ste), Sunday, 4 August 2013 21:18 (five years ago) Permalink

i had something similar happen with my gta:SA game on the 360. was one mission away from completion. almost got that far when i played it on ps2. i'm never gonna finish that game.

(and when i say 'completion', ste, i just mean the story missions. i know you've probs nabbed every morsel of graffiti!)

There shouldn't be a thread for Dennis Perrin tweets. (stevie), Sunday, 4 August 2013 21:55 (five years ago) Permalink

youd better believe it. hundred percent on both ps2 and xbox versions.

but yeah thats tough losing the game so close to the end. even just doing the missions was an epic journey for san andreas.

in jc2 i just like finding and owning all the locations and faction items. i dont think i'll ever finish this one

prop forward turned celebrity chef (Ste), Sunday, 4 August 2013 22:00 (five years ago) Permalink

completing the big city in this one was too damn hard; I got 3/4 of them but on the 4th stuck at like 96% (or more? can't say, has been months). problem is that you can't use the net for help because I do not want to check every single coordinate. obsessive gameplay has its costs

Euler, Sunday, 4 August 2013 22:11 (five years ago) Permalink

white tiger mission is overly long and the worst part of this game.

but goddam its so cool just powering through this game

prop forward turned celebrity chef (Ste), Tuesday, 6 August 2013 20:39 (five years ago) Permalink

and other sentences ending in 'this game'

prop forward turned celebrity chef (Ste), Tuesday, 6 August 2013 20:40 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Finally finished the missions the other day, just time for gta i guess.

But loving this game, I'm almost 70% done and no intention of stopping.

prop forward turned celebrity chef (Ste), Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:27 (five years ago) Permalink

have done all the locations now, at 93.5% or so, thinking about putting it down since I don't wanna do all the races (fuck traffic) but yeah, what a game. 120+ hrs in the end

Euler, Wednesday, 18 September 2013 12:48 (five years ago) Permalink

There are still a few things I can't find in the cities to finish them 100%. It's driving me nuts.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 18 September 2013 13:29 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Just Cause 3 coming to PS4, Xbox 360 & PC next year.

i only wanted freidn (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 17:52 (four years ago) Permalink

omg

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 19:31 (four years ago) Permalink

This might be where I cave for the new consoles. Maybe.

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 19:32 (four years ago) Permalink

360 or xbone

you fuck one chud... (stevie), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 20:04 (four years ago) Permalink

One, apparently. It's been established elsewhere that I don't know what I'm talking about re: Microsoft consoles.

i only wanted freidn (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 20:05 (four years ago) Permalink

i have never played a just because game

am0n, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 20:27 (four years ago) Permalink

You should play Just Because 2. Why? I think you know the answer to that one.

i only wanted freidn (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 20:30 (four years ago) Permalink

It's just behind the timesuck that is Skyrim in the time I've spent playing it. I never, ever get tired of it.

i only wanted freidn (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 20:31 (four years ago) Permalink

I gave my copy to my little brother because it sucked too much of my time!

you fuck one chud... (stevie), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 20:44 (four years ago) Permalink

this is $3 on steam until Friday?

calstars, Wednesday, 12 November 2014 12:52 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

So this glitched out and I can no longer attain 100%

bummed

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Saturday, 7 March 2015 10:38 (three years ago) Permalink

fyi, it's this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54WYLxkDf60

Seems to be a known bug caused by a mission based around the oil rig.

AAAAAAAAAAAArgh

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Saturday, 7 March 2015 11:02 (three years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Free on Games With Gold till the middle of the month btw

one of the top Liam Gallaghers on the live circuit (stevie), Monday, 8 June 2015 14:40 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

omg jc3 has leaderboards game over man, game over

Mordy, Wednesday, 2 December 2015 01:17 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Picked up JC3 couple of days ago, cheap on Steam that's why.

So it's glitchy as hell and on the whole feels like a clumsy PC production but I can't stop playing despite that. The utterly awful AI coupled with some dodgy physics makes for some interesting stuff, but can make escort missions too frustrating.

I also hate the winged suit addition.

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Saturday, 31 March 2018 08:40 (eight months ago) Permalink


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