Just Cause 4 Review: Same Rico, Different Day

Release Date: December 4, 2018
Platform: PS4 (reviewed), Xbox One
Developer: Avalanche Studios
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Action-Adventure

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“A plan is only a record of issues that go incorrect,” quips Rico Rodriguez, Just Cause 4’s thrill-seeking protagonist in a cutscene that performs out mere moments earlier than he units off on one more explosion spree. He’ll declare that it’s all in help of serving to the poor individuals of Solis struggle again towards a infamous dictatorship occupying their nation, however actually, deep down, we are able to’t assist however really feel that it’s some deeply hidden want to satisfy a perverse urge for food for destruction that units Rico on his new mission. Those with the same style for explosions will discover it on this fourth entry of Square Enix’s physics-defying sequence, even when the following chaos does collapse at occasions.

Just as gamers conversant in the franchise may anticipate, Just Cause 4 continues the earlier recreation’s fetish for letting you wreak havoc inside an unique open world paradise. Your main strategies of doing so encompass the standard instruments present in different video games of its ilk: navy automobiles, heavy artillery, devices… But it’s actually by means of freedom of motion the place Just Cause 4 stands aside and taking down the baddies is most discovered. This is all made doable by Rico’s returning grapple hook, which helps you to method hostile conditions nevertheless you select because of its long-range, diverse operate.

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Let’s say you’re tasked with destroying a sequence of mills key to reducing the occupying enemy power’s affect. You may set an goal marker, drive as much as the ability, and go in all weapons blazing certain, however solely in Just Cause 4 are you able to dive off one of many island’s many excessive peaks, pop your parachute earlier than gliding all the way down to the compound utilizing your wingsuit, zipping your means across the compound through grapple hook whereas additionally utilizing it to control the atmosphere round you earlier than turning it on unhealthy guys. Realistic? No. Outlandish? Yes. But boy, does is assist you to notice your ‘80s motion film fantasies – all in a way of your selecting.

Just Cause 4 has you constantly engaged in improvisational situations comparable to this, tethered collectively by the faintest of plots. This is to say that, by way of narrative, the sport suffers from a really distinct sense of “been there finished that” – even by open world recreation requirements. Much like how Just Cause 3 noticed you liberate city after city within the effort to overthrow an evil dictator, the plot right here is unnervingly related. The solely actual distinction is that Rico Rodriguez has barely extra private funding in his actions this time after discovering proof that his late father was working with the Black Hand, Just Cause 4’s evil faction.

Thankfully, there are a number of new parts launched that assist shake up the Just Cause formulation ever so barely. Chief amongst them are the added customization choices out there for the grappling hook. Whereas earlier than utilizing it to your benefit can be a easy case of connecting objects collectively to create an all-to addictive chain of motion and response, right here it’s elevated ten-fold by an enhanced booster rocket and what’s known as an air lifter. You’re in a position to choose which one to prioritize and the way it features from a loadout menu, rendering stated loadouts interchangeable on the fly.

Booster rockets have appeared beforehand in Just Cause, however now you’re in a position to connect as many as you’d wish to any object of your selecting. Trust us, there could be one thing fairly therapeutic about blasting a ship throughout the river and into an enemy radio dish. Air lifters equally allow you to management your atmosphere in fashionable and ingenious methods, tethering balloons to something in sight till it’s raining automobiles and satellite tv for pc dishes. Pulling off these inventive maneuvers in Just Cause 4 can initially really feel cumbersome, however there’s nothing extra rewarding than orchestrating them in such a means that you simply’re in a position to unleash a Rube Goldberg machine of anarchy.

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Speaking of anarchy, whereas the core tenets of what Just Cause 4 has you doing typically undergo from a basic feeling of familiarity and repetition, it’s at the least offset considerably by a handful of missions centered round intense climate. At a number of occasions within the “story,” the standard cycle of capturing, grappling, and mayhem-unleashing is damaged up by missions that power you to take care of bouts of lightning, whirlwinds, and sandstorms – all of which present as much as the social gathering to assist preserve Rico on his toes, even when these sequences are a tad fleeting.

With explosions, climate results, and skydiving a typical sight in Just Cause 4, maybe it shouldn’t come as an excessive amount of of a shock to be taught that the sport typically struggles to manage. Frame fee dips, decelerate, and the occasional freeze could make Rico’s adventures a technical mess at occasions. There are additionally a number of character fashions that don’t look significantly nice. It’s a disgrace, as these situations pull you proper out of the motion. Don’t get us incorrect the sport is finally playable, but it surely does lack the polish most gamers will possible anticipate from most AAA video games launched at this time.

Just Cause 4 is the right open world journey for these trying to minimize unfastened and simply scratch that adrenaline junkie itch. It neatly slots right into a small class of video games whose core goal is to supply gamers an unrelenting sense of enjoyable by turning every thing as much as 11. Despite the slight monotony that comes from some repetitive mission design and some slips on the technical aspect, Just Cause 4 delivers the identical thrills present in prior entries with the odd mechanical improve thrown in.


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