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When playing through this half-hour demo, I have to be honest, I was a little confused on what exactly I was suppose to be doing. You play a man named Rico Rodrigues (also known as Scorpio) who is placed onto an island called Panau, which is (give or take) 400km square miles. You have to take down government property so that their hold over the people is relinquished. You have an arsenal of weapons which can aid you in completing, which includes a grappling hook. You will find yourself using this more than anything else purely because of its entertainment value, but more about that later.
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The cut-scene at the start and the instructions in-game do not give much in the way of hints to the main story of the game or the objectives. I found myself rather confused and ended up just flying around with my parachute blowing things up. With that said, I wasn’t complaining as there is no change with the parachute from the first instalment of this series. If you are driving a vehicle around and decide that you no longer like this vehicle then you can hit a button which will then launch Rico into the skies whilst the vehicle blows up beneath you (It always blows up. I’m not sure why; even if it doesn’t hit anything, seemed a bit over-dramatic to me).

The vehicles in Just Cause 2 all seem a bit ‘samey’ too me. You get the occasional sports car or helicopter, but apart from that all I saw was standard boxcars, motorbikes and milk vans. All of these are fairly difficult to control but they do seem quite realistic. The sports cars on the other hand are always fun to drive, especially when you have a terrorist strapped to the back! You can also perform a stunt jump, which will take you out on top of the vehicle so that you are surfing on it, from here you can jump onto other cars to hitch a ride, enjoy the views or steal said car.
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The grappling hook that you get makes things much more fun. It’s as simple as aiming, shooting at something, aiming at something else and firing. The great thing about it, if the original thing that you hook is fairly lightweight, lets say a person and the other thing is moving, lets say a gas canister, then the person will end up going wherever the gas canister shoots off too. This is always entertaining no matter how many times you do it!
You can also use this grappling hook to help guide you when you are using your parachute, as well as flying around like a Porte Rican Spiderman without the cool catchphrases.

The graphics in Just Cause 2 are stunning, the amount of detail that has been put into this game is fantastic. The most amazing thing that I found was when you manage to find a helicopter and just head up into the skies. The views from up here I would say match that of Niagara falls and The Grand Canyon, simply superb.
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The main issue with this game is one already stated, the haziness of the objective. I found myself either getting as high as I can with my grappling hook then jumping off or attaching guards to moving objects and I found it rather hard to progress at all.
All in all, Just Cause 2 does seem like one to look out for this month, it does have some flaws but the rest of the game is far too enjoyable to miss. Even if you were not a fan of the original, or have not even played it, I am sure that you would get more satisfaction from the grappling hook and seeing what happens than a cruise around the lovely fictional island of Panau.

I just wish I knew what the objective was...!
Kaostic | 18th March, 2010
Platinum's picture
After seeing this on Beanz PC at the lan I want this now, However played the first game the other week on the Xbox and thought it was crap, poor attempt at a GTA clone.
Wedgeh's picture
the first is known to be pants, however this one seems pretty fkin win
Platinum's picture
The grappling hook just does it for me, should provide hours of epic non mission based fun.
djdawsonuk's picture
I'm in the same boat - the first one never really captured me, but I could just run round destroying things on this for ages.
Rasher's picture
What ever you do, don't mix up "Just Cause" with "Just Cause 2"

the first one did suck,
i have to admit i am really looking forward to this game,
Its DX10 only though, so afraid XP users wont be able to play it
Platinum's picture
********, I have accidentally pre purchased it
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********, I have accidentally pre purchased it
Then I guess you'll have to 'accidentally' purchase Win7...
Platinum's picture
I legitimately purchased Windows 7 when it was £50?
Betty_Swallocks's picture
Best you get it installed then
Platinum's picture
It is installed??, Am I missing something here?
Betty_Swallocks's picture
Sorry, I assumed you were saying ******** because you wouldn't be able to run the game you'd just pre-ordered.
Platinum's picture
Ahh no, Just bought a lot of games lately and said I would by no more lol
Wedgeh's picture
Funny that, I keep hearing the same thing from rasher yet his steam collection is ever growing.
Platinum's picture
I hate and yet love Steam at the same time
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Its DX10 only though, so afraid XP users wont be able to play it
Didnt they say that with Halo 2 and a couple of others?

Didnt take long to find a work around.
Platinum's picture
Cant see why anyone would want to run XP these days anyhow, Windows 7 is the way forward.
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Cant see why anyone would want to run XP these days anyhow, Windows 7 is the way forward.
Indeed. Windows 7 offers many benefits over XP, to summarise for reference of those unknowledgable:

Firstly it hasn't taken 2 service packs to bring Windows 7 to a stable properly usable level.

Secondly, in the 8 years between the release of XP and Windows 7 there have been many technological advances improving the user experience.

And finally, unless you were living under a rock you had the opportunity to buy it for less than £50 before it was released, hell I can even refer people to a seller of dirt cheap genuine keys.
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And finally, unless you were living under a rock you had the opportunity to buy it for less than £50 before it was released, hell I can even refer people to a seller of dirt cheap genuine keys.
How cheap? and are they retail?
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How cheap? and are they retail?
Yea they are retail. I think last I checked Home Premium was about £15-20.
Betty_Swallocks's picture
Can you pm me a link please?
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Can you pm me a link please?
It's through a friend of mine he handles it all through paypal. I can pm you updated price info later on though if you would like.
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Yea they are retail. I think last I checked Home Premium was about £15-20.
Damn thats cheap, sounds dodgy?, how can it be legit at that price? bulk buying?
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Damn thats cheap, sounds dodgy?, how can it be legit at that price? bulk buying?
It's just the key he buys no media along with it. I don't know his source but the keys are genuine.

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