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Linear, arcade style, button masher
on December 16, 2013
Maybe that's all you need to know. If you want the opinion of a 56 y/o white male then read on. I've played upwards of 125 PC games since 1997 & Windows95. Just Cause 2 has the feel of a console game ported over to the PC, but it does come over seamlessly (for me anyway). I think the target audience of games like this must be boys 12-16, and there's nothing wrong with that. Maybe my problem is I should just stop playing games like this? I have played so many of these shallow, scripted, shoot-em-ups I guess I've just had enough. Well, this title I picked up about a year ago and finally got around to it. Played about 30 minutes before uninstalling it. It has no coherent story, no latitude of gameplay, and is bereft of creativity. This is simply a mindless, senseless, and pointless orgy of violence. No strategy required. The physics are outragously exaggerated. You are lead by the nose through a narrow corridor of trigger points, visible and invisible, to some inane ladder of achievements. Player character is unlikable (you feel nothing for him).
PROS - Scaled difficulty levels. Simple control scheme. Mouse & keyboard just fine. Camera angle seems appropriate. Pretty much continuous action.
CONS - STEAM (personal information for sale). No character development that I could see (in 30 minutes). Might be offensive to some due to heavy ethnic stereotyping. Tightly scripted. Zero replay value.
I want to expand a little on the offensive nature of this game. I know other games are much worse. I played the entire GTA series (except #5 is not out on the PC as of this review) so I know something of offensive games. However, I defend GTA because it goes out of it's way to offend everyone. GTA is so outragously offensive that it's actually funny. Well, Just Cause 2, in my opinion, is offensive to a narrow ethnicity and it's just not funny at all.
If you liked the series GTA, Left 4 Dead, Lost Planet, Unreal Tournament, you might like this. Why...relentless shooting, sadistic & gratuitous violence, shallow learning curve.
If you liked the series ArmA, Mass Effect, STALKER, Fallout, then you might want to move along. Why...these all have a character to develop, multiple strategies to try, meaningful dialog, immersive stories, huge open environments, dynamic campaigns, and steep learning curves.