Just Cause 3 Review

  • Publisher:  Square Enix
  • Developer:  Avalanche Studios
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Rated:  M
  • Release Date: December 1st, 2015
  • Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Rating: ★★★★☆

Just Cause 3 is the type of game that on paper sounds insane, and even in motion looks insane. Avalanche Studios has returned to the chaotic world of Just Cause, putting players in control of Rico Rodriguez once more.  What makes Just Cause 3 an awesome game is the fact that everything in it works. By that, I mean everything has a purpose and can be used to cause havoc. Tethering things together and watching the chaos unfold is by far one of the best feelings one can have while playing.  That’s just the beginning of the excitement you’ll find in this amazing world.

In Just Cause 3, you’ll have the opportunity through gear mods to be able to tether up to 6 things at once, achieving maximum fun and insanity. Much like the previous two entries, JC 3 has you flying planes and helicopters, driving fast cars, and using your grappling hook to attach things together only to watch them fly in the air and explode.

Visually the game is wonderful to watch in motion, but there are some instances where the draw distance looked choppy or just not there. While this isn’t something that stopped me from enjoying the game, it is worth mentioning for those who like the presentation details as it takes you out of the otherwise intense experience

While it does look beautiful, the frame rate can suffer on occasion. While playing it seems to dip or go lower than 25fps, causing the game to go into a mini lag. It was annoyance to be in the middle of chaining together enemies and explosives, only to have the game slow down, especially to that degree.  Its something where they perhaps tried to go bigger with the visuals than the engine could really handle.  It certainly can be frustrating when you run into this during an otherwise frantic session.

Even with the frame rate issues, Just Cause 3 is definitely a game that should not be missed. I’ve played a lot of games over the course of this year and nothing has been able to get me to shout “oh sh**” as many times as Just Cause 3 has.  It is incredible more often than not and almost always insane.  Square Enix has brought us another great entry into this high-octane series.

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