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post Mar 10 2010, 08:40 PM
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Well, another "2" game. Seriously, the last couple months I've played Modern Warfare 2, Left For Dead 2, Assassin's Creed 2, and just started the Godfather 2. Somehow or another I missed Mass Effect 2. I'll probably get to that later this year.

Anyway, Just Cause 2 comes out later this month. The demo's been released on PSN and XBL and I just went and preordered my copy from Gamestop.

The first Just Cause had mixed reviews - from being mindless fun to glitchy as hell. I really enjoyed the first one, although I've never owned it and it's been about 3 years since I last played it. This was my roommate in college's first 360 game and we played the hell out of it. Huge island levels to explore and a badass grappling hook to connect to everything. IT was a lot of fun. I actually just bought a used copy of the first game to hold me over until the Just Cause 2 is released on 3/23.

I downloaded the demo last night. It gives you 30 minutes to do whatever you please on the island. There's a mission set there for you to play if you choose and it serves as a quick tutorial, but I omitted the mission and jumped off the side of a mountain, plummeted to the ground before pulling my parachute and landing on the roof a jeep driving down the road, then throwing the driver out and hijacking it like nothing happened. It's amazing. The controls are very easy to get used to and the game is very lenient when it comes to the concept of physics. I spent a small portion of my time in the demo fighting the tan-skinned bad guys by shooting at them, throwing them around with my grappling hook, and blowing them the hell up in the totally interactive environment.

It kind of reminded me of the control scheme for the Saboteur. It felt familiar and that's something I instantly liked. At first I was thrown off by the Hispanic lead character, but I'm thinking he'll kind of grow on me.

I went and pre-ordered the game at Gamestop so I get the Monster Truck and bad ass pistols. A friend of mine pre-ordered his from Wal-mart so he could get the Hovercraft bonus.

Here's some videos of the ridiculous fun to be had:

Here's some of the achievement list; some pretty interesting shit.

Gaining a Foothold (10 points)
Complete 3 stronghold takeovers

Conqueror of Panau (20 points)
Complete 9 stronghold takeovers.

A Trusted Ally (20 points)
Complete 49 faction missions.

First Taste of Chaos (10 points)
Cause chaos for the first time.

Saboteur (10 points)
Complete 150 sabotages.

Destroyer (20 points)
Complete 1000 sabotages.

Professional Hitman (20 points)
Assassinate 25 colonels.

Globetrotter (20 points)
Discover 100 locations.

Freeroamer 1 (10 points)
Reach 100% complete in 15 locations.

Freeroamer 2 (20 points)
Reach 100% complete in 100 locations.

Body Count (15 points)
Kill 750 enemies.

Unarmed and Dangerous (15 points)
Kill 50 enemies using melee attacks.

Gravity is a *****! (15 points)
Kill 30 enemies by using the grappling hook and making them fall to their death.

Follow Me! (15 points)
Kill 5 enemies by dragging them behind a vehicle with the grappling hook.

Hang 'em High! (15 points)
Kill 30 enemies while they're suspended in the air with the grappling hook.

Wrecking Ball (15 points)
Kill 5 enemies by smashing them with an object tethered to your vehicle with the grappling hook.

Piñata Party (15 points)
Kill 5 enemies with the melee attack while they're suspended with the grappling hook.

Juggler (15 points)
Kill 30 enemies while they're in mid air.

Road Rage (10 points)
Kill 30 enemies by mowing them down with vehicles.

Marksman (15 points)
Kill 50 enemies with head shots.

Killing Frenzy (20 points)
Kill 20 enemies in 60 seconds.

Invincible Warrior (20 points)
Kill 50 enemies in a row with inventory weapons without losing health.

Destruction Frenzy (10 points)
Destroy 30 objects in 60 seconds.

Test Driver (10 points)
Drive 30 different vehicles.

Trying Everything Once (25 points)
Drive all 104 vehicles.

Road Trip (20 points)
Travel 75 kilometers by land vehicle.

Please Step Out of the Vehicle (10 points)
Hijack 50 enemy vehicles.

Stunt Driver (10 points)
Get 100 stunt driver points.

Parachute Climber (10 points)
Open the parachute and then land on foot 300 meters above the starting height.

I Believe I Can Fly (10 points)
Base jump 1000 meters.

Bridge Limbo (20 points)
Fly an airplane under 30 unique bridges in Panau.

Stunt Flyer (10 points)
Fly an airplane close to the ground for 30 seconds.

Perfectionist (25 points)
Reach 75% completion in the normal mode or mercenary mode.

Top of the World (10 points)
Stand on foot on the highest point of Panau

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post Mar 24 2010, 03:54 PM
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I managed to play about 5-6 hours last night. I didn't want to go to bed, but I had to come into work today. I played 'til about 3AM. I love this game. It's already my game of the year, because I see myself playing it for probably the remainder of the year.

It's massive. It's epically massive. It's fucking huge. There is so much to do/explore that I can't even imagine being able to complete it all, but I am going to give it my damnedest. The size of the map remind me of Fallout 3. It's massive, FUCKING MASSIVE. The terrain ranges from the beach to the rain forest to the snow covered mountains to the the small islands to the the crystal clear rivers and lakes scattered around. There's hundreds of small villages and huge cities to explore, military airports and bases to destroy, and all of them contain Panua propaganda that must be destroyed in order to liberate the city/village.

The "destroy the propaganda" device has been done before with RF:Guerilla and more recently, the Saboteur (which I loved very much); but JC2 blows them all way. The freedom you have to destroy the propaganda is unlimited. Basically, each city or settlement or base has a certain amount of propaganda and collectibles (upgrade points or money for the black market, I'll get to those both in a minute...) that must be destroyed or collected. With each destruction, you generate CHAOS, which unlocks new missions, new weapons and also adds to the completion percentage of each settlement . When you reach 100% completion, the city is free from Panua soldiers and usually a unique vehicle is readily available from then on. Last night, I only 100%'d a couple of settlements, but all of them spawn a variety of helicopters (most locations have a helipad) and even planes (at the airport).

While I am on the subject of planes, the flight schemes are fantastic. The controls are a little tricky to get used to, but they are incredible realistic and not near as arcadey as the driving controls (which aren't THAT bad, but also take some getting used to). Flying is one the greatest parts of the game. Last night, I flew a Leer Jet around, just admiring the smooth controls. Barrel rolls are fantastic, I did like 10 in a row, just cause I could. Then I turned the Leer Jet into a missile itself, slamming it into a series of explosive silos and causing some serious chaos. Also, helicopter flight has become much easier for me and I also spent some time last night engaging in dogfights with other helicopters. As soon as my helicopter was badly damaged, I would just hijack theirs in mid-air. The helicopters and attack planes make sabotage a snap, especially if they are outfitted with missiles. All it takes is a couple of flybys while laying down a blanket of missiles, then skydiving/parachuting down to the base and taking out the remaining troops/propaganda/collectibles and the base is yours. Skydiving is also awesome and the parachuting is incredibly smooth and easy to control and navigate with.

As mentioned before, the big difference between this game and the first is the ability to use the grappling hook more effectively. You can latch on to just about anything. I was going from tree to tree last night like the damn Predator taking out bitches in the jungle. You can use the grappling hook and parachute to slingshot yourself, basically flying using your parachute. You can reel yourself in, then release the grapple and use the momentum to carry you up, up and AWAY! You can also attach just about anything to anything as well using the hook. I spent a good amount of time latching explosive barrels to passing cars and watching them drag makeshift bombs down the road into roadblocks and unsuspecting civilians. You can also attach people to cars and drag them to death. In Texas, they call that a fag-drag. There's also an achievement for doing 5 fag-drags, but that's only one of the ways you can use your grappling hook to dispose of Panua soldiers.

The combat system for Just Cause 2 takes a little getting used to. There is no "auto-lock" or way to really hone in on targets, however it is more generous than most free-aim third person shooters. Basically, if your target turns red, you're shooting at the enemy. There is an option to get a more "over the shoulder" perspective which makes the gun play much easier. Most of my kills have been headshots, or some variety of grappling hook inflicted death. Trying to kill a soldier by shooting at him from far away will proof futile, unless you've upgraded your weapons. The grappling hook makes for a dangerous assistant to your gun of choice as you can use it to attach soldiers to cars as earlier mentioned or just about any other surface. While attacking a skyscraper last night, I attached a guy to an elevator that was going up the side of the building just to remove him from the combat situation. You can suspend soldiers from overhangs and beat them to death like a pinata; bind two soldiers together, they'll fly at each other and knock themselves out. You can pull soldiers from guard towers, causing them to fall to their death. Or you can just go with the good old fashioned headshot or well placed grenade.

Weapons are scattered all around the bases and cities, however an easier (yet more expensive) way to get weapons is to use the black market. Basically, you just signal for a drop and are prompted with a menu of what you want to receive from the drop helicopter. Weapons, vehicles and location extractions are available from your black market contact, Sloth Demon. New weapons and vehicles are unlocked by causing CHAOS and destroying propaganda. The weapons and vehicles can be upgraded by applying vehicle/weapon creates scattered around the various settlements and bases. There is also cash creates that provide you with the money you need to buy weapons. You also get money for completing missions, side missions and any other kind of challenge out there. The only drawback to this is that in order to get the good guns, you have to rely on the black market - and have the funds do so. When I first unlocked the blackmarket, I didn't have enough scratch for hand grenades. But after a two story missions, a couple faction takeovers and favors and I'm not so worried about it now. It's a pretty good market system, only buy what you need and you should be fine. After awhile, you should also have enough cash to buy a small jet plane or monster truck if you're feeling frisky.

I'll post more in a bit. Have to get some work done.

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- Stoic Person Eater   Just Cause 2 - First Impressions   Mar 10 2010, 08:40 PM
- - bOnEs   yea, i tried the demo out and came away impressed ...   Mar 10 2010, 08:53 PM
- - Stoic Person Eater   On a side note, I JUST received Just Cause 1 in th...   Mar 10 2010, 09:24 PM
|- - §ynch   QUOTE (Stoic Person Eater @ Mar 10 2010, 01...   Mar 11 2010, 01:25 AM
- - Massacre   QUOTE (Stoic Person Eater @ Mar 10 2010, 03...   Mar 11 2010, 05:32 PM
- - Stoic Person Eater   I played the beginning of Just Cause 1 last night ...   Mar 11 2010, 07:06 PM
- - Stoic Person Eater   I played the first Just Cause a lot last night. It...   Mar 12 2010, 05:41 PM
- - DuffMan   I played the demo of JC2 a few times and I even pu...   Mar 12 2010, 08:38 PM
- - Stoic Person Eater   Never played Crackdown. Not sure that every missio...   Mar 12 2010, 09:18 PM
- - DuffMan   Well from what I can tell from the demo all you do...   Mar 13 2010, 12:22 PM
- - Massacre   Just pre-ordered. Nigger.   Mar 13 2010, 08:43 PM
- - D-O   Tried the demo. the game is pretty good.   Mar 14 2010, 07:50 PM
- - TheAnalogKid2112   The demo was a hell of a lot of fun. I had a blast...   Mar 14 2010, 10:00 PM
- - TheAnalogKid2112   edit: After watching those videos in the OP, I...   Mar 15 2010, 08:06 PM
- - bOnEs   there's literally almost endless possibilities...   Mar 15 2010, 08:18 PM
- - Stoic Person Eater   Yeah, this game just keeps getting better. I'v...   Mar 15 2010, 08:27 PM
- - TheAnalogKid2112   Has anybody found a helicopter yet? I spent like 2...   Mar 16 2010, 01:48 AM
- - Stoic Person Eater   I've found the plane, but I haven't found ...   Mar 16 2010, 01:21 PM
- - Pieface   I've flown 4 different types of helicopters no...   Mar 16 2010, 01:44 PM
- - bOnEs   you can also use your grappling hook on one flying...   Mar 16 2010, 04:27 PM
- - Stoic Person Eater   Mid-air hijacks are the bee's knees.   Mar 16 2010, 05:55 PM
- - Massacre   You mean cat's pajamas.   Mar 16 2010, 06:12 PM
- - Stoic Person Eater   The turkey's titties.   Mar 16 2010, 06:24 PM
- - Massacre   That, I have not heard before. Nice one.   Mar 16 2010, 06:35 PM
- - TheAnalogKid2112   I'm just about to go for my 6th full runthroug...   Mar 16 2010, 09:56 PM
- - bOnEs   RE: Just Cause 2 - First Impressions   Mar 16 2010, 10:18 PM
- - Stoic Person Eater   Bussex? That was EPIC. Nice find Bones. Can't...   Mar 17 2010, 01:20 PM
- - Kamahl   when is this coming out? i played the demo... but ...   Mar 17 2010, 08:21 PM
- - Massacre   It comes out next week.   Mar 17 2010, 11:03 PM
- - TheAnalogKid2112   F-f-f-FUCK YEAH!   Mar 18 2010, 02:30 AM
- - Stoic Person Eater   Yeah, I played about 4 rounds of the demo last nig...   Mar 18 2010, 01:14 PM
- - bOnEs   i couldn't find anymore cool videos on youtube...   Mar 18 2010, 08:29 PM
- - Stoic Person Eater   Last night I attached a single barrel to a plane a...   Mar 18 2010, 08:57 PM
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- - TheAnalogKid2112   Yeah, it's pretty easy to find a mission if yo...   Mar 19 2010, 12:17 AM
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- - Massacre   Fucking YES.   Mar 22 2010, 10:03 PM
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