After the game’s launch on multiple platforms this December, players have come to the conclusion that Just Cause 3 is an explosive-packed sandbox, with a lot of fun things to do, but not really much else.
The story takes players on a voyage to the island of Medici in order to take down its government by taking the role of Rico Rodriguez, armed with the popular grappling hook, parachute, wing-suit and a plethora of ways to make things go boom in a spectacular fashion.
If you have ever seen or played Red Faction: Armageddon, the grappling hook has a function similar to the gravity weapon in Red Faction. You can attach two objects, vehicles, people in any combination thought possible and make them rush towards each other. You can even apply some jets to a garbage cart and fling it at a helicopter if you want to do it.
Not all buildings are destructible, though, only some related to story or various challenges, but the way they explode and crumble will make even Michael Bay jealous. Add to this the sometimes broken physics system, and you’ve got yourself a hell of a good time. The physics related bugs found in the game sometimes are joined by hilarity, similar to how Skyrim let giants pop you way up into the air with just a smack from their club.
Unfortunately, all this fun will eventually run out of juice. Lacking a compelling story which open-world RPGs have, for example, the critically acclaimed Witcher 3, or an interesting theme like Mad Max, the game might seem a bit stale if you take the grappling hook and other physics based shenanigans.
Taking into consideration that even Mad Max faced some criticism when it came out, even if it was over-hyped by the movie Mad Max Fury Road which provided a backstory to the game, Just Cause 3 might face the same criticisms as well. It is simply too big with too many things to do, without having any substance behind them. Some players might go towards more linear or story based games, due to the fact that a lot of open world games came out this year, making the market a bit saturated.
Without being backed by a fleshed out story or an interesting end goal, like how Metal Gear Solid V, Witcher 3 or even Assassin’s Creed Syndicate would do with its side objectives, the process of liberating towns or military bases across the 400 square mile radius of the Medici Islands will eventually become nothing more than a chore.
If you are a fan of the series or just want to have some fun by grappling two enemies together while one of them has a C4 charge placed on him, with you holding the detonator, Just Cause 3 is an explosive-packed sandbox which is perfect for you. But don’t expect it to stay fun forever, as boredom might set in after some hours have passed.