Just Cause 3, recently released for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, is an open-world sandbox game developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Square Enix. Not, I haven’t played the other two games in the series so I’m not sure how much of the story I’m missing (seems right off the bat there’s quite a bit of history) but honestly it doesn’t seem all that important. I have the PC version and due to some technical (graphical) issues, it’s really difficult to score it normally so this is just going to be some first impressions I had. You can click here for the TL;DR/scoring.
First off, that log in screen is killer. There is no way to skip it and it just sits there for a good minute or two before it attempts to connect online. Every. Freaking. Time. Once I got loaded in, I was both impressed and generally lost as to what was happening. Obviously, I’m missing a lot of plot from not playing the other two games but dang the opening cutscene looks nice. Then I got loaded in and immediately thought my computer was going to die. The game itself plays smoothly but rendering anything in the distance just wasn’t happening. I lowered all my settings and played with everything, switching things on and off and the game was just not having it (I have an XFX R9 280 graphics card and an i5-4690k CPU for reference. All drivers are up to date).
Well, I figured I would still at least give it a shot since I already got the game. Grapple my way up the mountain, kill some baddies, and am overall enjoying the voice acting quite a bit. I wish there was a way to aim down sights but there’s a soft lock-on system so I guess that’s fine. Then immediately, you are put into a driving section and I hate driving with a keyboard because it just doesn’t ever feel right. Fast forward past all the tutorial stuff and I liberate the first area, things are going great, but now I get all these radio calls from people I don’t know or care about giving me what I believe are different ways to advance the plot but damned if I knew where they actually wanted me to go. “Meet me outside.” Okay…I’m already outside. Where exactly do you want me to go?
I eventually just decided to hit up the nearby towns and liberate/cause havoc for a bit. After a bit, I eventually liberated all 6 provinces in the area and decided to call it quits with all things considered. So, here’s the scoring.
TL;DR: Felt really similar to Saint’s Row/GTA but seemed like there was actually plot advancement from previous games that may have been important so automatically disconnected. Also, graphical issues made it hard to want to continue.
Now, I’ve seen my fair share of other gameplay footage and it really does look amazing for the areas that do load in (towns don’t seem to have that issue). But, the big draw of the game is that it’s sandbox and you can fly/parachute all over the place which looks amazing if it actually rendered properly. Gameplay is quite smooth, switching through weapons is quick and alternating from grapple to glider/parachute and back is seamless. Combat can be hilarious and just messing with the destructible environment is awesome (like tethering cars together and shooting out their tires before letting them loose).
Ultimately, the graphical issues and lack of plot/understanding of the situation left much to be desired for this is a situational score.
- Difficulty: Easy and fun
- Gameplay Score: 3/5 (Exploration is quick and fun; combat feels alright but missing a few elements such as aiming down sights and the initial weapon draw feels slow. Couldn’t care less about the story; just go here, complete objectives and liberate area.)
- Graphics Score: 4/5 in loaded areas, 0/5 everywhere else. (You can see why.)
- Music: 2/5 (Not really much in the way of music.)
Final thoughts: Thankfully, I got the game for free so I’m not too broken up about it. However, these graphical issues need to be looked into. I’m assuming it may be a compatibility issue since this is the only game I have issues with, and on low settings at that whereas everything else runs on high/ultra. I’m not opposed to sandbox games, but admittedly I do lose interest very quickly, especially if the story is lacking. I will say though, that the voice acting is marvelous. If anyone has suggestions on how to possibly fix the graphical errors, do leave a comment.
See you next game! -DecoyEC has logged out.