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Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 is giving away a goddamn island, and you probably want no part of it


No bueno
Aug 25
// Brett Makedonski
We like to discourage pre-ordering video games. Sometimes games are broken. Sometimes games suck. No one needs to fork over money before they know the final verdict. However, sometimes video games use their pre-order siren s...
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Wingsuit

Just Cause 3 has Super Monkey Ball style challenge mode


Also wonton destruction, natch
Aug 18
// Steven Hansen
Curious: does anyone pronounce Just Cause like Just 'Cuz? Just wondering. Why? Just 'cause. Hah. But seriously. I know some of you must've started with that pronunciation and it stuck, right? I mean, it works, too. That was ...
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I choose Metal Gear

Mad Max gets a choose-your-own-trailer


I choose Metal Gear
Aug 17
// Steven Hansen
"See that mountain? You can walk to it." The audience, hushed, is stunned. The presentation script writer leans back, whiskey in hand and a hunk draped around her like a fur. The audience, catching up to the transcendent rea...
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Mad Max

On the fence with Mad Max? Here's over an hour of gameplay


Imperator? I hardly even know her
Aug 14
// Steven Hansen
As much as I loved the recent Fury Road, I've had a tepid response to Avalanche's (Just Cause 3) Mad Max game, which has looked bland and lacked all the vitality of the film. It's basically looked like the first Borderlands ...

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Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV airships might not make launch, Just Cause 3 dev helping


Aiming for seamless, 'full-scale' ships
Aug 10
// Steven Hansen
At the start of this year, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata called airships "a huge technical challenge" and "to be determined," but they make sense for the game's big, organically connected world. At gamescom last we...
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Mad Max

Here's what your PC needs to run Mad Max


Minimum and recommended specs revealed
Aug 07
// Vikki Blake
Wondering if your PC can handle new Mad Max? Here are the recommended - and minimum - specifications. Minimum: OS: 64 bit: Vista, Win 7, Win 8 Processor: Intel Core i5-650, 3.2 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 Ghz Memory: 6 ...
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Just Cause 3

I won some Doritos out of a dumb Just Cause 3 claw machine


Did I say dumb? I meant awesome
Aug 05
// Brett Makedonski
Square Enix has no problem embracing how stupid and great and terrible and awesome its game -- and all video games, really -- can be. That's why there's a Just Cause 3-branded claw machine that's dishing out Doritos at gamesc...
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Mad Max: Fury Road

This new Mad Max trailer is kinda awesome


Check out the Strongholds along the way
Aug 04
// Vikki Blake
Warner Bros. has dropped an all-new Mad Max trailer.  This video gives us a glimpse of what to expect at the various "fortified garrisons, or strongholds, located throughout the open world of the post-apocalyp...
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Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3's interactive trailer drives home the agency of chaos


Project Mayhem
Jul 15
// Brett Makedonski
This isn't your typical video game trailer, because Just Cause 3 is not your typical video game. Instead of a carefully crafted sizzle reel, the audience gets to determine how the sizzle plays out. That's because Just C...

Just Cause 3 somehow makes explosions easier than ever before

Jun 16 // Brett Makedonski
Immediately after beginning, fellow editor Jordan Devore tethered three grapples to the crotch on a statue of an oppressive ruler, pulled it until the entire thing crumbled to pieces (dick tater, am I right?), hooked the statue's head to a helicopter, and flew it off a cliff to a fiery death. Yep, Just Cause 3 is pretty fucking wonderful. The third installment in Avalanche's over-the-top action thriller franchise has a plot, but you wouldn't know it from what we played. Now that he has a few kills under his belt, Rico's returned to the Mediterranean-inspired area that he left as a child to overthrow an evil dictator. Our sandbox was more concerned with defying physics with the parachute and grappling hook, and using the wingsuit to glide far over the land and sea alike. Ironically, the wingsuit moments provided a nice touch of tranquility as we floated over the gorgeous landscape. From that high up, everything looked so serene and peaceful -- it was almost impossible to believe it's the work of an oppressive regime. That was immediately cut short when the next thought was "this needs more explosions." Because Just Cause 3 prioritizes the ridiculous over the believable, Rico is a one-man demolition crew and his supply never wanes. Avalanche has equipped him with a never-ending supply of C4, meaning that explosions are never more than a second or two away. What's the best way to dismantle this factory or to put this bridge out of commission? Our good friend C4 does the trick nicely. A lot of the design decisions were seemingly made as a result of Avalanche shrugging its shoulders. Regarding infinite C4, a studio representative told us "Why not?" Likewise, a new helicopter stunt trick where you hang upside down from the bottom was implemented because "That's just cool." After playing Just Cause 3 for a half hour, it appears that the developer put anything in the game that would make for a good time. It's certainly not a bad direction to take. Another point of emphasis for Avalanche pertains to traversal. The developer wanted to create a world that's easy and fun to move around. That's why the wingsuit, grappling hook, and parachute seemingly offer an infinite amount of momentum -- because slowing to a crawl just isn't as thrilling. It's also the reason why cars can be saved in garages and then recalled anytime you're near one. Hey, if you're going to take the discreet way around Just Cause 3, you may as well do it in style. Regardless of method, getting around Just Cause 3 may take a bit longer than you'd think. Avalanche developers tell us that the world is at least as big as Just Cause 2, but the layout's inherently different. The third installment will feature lots of islands, archipelagos, and little towns (Just Cause 2 kind of did too, but we're just going with what we're told). Also, Avalanche says that all the towns feel varied from one another and have their own sense of culture, so to speak. We wouldn't know a ton about that, because we were restricted to the first area of the game. Zooming out on the map, we could see the other two regions. They were significantly larger, and, as we were assured, significantly more difficult. When that's all available, players will get to experience what might be the developer's biggest goal: To create a perfect flow through the world. When all is said and done, Avalanche wants you to be able to flawlessly travel anywhere you want, however you want, and have a blast doing it. While it was nice seeing first-hand that Just Cause 3 nails all the things you'd expect Just Cause to nail, it was almost disappointing that the demo was completely unstructured. Okay, the sandbox element works great, but what does it have to offer players who want a reason to press forward? We weren't given a glimpse at that. Hopefully it's as competent as the free reign component is. Really, the takeaway from our time with Just Cause 3 is blowing up a lot of stuff makes for an enthralling time. It's not a revelation necessarily, so much as it is a good reminder. As we concluded the demo by demolishing a water tower that towered over a military base, a rep for the developer told us with a half-grin on his face "we're not really into subtlety." That's great, Avalanche, because neither are we.
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That's saying something
So many preview events obsess themselves with presenting a carefully crafted slice of game. Here's a chunk of gameplay that puts the title's best foot forward. Don't deviate too far off the path, stick to the rules, and a P...

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Mad Max game

Mad Max trailer is seriously missing some Furiosa


Warboy pale in comparison
May 26
// Steven Hansen
Oh, man. Look, I trust in Avalanche's (Just Cause) ability to make crazy, fun, open action games, even if I'm leery about the studio putting out two in one year (Mad Max and Just Cause 3).  But! And this is a honking 'o...
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Mad Max

What happened to Fallout dev's cancelled Mad Max game?


Oh, to think what could have been!
May 19
// Vikki Blake
If Mad Max: Fury Road had been released twenty years ago, the accompanying video game - currently in development by Avalanche Studios and scheduled for release this coming September - might've been created by Fallout develope...
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Just Cause 3

First look at Just Cause 3 gameplay is appropriately explosive


Just 'cause
Apr 28
// Steven Hansen
Hey, the Just Cause 3 screenshots from last year were all well and good, but this series is all about motion. [Handsome man backflips off a car careening off an abruptly ending elevated highway] Ah, that's the stuff. The vid...
Just Cause 3 photo
Just Cause 3

The Just Cause 3 box art looks exactly how you'd expect the Just Cause 3 box art to look


Box art posts are the worst
Apr 24
// Brett Makedonski
"Playing it safe" is rarely regarded as hang-gliding through explosions while helicopters try to gun you down. But that perfect storm of circumstances aptly describes Just Cause 3's box art. How else could you explain Square ...
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Mad max

Mad Max looks at home in the Thunderdome


Two men enter, one man leaves
Apr 23
// Brett Makedonski
The post-apocalyptic wasteland is no place to mess around. Whoever isn't trying to kill you is probably trying to get you to kill someone else. Even then, there's a fair chance they just might end up trying to kill you. Thos...
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Mad Max

These Mad Max screenshots are looking a bit hot and sweaty


Oh my stars look at the leather
Apr 21
// Joe Parlock
Here’s something to make you feel old and angry: I’ve never seen the Mad Max movies. The first one came out 15 years before I was born, so the hype surrounding them was never around in my lifetime. I know a little...
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Just Cause 3

The Just Cause 3 collector's edition is open to a vote


Choices inlude a grapple hook replica and RC copter
Mar 11
// Jordan Devore
It's rare that I buy collector's editions any more, but I'm also not above laughing at "9 inch Rico," so here we are. It's one of the items that, based on your vote, might end up in the Just Cause 3 CE. Other choices include ...
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Just Cause 3

It looks like Just Cause 3 will end 2015 on a high note


I want to set the world on fire
Feb 13
// Jordan Devore
Cool song! And it's nice to have a holiday 2015 release window locked in for Just Cause 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox One), but I'll take gameplay footage over a CG trailer any day. Where's that? Writing on the PlayStation Blog, Avalanch...
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Just Cause 3

Someone leaked more over-the-top Just Cause 3 screens


Explosive gallery action!
Feb 02
// Brett Makedonski
Rico Rodriguez's not a man that acts in moderation. We're not likely to see screenshots of him grabbing brunch at that great spot down the street, or hanging laundry to dry. He'd probably dry his laundry by blowing up the ent...
Just Cause 3 photo
Just Cause 3

Damn, these 20 Just Cause 3 screenshots are so wonderfully Just Cause


Just 'cuz
Dec 11
// Brett Makedonski
Twenty Just Cause 3 screenshots surfaced today, and they look like absolutely anything you could ever want from a Just Cause game. There are lots of explosions, gliding through the air tethered to various objects, and more than one instance of shooting atop a bus. Subtlety never was Just Cause's strong suit. [Via Videogamer]
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Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 won't have in-game microtransactions, promises Avalanche


But it will have wingsuits
Nov 11
// Jordan Devore
Just Cause 3 is officially happening. If that confirmation doesn't brighten your day, you must have skipped the last installment, which was stupid, awesome, and one of the best videogame sandboxes ever created. Speaking of, J...
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Just Cause 3 announced

I guess that WAS Just Cause 3: Coming to Xbox, PS4, PC 2015


And set in the fake Mediterranean!
Nov 11
// Steven Hansen
We recently saw screenshots of something purporting to be Just Cause 3. Seems likely they were. You know what the first damn thing I noticed in the Game Informer Just Cause 3 cover announcement? It wasn't the hookshot or...
Just Cause 3 photo
Just Cause 3

If this is really Just Cause 3, it looks gorgeous


Mostly speculation, nothing confirmed yet
Nov 04
// Brett Makedonski
What's Avalanche Studios been up to lately? It's supposed to be making the videogame adaption of Mad Max, but everything's been quiet on that front for quite some time. Instead, it might have focused some of its attention to ...
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Tuesday Newsday: Star Wars, Nintendo at E3, Mad Max & Wolfenmelons


Don't do coffee, kids.
Apr 29
// Max Scoville
Put on your current events helmets, everyone, because Tuesday Newsday is here. Because it’d just be an Ephant Mon in the room if I didn’t address it, the Star Wars Episode VII cast has been revealed, following t...
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Actor Clark Gregg to reveal the Marvel addition in Disney Infinity 2.0


Agent Coulson LIVES!
Apr 29
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Whoops! The Agents of Shield Twitter account accidentally let slip that actor Clark Gregg will be presenting at the Disney Infinity 2.0 reveal event taking place tomorrow. Why would Clark Gregg present at a game reveal? Becau...
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Disney Infinity

Marvel teased for Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition


'Bring on the super heroes'
Apr 08
// Jordan Devore
It's been long expected that Marvel and Star Wars characters would make their way to Disney Infinity and we're finally getting a tease for the former property. Captain America -- or his iconic shield, at least -- is all but ...
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Disney Infinity

Lightsaber weapon Easter egg uncovered in Disney Infinity


You need every character to unlock it
Feb 15
// Chris Carter
Although we've heard rumors that Star Wars and Marvel are a go in a current or future iteration of Disney Infinity, it appears as if a group of fans have uncovered a Skywalker-sized Easter egg in the existing game....
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AAA Games

AAA game business unprofitable says Just Cause dev


Business is 'not healthy at the moment'
Feb 08
// Wesley Ruscher
Profitability in AAA titles nowadays is tricky business. We scoff when companies claim a game that sells 3.5 million copies is not a success, and perhaps rightfully so. Amidst the inflating development costs of the new consol...
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Deals

If you don't own Just Cause 2, go scrounge up $3


Steam sale valid until December 19
Dec 17
// Jordan Devore
It's remarkable to think back on the joy Just Cause 2 has given me in light of its absurd sale price right now on Steam: $2.99. For that little money, it'd be a mistake not to add this to your library, plain and simple. Even ...
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Just Cause 3?

Avalanche visits a jungle for upcoming open-world games


Who says research can't be fun?
Dec 04
// Jordan Devore
Members of the team at Avalanche Studios visited Costa Rica's Braulio Carrillo National Park earlier this year to gather reference material. The trip was documented, which is neat to see in and of itself, but I'll also take ...

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