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Just Cause 3 patch

Just Cause 3 is getting 'significantly improved' loading times


Update for all platforms this week
Dec 16
// Jordan Devore
I'm playing Just Cause 3 far less than I thought I would, and that can be single-handedly attributed to the lengthy loading times. The initial one takes quite a while, but it isn't a huge pain considering it's up front -- you...
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Deals

Xbox One with free game bonus returns at Microsoft (Elite back in stock)


For those who missed Black Friday...
Dec 03
// Dealzon
If you missed buying an Xbox One over the Black Friday weekend because you were busy cooking up a meal for 40 of your clan members, a new offer has turned up at the Microsoft Store. It's a today-only deal, where Microsoft wil...
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Just Cause 3

A patch for Just Cause 3's performance problems is in the works


No definite release date yet
Dec 03
// Joe Parlock
Just Cause 3 launched this week, and blimey has it been a bit of a mess. Patrick’s review of it was positive, saying it “provides some of the best open-world tools ever.” It seems like it's a good game, but ...
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Just Cause 3

Are you having trouble running Just Cause 3?


You're not alone :(
Dec 01
// Vikki Blake
According to reports on reddit, some players are experiencing significant issues with newly launched Just Cause 3. As reported by VG247, some framerate and performance issues can be resolved on PC by way of a graphi...

Review: Just Cause 3

Nov 30 // Patrick Hancock
Just Cause 3 (PC [reviewed], PlayStation 4, Xbox One)Developer: Avalanche StudiosPublisher: Square EnixMSRP: $59.99Release Date: December 1, 2015 Reviewed on: Intel i7-4770k 3.50 GHz, 8GB of RAM, Geforce GTX 970, Windows 10.  Just Cause 3 once again follows the exploits of Rico Rodriguez on a quest to liberate a region from a corrupt dictator, settlement by settlement. This time Rico has access to Medici, a nation under the control of Sebastiano Di Ravello. Medici is about the same size of Just Cause 2's Panau, which is to say it is huge. One big reason why Medici is a sought-after nation is due to its resource of Bavarium, a super-resource that allows for all sorts of militaristic applications. While I'm sure most players are not coming for the plot, the writers do a great job to keep the player entertained with the cast of characters involved. Rico has a handful of allies that aid him and the rebels throughout the campaign, and each character is great. Sure, they're essentially B-movie caricatures, but they're lovable caricatures. Despite the urgency and political turmoil constantly woven into each action Rico undertakes, his allies always seemed to put a big grin on my face. A lot of this comes down to two three things: the writing, voice acting, and animations. Again, the overarching narrative isn't going to blow any minds, but the moment-to-moment dialogue between the few important characters is consistently wonderful. Best of all, each voice actor delivers lines in a casual and believable way, something that is helped by realistic accompanying animations. No, there's no Bolo Santosi, but not every game is perfect. [embed]322878:61303:0[/embed] The bulk of the experience involves blowing the shit out of anything and everything. In order to take down Di Ravello, Rico must go from location to location, destroying everything owned by the evil dictator. It just so happens that about 95 percent of those items are highly explosive! When entering an area, whether it be a military base or a settlement, a list of destructible objects appear on the left side of the screen and it is the player's job to take them out. As less and less objects remain, they become more and more visible on the game's map, preventing the player from searching forever for that one last thing. The most useful tools at Rico's disposal are his grappling hooks. Not only is it possible to grapple onto a surface and travel straight to it, but Rico can use it to attach two separate items and pull them together. In Just Cause 3, it is possible to have up to six grappling hooks at a time. Six! This means twelve items can be linked to each other in a number of ways, and they can all converge on each other at once. Anyone who has played the previous game knows just how ridiculous that sounds. Okay, so there's explosives and grappling, but those aren't even the best mechanics, all things told. Movement in Just Cause 3 is easily the most fluid and beautiful system I've ever used. Seriously, I have never enjoyed moving around an open world as much as I have in Just Cause 3. There are three systems that mesh together: the grappling hook, the parachute, and, most importantly, the newly-acquired wing suit.  There's a lot of verticality to Medici, which makes flying around with the wing suit an absolute thrill. Plus, with the grappling hook available, it's possible to glide almost indefinitely at high speeds. I rarely used a vehicle to get around at all, since it was often slower and way less entertaining. The exception is when traveling over a large amount of water, since there is nothing to grapple onto and pull Rico along. Other than the campaign missions and settlements to liberate, Medici has random events, challenges, and collectibles. The random events might be to help tow someone's car to a gas station, or to prevent a group of friendly rebels from suffering the fate of a firing squad. There aren't too many varieties, but the distractions are quick and the rewards can easily be worth it. Some of the challenges are the standard "maneuvering a vehicle through rings," but others perfectly show off the game's mechanics and carefree attitude. Perhaps my favorite is a very Burnout-esque challenge that has players drive a car with a bomb strapped to it to a desired location only to jump out at the last moment to create chaos. The twist here is that, like Keanu Reeves in Speed, if the car goes below a certain speed, the bomb will explode. It's not as strict as the movie, but if a player goes too slow for too long, the challenge is failed. Others, like the wing suit courses, are also great and help hone specific skills. Players are awarded up to five "gears," depending on performance. Think of them like star ratings. Acquiring gears in certain challenge categories go towards unlocking new upgrades in those areas. For example, performing well in the Speed challenges gives Rico more upgrades for his explosives. Many of the upgrades make things simply better or more useful, like adding explosive charges, but some are more play-style driven. Players can turn these upgrades on and off at will once they are unlocked. For those looking to get more gears in challenges, keep this in mind; it is way easier to get a high score at the end of the game than it is at the beginning due to upgrades. Since this is an open world game in 2015, there's a smattering of collectibles strewn throughout Medici. I'm not one to care about them, but for those who do, Just Cause 3 has your back. If anything collectible is nearby, a small radar blip appears on the bottom of the screen that increases in signal strength as the item draws near. In addition, liberating a province (usually made of three to seven settlements) pinpoints the locations of these hidden items on the map. The biggest thing to realize while playing Just Cause 3 is it is mostly up to the player to keep things interesting. Liberating settlement after settlement does get stale, especially because they're essentially identical to one other, just with different layouts. Always using the same weapons to destroy the same objects gets old quickly. If players aren't inspired to get creative with their destruction, it's easy to get bored. The game gives the players all the tools needed to keep things fresh, but provides no tangible incentive to do so, therefore any such incentive must be intrinsically motivated. My recommendation is to keep doing challenges. By completing challenges and unlocking new upgrades, players will naturally want to play around with those upgrades. Well, what better way to test them out then when liberating a settlement? It would have been appreciated if various weapons had their own challenges, which would push players into switching it up more often. The story missions spice things up with some different objectives, but even those tend to repeat and feel "samey" after a while. Occasionally story missions will be locked, forcing the player to liberate more provinces or specific settlements before progressing. There's usually a canonical reason given for this, but it can easily lead to the player feeling burnt out. Liberating two or three provinces means going through about 15 settlements in a row. That's....a lot, especially considering how similar each one is to any other. Again, I'll offer some advice. Liberate settlements as you travel around. See a settlement? Blow the shit out of it and free those people! This will leave random settlements already completed, which means when you are forced to do so, it's much less tedious. Another way to help break the monotony is to call in Rebel Drops. These allow Rico to ask for some presents like vehicles, weapons, and explosives, to be dropped right in front of him. They are limited, but the system is much easier to understand and operate than the previous game's black market. If the feeling of staleness is creeping up, call in a rebel drop containing any assortment of items, and find the best way to use them in tandem! Visually, Just Cause 3 looks great, especially in motion on PC. The visuals are highly customizable with the standard graphical options expected on the platform. I ran everything at "Very High" and got a constant 60 frames-per-second... once I turned the motion blur off. I experimented with many different settings, and the lack of motion blur easily yielded the best performance. I did have some rare instances of artifacting, but was never able to actually reproduce them intentionally. I also ran in to a terrible glitch where Rico was performing the "dammit I got hit" animation every three-seconds, preventing me from doing, well, anything. A quick restart fixed the issue and I never saw it again, fortunately enough. Then, there's the issue with signing in to the Square Enix servers. The first thing the game does upon booting it up is to log in to the servers. The game is not always-online, but wants to connect to show players leaderboards for a variety of categories. These are things like longest time in a wing suit or most consecutive headshots. If a player loses connection, it pauses the game immediately and tries to reconnect. If it can't, the player can elect to go into offline mode. Great! Offline mode sounds wonderful. Except it tries to reconnect all the damn time. After a short while of being in offline mode, whenever the player checks the map, pauses the game, or initiates a challenge, the game will try to reconnect to the servers. The result is a constant view of the connection screen - either disconnecting or attempting to reconnect. This makes the game nigh unplayable with a spotty Internet connection. If that worries you, a solution on PC is to play the game through Steam's "offline mode." I can only hope there's an easier solution down the road. The enjoyment players get from Just Cause 3 will come from exactly how they approach the game. Those looking to fly around and blow up just about everything in sight will be elated with one of the most fluid movement systems in any game and the gorgeous explosion visuals that really pack a punch. As bizarre as it sounds though, blowing everything sky high can start to feel tedious after a while without proper motivation.  I'm sure you'll be seeing a ton of animated GIFs of Just Cause 3 for a while to come, due to all of the wacky things that can happen within the game. It truly is an insane, explosion-filled romp through a beautiful nation chock-full of cheeky humor. It provides some of the best open-world tools ever. This is definitely a case of "it is what you make of it," and for those with intrinsic motivation to make it the best will be greeted with just that. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Just Cause

The first hour of Just Cause 3 is predictably wild


See it now, or just wait a week
Nov 24
// Jordan Devore
It's common for media to share the "first __ minutes!" of a new game release, but I don't recall too many big-name developers partaking in that practice. Avalanche has put up the first hour of Just Cause 3. If you are concern...
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Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3's PC specs are a little high because Rico has a lot to blow up


Explosions in the sky
Nov 23
// Brett Makedonski
With just little more than a week remaining before Just Cause 3's release, the required and recommended PC specs come parachuting in. Right on time too, as some players may find themselves needing to take advantage of some Bl...
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Just Cause 3 and Dragon Quest Heroes 28% off for PC/Steam


Fly? Yes. Land? No.
Nov 22
// Dealzon
With all the Battlefront and Fallout 4 news from the last few weeks it feels like the hype-train really never left the station. But in the deal train makes go on as December titles are now on the horizon. Square Enix's Just C...
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Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3's newest trailer nails it all on the head


Explosions? Check. Uh, more explosions?
Nov 19
// Brett Makedonski
Just Cause is such a marketable game. Any footage, trailers, or screenshots inevitably capture what makes its mayhem so marvelous. Everything is just non-stop action and the viewer always comes away thinking "Yep, that'...
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Just Cause 4K

See Just Cause 3 running on max settings in 4K


You know who else had the initials JC?
Nov 18
// Steven Hansen
After the whole usual pre-release kerfuffle and grumbling about Just Cause 3 running at 1080p on PS4 and 900p on Xbox One, here is some dedicated space for PC players to boast about how much extra P they're getting. PC playe...
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Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 runs better on PS4 than Xbox One


Surprising absolutely nobody
Nov 05
// Laura Kate Dale
Thanks to a new interview we now know what resolution Just Cause 3 will run at on PS4 and Xbox One. Surprising absolutely nobody, the PS4 version runs at a higher resolution. According to an interview with GamingBolt, the gam...
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Just Cause 3

Oh, right, Just Cause 3 has a story


Or so they say
Oct 23
// Jordan Devore
I'm a fan of the Just Cause series for its freedom of movement, particularly when it comes to aerial antics, but some people live for all-out destruction. Others, like Destructoid reader Coil_Whine, are into the story. That's...
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Just Cause

Just Cause 3 makes for a neat 360-degree video


Come glide with me
Oct 21
// Jordan Devore
It might just be that I'm still new to 360° videos and my sense of wonder hasn't worn off yet, but I got a kick out of this one for Just Cause 3. We get to follow protagonist Rico Rodriguez on a wingsuit ride as he blows up bases and shrugs off a bunch of bullet wounds.
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Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3's Xbox One file size is kind of extreme, but not really


There's still time, Avalanche
Oct 14
// Brett Makedonski
Just Cause revels in its penchant for doing everything over-the-top. It wants you to hang upside-down from a helicopter, plant C4, dive toward the earth as the whirlybird explodes above you, grapple onto another helicopter, h...
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Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 looks like such dumb fun


Sometimes, that's all you need
Oct 08
// Jordan Devore
I'm looking forward to closing out the year with a month of Just Cause 3. I can see it now: staying inside, all warm and slightly drunk, playing a game about a man with a rocket launcher strapped to his back who glides around...
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Just Cause 3

Check out Just Cause 3's 400 square mile map


Will you explore it all?
Oct 02
// Vikki Blake
The latest Just Cause 3 developer diary reveals the game's immense, 400 square mile map. The video details the game's expansive territory of the Mediterranean island of Medici and offers sneeky peeks across the lan...
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Just 'cause

Producer of embarassing Hitman: Agent 47 making Just Cause 3 movie


Why? Just 'cause! Also, money
Sep 09
// Steven Hansen
Hitman: Agent 47 managed to review substantially worse than Pixels and the last, retconned Hitman movie. It also made over $63 million (and cost just $35 million to make) because the world is a cruel joke played on us all sav...
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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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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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Just Cause 3

New Just Cause 3 trailer looks like silly, explosive fun


Bang, bang, you're dead
Aug 04
// Laura Kate Dale
I've never really been a fan of the Just Cause series, but this new trailer for Just Cause 3 shown at Microsoft's gamescom press conference taught me everything I need to know. Just Cause 3 is rock music, silliness, and over-...
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Final Fantasy XV

Square set for Final Fantasy XV reveals, playable Just Cause 3 at gamescom


I'm on the road to gamescom
Jul 17
// Steven Hansen
As noted in-depth earlier this year, Final Fantasy XV skipped E3 for a gamescom blowout. Square has just set its gamescom lineup and FFXV is well represented, taking up the "big stage" of the company's enormous, 1,100 square ...
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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...
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Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 coming December this year


Announced by Jesse Pinkman
Jun 16
// Laura Kate Dale
Just Cause 3 is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC on December 1 this year. The game will feature an updated grapping hook with tension control and a manual retraction function. He also has UNLIMITED C4 in his pockets! Square Eni...
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Games with Gold

Hey, you: Go download Massive Chalice for free on Xbox One


I'm talking to you, Gold subscriber
Jun 01
// Brett Makedonski
Yeah, this is a public service announcement, because I am a public servant and it's my duty to inform you, the public. This isn't important on the scale of "We're going to war with Mongolia" or "Kylie Jenner's shorts are so s...
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Grand Theft Auto V

Modder adds Just Cause 2's grappling hook to GTA 5 on PC


Grapplin' good fun
May 26
// Vikki Blake
Thanks to mod magic, you can now traverse Grand Theft Auto V's PC playground with Just Cause 2's kickass grappling hook. The mod, developed by JulioNIB, enables you to hook onto... well, anything and everything, includi...
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Deals

Just Cause 3's PC pre-order deal is only $40


Come fly away with me
Apr 29
// Dealzon
Just yesterday Square Enix launched the gameplay trailer for Just Cause 3. For those who haven't seen it yet, the video comprises all of the over-the-top-ness you'd expect from the franchise. With the game up for pre-order at...
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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...
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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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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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