Just Cause (video game series)

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Just Cause
Just Cause Logo 2006.png
Logo utilized in Just Cause
Genres Action-adventure, third-person shooter
Developer(s) Avalanche Studios
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Eidos Interactive (2006–2010)
Platforms Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 2
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Xbox
Xbox 360
Xbox One
First release Just Cause
September 22, 2006
Latest release Just Cause 3
December 1, 2015

Just Cause is an action-adventure video game series created by Avalanche Studios. The series consists of Just Cause, Just Cause 2 and Just Cause 3, with Just Cause 4 being announced at E3 2018. The games are open world and take place in tropical environments.

The series draws its name from the real-life United States invasion of Panama, code-named "Operation Just Cause".

Overview[edit]

Each installment in the Just Cause series features a story of multiple factions fighting for control of a small nation. Although all four games take place in real world locations (the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, and South America) the islands are fictional and the games only draw inspiration from those locations. The player can partake in a variety of optional side missions, for example liberating a village or taking over a drug cartel's villa. In Just Cause these missions are generally quite repetitive, but necessary to gain points with certain factions. In Just Cause 2 the side missions became unique and more complex. When not taking on a storyline mission, players can free-roam and create chaos. However, doing so can attract unwanted and potentially fatal attention from the authorities in the form of "heat".

The core gameplay consists of elements of a third-person shooter and a driving game, with a huge open-world map to explore. On foot, the player's character is capable of walking, swimming and jumping, as well as utilizing weapons. Players can take control of a variety of vehicles, including cars, boats, airplanes, helicopters, motorcycles and even an underwater scooter. Players can also perform stunts with their cars in which they can stand on the roof and jump to another car, or choose to open their parachute whilst still in motion on the roof. Other key features of the game include parasailing (grappling onto a car while utilizing a parachute) and skydiving.

The open, non-linear environment allows players to explore and choose how they wish to play the game. Like many 'sandbox' style games, while storyline missions are necessary to progress through the game, players can complete them at their own leisure.

Games[edit]

Video games[edit]

Timeline of release years
2006Just Cause
2007
2008
2009
2010Just Cause 2
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015Just Cause 3
2016
2017
2018Just Cause 4

Just Cause (2006)[edit]

The core gameplay consists of elements of a third-person shooter and a driving game, with a large, open environment to move around in. On foot, the player's character is capable of walking, swimming and jumping, as well as utilizing weapons and basic hand-to-hand combat. Players can take control of a variety of vehicles, including cars, boats, airplanes, helicopters and motorcycles. Players can also perform stunts with their cars in which they can stand on the roof and jump to another car, or choose to open their parachute whilst still in motion on the roof. Other key features of the game include parasailing (grappling onto a car while utilizing a parachute) and skydiving.

The open, non-linear environment allows players to explore and choose how they wish to play the game. Although storyline missions are necessary to progress through the game, players can complete them at their own leisure. When not taking on a storyline mission, players can free-roam and create havoc. However, doing so can attract unwanted and potentially fatal attention from the authorities described as "Heat". The higher your heat levels are the more authorities there are and gets increasingly harder.

The player can also partake in a variety of optional side missions, for example liberating a village or taking over a drug cartel plantation/villa. These are generally quite repetitive but are necessary to gain points with certain factions.

Just Cause 2 (2010)[edit]

Just Cause 2 is an action-adventure game with one of the largest game maps ever. All gameplay is in an open world / sandbox and even most missions can be done in various creative ways.

Originally set to be released in 2008, it was pushed back multiple times until it was released on March 23, 2010 in North America and March 26, 2010 in Europe.

It could be bought in original or limited edition which came with Rico's Signature Gun, Bulls Eye Assault Rifle, Chevalier Classic, Agency Hovercraft, Chaos Parachute and a double sided Panauan Intel Map and Poster. All these items (other than the map) can be obtained as Downloadable content.

There is also a free demonstration version of the game available for download.

Just Cause 3 (2015)[edit]

Just Cause 3 was released worldwide on December 1, 2015. The game is set on the fictional Mediterranean island of Medici, where it is run by dictator Di Ravello. Along with a larger map than Just Cause 2, there is the added feature of a wingsuit to be used by your main character, Rico Rodriguez.

In comparison to Just Cause 2, the storyline is now much longer, but there are no faction sidemissions. However, there are now Random Encounters (which can re-occur) and a lot more types of races and other challenges.

The game allows players to shoot their way through walls, blow up and pull down even bigger Radars and Statues, which will shatter into more pieces. You can even blow up an entire bridge, if you're being chased on it. "That is the scale of destruction we're after, not really breaking a hole in the wall."

Just Cause 4 (2018)[edit]

Just Cause 4 is the latest upcoming game in the Just Cause Series, with a planned release date on December 4, 2018. The game was announced at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2018 and is set in the fictional South American country of Solís.

Film adaptation[edit]

In 2010, IGN reported that comic book writer Bryan Edward Hill will pen the film, currently titled Just Cause: Scorpion Rising.[1] In 2015 Adrian Askarieh told IGN in an interview that the film will be based on the third game and he may oversee a film universe with Just Cause, Hitman, Tomb Raider, Deus Ex[2] and Thief.[3] In March 2017, it was announced that Jason Momoa will play Rico Rodriguez and Brad Peyton will direct the movie.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goldman, Eric (13 December 2011). "New Writer for Just Cause Movie". IGN. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Deus Ex: Human Revolution" – via www.imdb.com. 
  3. ^ Krupa, Daniel (September 9, 2015). "JUST CAUSE MOVIE WILL TAKE CUES FROM JUST CAUSE 3". IGN. 
  4. ^ Bezanidis, Michael. "'Aquaman' Star Jason Momoa Signs On For 'Just Cause' Film Adaptation". Heroic Hollywood. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 

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