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Just Cause 2
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Developer(s) Avalanche Studios
Eidos Interactive
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Designer(s) Peter Johansson
Series Just Cause
Engine Avalanche Engine 2.0
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows (Vista or 7), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date(s) NA March 23, 2010[1]
EU March 26, 2010[1]
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) BBFC: 15[2]
ESRB: M
OFLC: MA 15+[3]
PEGI: 18
Media Blu-ray Disc, DVD
System requirements See System Requirements

Just Cause 2 is a sandbox style action video game currently under development by Swedish developer Avalanche Studios and Eidos Interactive[4] and published by Square Enix. It is currently set for a release in March 2010. It is the sequel to the 2006 video game Just Cause.[5][6]

Just Cause 2 uses a new version of the Avalanche Engine, Avalanche Engine 2.0; an updated version of the engine used in Just Cause.[6] The game will be set on the other side of the world, compared to Just Cause, on the fictional tropical island of Panau in Southeast Asia. Rico Rodriguez will return as the protagonist, who has to overthrow the evil dictator Pandak "Baby" Panay and confront his former boss, Tom Sheldon.[6]

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Gameplay

The gameplay is similar to that of its predecessor, in which the player is free to roam the game's open world at will without having to focus on the game's storyline, much similar to that of other sandbox style action games, like Mercenaries.

Several new additions and improvements to the game were explained by the lead designer of the game, Peter Johansson. The AI has been rewritten to use a planning system which enables enemies to do all sorts of new things. For example, the enemies will use the environment to their advantage, taking cover behind objects, and adapting dynamically to the objects around them. Also, the developers have added a whole new dimension to the game which is the vertical gameplay. The aiming system is also a new feature that allows the player to have full control over the cross-hair. You can pinpoint specific limbs manually that have varied crippling effects on the enemy. Just Cause 2 also has an adaptive difficulty system, gradually scaling the difficulty as the player does more in the game.

The game takes place on the fictional island of Panau, situated in the Malay Archipelago[citation needed]. It is geographically similar to both New Zealand and Hawaii.

There are several new weapons in Just Cause 2, such as a rocket launcher with laser-controlled rockets, a one-handed grenade launcher, remote-triggered C4, and a detachable mounted minigun. There are several new vehicles, including a Boeing 737. There is a greater difference in the handling of different vehicles. Ground surfaces now have a large influence on the player's controls (e.g. while a sports car may be suitable for driving on a flat road, it is not particularly suitable for off-road driving). There is also a real-time deform system and moving parts that can come loose from vehicles.

The player must acquire weapons and vehicles in the field of their own accord, as Rico doesn't have official support from the agency in this game, but later information revealed you can acquire weapons and vehicles off the black market.

Early in the game the player contacts a black market supplier, from whom weapons can be purchased and vehicles and get them delivered to the player's location via heli drop. As the game progresses, additional weapons and vehicles become available on the black market. Additionally, all weapons and vehicles on the black market have parameters that can be upgraded in several steps, by building upgrades with weapon and vehicle parts. There are over 2,000 parts that the player can acquire.[7]

Features

Notable features of Just Cause 2 include the dual-grappling hook, which gives players the ability to tether objects to each other. There are no limitations to what can be tethered. For example, videos of the game have demonstrated the ability to tether an enemy soldier to a taxiing passenger aircraft. This feature is useful in gameplay situations, such as a high speed vehicle chase, wherein the player can simply use the dual-hook to attach a pursuing vehicle to the ground, immediately forcing it to a stop and causing immense damage to the vehicle.

In addition, the player is given a 'reloadable' stunt parachute which is always ready to be deployed, even if it is has been deployed and discarded only moments ago. This can be combined with the grappling hook and used for a fast method of transport in a technique known as the "slingshot maneuver" which literally slingshots the player around the map.

The PlayStation 3 version of the game allows the user to capture video of their gameplay and either export it to the XMB or upload it to YouTube from within the game.[8]

Pre-Release

A significant event in the pre-release build up of Just Cause 2 was the Up Close and Personal Community Event. This was hosted in London by staff from Square Enix Europe and saw special guests from Avalanche Studios and several members from the Just Cause 2 Community Forum attend (community forum members were able to attend on an invite-only basis, of which invite allocation was determined on the forum itself). This event saw the first announcement of the video capture feature, which was confirmed to reside only in the Playstation 3 version of the game.

In addition to this, five podcasts have been released alongside many trailers and several short mini-documentaries. These showcase different aspects of the game ranging from the unique multi-climate setting of the game, to the freedom that is given to the players in the strictly non-linear game environment.

The podcasts were recorded by Mike Oldman, the community manager for Just Cause 2. Two out of the three current podcasts have featured interviews with staff of Avalanche Studios in which they were posed questions written by the forum members themselves. Unfortunately, a small issue arose with the third podcast wherein Mike "forgot to press the record button" and as a result was left to answer the questions without assistance from Avalanche Studios. This proved to be a non-issue as his experience with the game saw the questions answered with a high degree of accuracy.

Demo Info

On February 24 Mycoldman (Mike Oldman) announced via Twitter the demo would be released on March 4 on PSN, XBL and Steam. The demo features an area of 35sq miles located in the desert. There are light aircraft and many civilian and military vehicles available. There is also a 30 minute time limit (which can be circumvented by way of a glitch on both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions)[citation needed] but this is extendable by obtaining several mini-achievements like getting 10 headshots or 5 melee kills. The option to restart is also included. The demo begins when Bolo Santosi, leader of the rebel group known as the Reapers, gives you instructions to cause chaos. From then on the demo is simply destroying as much as possible.

Panau Tribune ARG

On January 13, 2010, an ARG (Alternate Reality Game) was started when a new addition to the official Just Cause 2 website was added in the form of a newspaper named the Panau Tribune. After some examination, a link to the blog of a Journalist named Robert James Carter was discovered. His blog is frequently updated with new information about his travels around Panau, and he soon made a Flickr account to share images of his travels through Panau. A point of his interest is that an area of his website named 'Work' is password protected and to date the password has not yet been discovered. He also hints at the nature of the oppressive regime implemented by Pandak (Baby) Panay wherein he was forced to remove an image of a vandalised billboard, merely days after uploading it.

Limited Edition DLC

It was announced that customers who pre-order the game would receive a physical map included with the game and also have access to exclusive DLC which includes extra vehicles (Agency Hovercraft and Chevalier Classic), weapons (Rico's Signature Gun and Bulls Eye Assault Rifle) and a differently designed Chaos Parachute. In the US, DLC content differs depending on the pre-order location (i.e. a different item would be available per retailer) but for the rest of the world, all DLC is available, apart from the Monster Truck, which is a Gamestop (USA) exclusive. This was a subject of some controversy throughout the Just Cause 2 fan community, but soon after, it was announced that the DLC would be available for purchase over Xbox LIVE and PSN at an undefined date after the release of the game.

Development

Eidos originally announced a Christmas 2008 release date for Just Cause 2. However, on October 10, 2008, Eurogamer reported that Just Cause 2 was pushed back to 2009, and later, 2010. On November 24, Square-Enix announced that the game is set to be released in North America on March 23, 2010, and three days later on March 26 in Europe, Middle East, Australia, and Asia.

System Requirements

Minimum

  • Operating system: Windows 7,Windows Vista (Windows XP is not supported)
  • CPU: Dual-core CPU with SSE3 (Athlon 64 X2 4200 / Pentium D 3 GHz)
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM
  • HDD: 10 GB of free drive space
  • Graphics: DX10 compatible graphics card with 256 MB of memory (Nvidia GeForce 8400 series/ ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro)
  • Sound: 100% DirectX 10 compatible sound card
  • Microsoft DirectX 10
  • Input devices: Keyboard and Mouse

Recommended

  • Operating system: Windows Vista SP1 or Windows 7
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz or AMD Phenom X3 2.4 GHz or equivalent CPU
  • RAM: 3 GB RAM
  • HDD: 10 GB of hard drive space
  • Graphics: DX10 compatible graphics card with 512 MB of memory (Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 series/ ATI Radeon HD 5750 series)
  • Sound: 100% DirectX 10 compatible Dolby Digital 5.1 sound card
  • Microsoft DirectX 10.1
  • Internet connection required for product activation
  • Input devices: Keyboard and Mouse

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Just Cause 2

Developer(s) Avalanche Studios
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
Designer(s) Peter Johansson
Release date 2009
Genre Action
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s)
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
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Just Cause 2 is an action video game currently under development by Swedish developer Avalanche Studios and published by Eidos Interactive set for release in 2009. It is the sequel to the 2006 video game Just Cause, which had a mixed reception.

Just Cause 2 uses the next version of the Avalanche Engine, Avalanche Engine 2.0; an updated version of the one used in Just Cause. The game will be set on the other side of the world, compared to Just Cause, on the fictional tropical island of Panau in South-East Asia. Rico Rodriguez will return as the protagonist that has to overthrow the evil dictator Baby Panay and rescue his former boss, Tom Sheldon.

Contents

Gameplay

Gameplay Elements

Several new additions and improvements to the game were explained by the lead designer of the game Peter Johansson. The AI has been totally rewritten for Just Cause 2. It now uses a sophisticated planning system which enables enemies to do all kinds of new tricks. For example, the enemies will use the environment to their advantage, taking cover behind objects and adapting dynamically to the objects around them. The hybrid locking system is new too and helps you to quickly aim at enemies while leaving you in full control over the crosshair, so you're rewarded for skillful manual aiming. It also enables you to pinpoint specific limbs so you can get a perfect headshot or force an enemy to the ground by shooting their kneecaps. Just Cause 2 also has an adaptive difficulty system. As the game is so non-linear, difficulty gradually scales depending on what you've already done in the game. For example a mission that takes place later in the game, after you've created a lot of chaos, will always be more difficult because the government gets more desperate and heightens security at installations.

Setting

The game takes place on the island of Panau, situated in the Malay Archipelago. It has similar Topography to New Zealand or Hawaii. Panau has many different environments such as dense jungles, paradise beaches, snowy mountains, deserts and urban cityscapes.

Weapons and Vehicles

There are several new weapons in Just Cause 2, such as the Rocket Launcher with laser-controlled rockets, the one-handed grenade launcher, sticky remote triggered C4, and the detachable mounted minigun. There are several new vehicles added in Just Cause 2 including the Jumbo Jet. There is now a greater difference in the handling between vehicles and ground surfaces now have a great influence to the controls. So while a sports car may be great for driving on pristine tarmac, its not particularly suitable for off-road driving. There is also a real-time deform system and moving parts that can come loose from vehicles.

Since Rico doesn't have any official support from the agency in this mission he has to acquire weapons and vehicles in the field by himself. Early in the game you contact a black market supplier, from whom you can buy weapons and vehicles and get them delivered to your location via heavy drop. As the game processes and the chaos you cause increases, additional weapons and vehicles become available on the black market. Additionally, all weapons and vehicles on the black market have parameters that can be upgraded in several steps, by building upgrades with weapon and vehicle parts. There are over 2,000 parts that you can acquire.

Release Date

Eidos originally announced a Christmas release date for Just Cause 2. However, on October 10, 2008, Eurogamer reported that Just Cause 2 was pushed back to 2009 for unknown reasons.

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