JUST CAUSE 3
By Dennis "CallMeBackdraft" Aspers on May 23, 2016
Welcome to Medici, home to beautiful vistas, picturesque villages, fast cars and, most importantly, Rico Rodriguez. After freeing Panau from its dystopian ruler, Rico has returned to his homeland, only to discover that Medici is now under the brutal rule of General Sebastiano Di Ravello. What is it with these guys? I mean, can’t they just leave these countries alone?! Sheesh!
But no, just like any true power-hungry dictator would, Di ravello has his mind set on World Domination and, in Medici, he just might have found his golden ticket that will allow him to do so. You see, Medici is the world’s only known source of a previously unknown, highly explosive mineral known as Bavarium. This mineral can be used for about everything, ranging from energy sources, power shields and nuclear weaponry to the production of the good old exploding barrels. As you can probably guess, Bavarium could just spell the downfall of society as we know it as long as it’s being controlled by the wrong people. And take it from me that Sebastiano Di Ravello can absolutely be classified as one of those people; perhaps even as the 'wrongest’ of them all!
It goes without saying that Rico can’t just let this pass, so I guess it’s time to pick up our controller and give Di Ravello a piece of our mind... as well as a good thrashing.
For people unfamiliar with the Just Cause franchise; the best way to overthrow any corrupt government is by (just) causing as much chaos as you possibly can. The way to do is by blowing up military bases, destroying ways of spreading propaganda and, of course, obliterating the narcissistic statues of Di Ravello; those really have to go! The means by which you accomplish all this is completely up to you as the player. If you feel like climbing aboard a jet and bomb the living hell out of everything, be our guest! If, on the other hand, you’d rather make use of some tactically placed C4 here and there; hey, just go for it! The whole of Medici is your playing ground, so make use of anything and everything on your quest to free the land from dictatorship.
Gameplay-wise, Just Cause 3 is a very good game, with total freedom as one of its strong points. You are truly free from the get go in this open world game, not only in where to go but also by which mode of transport you get there. And, of course, which village to liberate or which military base to destroy on your way over. There are literally no limitations that hold you back, except maybe for your own imagination.
My advice to you, when moving around in Just Cause 3, is to keep your eyes peeled for the great work the developers have put into the world of Medici. The environments are wonderfully detailed and looks really great. And, seeing as how the game features a map of no less than 1000 square kilometers (about 400 square miles), there is a lot for you to see. So, when you’re zooming through the countryside, don’t forget to look around you and marvel at the beauty that is Medici.
Following the storyline gave us more and more satisfaction by chipping away at the control the dictator has in this beautiful country. Each base we destroy or village we liberate gives us a real feeling of accomplishment and fulfillment, especially since we can do all of this Michael Bay-style! All this destruction comes at a cost though, especially noticeable on the console versions of the game. On more than one occasion I could witness the strain on the system because of the frame rate dropping below anything close than desirable. Since the game’s initial release, there have been improvements on this front but there are situations where the graphical lag is still real.
All in all, Just Cause 3 is a top notch gaming experience and a game I would advise anyone who loves causing chaos and destruction in an action packed adventure to get their hands on and give it a whirl. There’s nothing like breaking stuff, doing things your own way and causing explosions… lots and lots of explosions! Here Di Ravello, take this! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!