Rico's back, and he's trying to overthrow the regime of another tropical island, this time the enormous archipelago that makes up the nation of Panau. He's brought his grappling hook and his parachute and his Cuban heels along with him again, and ridiculous stunts and gleefully OTT action are the order of the day in this sequel to the 2006 sandbox game.
Just Cause 2 is a deliciously anarchic sandbox action title that reminds us why we started playing games in the first place: FUN! If you're not too bothered about plot and just want a game that is, literally, a blast to play, you could do much worse than taking a vacation with Rico. The Hut are currently the cheapest by about 4p, but thanks to their Easter weekend voucher deals you can knock a further £2 off of the price, widening the gap between the nearest competitor over at Coolshop. Just enter BANK2 at the checkout.
I've got a big soft spot for the Just Cause games. The first was a riotous action game that suffered from one major flaw that will cripple any game, especially a sandbox title: there wasn't enough to do. By contrast, the sequel, sporting a vast map (Panau is huge), is stuffed with missions galore, military bases to ransack, strongholds to demolish, villages to liberate, and hundreds of collectibles. The sheer size of this game needs to be seen to be believed.
Panau itself is a joy to behold, and the game proves graphically stunning on all platforms, incorporating lush jungle with dry spots of desert, where snow capped mountains reach down towards clear blue sea. The game world has been lovingly crafted into an island paradise and, although you might find yourself relatively far away from civilisation at times, a quick helicopter extraction option means you're never stranded for long at all.
I could tell you in detail all about the fairly unassuming story, or the woolly aiming system, or the laughably bad voice acting, but the truth is that they don't really matter. This is a game that plonks you down on an island like a cross between John McClane and Robinson Crusoe and lets you, no, encourages you, to cause as much mayhem to the status quo as possible. And it's brilliant fun!