The Just Cause 2 demo was released over the Xbox Live marketplace earlier this week, and it is receiving fairly positive reviews and impressions all over the internet.
I am completely unfamiliar with Square Enix’s Just Cause 2 in terms of its storyline. Picking up the game, it seems that you are a vigilante or rebel of some sort that is seeking out to help an organization that goes against this other tyrannical group. Again, I am not sure of what the story is, but after 5 minutes of playing this video game, I am sure it’s selling point is certainly not its storyline.
The Just Cause 2 demo is timed for thirty minutes or so, but you are given plenty to do. The time limit does not start until you exit your safety zone of sorts. You are on a mountain at a pseudo-hide out and you have targets that you able to shoot, explosive tanks that you are able to explode and ammunition that you are able to pick up. The first couple of steps that you take gives an immediate good impression. You are able to sprint, shoot, jump, dodge roll, everything that is to be expected in an action adventure game, especially for those of you who are familiar with this game. However, the game take as turn for the better once you take your next steps… off of the cliff.
You are able to sprint and leap off the cliff in an epic fashion and begin free falling down to the rocks below, able to
speed up or slow down your descent in the process. That part in particular is quite entertaining, and you are able to open up your parachute a couple of feet right before you are going to come into contact with the floor. Not only that, but you can also shoot your grappling hook to zip over to an area while in mid air, which breaks your fall.
Apparently, your task is to start chaos within the small villages you will run into. Just Cause 2 apparently places you in an area that is run by a shady organization. While in my first village, I managed to see a propaganda cart in which the president was trying to instill fear within the civilians. Not only that, but I also saw a civilian car crash into a police car, and the policemen came out and murdered the civilians. Scenes like that give life to the game, and makes it seem as if the characters are very intelligent which only improves the immersion that the player will experience. Since this is just the Just Cause 2 demo, this is vital in order to sell the game.
You are able to create havoc by going around busting water towers, killing the officers, blowing up cars and other chaotic actions. Often, during car chases, you will find that this video game may resemble Indiana Jones a bit. In one event, I was on a motorcycle being chased by three police vans and I tried to jump a little hill while in the desert. I was not accelerating fast enough and I was going to crash into the wall, so I opened up my parachute and ascended enough in order to escape certain death while my bike continued into the wall to create a fiery explosion that the police vans followed into.
You are also able to possibly find and kill Colonels that you may find in mansions or other prestigious areas. I do not know how many colonels are included in the demo, but I managed to find one. Colonels will often have heavy armor that will repel a majority of your bullets, but I found that when I zipped to the top of his mansion, I was able to not only steal $2500 from him, but take out an enemy up there who had a sniper rifle, with which I was able to one shot kill him. This was convenient and a welcome surprise, actually, and it gives more of a goal to be accomplished within Just Cause 2, opposed to just going around creating havoc and chaos.
My over all impressions of the Just Cause 2 Xbox Live demo would have to be very good. The graphics and animation in the game are very appropriate and well done. The lush foliage you will find your self wading through is very well made, and appropriate to the environment. In one case, I was sprinting away from certain death by officers, and it looked very authentic as I was running past tree’s and then zip lining up a mountain, losing them. This is a very action packed game, and the action is portrayed in a proper and efficient manner, surprisingly. I was not expecting to have such fun with this game.
One problem I would have with the Just Cause 2 Xbox Live demo is how it is seemingly too easy to lose the police. Climb up one mountain and they will pretty much cease chasing you. Not only that, but if you simply veer off the road, you will most likely lose them too, as they are seemingly afraid to pursue in off-road chases. That’s not to say that Just Cause 2 is a lack luster game, but you should really try the demo that is available on the Xbox Live market place yourself, it is a great demo and has a lot of replay value.