just cause 4

GRAP­PLING WITH A BIG AND IN­SANE SAND­BOX GAME

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You’ve got to hand it to Rico Ro­driguez. He’s al­ways find­ing the most beau­ti­ful places to visit, with stun­ning scenery, beau­ti­ful beaches, and breath­tak­ing vis­tas. And blow­ing most of it up while he’s there. This time the re­mote South Amer­i­can coun­try of So­lis is Rico’s des­ti­na­tion, and the glo­ri­ous open-world set­ting of Just Cause 4. So­lis is the game series’ big­gest play­ground yet, with richly var­ied en­vi­ron­ments, teem­ing with wildlife, and even fea­tur­ing Me­soamer­i­can ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites. Which you can prob­a­bly blow up.

As al­ways, rugged agent provo­ca­teur Rico is go­ing to have to get his hands and his grap­pling hook dirty, over­throw­ing a con­trol­ling army that is re­press­ing the peo­ple of his cho­sen des­ti­na­tion. This time he’s fac­ing off against a hi-tech pri­vate mili­tia called the Black Hand—su­per-welle­quipped a-holes that we’re sure will be fun to take out.

Avalanche has al­ways pro­vided the Just Cause series with a fan­tas­ti­cally re­al­ized and mas­sive sand­box for com­bat and de­struc­tion. Well, here they’ve un­veiled an in­cred­i­ble 100 square kilo­me­ters of rain­forests, moun­tains, desert, and ex­ot­i­cally beau­ti­ful ge­og­ra­phy for their lat­est game. It’s gen­uinely huge. But even better, there’s weather. And not just the sunny kind you might be used to on Rico’s South Amer­i­can so­journs. So­lis is prone to the most ex­treme weather con­di­tions in­clud­ing tor­na­does, bliz­zards, and forked light­ning storms, just to make the ac­tion more dra­matic.

Rico’s new grap­pling hook has been evolved for JC4 too. It has all kinds of new giz­mos and ca­pa­bil­i­ties, fully cus­tom­iz­a­ble to your pre­ferred play-style. Ve­hi­cle and driv­ing me­chan­ics have been over­hauled, and there will be a whole smor­gas­bord of new ve­hic­u­lar car­nage pos­si­bil­i­ties—with mil­i­tary jets, he­li­copters, turbo-pow­ered sports cars, and even cranes and wreck­ing balls very much on the menu.

En­emy AI has been ramped up to pro­vide Rico with more of a chal­lenge also. And let’s not for­get the afore­men­tioned blow­ing stuff up. The series’ de­struc­tion and physics sim­u­la­tion, evolved to be the most com­pre­hen­sively bonkers yet, cou­pled with that ex­treme weather, looks like pro­vid­ing the most in­tense Just Cause so far.

Above Ad­verse weather will throw a span­ner in the works of your usu­ally per­fectly judged wing-suit flights.

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