Just Cause 4 is the best the series has ever been

AVALANCHE IS REIGN­ING IN ITS FO­CUS TO CRE­ATE A MORE DESTRUCTIVE EX­PE­RI­ENCE

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FOR­MAT: PS4, XBOX ONE, PC | PUB­LISHER: ROCK­STAR GAMES DE­VEL­OPER: ROCK­STAR STU­DIOS | RE­LEASE: Q2 2018 | PLAY­ERS: 1-TBC

If we’ve levied one con­sis­tent crit­i­cism at Avalanche Stu­dios over the last 12 years, it’s that the stu­dio has never quite struck the right bal­ance be­tween the var­i­ous tenets of Just Cause’s de­sign. It builds game­play sys­tems that in­spire emer­gent op­por­tunism, but it keeps the tools to in­dulge in the chaos at arms length; the ac­tion is bold and bois­ter­ous, trapped within nar­ra­tive struc­tures that are slow and pon­der­ous; it presents worlds de­signed to be torn apart while fail­ing to pop­u­late them with any­thing of any real sub­stance. Just Cause games can so of­ten feel like they are set within a sand­box that doesn’t al­low any toys, where you’re left to cre­ate your own fun with what­ever your brain can con­jure.

Just Cause 4 is push­ing back against that as­ser­tion. Avalanche is tak­ing this as an op­por­tu­nity to show­case the lat­est it­er­a­tion of its pro­pri­etary Apex en­gine, with the im­proved tech­nol­ogy al­low­ing the team to drive a host of im­prove­ments into Just Cause that re­ally bring its world to life – the re­sults re­ally are some­thing to be­hold. Im­proved ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, next-level de­struc­tion and physics sim­u­la­tion, and over­hauled tools are just a few of the ad­di­tions that are go­ing to en­sure that Just Cause 4 is the ul­ti­mate free-form ac­tion ex­pe­ri­ence. Go any­where, do any­thing, de­stroy ev­ery­thing along the way.

A GREATER CHAL­LENGE

The sol­diers in­hab­it­ing Just Cause’s var­i­ous vistas have al­ways been more of an an­noy­ance than a vi­able threat and that’s some­thing Avalanche was keen to ad­dress this time out. The va­ri­ety of en­emy archetypes on dis­play has been greatly di­ver­si­fied, as too has their fe­roc­ity in com­bat. you will now have a rea­son to bet­ter ex­per­i­ment with ev­ery­thing you have in front of you, with only the most dar­ing and ad­ven­tur­ous play­ers mak­ing it through Just Cause 4’s most chal­leng­ing en­emy en­coun­ters.

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