Just Cause 4 is the best the series has ever been
AVALANCHE IS REIGNING IN ITS FOCUS TO CREATE A MORE DESTRUCTIVE EXPERIENCE
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.