Just Cause was released September 22, 2006 by Eidos. The game was developed by Avalanche Studios. Just Cause is a third person action adventure.
This game uses disc checks and Securom, Macromedia, Starforce, Tagès and other protection systems are being rejected by Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10 for security reasons (KB3086255).
The open, non-linear environment allows players to explore and choose how they wish to play the game.
Although storyline missions are necessary to progress through the game, players can complete them at their own leisure.
When not taking on a storyline mission, players can free-roam. However, doing so can attract unwanted and potentially fatal attention from the authorities.
On foot, the player’s character is capable of walking, swimming, and jumping, as well as utilizing weapons and basic hand to hand combat.
The game brings to mind the Grand Theft Auto series with the use of mercenaries and a special persuit force.
Rico Rodriguez, an operative for an organization known as the Agency, being dropped into a Caribbean tropical island called San Esperito, after being called there by his commanding officer, Tom Sheldon, to help overthrow San Esperito’s dictator; Salvador Mendoza, whom the Agency believes to be in possession of weapons of mass destruction.
Eventually, Sheldon discovers that Mendoza does, indeed, have control of WMDs, and with San Esperito so politically unstable, the president is forced to retreat to his private presidential island just off the mainland.
The player can also partake in a variety of optional side missions, for example, liberating a village or taking over a drug cartel hideout. These are necessary to gain points with certain factions.
The game can be seen largely as a role playing game as the player moves from mission to mission. Such games can be played by the first person perspective but being a typical console port the game uses the third person view.
Sheldon and Kane fly Rico to the island to kill Mendoza, but he attempts to escape via jet. However, Rico boards the jet and kills Mendoza and his remaining bodyguards, ending his reign over the island.
Just Cause has received generally mixed reviews from critics.
The most unique aspect of the gunplay is the ability to detonate grenades early by shooting them in the air, though it’s about as hard to do as it sounds and rarely figures too prominently into the action.
The Xbox version features achievements but these were not ported to the PC version.
The campaign is relatively brief when compared to other titles in the genre. It does not take long to do all the side missions.