The Archive of Lost Games Vol. 2: Just Cause (XB360)

By Danny Butler

E-mail to: danny-butler@utc.edu

CHATTANOOGA (UTC/The Loop) –This week on the Archive of Lost Games, we highlight Just Cause developed by Avalanche Studios.

Just Cause followed CIA black ops agent Rico Rodrigeuz in his quest to free the island of San Esperito from the oppressive dictator Salvador Mendoza. Mendoza, who might have weapons of mass destruction, is no match for players, who are able to use boats, helicopters, and a cool stockpile of weapons to help free the people of San Esperito.

The game is an open world experience, much like the newer editions of the GTA series, allowing gamers to explore the coolest aspect of the game: the island.

He's on a (jet)boat!

He's on a (jet) boat! While the boat is a ripoff of the Batboat, the lush environment and water effects seen really make this title.

The game features some of the most stunning environments I’ve seen in a next gen title, which is surprising given the game’s reported small budget. In fact, that is mainly what saved the title in many of its reviews.

Out of the big three gaming review publications (IGN, Game Informer, and Metacritic), the game’s highest review was a 73% (Metacritic) with game play mechanics and glitches being at the top of the list of complaints.

While the title does suffer from some glitches (every once and a while your in-game PDA freezes up or you can sometime end up molesting the environment), most of them are pretty amusing given the plot of the game.

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Archivist James Webb, a senior from Marietta, Ga., said Rico reminded him of the 1,000,00 peso-man sketch from a Robot Chicken episode.

“He’s like the Mexican Terminator!” he yelled right before grabbing and throwing a helicopter out of the sky.

Our new Archivist for the week is Reed Brock, an avid gamer who works at a local used game retailer. While he still has not a had a chance to play the title, he did said that he wasn’t excited about the release, mainly due to the price, but he is considering playing it now that both a sequel has been announced and the price has dropped dramatically.

Most retailers sell the game used from somewhere between $6-$10 dollars, but the game carries a mature rating which means you have to be at least 17 years old to purchase it from most dealers.

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