I’ve recently purchased Just Cause 3, after many years of knowing of its existence and not trying it out. I’ve been bored whilst in quarantine so I’ve installed some new games on Steam and sat down and played them. However, this game, in particular, has consumed most of my life for the past 4 weeks. Here’s why.
A game has failed as a piece of entertainment if it ever leaves its player bored. I have been bored by many a game in my time. The usual culprits for boring games are those that take ages to get into the action. Take GTA V, for example. Yes, you’re thrust straight into a mission, but nobody bought GTA V for the missions; they bought it so they could drive around in ridiculous cars and shoot an infinite supply of police officers.
Just Cause 3 wastes no time in getting into the action. The very first thing you have to do is blow up some SAM sites with and RPG whilst you’re standing on top of a flying plane. That pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the game. Explosions, ridiculously overpowered weapons and extremely dangerous situations.
This game is just so. much. fun! Every time I boot up the game, I know I’m going to have an evening of flying around like a superhero and blowing stuff up. This game is basically like Michael Bay film except with a great story and characters that make sense.
A Solid Story
On that note, let’s talk about the campaign itself. It is entirely up to you how much you engage with the campaign. You can actually progress a considereable amount without having to enter a single mission. What’s great about this is that you can engage with the campaign in your own time and at your own pace. Personally, I like to fly around and liberate a few towns before eventually wanting to switch it up by following some more of the story.
I have never played either of the Just Cause games that came before this one, and it has not reduced my engagement with the story at all. I don’t know how, but the creators of this incredibly fun game have also managed to create a decent story with a witty protagonist (who puts the MCU’s quips to shame) that never gets boring.
I love this story. There are many, many great campaign stories out there in the world of video games. This one has joined that list for me.
The Right Balance of Realism and Fun
Game developers, myself included, often struggle with the issue of realism. For any AAA game that comes out, nowadays, it has to have ground-breaking visuals and feel immersive. What I would say, though, is that it is most important that the game is fun. Gamers these days care a lot about how their game looks, but nobody is going to play a boring, beautiful game.
Just Cause 3 strikes the right balance, for me. It is far more fun than real, comparable to Saint’s Row: The Third in this capacity. This is how I like my games. Realism gets boring to me. That’s why I tend to get bored of FPSs and survival games. In Just Cause 3, you can fly around, shoot people and blow up their buildings whilst taking hundreds of bullets to the chest. It’s not realistic, but it is so much fun.