Just Cause review

  • Go-go gadgets
  • Unleashing stylish stunts
  • Pretty sights
  • Rehashed GTA gameplay
  • Repetitive music
  • Lack of opportunities

Daddy, where do cheap bananas come from? Well shucks, Billy! Don’t you remember the days after World War II, when the CIA liked to sneak into Latin American countries, assassinate elected leaders and install hand-picked puppet tyrants so corporations like the United Fruit Company could move in and rape the land and people?

You can be part of that rich history in Just Cause, where you’ll play Rico Rodriguez, a CIA agent sent to initiate regime change in a paradise island overrun with power-hungry militias. He's an Antonio Banderas look-alike, in a skin-tight jumpsuit, ready to overtake San Esperito, a 20 square mile nation swollen with lush vegetation, rugged mountain terrain, rivers, lakes, villages and cities. It's all glowing with vibrant color. It's yours to overthrow. And damn if it isn't fun... on your own terms.

You’ll scurry around San Esperito and steal cars, planes and boats, stopping at safe-houses to load up with weapons and explosives. You’ll take missions from either the CIA or the different factions vying for control of the country; at any point you might be sent to kill someone, steal something or destroy some sort of place. After a few missions, it all blends together.

If you prefer, you can buzz around the country like a murderous hummingbird instigating your own fashion of destructive mayhem, Grand Theft Auto-like. It doesn’t quite make sense that a CIA spy is blazing in like Rambo, but it works. 

More Info

Release date: Sep 27 2006 - Xbox, PC, PS2, Xbox 360 (US)
Sep 22 2006 - Xbox, PC, PS2, Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox, PC, PS2, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Published by: Eidos
Developed by: Avalanche Studios
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Language, Sexual Themes
PEGI Rating:


  • Shnubby - July 19, 2012 8:26 a.m.

    This was one of my first Xbox 360 games and it's fair to say that it's a fun and decent game but to be honest the story didn't keep me interested for long and messing around was rubbish compared to all the havoc you can cause in Grand Theft Auto! I haven't bothered to try out the sequel.
  • CreeplyTuna - March 24, 2010 9:01 p.m.

    this was the coolest game i ever played when i was 9. now im 14.
  • ChickenStew - June 12, 2009 5:21 a.m.

    Jesus, I never thought i'd ever say, "I can't believe I spent 11 bucks for that shitty game".

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