What GTA V should learn from Just Cause 2

Square Enix’s gloriously silly tropical sandbox adventure really came out of left field. As brilliantly daft as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but with a stunning, vast world built on cutting-edge technology; it’s the most fun we’ve had in the genre in ages. While Niko’s American nightmare might still be the daddy when it comes to open-world games, there are definitely things Rockstar could adapt from Just Cause 2 to make GTA 5 better. Like…

Be balls-to-the-wall stupid

Just Cause 2 is ridiculous. If you’re not base jumping from a dance club floating a mile above terra firma, then you’re using the grapple hook to string terrorists to speeding cars or chasing a rogue missile with a fighter jet. Arguably, the most fun entries in the GTA series over recent years have been San Andreas and The Ballad of Gay Tony. Partly because both were bat-shit crazy. Personally, we’d love to see GTA 5 follow suit, and not only copy some of Just Cause’s sensationally stupid missions, but also give us the tools to create our own awesome farcical fun.

Above: If GTA V isn't exactly four times as daft as this, we'll be pissed

Give us more ways to dick about

Following on from the last sentence we just done wrote, we want Rockstar’s next crime ‘em up to give us more tools to piss about. A huge part of Just Cause 2’s appeal can be found in creating your own little adventures using the tools you’ve been given. Hell, we’ve spent hours just exploring the game’s mountains with the grapple hook and parachute like a slightly-less-slow Sly Stallone from Cliffhanger.

Above: Scaling Just Cause 2's mightiest peaks is ultra satisfying 

GTA IV utterly nailed the ambience of living in a bustling replication of New York, no question. But outside of the ace story missions and samey socialising, there wasn’t that much to do. Gay Tony’s nightclub management and parachute mini-games are a step in the right direction. Mar this with a few farfetched Just Cause gadgets (or just another San Andreas jetpack) and the series can rediscover the simple thrills of mucking about that used to define it.


  • aandrewroberto - April 16, 2010 4:03 a.m.

    I didn't think it would be this much
  • aandrewroberto - April 16, 2010 4:02 a.m.

    gtav is too cool
  • aandrewroberto - April 16, 2010 4:01 a.m.

    the Ben 10 games are coooooool
  • leprechaun - April 16, 2010 2:05 a.m.

    Ive been wanting for this ever since GTA turned away from the depth of San Andreas. God i hope they make GTA V ass good
  • MajorMedic - April 15, 2010 10:55 p.m.

    Am I the only one who prefers open-world games to be MORE realistic?
  • mubobi7593 - April 15, 2010 10:06 p.m.

    I loved GTA4; in fact I'm replaying right now! But I totally agree - more crazy! I was unfortunately to young to GTA:SA when it came out, so I can't really say anything about whether or not it should go back to that formula. But I have the HELL outta Saint's Row 2 - it's just plain more fun than GTA. Also, I say set GTA in a Mercenaries 2-like tropical setting. Maybe Rio? or Cuba?
  • mdiaz033 - April 15, 2010 3:36 p.m.

    @TOMMISHKIN - lol at jetpack joke (or is it fact?) @GAMESRADAR - shame on you for comparing JC2 to GTAIV. JC2 is a stupid and mindless game for the HUGE population of simpleminded and easily-pleased-by-explosions gamer. Whereas GTAIV is a smart game that doesn't dumb down its gameplay and story for the lesser-minded kids. it is detailed b/c it CARES about its characters and environments. These things plus an awesome physics engine (plus other aspects) make GTAIV more enjoyable than JC2. I played GTAIV last night just for sh!ts and giggles and it's STILL fun. @EVRYONE ELSE - i agree that GTAV should be more, how should i put it, "intense." But lets not cross the line over to absurdity. if you like bat sh!t crazy sandbox games go find someone else to supply you. Rockstar has much more mature plans
  • vigilant - April 15, 2010 2:45 p.m.

    I for one wouldn't mind another GTA london, just a but less like Quadrophenia! I've always preferred GTA's sense of humour to any other sandbox games, but for once I've favoured JC over GTA, simply because it's fun to play. Rockstar just need to bring back the flamethrowers and miniguns that made the previous games more fun. And one other thing, GTA: SA isn't anywhere near as fun to play as Vice City!!
  • philipshaw - April 15, 2010 12:48 p.m.

    Have to agree with most of those points in the article
  • Rhymenocerous - April 15, 2010 10:18 a.m.

    I'd actually like GTAV to be MORE realistic. It would be great with a proper inventory system, and somehow more reliance on earning money in the game (rather than just a story element). In the original GTA, you had to try and earn mmoney by using any means necessary - you didn't even have to do missions, you could just sell stolen cars or whatever.
  • CH3BURASHKA - April 15, 2010 7:37 a.m.

    I think it's safe to say that, of all open-world sandbox games in the past 2-3 years, GTA4 had the best story (stories if you count the two expansions). It's also safe to say that story was so good because it was so grounded: there were no crazy hippies asking you to bust into a military compound. The dilemma is this: you can have a pure fun game or a story-focused one. To mix both would be to ruin both. I, for one, appreciated the serious tone of GTA4 and would like to see yet another serious narrative, though perhaps something besides the same-ish rehashed rags-to-riches cliche and also OUTSIDE THE GODDAMN UNITED STATES.
  • flaknschrap - April 15, 2010 3:46 a.m.

    also dont make the vehicles soo croppy like JC2
  • MitsuharuSan - April 15, 2010 3:29 a.m.

    I don't kinda get the comment above, but IF it's supposed to be a "so people like GTA IV, then Rockstar won't update V enough" kinda of thought... I think you should be realistic and face all facts involved. I'm not a Rockstar fanboy, but if there's something I can say about these guys is that they work their asses to make great, better games. If you can't see the kind of game that IV was and what direction they are going... It'll be hard to show you what future awaits, but oh well. And enjoying GTA IV is not the same as "keep it the same". I'm all for more options of things to do, I just don't want it to be over-the-top (or stupid as this article wants it to be). Someone mentioned "keep the crazy fictional free-roam games to themselves and keep GTA on the same track as IV". I agree! Why would anyone want GTA to be just like the same crazy over-the-top action games in the market is beyond me... I remember a time where every free-roam game not called GTA was a "GTA clone". What became of it? Now people want the series to lose it's appeal and become a "once-was-GTA-now-I'm-just-another-free-roam-game". Keep the serious tone to GTA and your crazy games to themselves.
  • nadrewod999 - April 15, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    BREAKING NEWS FROM THE FUTURE: Just Cause 3 has only recently doomed GTA V, after the infamous crime game sequel failed to update enough when it felt that people liked GTA IV more than San Andreas.
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - April 14, 2010 11:21 p.m.

    Just Cause 2's plot and voice acting is FU**ING awful, but it more than makes up for it with the thrilling gameplay. By the looks of things, Red Dead Redemption is sorta taking a direction in the Just Cause 2 way of things anyway. ReCaptcha: Mr Dunks. lol
  • Drawed - April 14, 2010 10:38 p.m.

    Why is a Halo Rocket Launcher in the title picture? I'm confused...
  • WillisTron - April 14, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    Haven't gotten around to playing JC 2 but really I think you guys are being a little too harsh on GTA IV - I thought it was absolutely incredible and amazing what they were able to pull off. Yea, no jet packs or jets but they decided they wanted to tell a more serious story with that installment, and I'm sure if they did make GTA IV more cartoony, there would be loads of complaints saying it should have been more serious.
  • cholobear911 - April 14, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    yay saints row 3
  • Kapwan - April 14, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    I think Saints Row 3 will end up being the nice midpoint between the increasingly realistic and dark GTA series and the campy and explosive Just Cause 2
  • lymanzaar - April 14, 2010 8:47 p.m.

    Personaly, I would like a new location. I know because you are a UK editor, London seems like the right idea. I really think that Chicago, Illinois is the right direction. Mainly because it would be nice to show a surburban area, along with large areas of nature. Chicago has preserves not far out of it, and San Andreas featured both City, Surburb, and nature.

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