You could win your own island with Just Cause 3 ('not guaranteed to be inhabitable')

If you thought the days of ridiculous contests tied to video game purchases were over, think again. Square Enix is offering a whole damn island to one lucky chaos-causer who picks up Just Cause 3.

Here's how the contest will work:

From December 1, 2015 to February 29, 2016, residents of the United States (excluding Puerto Rico), Canada (excluding Quebec), Mexico, and Chile who pick up a copy of Just Cause 3: Day One Edition (which is guaranteed when you pre-order) can compete to earn the most Chaos Points. The more creative your chaos - blowing up buildings, toppling statues, demolishing vehicles, etc - the more points you get. The player with the most points at the end of the promotional period wins an island.

Now, if that sounds too good to be true, there is a catch. Several, actually: The island's location is to be determined by the contest sponsor, is not guaranteed to be habitable, and the taxes that come with owning an island are the responsibility of the winner. If you live in Mexico and you win, you get the cash equivalent value. If you live in Canada and you win, you need to be able to answer the following: (3x6) + 12/2-8 = _?

Perhaps the biggest catch, however, is the value; the island in question is not to be valued at more than $50,000. We're not what you would call "veteran island realtors" here at GamesRadar+, but a cursory glance through online listings shows that the bang to buck ratio is severely in favor of the buck. For example, here's an island off the coast of Maine valued at $40,000. It is approximately one acre in size:

Not exactly an ideal spot to recreate your Just Cause 3 shenanigans, is it? Ah well. At least the contest isn't a setup for a crummy Ovaltine commercial. I think.

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