Just Cause review

Grappling hooks, guns, parachutes and political righteousness - now mix and make your own fun

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And while the island may be vast, the size isn’t utilized too well. You can explore freely but you won't find much. Instead, you’ll be making your own fun most of the time. You’ve got gadgets that will allow you to craft James Bond freestyle action scenes, such as infinite parachutes for jumping off cliffs and skydiving. The sprawling airspace means you can fly planes high enough to make your brain implode.

Then there’s the grappling hook. Say you’re walking along when a car catches your fancy as it speeds past. Hook it and you’re quickly parasailing. Then you can reel yourself in, straight into the driver’s seat. (You can also do this with boats or planes.) With all that mountain terrain lying about, we yearned to launch it over the cliff-edges and pull ourselves up. But we couldn’t, so we cried.

We also sobbed whenever we got stranded in the butt-hole of the jungle, low on ammo and dying. But then we called up the ever-lurking CIA helicopter, and it gave us a ride to a safe house or dropped a gift-box right in front of us containing a neat little spy vehicle with a rocket launcher. It was a pacifier of destruction.

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DescriptionHijack any vehicle in your efforts to overthrow the cruel governmental overlords of San Esperito - GTA style.
Platform"Xbox","PC","PS2","Xbox 360"
US censor rating"Mature","Mature","Mature","Mature"
UK censor rating"16+","16+","16+","16+"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)