One of the premier downloadable action open-world series out there, Just Cause 4’s gameplay is pretty much what you would expect in a sequel but comes along with all of the updates that 2018 brings with it. And if you like the game (believe me, you will!), be sure to also check its predecessor Just Cause 3 (2015) or the earlier games, Just Cause 2 (2010) and the original which was released back in 2006.
How to Download Just Cause 4
You can download the game from Steam. There is also Gold Edition available which contains additional in-game goodies and The Expansion Pass which gets you access to upcoming DLCs.
The Game Review
Developed by Avalanche and released by Square Enix, Just Cause 4 puts players in the role of Rico Rodriguez in a made up country in South America called Solis. Using Avalanche’s new Apex game engine, Just Cause 4 will offer up intense visceral action with a backdrop that is detailed and photo-realistic.
Promising seamless interaction between the player and the environment, Just Cause 4 is really immersive in its presentation.
Where players of the older games will notice the vastest improvements in terms of gameplay is that the artificial intelligence in Just Cause 4 is far better than the AI used in the last game. This is because of the Apex engine’s ability to map more complex behaviors and simulate more intense scenarios in the process. Since that is what the series is known for it is not totally unexpected.
This is because non-player characters are primed to respond tactically to the player character rather than programmatically. Other areas where the Apex engine shines includes advanced physics modeling and smoother animation for the game’s characters.
Prompted by questions about his father’s history, Rico begins to investigate a mysterious group known as the Black Hand. Rico’s presence in Solis begins to challenge the Black Hand, a private army run by antagonist Gabriella Morales, and the interactions between Rico and this group form the core of the plot.
This group might be familiar to players of the original Just Cause as the Black Hand worked for Salvador Mendoza of that game and Sebastian di Ravello in the third game. The inclusion of the Black Hand in this game helps tie a lot of plot points from previous entries together and makes it a rewarding experience for longtime players. It almost goes without saying, though, that Just Cause 4 is perfectly fine on its own.
Done in the style of a Hollywood blockbuster, Just Cause 4 continues the excellence of its predecessors while pushing the bar higher on its own. None of this should come as a shock to anyone who follows the series or games in general.
One of the most highly regarded series critically, Just Cause 4 does nothing to tarnish this reputation. Fans of first-person action games with huge open worlds should jump at the chance to join Rico on his journey through Solis.
- Amazing graphics and a huge, open world to explore
- The amount of detail and things to do is just overwhelming but in a good way
- Everything here is top notch and done with a flair that makes you wish more games were this good
- The story is somewhat confused and weird but perfectly at home in a 1990s action movie setting
- People who haven’t played the other games might not appreciate everything going on
- So many open-world games, so little time