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Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2 / PlayStation 3
editor score 8
user score 10.0
Release Date






Vehicular Combat



Modern Military


Avalanche Studios


Eidos Interactive


The grappling hook in action
The grappling hook in action

Just Cause 2 is a third-person action-adventure sandbox game developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Eidos Interactive and Square Enix. The player takes the role of Rico Rodriguez, an agent of the US government posing as a mercenary, as he takes jobs and tasks for the various rival factions on Panau, a fictitious island nation in Southeast Asia ruled by the dictator Pandak "Baby" Panay". Players can perform over-the-top stunts by combining the grappling hook, the parachute, and the "Stunt Position" system that allows you to mount different areas of the vehicles in the game.

The game was originally slated for release in late 2008; however, it was later announced in October of that year that the game would be pushed back to 2009. Since then, the game was delayed once again to its final release date of March 23, 2010.

New Features

  • The game uses the Avalanche 2.0 engine, improving upon the engine from the first game.
  • The AI has been rewritten to use a planning system to use the environment to their advantage, take cover and avoid damage.
  • The aiming system has been revamped. A new hybrid system allows the player to lock on and fire at enemies while still controlling the cross-hair. Additionally, it is now possible to target specific body parts for appropriate effects (i.e. head shots do heavy damage, knee shots cripple and slow movement).
  • A new adaptive difficulty system, making the game react on the player's successes and failures. For example, causing general chaos successfully causes the government faction to heighten security by adding more guards at important locations.
  • New vehicles have been added, including a jumbo jet.
  • Each vehicle now controls somewhat differently. Land vehicles will also take into account the type of terrain the player is traversing: certain vehicles will fare better or worse on different sorts of terrain (such as a sports car doing well on flat asphalt, but poorly off-road).
  • Vehicles deform more realistically in real-time, allowing individual parts to break or come loose.
  • Several new weapons have been added, such as a rocket launcher with laser-guided rockets, a one-handed grenade launcher, sticky remote-triggered C4, and a detachable mounted mini-gun.
  • On the Playstation 3, players have the ability to record their exploits. The game automatically records the last 30 seconds of gameplay by default (though this can be disabled); alternatively, the game can be manually set to record a sequence of up to 10 minutes. The resulting video can either be saved to the PS3's hard drive or directly uploaded to YouTube.
  • The grappling hook no longer has to be selected like a weapon allowing you to use it in conjunction with the parachute to traverse the environment very quickly.


A common sight while skydiving
A common sight while skydiving

The game is set on a fictional island in Southeast Asia called Panau, situated in the Malay Archipelago. The island features varied terrain, including snowy mountains, deserts, jungles, cities, and beaches, all of which the player is free to traverse. The back of the box claims that the island is 400 sq miles (making it the second largest open world game with FUEL being the first) although this is debatable.

Easter Eggs/Points of Interest

The developers of Just Cause 2 have left many easter eggs and special locations around the map, including:

Slice of Pie-Island edition

Located at coordinates 24453X 917Y. Alright, try not to get too excited, at those coordinates is a island in the shape of a slice of pie.

Lost Island

Lost Island
Lost Island

The most well known easter egg in Just Cause 2 is the island in the top left corner of the map, which is an island that contains many references to the TV show Lost. Visiting the island will cause darkened skies and rain, and if the player is flying an airplane, it will burst into flames. On one section of the beach the word "search" can be seen spelled out in the ground with wooden planks, as well as a crashed plane (Coordinates 1274X 3668Y). The hatch can also be found, at coordinates 29584X 4363Y. Although a lot of this is explained in game in a mission provided by the Ular boys, the reference is too clear to be just coincidence. Also, once the mission is completed, all the weather phenomenon and plane explosions will no longer occur.

The island is inhabited by an army of 100 year old Japanese soldiers, who never found out the war was over. It is a reference to a real post-second world war myth, that enclaves of elite Japanese Soldiers remained in the deep jungles of the many pacific islands that remained untouched by the allies. Supposedly they had been ordered to keep on the fight for the empire even after the bombs were dropped. This combined with the various real life experimentation programs started by Japan's military during the war make Lost Island one of the most eerie sites in all of Just Cause.

Inland Shipwreck

Located at coordinates 10387X 23520Y. Not much to see here apart from well, an inland ship wreck (on a mountain). Surrounded by a small town (not marked on map) which contains some valuable crates.

Cape Canaveral

Located at coordinates 30172X 14068Y is a replica of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, a famous rocket launch facility on the coast of Florida.

Arecibo Observatory

Arecibo Observatory
Arecibo Observatory

Located at coordinates 23440X 17420Y is the military base PAN MILSAT. This is in fact a replica of Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory, a massive radio telescope that many will recognize from its appearance in the James Bond film Goldeneye.

I Am Legend

Located at coordinates 18207X 21543Y, at the end of a pier, there is a desk and a chair that appear to be a reference to the Will Smith movie, I Am Legend.

Happy Bubble Blaster

Located at coordinates 4265X 26020Y, atop a bell tower in a tranquil grove, is a secret weapon named the Happy Bubble Blaster. The Happy Bubble Blaster fires soap bubbles at an automatic weapon rate, and uses the same ammunition as the MP5.

Hot Air balloon

Located at coordinates 7392X 16151Y next to the side of a hill. The hot air balloon can be used by shooting/hitting the sandbags off, jumping into the basket and then lighting the burner by pressing the "enter vehicle button". Once in the air the hot air balloon can be controlled by walking into the sides of the basket.

Beached Whale

Located at coordinates 29611X 31332Y. The whale can be destroyed allowing you access to a armor crate.

A shark?

Located at coordinates 12730X 22494Y this shark isn't all that it seems.......(It's fake)


Located at coordinates 23745X 13662Y. Rico is able to talk to the snowman but sadly only two sentences.

Baby Panay billboard fun

Next time you see a Baby Panay billboard try grapple onto his face and press the "enter vehicle button".

Banana Fail

Located at coordinates 21902X 20264Y. On the ground you should see the words "banana fail" spelled out. However, you'll have to look closely because of long grass.

Surprised smiley face :O

Located at coordinates 29110X 7392Y. Only viewable from above is a large surprised smiley face dug into the ground.

Skull Island

Located on the horseshoe island in the center of the map is a skull. Best viewed from the air in a helicopter/jet. The skull is on the front of the island on the front. It is, presumably a reference to King Kong.

Pre-Order Bonus Content

Pre-ordering Just Cause 2 granted access to various pieces of downloadable content depending on the retailer, including:

Chaos Parachute
Chaos Parachute
  • Agency Hovercraft
  • Monster Truck
  • Chevalier Classic
  • Rico's Signature Gun
  • Bulls Eye Assault Rifle
  • Specially Designed Chaos Parachute

Those who pre-ordered the game in the US were restricted to the piece of content that their chosen retailer offered; customers outside the US, however, could obtain all of the bonus content no matter with which retailer they placed their orders. Avalanche Studios responded to controversy over this by putting all pre-order DLC up for purchase after the game's release.

Downloadable content

Chevalier Ice Breaker
Chevalier Ice Breaker

On the 8th of April 2010 Avalanche released the Chevalier Ice breaker as free DLC. Described in press releases as a "pimped up ice cream truck" it is a upgraded ice cream truck that can be purchased for $25000 in the in game black market.

On April 26th Square Enix announced that it would be bringing two new DLC Packs to Just Cause 2, they would retail for $1.99/£1.99

The Black Market Aerial Pack was released on April 29th and contained the following items:

  • F-33 Dragon Fly Jet Fighter
  • Multi-lock Missile Launcher
  • Parachute Dual Thrusters

The Black Market Boom Pack which is due to be released on May 25th will contain the following:

  • The Quad Launcher (Shotgun/Rocket Launcher hybrid)
  • Cluster Bomb Launcher
  • Air Propulsion Gun

PC System Requirements


  • OS: Microsoft Windows Vista (Windows XP is unsupported)
  • Processor: Dual-core CPU with SSE3 (Athlon 64 X2 4200 / Pentium D 3GHz)
  • Memory: 2GB System Memory Hard Drive: 10GB of free drive space
  • Graphics: DX10 compatible graphics card with 256 MB of memory (Nvidia GeForce 8800 series/ ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro)
  • Sound: 100% DirectX 10 compatible sound card
  • DirectX®: Microsoft DirectX 10


  • OS: Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 or Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel Core® 2 Duo 2.6 GHz or AMD Phenom X3 2.4GHz or equivalent
  • Memory: 3GB system Memory
  • Graphics: DX10 compatible graphics card with 512 MB of memory (Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 series/ ATI Radeon HD 5750 series)
  • Sound: 100% DirectX 10 compatible Dolby Digital 5.1 sound card
  • DirectX®: Microsoft DirectX 10.1


On March 4th, a demo for the game was released on Xbox Live, PSN and PC. The demo placed players in 35 square miles of the desert area in Panau, allowing 30 minutes of gameplay in each playthrough. Players who racked up enough Chaos were allowed to take part in one of the Faction Missions for the Reapers, and eventually unlocked the Black Market, allowing them to upgrade their weapons and call in vehicle drops. A Challenge Mission was also included, in the form of an airborne race in which players flew vehicles through rings against a timer in order to earn money.

The PC version of the demo was found to contain some content from the full game that could be accessed by editing the demo's configuration and .ini files.