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Just Cause is Eidos' free-roaming action game for Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. We spoke to Odd Ahlgren, Content Director at Avalanche Studios, about what players can expect from the exciting looking game.

Pro-G: So, from what we've seen, the game opens with you parachuting down to a tropical island. What's happening in the story to require such an entrance?

Odd Ahlgren: Rico Rodriguez, our guy, is a black-ops operative and suave secret agent for the top secret organization known as the Agency. He is deployed on the island dictatorship of San Esperito to make a "surgical intervention" and take out the WMD-harbouring Presidente before something bad happens. This being a top-secret mission, he naturally can't land on San Esperito International Airport and just swagger in, now can he?

Pro-G: The game will carry an M-Mature rating. Is this violence for the sake of including violence, or is it directly tied to a mature storyline?

OA: Well, it's pretty hard to start a revolution, kill cartel gangsters and blow up an insane amount of strategic hotspots without getting a little violent. So the story is kind of mature... in a very tongue-in-cheek way.

Pro-G: The main character seems to be somewhat of a super agent, mixing the style of James Bond with the action of Max Payne. Did you pull ideas from existing characters when designing the game?

OA: You know what? Rico Rodriguez is the child of one thousand comic books and action movies. He is James Bond, Mad Max, El Mariachi, Wolverine, Punisher, Rambo, Tony Montana, Jack Bauer, Han Solo and Vincent Vega all rolled into one. With a touch of Enrique Iglesias to top it all off!

Pro-G: Would it be fair to describe the game as Far Cry meets Grand Theft Auto? Do you ever venture off the island?

Just Cause is one explosive game

Just Cause is one explosive game

OA: No it wouldn't. This game stands on its own two feet. Our constant answer to this question is: comparisons always arise. In the olden days someone first invented a club made from a rock and a stick, later on someone invented the wheel. People around that time probably went: "Oh the wheel? You haven't seen that? It's pretty cool. It's like a club but it rolls on the ground and makes it easier to pull stuff".

About venturing off the island. Why would you? Everything you need is right there: the greatest landscapes, a hundred different vehicles, loads of guns, loose women, loud explosions and tons of cool missions and side missions. If I was a computer game hero, I wouldn't leave that paradise for a million bucks.

Pro-G: The main character clearly has a death wish. Aside from free-falling, parachuting and leaping out of moving vehicles and onto their roofs, can he perform any other insane stunts?

OA: Yes, indeed he can. For instance, he can hitch rides with different vehicles using his grappling hook and his 'chute to paraglide across the island; a convenient way of getting around. He can also jump out onto the wing of a moving airplane and hijack other planes midair. Or jump between moving cars, hijacking them. Rico has so many impressive stunts up his sleeve it's ridiculous!

Pro-G: We've seen that you can drive cars that you find on the island, but is this the best way to travel?

Jumping from car to car is just one of the stunts you can perform

Jumping from car to car is just one of the stunts you can perform

OA: It is up to the player. Some like to take it a little mellow and enjoy the beautiful scenery: cars and motorcycles are optimal for them. Others like to travel at breakneck speed: the jet would be suitable for those types. While others want to enjoy San Esperito from the deck of a sweet little fishing barge, a water scooter or a speedboat. Some like to swim underwater even! Plus there's the aforementioned method of paragliding from the back of moving vehicles. The optimal would of course be to mix all these ways of travel depending on the mission at hand.

Pro-G: From what we've seen, the game is heavily slanted towards action, with plenty of guns, explosions and vehicles. Can we expect plenty of variety in the final game?

OA: It depends on what you mean by variety. The game is clearly a free-roaming action game. It is not an RPG, an FPS, an RTS or a fantasy adventure. It will be focused on things that go boom, rat tat tat, ker-pow and bang!

Pro-G: The Avalanche Engine seems capable of rendering a huge environment. How do the current-gen versions compare to what you can do with the PC and Xbox 360?

OA: In terms of gameplay and size of the world all platforms are identical, but obviously there is a lot more eye-candy in the PC version, and even more so in the 360 version. For example we've added more animations and detail to the main character, and we've also done a lot of extra work on the lighting and shadowing techniques used in the game.

Pro-G: Being a free-roaming game, can you travel from one side of the map to the other without ever seeing a loading screen?

OA: Yup. That you can! A fact we take great pride in.

How you get from place to place is up to you

How you get from place to place is up to you

Pro-G: The gameplay seems like it would be well suited to competitive online play. Do you have any plans to include any online functionality?

OA: Nope. Rico is Rico. There are no other guys to steal his thunder in the game!

Pro-G: Is there one cool thing about the game that people might not be aware of?

OA: There are plenty. But, let's not spoil the surprise huh?

Pro-G: What stage is development at right now, and when can we expect the game on store shelves?

OA: Right now we're doing final polishing and testing, which is a great feeling when you worked on a game for over three years! The game will hit the shelves in September.

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brilliant loved it completed it 2 times
Posted 12:50 on 02 August 2007
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What a waste of money. I had this game for a week and i had to force myself to play it just because i had spent the money. The gameplay is rubbish, the storyline is rubbish the graphics are amazing and the open world is massive, but thats one of the main problems. I could'nt be arsed doing most of the missions cause it took half my gameplay time getting from A to B. The best part of this game is the grappling hook. If it wasn't for that i wouldnt have even bothered playing it after the first 2 hours of sheer bordom. I ended up trading this game in for about 20 quid so i lost a tenner and a weekend on what was supposed to be the best thing since San Andreas. The best thing since San Andreas is Scarface... GO GET THAT ONE.
Posted 09:57 on 20 November 2006
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does anyone know any secret locations or hidden features, wehicles or anything that will make this game more excitin as i have completed main missions and getting bored of it now although i have only had it three days!!!
Posted 12:32 on 10 November 2006
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the PC version really su#?s is an unfinished product, the xbox 360 version is amazing, But I really hate when the lazy developers don't put much esford in the PC version ( the same happened in Madden 07) please don't tell me that is beacuse is better to make it work for the majority of PC. thre pc version don't have real shadows .in all other games you can enable of disable this funcion is just they don't want it shadows in this PC game just to make the x360 version look superior.
Posted 16:35 on 22 September 2006
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ive preorded just cause from game already and im gettin a free tshirt
Posted 18:35 on 30 August 2006
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don't u like ps2s evolutional
Posted 01:39 on 30 August 2006
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evolutional@ tobi

why release a ps2 version and spoil this game ....it looks amazing on the 360 and will be spoilt by the ps2:(:(:(still gonna buy it for 360 :):):)
Posted 18:23 on 28 August 2006
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Re: the PC version. Do you want a game that looks as good as the XBox 360 and stutters and jumps and runs slow on 99% of PC's, or do you want a game that has graphics as good as Far Cry, for example (plenty 'good enough') and having it running smooth on many more PC's (ie - more sales)? I go for the latter. I want PC gaming to survive and grow, not wither and die!

More importantly, this is one of those games that sounds good on paper, but I wonder if you cannot get bored shooting things in a 250,000 acre landmass? Without any RPG elements, I think it could get repititious and boring pretty quickly. So I am waiting for the reviews. Who's to say this won't be as bugged as Boiling Point and all the foolish pre-order guys wil be back complaining and people like me, as with Boiling Point, will be saying 'waited for the patch before buying this and have not seen any of the problems you have'!

Deep Shadows are producing a follow-up to Boiling Point called 'White Gold'. It will be interesting to see where they go with that too. But I am truly on the fence with Just Cause at the moment. It's all about the gaming experience. I understand a demo is going to be available on Thursday (August 24th), so we'll see.....
Posted 13:42 on 23 August 2006
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I wonder if its lazyness or incompetence why the devs arn't making the PC version look the same as the X360 version when the PC *can* have far more power avalable to it, and most other devs seem to manage it fine. Well, im certainly not buying a game where the devs can't even be bothered to cater for my system. Its a shame because I was kinda looking foward to this.
Posted 11:31 on 21 August 2006
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This Game looks so kool. If u want to watch the trailers for it go to www.gametrailers.com and type in just cause in the search at the top. Then u can watch the trailers and screenshots for PS2, Xbox, 360 & lds more...
Posted 07:39 on 19 August 2006
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I simply cannot wait to play this game!!!
Posted 13:56 on 17 August 2006
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xboxer@ david hurley

thanks mr hurley.
just pre-ordered just cause for under £30 for 360 from amazon.
no really thanks a lot
Posted 19:52 on 10 August 2006
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wow i am gunna buy this game DEFO!!! u can preorder it 4 £30 from amazon on most systems... AND it sometimes acidently turns up early.. LOL
and games cost LOADs to make, and AGES to program... also next gen disks are more expensive to produce... l0l
Posted 19:09 on 10 August 2006
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xboxer@ tobi

can i just rectify that it's £30 to order on the last gen systems. But still £50 for the 360 version. Just a word to the developers. LOWER YOUR PRICES ! ! ! ! ! ! JESUS ! ! ! ! ! WHAT DO YOU THINK WE ARE ! ? MADE OF MONEY ! ! ! ! !
Posted 15:19 on 09 August 2006
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i have seen this game being played and it looks breath-taking!
I just hope they sort out the shadows on the background scenery as they just seem to be cut in half, then they disappear !
I'm not really interested in the xbox version, but WILL be getting it on the 360 the day it's released!
I'd feel guilty if i didn't.
And thanks to the person that said it was under £30 on pro-order. I'm off to pre-order mine straight away!
Posted 18:18 on 07 August 2006

Game Stats

Release Date: 22/09/2006
Developer: Avalanche Studios
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 16+
Site Rank: 9,911 166
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