X360 Sunday, October 8, 2006 | 9:35 PM

The first 10 minutes : Just Cause

The first 10 minutes : Just Cause

I'm about 2 weeks late in posting this video. The game was waiting on my desk at work when I came back from my vacations a few days ago, and I only now managed to play the game enough. Sorry about the delay!

Just Cause is one of those games you either like a lot, a just can't stand. Personally I'm enjoying every minute of it, no thanks to its incredible engine and the "over the top" gameplay. The demo wasn't that interesting, but the final game was much better for me.

As you can see in the video, Just Cause is incredible visually. Avalanche Studios really did an amazing job with the game engine, capable of displaying kilometers of ground, trees, sea, rivers and a beautifully animated sky with realistic clouds. And even if there are still some pop-in issues, this is still an impressive technical feat.

the gameplay is a bit more tame, but for me the free fall is still as fun as during the first minutes, I just love seeing the ground getting bigger so quickly and opening the parachute at the last moment. The gunplay is ok, with a classic but nicely working targeting system, and the vehicules can be handled correctly immediately.

The real problem with Just Cause is to keep playing until the end, as the story isn't really interesting, and the mission variety isn't exactly impressive either. Only the pleasure to find new place and new vehicles will keep you playing. Either it's enough for you and you'll enjoy the game completely, or you'll stop playing after a few hours.

As a bonus, I've also included an amazing video showing a full day/night cycle. It normally takes 30 minutes, but I've accelerated it to a bit less than 2 minutes. It's simply beautiful.

The first 10 minutes : Just Cause
Day/Night cycle

All comments

Commented on 2006-10-08 22:18:31
I love this game. Hated it at first, but as soon as I got further into the story missions and unlocked more stuff, it was great.
Commented on 2006-10-08 22:26:51
Just Cause is good but I would rather wait until COD3 or Gears of War comes out.
Commented on 2006-10-08 22:39:14
The first ten minutes is kinda tame. You need to grab some footage of the different vehicles and the crazy ass stuff you can do with them! :P

Oh and the view from the top of the tallest mountain in the middle island (the one with a base right on the top) and then the amazing base jump you can do to get the 1000m achievement!
Commented on 2006-10-08 23:15:49
day/ night cycle looks beautiful.
Commented on 2006-10-08 23:34:39 In reply to superjesse
Posted by superjesse
Just Cause is good but I would rather wait until COD3 or Gears of War comes out.
Yeah same that, but there's always something better on the horizon.
Commented on 2006-10-08 23:41:16
"1up yours" guys said it sucked. after playing the demo, id have to agree. SR FTW
Commented on 2006-10-09 00:48:27
The graphics are amazing, some bits in the jungle, you just go hmm, this looks almost as good as crysis without the physics.
Commented on 2006-10-09 00:52:48
I said it before and I'll say it again!!!
MS is shooting its own foot with these games!
Imagine if I was a young kid who just started searching around to see which next-gen console is goona be the one to choose!
So imagine I walk into a games-store and there it is watching Heavenly sword on PS3 Stand and Just Cause on xbox 360 stand.. mmmmmmmmmmmm I think we all now how the senario ends here..
But uts true you now how many times when i was in greece they used to have fusion frenzy 1 for xbox while showing devil may cry 3 for PS2!
I got so mad cause we all now how much superior xbox is to PS2 but few games-stores managed to do it anyway and they didnt care cause they loved sony!
Now.. if those type of stores can do that with the current xbox which was far more advanced imagined how much they can hurt 360 when PS3 is out!
MS promises that 360 will look better in the future.. well Mr Moore we need the good ones now!
All the big names all the good games all the 360 most wanted games are not out yet! Thats not just cause.. but only because of the fact that real next gen games take time!
i walked into a gamers store last week and I saw the 360 games! None of them was Must have considering the ones we are waiting for!
Maybe it is true that next-gen hasnt really started yet
Commented on 2006-10-09 01:01:08 In reply to Sidons
Trust me , the store would be running Gears of war.

Just Cause is a good game though. Not great, but as a 'Sandbox' game it does a good job.
Commented on 2006-10-09 01:10:28 In reply to Sidons
the game in the booths aren't determined by MS most of the time.. it's usually the stores themselves. I'm pretty sure oce GoW is out it will be in all the 360 booths anyways...
Commented on 2006-10-09 02:03:11
Looks quite easy.

Is it auto-aim? Seems all you do is hold aim and shoot....Doesn't sound exciting and the bit where u mounted a machine gun at the back of the truck was WAAAY too long.,....it was basically the whole footage! I got bored just watching it...
Commented on 2006-10-09 03:27:05
I doubt GOW will be in too many booths. Some stores have strict policies about M-rated gore intense games. I have yet to see an M-rated game in any kiosk in my are. I've only seen Halo 2 being played during the Xbox 360 launch when the workers got bored waiting for midnight and played on the 360s.
Posted by newb
The graphics are amazing, some bits in the jungle, you just go hmm, this looks almost as good as crysis without the physics.
Yea, alot of realism in some areas, but in others it lacks polish. Flying up high into the sky at sunset looks amazing though, or riding the speedboat. This game was very ambitious, but if they make a next-gen exclusive sequel, it'll probably be a whole lot better.
Commented on 2006-10-09 05:03:03
Sidons: hate to say this but wonderful they will see a rack full of 360 games and lets see... a ps3 kiosk... with probably a dvd thats unplayable as seems to be whats planned at this point...

but beyond that with such limited supplys you're not exactly going to be able to get a ps3 anyway to play that heavinly sword....

the initial ps3 shipment and the following few months will go to all hardcore ps3 fanboys that will get one regardless not the general consumers... while the 360 sits ready to be sold with dozens of games looking awesome... hell GRAW and OBLIVION look better than most of the damn ps3 launch titles .... stop looking at CGI and start looking at their actual gameplay... even MGS' gameplay looks like crap now that we've seen it so give me a break.

Next gen has started, its just it seems people are so fasinated with frigging CGI its depressing... get over it and look at what the games for the ps3 will look like (like the mgs footage) not the CGI look at gameplay... the majority are about equal to the 360 launch titles but none are as good as the CGI or the spec video on what they wanted it to look like... once again Sony tech demos dont represent gameplay just like with the ps2... atleast with the 360 what we see is what we get end of story.
Commented on 2006-10-09 05:04:10
LOL forgot to say... that day night sequence is beautiful... i swear weather and lighting and foilage was my favorite to just sit their and watch on my big screen in oblivion it was a true beauty.
Commented on 2006-10-09 06:07:16
First of all MGS does not look like crap.. and stillits a game in progress! It looks great and as much as I hate to admit it, the physics of MGS put most of the games aside with shame..
My problem here cchance is that PS3 has the mainstream appeal and that is a fact!
Just the other day a friend of mine said she was gonna bye her husband a gift and she said she'll wait for PS3 to come out! No this woman has no IDEA of videogames!
Styl the word PLAYSTATION has established the name as "Video games".
Microsoft is very hard to fight something like that! All I'm saying is that MS has to have all of its prospectives and angles locked and solid from Sony's bombs!
Blue Dragon not here! Lost odessey not here! Too Human not here! Gears Of War not here! Mass Effect not here! Smackdown Vs Raw 07 not here! Forza motorsport 2 not here! . . .and so ON and ON and ON !
I dont want 360 for the live arcade games! I want next gen NOW!
Even test drive unlimited i played the other day U see the cars and you go WOW and Then!! the surroundings ... the grass the buildings everything was soooooooo BLURY!! really not impressed! It was like i had and all computer and had the track detail indicating LOW! It was the same with Project gotham racing 3!
Even it says that is next gen! its not all there! It doesnt feel completely new!
And then I saw motorstorm and i was so pissed off! That game has some serious next-gen elements and thats why sony is smart!
MUD and DIRT! when did we see mud and dirt like that on PS2? Never! Thats why they chose to bring out a game that takes advantage of new elements!Who cares about the game mabe beeing crap or something! The point is that SN manages to deliver What people want to see! People like that girlfriend of mine i just mentioned!
Microsoft needs TOP TOP TOP quality and nothing else! Its the only way!
And kissing japanese asses wont give MS anything but humiliation!
Peter Moore Calling Japanese xboxfans the most dedicated from all of fans tha was just stupid! Why not begging them instead! Japan is geting litle stupid ports for 360 every month and the rest of the world is still waiting for some true nxt-gen games!
Commented on 2006-10-09 06:39:23
Just have fun playing the games, jesus.

Just Cause is aight. Awesome graphically but I wasn't diggin the gameplay that much. meh
Commented on 2006-10-09 07:46:26
I think the same ten minutes were posted back during e3. Well they were posted months ago. Granted lower quality capture maybe shaky cam. I think I will give this game a rent but the combat turns me off.

Sidons cool it with the "!!!" OK
It makes you seem twelve.
Commented on 2006-10-09 10:45:43
I think demo was laughable. So many things sucked on it that don't even bother trying to list them all. It really shows its orginally ment to be released for old xbox. ..and it would have been meidcore game on that console too :)
Save your money.. Sompe proper games coming in upcoming weeks.
Commented on 2006-10-09 11:23:17
Just cause, cause too much damage i don,t like what i see.
Commented on 2006-10-09 11:26:18
I know that I will like this game and I am very glad that it is available for Xbox 360. And it is a game that will look beautiful and fun if it is displayed on the Xbox 360 stands. Of course it will not look the same as some other non-multiplatform games that are from totally different genres. Microsoft can't just deliver games that will just look stunning whatever type of game they are. I agree that hopefully people will eventually see also those other kind of games.
Commented on 2006-10-09 17:33:32
Wow is this demo buggy. I can't count how many times my parachute refused to open (I didnt die either) or I jumped and found myself frozen in mid-air, in a floating position.
Commented on 2006-10-10 05:54:19
Why did you post the first 10 minutes of this game?

Just 'cause.
Commented on 2006-10-10 18:32:08
Just cause is 1st in xbox360 charts for second week. It seems that there are alot of funs who like it.


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