Blog: Game

Just Cause 3 (PS4)

Published

When Just Cause 3 came out back in late 2015, I thought “oh that looks like a lot of fun”. I grabbed it on PS4, and started playing. But, well, I sucked. The controls felt unnatural, and that damn wingsuit was just not fun – it made for a frustrating experience.

Given I was dying (and failing challenges) so frequently, load times were just a massive drag.

I was not enjoying my time in Medici. I never made it past the first few missions.

Flick forward twelve months to November 2016. I started playing again, from the beginning. Yeah, no, still not happy.

I really felt like I was missing something.

Flick forward two year, October 2018. I had just finished Spider-Man on PS4, Just Cause 3 was patched as much as it could be (or as much as they wanted to), I had a PS4 Pro, and Just Cause 4 was due for release soon and it looked so much fun.

Third time lucky.

I got my head around the controls – especially the fixed aiming – and started having a blast with the wingsuit. That moment I got my first five gear Wingsuit Challenge I though “maybe I can actually do this”.

On PS4 Pro, performance was decent – load times still lengthy, but for the most part, framerate kept steady. But the most important part, I was having a blast. Taking over settlements, blowing my way through Medici, and starting to nail not just Wingsuit Challenges, but all different kinds of challenges.

Then I zoomed out and saw the actual size of the map. Yikes. This could take a while.

But the key part – I was having fun. And isn’t that the point of a game?

I found the story to be, well, it was there, but didn’t drag me in – I had much more fun taking over settlements and bases, and clearing regions.

When I unlocked new Challenges, I tried them. Some were simple and straight forward. Others took a few tries. And a couple took countless tries. “Mountain Marathon Tour”, the one at the head of this article, took about 4 hours to nail. It’s the combination of high speed descents, last minute direction changes and sharp corners. There’s a lot to master there, and with very little room for error, it took time to master this course.

While some online have claimed Just Cause 3’s challenges to be impossible, I found them to be incredibly challenging – but also predictable. OK, maybe the boat races had some truly stupid water physics (especially in the surf), but the Wingsuit Challenges in particular were hard – don’t get me wrong, some were incredibly hard – but the same layout, same conditions, each time. Sure, clouds changed in some of the alpine courses, but overall, the conditions were consistent. It was definitely a challenge to be good enough to earn 5 gears. Could they have been a smidge more forgiving – yeah, but also, did pose a fair and achievable challenge. Hey, I’m just a casual for-fun gamer, and I was able to earn the Platinum Trophy for Just Cause 3.

Yes, it took three attempts to get in to the game, but when I started, I really found so much enjoyment in the gameplay, objectives and total chaos the game provided. Especially when I started to get 5 gears for challenges – that gave me that boost to know “OK, yeah, I can do this”.

Today, December 3rd 2018, my Gold Edition of Just Cause 4 is out for delivery today. And I’m so excited to enter Solis for another experiment in chaos (and hopefully a heck of a lot more fun).

Blog

View all
PHP

“Hello, World!” in the real world

“Hello, World!” means something to most programmers – after all, it is most probably the very first thing you wrote code about. I know that my first year...

Continue reading...

Game

Death Stranding

I do love the news that comes out of the gaming conferences, like E3. But also don’t really get too excited until the disc is in, installed, and ready to go....

Continue reading...

Life

Usability: living up to a user's expectations

Flashback 15 years, and Flash websites were quite common – not only that, but also desired. But with a blank canvas at the developer’s feet, unique navigation...

Continue reading...

JS

Integrating Tiny with Vue in a real world application

TinyMCE 5 has made the setup process more straightforward - and even easier with the Cloud version. And as there are so many JS frameworks out there, Tiny have...

Continue reading...

I am the Development Director (and co-owner) at Mity Digital, a Melbourne-based digital agency specialising in responsive web design, custom web development and graphic design.
Mity Digital