Why "Just Cause 4" Is Awful
Ok, so I bought Just Cause 4 with high hopes, having played JC 1, 2 and 3 and having thoroughly enjoyed them. What could go wrong right?
As it turns out, quite a lot!
Let's take a look at some of the issues users are experiencing.
- Extremely poor textures for a PC game
- Terrible water
- Dumbed down gameplay and features from previous games removed
- Short playtime for an open world game
- Poor physics
We'll take a look at these points one at a time.
1. Poor Textures and Graphics
Some of the texture work looks like it was created for an Xbox 360, not the current gen of consoles and certainly not for the PC super race. Sure the FPS (frames per second) are suitable high, but this seems to have come at the cost of graphical fidelity.
Explosions and particle effects are extremely pixelated, especially at a distance and pop in is noticeable
Also worth noting are the awful cutscenes. These are some serious PS3 level quality. My FPS reader shows 60fps, but it's janky as all hell and looks less than half of that. Jerky animations top it all off and make it more like watching an old VHS tape than a cutting-edge video game.
2. Water Problems
What's so wrong with the water you may ask? Well, it's seriously flat, has poor colour saturation, has no waves to speak of, muddy looking textures and boats leave no discernable wake behind them. Oh, and don't get me started on the waterfalls!
Look, this is best served by a trio of videos from JC 2, 3 and finally JC4. It is quite apparent that the water from the first two not only looks better, but has better physics behind it too.
Users are reporting intermittent to constant and regular crashing to desktop and freezing, requiring a reboot of the PC.
Oh, worth mentioning it uses Denuvo as copy protection. For those not in the know, Denuvo is said to affect performance and needs a pretty constant internet connection to talk with its servers. It is also rumoured to leave bits of itself behind after a full uninstall.
One last point, the menus don't seem to work properly either with a mouse, but seem ok with a joypad!
4. Dumbed Down?
Yup. Lots of users are complaining that the progression system is much reduced from the previous game. This is mostly due to the fact that pistols, grenades and C4 explosives are removed from the game. That's right, no more 'nades...
Granted, the upgrades for the grapple are fun for a while, but it's ultimately as deep as a puddle.
Also worth mentioning is the gameplay cycle, it's so basic and dull. In previous games to take over bases required masses of destruction. Now it's a simple mission and to complete an area requires the same boring old side activities. Drive through rings, glide through rings, fly through rings. You get the idea.
Taking over bases was one of the most fun parts of Just Cause. Now there is very little need for chaos and destruction—such a shame.
5. Short Play Time
According to several users on the Steam discussion forums, the playtime is between 7-15 hours without completing the flying through hoops side activities.
So, a 15-hour story for your 60$ in an open world sandbox game.
This is in my opinion simply not good enough.
6. Poor Physics
So, vertical take off passenger jets aside what else have I found?
Well, how about a jeep that will only drive on its rear wheels?
And when you shoot water, the splash occurs BEFORE the bullet or shell actually reaches the water? Are we having fun yet?
Vehicle handling seems a step back from JC3, especially the boats. They just aren't fun at the moment. Speed seems off too. I was taxiing an airplane at 120kph (74.5 mph) and was able to turn like the plane was running on rails!
Occasionally lightly bumping will result in the character or vehicle flying thousands of feet into or across the air.
As much as I was looking forward to this game as a lover of the entire series, I simply cannot recommend it at the moment.
I am sure that Square Enix will solve many of these issues, but the core gameplay mechanic is not something that can simply be patched away and even with all the other issues fixed, there is not enough of a game to justify the cost.
Thumbs down for this one, Just Cause 4 is not worth a buy
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