Just Cause 2
Fun to play
Just Cause 2 is a lot of fun to play. The world is MASSIVE and you can do almost anything.
The gameplay is where Just Cause 2 really shines. You just steal vehicles, shoot everything you see and of course blow things up. After learning the controls you can get around pretty easily, however I don't recommend trying to get clear across the island - it is just too big. The hookshot/parachute combination they give you is a very effective way to travel if you don't want to jack a plane/chopper/car/tank/bike/boat...if you haven't already guessed it JC2 steals a lot of ideas from the GTA series, however the hookshot and the size/diversity of the island really make this game stand out.
Graphics are sweet - watch a video review and judge for yourself. There are lots of different terrain (mountains, desert, ocean, jungles, etc...) on the island.
Sound - Don't expect final fantasy quality music or MGS4 voice acting. Explosions sound like explosions, isn't that what you really care about though?
Story - I only played through a portion of the story, so I can't really comment here. It seems pretty cookie cutter corrupt government vs rebel factions though.
Lasting appeal - I'm sure destroying a civilian town while in a chopper loaded with rockets and miniguns will get boring after a while, and I'm sure that using my hookshot to pull baddies off that tower they are trying to snipe me from will be far less amusing some day. I'm also sure that stealing tanks and driving over enemies and their vehicles will lose it's appeal....just not anytime soon. oh yea, and there is a ton of stuff to find/unlock/blow up. Getting 100% on this game would take a LONG time.
Pros - Game play, freedom to do whatever you want whenever you want. Controls are tight, graphics are good, this game is a lot of fun to play. HUGE world. So many things to destroy/find.
cons - story, voice acting, and I wish you could blow up more buildings. Finding that last thing to blow up in a town/base can be really annoying for those who care about getting 100%!
Overall - JC2 excels where you want it to excel and it makes the game a lot of fun to play. It isn't perfect, but any short comings in the story/voice acting are dwarfed by the gameplay and graphics.
Cant ask more but bring it on just cause 3
first time i did play part 1 i felt in love with it!
went i heard part 2 was coming i did not beleive it... this game it better then any open world game!
if put just cause 2 in my top 5 best game ever!!
p.s. hope that just cause 3 will appear one day!