Just Cause 3 Review / Breakdown

Hi and welcome to the Just Cause 3 Breakdown / Review. It’s been a while since I posted and I am glad to be diving back into the world of gaming and in these posts I breakdown the games and give you my thoughts and feelings about the games after I have finished playing them.

When was It released

This game was announced on November 11, 2014, and was released December 1, 2015

Who Made The Game

Avalanche Studios is a Swedish video game developer based in Stockholm with three studios that focuses on creating open-world games and was founded in March 2003 by Linus Blomberg and Christofer Sundberg. Avalanche Studios is best known for creating the Just Cause series and has worked on other titles like Mad Max and Generation Zero.

Square Enix is a Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company and the company’s full name is Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. They started doing business on September 22, 1975, and the company is valued 4,420 JPY. Square Enix was two different companies at the start. The first was called Square, and the other was called Enix. Both compies decided on a merger in 2000.

The company is best known for

  • Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix
  • Life Is Strange
  • Dragon Quest 1, 2 & 3
  • Hitman

What Platform Is It On

This game is available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

What Genre Is It In

Just Cause 3 is an open-world action-adventure game.

What Game Engine Does It Run

Just Cause 3 runs an improved version of the Avalanche Engine that was used in Just Cause 1 & 2

What’s The Story About

The story starts six years after the events of Just Cause 2, and you play as mercenary Rico Rodriguez who is returning to his home of Medici to find that his presence is needed because Medici has fallen under a dictatorship of General Sebastiano Di Ravello. Rico sets out to overthrow Ravello and becomes part of a resistance group led by Rico’s old friend Mario Frigo.

The Second ally that you meet in the game after saving Mario’s forces from being completely wiped out is Dimah al-Masri, the scientist who creates all your gadgets and weapons. Dimah tells you that Di Ravello has been mining a mineral that has remarkable properties called Bavarium, and he is going to use it to make almost indestructible tanks and other weapons.

After Rico manually manoeuvres a missile off course and sends it to Di Ravello’s command base on the southern islands. Ravello is not happy and orders a small fleet to go and kill Mario and Dimah, but Rico destroys the fleet and in the process meets two new allies, Annika and Teo.

Rosa Manuela then comes out of hiding when Di Ravello forces are beaten back and forms a government opposed to his regime. Dimah sacrifices herself and takes all the information about Bavarium enhanced weapons with her. After the big boss battle at the end Rosa becomes President and Medici becomes a free place once again.

What’s The Gameplay Like

The world size is 400 square miles which is comparable to Just Cause 2, and the gameplay is fun after i figured out what I needed to do to proceed and there is plenty of things that you can blow up and enough things to do to keep you happy if that’s your thing and the damage that you can take is hugely forgiving, and you almost have to be standing still to take any significant damage before you die. I found that after the first couple of missions, it becomes super repetitive and is a grind to free all the provinces by destroying the same structures over and over again.

The travelling in helicopters is slow and takes forever to get anywhere and is comparable to pulling teeth until you upgrade your helicopter to the military one with big missile pods on the side and then it speeds up a little. Driving in the game is ok, not great and if you pass through a checkpoint, you usually come out the other side with some new friends who just become annoying if you have a long way to travel. I found the best way to travel without to much hassle is by using the grapple in combination with the wingsuit and the parachute and you can get to most places with ease.

Weapons and gadgets and transport are abundant, and if you run out of ammo you can just call in supples without a hassle, and I never felt as if I was ever in danger of dying because of a lack of ammo or equipment and some people will like that support and over will not and want more of a challenge.

What Type Of Resources Are In The Game

In the game, there are no resources that you need to collect or produce to allow you to move forward in the game.

Equipment In The Game

UVK – 13 is a regular rocket launcher, it shoots a single rocket. Especially effective against light armoured combat vehicles.

Fire Leech RPG allows you to target few targets at which eight small rockets are then shot. This weapon is perfect against a larger group of enemies or medium-sized military vehicle or group.

CAPSTONE HYDRA is a launcher that allows you to fire five missiles at once. This weapon is excellent for eliminating helicopters and tanks. It makes destroying large objects in military bases much more manageable.

CS NEGOTIATOR It’s a regular grenade launcher, suitable for eliminating few enemies at once. It will also be useful when facing light armoured combat vehicles and when destroying ordinary military objects.

UPU-210 is a more powerful version of the earlier grenade launcher above. This launcher shoots six missiles at once. Due to this, it is very effective against combat vehicles and in destroying more substantial objects.

USV-45 SOKOL is a sniper rifle that allows you to take down targets from far away. This is the weapon of choice for situations when you cannot get to someplace, and you must eliminate the target/enemy from a distance.

CS110 ARCHANGEL is a more robust version of the sniper rifle above. It has a smaller recoil. It allows you to shoot from a long distance. This is a deadly weapon and perfect for destroying far away, medium-sized objects in cities or military bases.

There is a lot of transportation options for you to choose from like Planes, jets, helicopters and boats, these vehicles come in all different shapes and sizes, and some are loaded with weapons and others are not.

The main pieces of equipment you will use in the game is the grapple, parachute and wingsuit.

Replayability

I believe if you want to play this game again, there is replay value here and it will take you a while to complete it again, but I feel like after you have completed the game, there is no reason to go back and play it again because it’s a complete grind.

A Nice Little Feature

I say that the coolest little feature of this game is the way you call in supplies and it drops from the sky in a shipping container and bursts open. I wish all my packages arrived that way.

Difficulty levels

There are no difficulty settings in Just Cause 3, so everyone has to play on the same difficulty, but things do get harder towards the end of the game.

Enemy types

The Medici Military is your main enemy as you play through this game you will come to see all the different levels of the Military. The ranks start at Classe private and then progress to Sargent, Commandante
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When you are just walking around exploring, the Medici Military have been given orders to respond to you with force. If they spot you, then the first wave usually is just a couple of hummers with a few men in each of them. If you destroy them, then they increase their alert level and start to send in tanks and helicopters and more men to try and attack you.

luckily the AI is dumb, and you can lose these guys pretty quickly without much effort or just stick around to keep the party going and have a little fun just remember your ammo is not unlimited and requesting a drop in the middle of a battle is sometimes harder then you think if you got guys always firing at you.

Is It Single-player Or Multiplayer

This game is a single-player game.

How Long Is The Game

The main story of the game will take about 17h 23m but if you are not in a rush and want to play the game till you get that 100% complete then you are looking at about 60h 47m.

How Much Is The Game

You can pick this game up from Amazon for £12.99 for Xbox one or £15.51 for PlayStation 4, or if you’re a PC gamer, it’s £9.99.

My Thoughts About The Game

Just Cause 3 is a game that is fun to play for a couple of hours but really takes some dedication if you want to complete it, with a lack of difficulty options and almost god-like abilities to resist damage getting shot by a rocket is not dangerous it just becomes annoying when it tosses you around the map. On the whole, I think that it’s not a bad game I personally didn’t like the game towards the end because it just needs something to break up that relentlessness of doing the same thing over and over again to free your people. But if you have a couple of hours to kill and are looking for a lot of mindless destruction then take Just Cause 3 for a spin just don’t get your hopes up. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT JUST CAUSE 3

Metro Last Light Review / Breakdown

So after playing metro 2033, I was pumped and was looking forward to playing more of the metro series. So that’s exactly what I did. Metro Last Light released in 2013 and still enjoyable to play in 2019, so that gets into it.

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Who Made The Game?

Developer:

4A Games was founded in 2006 by Andrew Prokhorov, Oles Shyshkovtsov, Alexander Maximchuk. Who left GSC Game World and now has two studios with its headquarters in Sliema, Ukraine and the second in Kiev, also in Ukraine.

Publishers:

Deep Silver was founded in 2002 and is a multinational video game developer and publisher based in Basingstoke, United Kingdom, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of German multinational corporation Koch Media. And is best known for games like the Dead Island series, Saints Row series, and the sequel to Homefront.

What platform is it on?

PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Genre:

First-person shooter survival horror.

What Game Engine Does It Run?

The game runs the 4A Engine developed by 4A Games for the Metro Games and is a graphics middleware engine, and it supports Direct3D APIs 9, 10, 11, 12, OpenGL 3.2, along with NVidia’s PhysX, and also NVidia’s 3D Vision.

What’s The Story About?

Metro Last Light takes place in 2034 one year later after the events of the first game and is a direct sequel to Metro 2033. The story takes off from the missile strike at the end of the first game. You play as Artyom now a ranger and struggling with the decision of killing The Dark Ones. You find out that there is a single Dark One still left alive. And are sent on a mission to eliminate it and finish this thing once and for all. But it doesn’t go to plan. (Trying not to give to much away)

You learn more about the Dark Ones in Last Light and understand what Artyom’s role is and why they can speak to him. You also learn more about other factions within the metro and feels like a real world with lots of things going on.

What’s The Gameplay Like?

The gameplay is the same as Metro 2033 just with added improvements to gameplay mechanics and introduces elements such as weapon customisation. One thing that is critical in Metro games is scavenging, and with areas in Last Light being bigger than Metro 2033 there is more to explore.

There are many different ways that the game pulls you into the world and adds that level of immersion that I am always looking for. Diary entries, written by Artyom himself make the world seem more significant and more vast and the freedom to utilise different tactics to combat enemies that you don’t feel like your being restricted.

Stealth in this game is funny because as long as you are in the shadows. The human enemies have no clue where you are, even if you are standing in front of them or just run around the corner, shadows are your friends but as soon as you put one toe in the light area’s they are on you without hesitation. So turning off oil lamps and light bulbs is an obligation if you want to make it through some areas without firing a shot.

What Type Of Resources Are In The Game?

The resources haven’t changed from Metro 2033, and you still got your trusty lighter to burn them cobwebs away and a wind-up torch for seeing where you’re going, and ammunition is still the currency of the game, and the quest for gas mask filters and health packs continues.

Equipment In The Game

  1. Shotguns, automatic machine guns, a pistol and a rifle. Can all be brought from shops in the game.
  2. Gas masks, if yours gets damaged in combat, you can find new ones laying around or take them of dead bodies.
  3. A flashlight that needs to be charged and the more you charge it, the brighter it gets.
  4. Health packs can be found laying around.
  5. A lighter that you can use to burn cobwebs and doesn’t run out of gas.
  6. throwing knives, claymores, incendiary grenades, and hand grenades also a compass to tell you where to go.

The customisation of weapons is functional doesn’t have a whole lot to choose from but the things you can attach to your weapons works and doesn’t make the guns to powerful.

Replayability

The only replay value in this game is two different endings and playing the game on a harder difficulty level on a different mode.

A Nice Little Feature

Nothing stood out for me in this game don’t get me, wrong I loved the game, but it was more of the same which I enjoyed but nothing groundbreaking. I still think that being able to wipe the dirt and blood off of your mask is the best little detail of the metro series so far.

Difficulty Levels

There are standard difficulty levels like Easy, Normal and Hardcore. Also, there are Three modes:

Survival: has scarce ammo, slower reload, analogue clock, smarter AI.

Spartan: has faster reloads and aiming and more plentiful supplies.

Ranger mode: (DLC) removes HUD and lowers hp of all enemies and you.

Enemy Types

There is no shortage of mutants for you to kill in this game and even a few new ones that don’t appear in metro 2033 if i am not mistaken.

If you are not fighting mutants, then you will spend the rest of your time either being captured by or fighting Red Line and the Fourth Reich who are the two main forces in the game.

Is It Single Player Or Multiplayer?

Only single player. With NO multiplayer option.

How Long Is The Game?

9h 49m for the main story and much more if you try out the different modes and difficulties.

How Much Is The Game?

£15.99 on PS4, Xbox One and £ 7.45 for PC, it’s Not going to break the bank, and I think £15.99 for a game that came out in 2013 isn’t a bad price.

My Thoughts About The Game

I enjoyed the stealth in Last Light way more than I did in Metro 2033, but the gameplay was still amazing in both games. Maybe it was me, but I found that there were more surface levels which I found more challenging because of the gas mask filters giving me hardly any time on them maybe just my luck. (I hate them gas mask filters lol) but enjoyed the game but didn’t get that same buzzy I got when I completed the first one, but I did love the part near the end of last light where you have to defend D6 in an all-out attack. CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY

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Apple Arcade Gaming Subscription Service

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It seems to me every big company these days is taking a stab at there version of gaming subscription service because they don’t want to be left out and every company seems to be following the trend after Microsoft has done their games pass. At its March 25th “It’s Showtime” event Apple announced a foray into game subscriptions and here’s what I know.

Apple Arcade will bundle over 100 new and exclusive games. All of the games will be ad-free and will not include any in-app purchases. These games are not going to be triple AAA games like you will get on the other gaming platforms like Xbox One, PS4, and PC they are not going to be using cutting edge graphics but the graphics are not going to be poor quality either.

Apple says these games will be high quality with a focus on simplicity and exclusivity and will be family-friendly across the board. They also believe that with Apple Arcade there will be a significant number of games that will only be made because of this platform.

Apple Arcade will help solve the problem of discovering high-quality games which is a problem on the app store because of the size of it and how many crap mobile games there is out there.

When Will It Be Released And How Much Is It?

The three burning questions on my mind when a new service comes out is, does it look any good? When’s it out? And how much is it going to cost me?, if I do decide I want it. The details are fuzzy when it comes to answering those questions but what I do know is it’ll launch sometime this
Autumn in over 150 regions, and there has not been a price announced yet. And if you are an arcade game fan, then it might appeal to you because of the promised high-quality games that you can’t play anywhere else.

But like google stadia they don’t want to be too greedy because there is a lot of competition from other gaming subscription services.

Who’s On Board

Apple has signed deals with the likes of Disney, Gameloft, SEGA, LEGO, and Konami for the bundle. And has got some highly regarded game developers such as Hironobu Sakaguchi and Ken Wong to get them off to a strong start.

How Are They Different?

You always want to know (What Make You Different?) and the difference is I guess apple arcade will not be a streaming service and will not be a standalone app but will have its tab along the bottom bar of the App Store app alongside the general Games tab. And each subscription supports Family Share, allowing up to six people to play on the same account). Their games will be downloadable for offline play unlike google stadia, which is good news for people with a poor internet connection.

A Cool Little Feature I like.

Apple Arcade will be playable across the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. But the thing I think is cool is that you can access your game you were playing on your Ipad and carry on that same game on your iPhone without having to start the game from scratch so all devices are linked and it doesn’t matter where you start a game or even finish a game.

Is There A Controller

With google stadia bringing its controller out that looks surprisingly like the PS4 controller. Apple specifically says “many games will offer support for game controllers. I don’t think it will be their primary focus.

The Games That Have Been Confirmed So Far Are?

The Artful Escape
Atone: Heart Of The Elder Tree
Beyond A Steel Sky
The Bradwell Conspiracy
Cardpocalypse
Doomsday Vault
Down in Bermuda
Enter The Construct
Fantasian
Frogger In Toy Town
Hitchhiker
Hot Lava
Kings Of The Castle
LEGO Arthouse / LEGO Brawls
Lifelike
Monomals
Mr. Turtle
No Way Home
Oceanhorn 2: Knights Of The Lost Realm
Overland
The Pathless
Projection: First Light
Repair
Sayonara Wild Hearts
Shantae 5
Sneaky Sasquatch
Spidersaurs
Team Sonic Racing
UFO On Tape: First Contact
Where Cards Fall
Winding Worlds
Yaga

My Final Thoughts

If you are a fan of arcade style / retro games and want more high-quality mobile games experience and have not brought a Nintendo switch, then it might be worth a look. Personally, I am not a big mobile gamer and will not be using the service. But might be great for people who are addicted to mobile games or want an arcade / retro game fix. The only downside I can think of is that if you are only interested in one or two games, you still have to sign up for the full service because the games included in Apple Arcade will not be available outside of the bundle.