Just Cause 2 Catch-All

It doesn't show up on the map, but the little radar icon pops up when you get close to things.

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Terrible picture, but I was having trouble finding a screenshot with the radar thing activated.

I guess radar is the incorrect word, but it picks up signal strength or some such thing. Functions as radar. Anyway ...

FYI, JC2 is half off on Steam this weekend for those of you who don't have it yet. It it totally worth it, IMO.

garion333 wrote:

It doesn't show up on the map, but the little radar icon pops up when you get close to things.

IMAGE(http://i.imgur.com/37dJP.jpg)

Terrible picture, but I was having trouble finding a screenshot with the radar thing activated.

I guess radar is the incorrect word, but it picks up signal strength or some such thing. Functions as radar. Anyway ...

This makes thing SO much faster. Thanks! The game just got about 5 times as enjoyable.

What a fantastic game!

12 hours in and aside from a couple of faction missions I haven't even touched the main story.

I also just spent the last 2 hours hunting the last 2% in the dock district which, in any other game, would have made me shut it off in frustration. Instead I barreled through the streets in a 6 wheeled armored APC with a military jeep ziplined to my butt giggling like a maniac.

Turns out I forgot a statue... I had ziplined several sports-cars to it looking for something with enough oomph and got distracted. Then I passed by that spot several times secure in the knowledge that I had dealt with that statue.

I also picked it up this weekend. Great game so far, it's true, blowing stuff up doesn't get old. Getting 100% in those little villages doesn't seem like such a chore because you can zip around so quickly, and, well, blowing stuff up is just great.

I'm SURE it's been answered, but there are the three factions. Do you eventually have to choose which one to help, or does it come with doing the majority of missions for one group. Or does it not even matter? So far I've just been causing destruction and I can already start the 4th story mission. I'm at 9 hours though.

Citizen86 wrote:

I also picked it up this weekend. Great game so far, it's true, blowing stuff up doesn't get old. Getting 100% in those little villages doesn't seem like such a chore because you can zip around so quickly, and, well, blowing stuff up is just great.

I'm SURE it's been answered, but there are the three factions. Do you eventually have to choose which one to help, or does it come with doing the majority of missions for one group. Or does it not even matter? So far I've just been causing destruction and I can already start the 4th story mission. I'm at 9 hours though.

If I recall correctly, you do have to choose near the end, but I think it really only makes a difference in what cutscenes you see.

"Which one of you will give me the largest 'blow s*** up' budget? You, okay, I side with you."

Wait, there's a story?

garion333 wrote:

Wait, there's a story? :P

I was amazed at how little they did with the story (it almost feels wrong calling it that) when it would have taken almost no more effort to expand it a whole lot.

Will this really not run in XP? Cause I bought it and didnt read that part...

NathanialG wrote:

Will this really not run in XP? Cause I bought it and didnt read that part...

Nope, DX10 only, so Vista and Windows 7.

Crap. No way to fudge that?

NathanialG wrote:

Crap. No way to fudge that?

Couldn't tell you since I have Windows 7, but a quick Google search tells me there's a crack out there to allow it ... but I have no idea if it works.

NathanialG wrote:

Crap. No way to fudge that?

I've heard there are ways to get DX10 to run on XP but given the level of investment MS has put in to keeping DX10 as a selling point? Might just be easier to get Win 7. Like I did.

Any solution is false. I've seen no reports that say anything different.

DX10 on XP works to a certain extent, but the compatibility checks in JC2, specifically, still fail.

Sounds like a good excuse to drop your 9 year old operating system. I kind of dreaded switching away from XP, but I am very glad I did. Win7 is very slick.

So, I came down with an eye infection and the doc said to not wear contacts. What a great excuse to spend the long weekend at home, after downloading this game. Holy smokes! The only gripe I have with the game is that I wish it would auto-save after you complete a mission (and or do 100% in a town). Oh, and then there is the ridiculous airplane control scheme. *shrug*

But damn is this game fun or what? It's like having a heroin IV plugged into your arm with every key on the keyboard squirting a little bit more into your system. And the graphics! Holy crap! I can see buildings and such like 30 km away! Wow! And some more exclamations! But seriously, I didn't expect much from this game. It made a believer out of me. Especially now that I got the grapple->parachute->grapple-boost thing down pat. Someone starts shooting at me, just zip->woosh->zip,zip,zip and I'm gone.

Does anybody get the sense that this game should be called: "Spiderman: Done Right"?

MoonDragon wrote:

So, I came down with an eye infection and the doc said to not wear contacts. What a great excuse to spend the long weekend at home, after downloading this game. Holy smokes! The only gripe I have with the game is that I wish it would auto-save after you complete a mission (and or do 100% in a town). Oh, and then there is the ridiculous airplane control scheme. *shrug*

My game does. You might not notice it, it's ... in the bottom left of the screen, I think.

MoonDragon wrote:

So, I came down with an eye infection and the doc said to not wear contacts. What a great excuse to spend the long weekend at home, after downloading this game. Holy smokes! The only gripe I have with the game is that I wish it would auto-save after you complete a mission (and or do 100% in a town). Oh, and then there is the ridiculous airplane control scheme. *shrug*

I thought it did autosave when you completed a location / mission on the PC. At least, that's how I remember it. Also, if you have a 360 controller, use that for high speed vehicles (fast cars, jets and airplanes) and M&K for everything else.

mrtomaytohead wrote:

Also, if you have a 360 controller, use that for high speed vehicles (fast cars, jets and airplanes) and M&K for everything else.

Oooh! Good thinking!
Does it work for the basejumping stuff too? I get horribly disoriented trying to see where I'm going without causing Rico to also shift his balance.

Oh! So a funny thing happened to me this morning. I was assaulting some military bases up in the mountains near the first Roaches stronghold when my chopper got shot down right near the edge of the cliff. I quickly ejected, deployed my chute, got smacked into the ground by my exploding helicopter, ragdolled, and then spent the next 2 minutes slowly sliding down the mountain while continuously getting shot by the enemy chopper. It was this slow, agonizing slide punctuated with groans and blood splatters that dragged on and on. The chopper never doing enough damage to kill and the slope never providing enough grip for Rico the ninja to regain his footing. The slide finally sped up towards the last 30 seconds and I was placing bets as to which would kill me... the bullets or the eventual impact with the ground. Then the ground dropped out and Rico went into freefall and was able to deploy his chute. A quick zipline to the chopper, a swing to hang by the nose, a bullet or 10 into the face of the door-guard, a brief struggle with the pilot, and all was right in the world again.

Also, the DLC air-gun thingy is HIL A RIOUS fun. Same mountain. 'Friendly' roaches parked in trucks at the Stronghold entrance... oooor, flipping through space like frisbees! You decide!

Rezzy wrote:

Oh! So a funny thing happened to me this morning. I was assaulting some military bases up in the mountains near the first Roaches stronghold when my chopper got shot down right near the edge of the cliff. I quickly ejected, deployed my chute, got smacked into the ground by my exploding helicopter, ragdolled, and then spent the next 2 minutes slowly sliding down the mountain while continuously getting shot by the enemy chopper. It was this slow, agonizing slide punctuated with groans and blood splatters that dragged on and on. The chopper never doing enough damage to kill and the slope never providing enough grip for Rico the ninja to regain his footing. The slide finally sped up towards the last 30 seconds and I was placing bets as to which would kill me... the bullets or the eventual impact with the ground. Then the ground dropped out and Rico went into freefall and was able to deploy his chute. A quick zipline to the chopper, a swing to hang by the nose, a bullet or 10 into the face of the door-guard, a brief struggle with the pilot, and all was right in the world again.

Chris Remo would be so proud.

mrtomaytohead wrote:

I thought it did autosave when you completed a location / mission on the PC. At least, that's how I remember it. Also, if you have a 360 controller, use that for high speed vehicles (fast cars, jets and airplanes) and M&K for everything else.

Well, I thought the auto-saving was there too. But there was a point at which I died in a stronghold mission, repeatedly. Frustrated, I quit for the day. When I came back the next day, I found out after an hour of playing that the last 3 missions/towns that I did before I started the stronghold mission were all reverted to unfinished. Who knows? Maybe I screwed up and loaded a an old save or something. Ah well.

As far as the controller goes, I have Logitech dual shock or whatever it's called. It doesn't work with this game. Piece of crap like most other Logitech products I bought in my life. Not a big deal. I think I drove 15km altogether in the game, after more than 10 hours of playing. And that includes some challenges and missions. I prefer flying (chute or heli) and can live without planes (flying challenges can be done with choppers).

Yeah I've found the planes to be basically impossible not to crash in with a keyboard. I'm going to have to try the 360 controller out next time I play.

I've already blazed through quite a few Stronghold takeovers for each faction, and completed the 4th story mission. Sprinkle in some random destruction and 100% of enemy bases and villages, and you have yourself quite a fun game. Glad I made the purchase.

@Rezzy, I've also been stuck in that slow tumble where Rico just ragdolls himself slowly down the hill. Can be a little frustrating, but kind of funny to watch.

What difficulty are you guys playing on? I set mine to Hard I think, well one step above normal. I've found it to be a pretty even challenge. I think Story Mission 4 has been the hardest, a lot to do in one mission and I had to start over a few times. Other than that though, I definitely die, but that's usually after getting to level 4 chaos and getting a few choppers after me along with half the Panau army

I thought there was one mission in the game where you had to use a plane to attack an oil rig. But yeah, the planes suck for anything except getting from one side of the map to the other or scouting out new waypoints. Choppers are so much better if you actually want to shoot anything.

MoonDragon wrote:
mrtomaytohead wrote:

I thought it did autosave when you completed a location / mission on the PC. At least, that's how I remember it. Also, if you have a 360 controller, use that for high speed vehicles (fast cars, jets and airplanes) and M&K for everything else.

Well, I thought the auto-saving was there too. But there was a point at which I died in a stronghold mission, repeatedly. Frustrated, I quit for the day. When I came back the next day, I found out after an hour of playing that the last 3 missions/towns that I did before I started the stronghold mission were all reverted to unfinished. Who knows? Maybe I screwed up and loaded a an old save or something. Ah well.

As far as the controller goes, I have Logitech dual shock or whatever it's called. It doesn't work with this game. Piece of crap like most other Logitech products I bought in my life. Not a big deal. I think I drove 15km altogether in the game, after more than 10 hours of playing. And that includes some challenges and missions. I prefer flying (chute or heli) and can live without planes (flying challenges can be done with choppers).

Did you click 'load last autosave' or did you load your game save?

As for driving / airplane flight. I had so much fun doing crazy stuff with them that it seems a huge loss to not be able to enjoy going for a high speed cruise. One of my favorite things was doing a race mission with a car and once it was done, flinging the car off a cliff and parachuting out of it as it plummets to a fiery death.

Citizen86 wrote:

@Rezzy, I've also been stuck in that slow tumble where Rico just ragdolls himself slowly down the hill. Can be a little frustrating, but kind of funny to watch.

I haven't had that happen, but something much worse. It's more of a glitch where I'm jumping between helicopters and one gets blown up and I get stuck slowly floating in mid-air stuck in some funky either sitting or parachute (without the 'chute) pose and for the longest time I can't get out of it. It happened about 5 times in my 47hrs of play.

I too cannot get any response out of a plane other than "crash". Thinking about the mission I'm on, it's probably more that I should grapple onto the guy I'm pursuing's helicoptor rather than try to scramble a jet or a heli within 20 seconds.

The problem with the plane controls in JC2 is that there is no yaw controls so you have to do these crazy rolls to reposition the plane. It kind of sucks. That said, i've been able to practice a good bit with the black market plane, and I have been able to do pretty crazy stunts with it.

In this game, the 360 pad is infinitely better than mouse and keyboard. It not only makes the vehicles vastly more enjoyable, but it eliminates some very distracting mouse lag that I was experiencing on foot with the mouse. I really really did not want to use the gamepad in this game, but I'm glad I finally caved. It seriously made a world of difference.

EriktheRed wrote:

The problem with the plane controls in JC2 is that there is no yaw controls so you have to do these crazy rolls to reposition the plane. It kind of sucks. That said, i've been able to practice a good bit with the black market plane, and I have been able to do pretty crazy stunts with it.

See, I've never had any trouble with the plane. I can do the races and all of that just fine.