Rico is back for more high-flying action.
Square Enix's open world action game Just Cause 3 was playable at Xbox's X15 event in Toronto, and after a five-year break from the franchise, it's back with a literal bang. The challenge modes on offer included a timed mode where you just cause as much damage as possible with a rocket launcher.
This may sound pedestrian, but Just Cause 3's grappling mechanics make it fresh. Unlike other games where grapple hooks only work on certain highlighted points, there are lots of random things to stick to in the environment, so you can blast things from many angles, even upside down.
There's a definite learning curve to mastering these mechanics, and I didn't get too much done in my fifteen minutes with the game, but I did get a sense of the possibilities, and they're vast. Just Cause 3's environmental elements are legitimately impressive, with cloud formations, destructible vegetation, and even wind currents. Weather events weren't shown, but they're apparently included in the final version of the game.