Just Cause is a franchise started in 2006, with the release of Just Cause under the Eidos development team. The game series has a major emphasis on liberation. Both games place you in the shoes of Agency operative Rico Rodriguez. The games place you in a large area of fictional islands, and supply you with many reasons to blow things up and produce anarchy in the nation given. The games are both based on the premise of overthrowing a power-hungry leader and saving an island nation from the government. Both games also include a grappling hook and parachute to allow you to traverse the large landforms quickly.
Original Release Date: September 22, 2006
Platforms: PC, PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360
Main Article: Just Cause
Just Cause takes place on the fictional island of San Esperito, and features Rico Rodriguez on a quest to remove 'El Presidente', Salvador Mendoza. The game was released in 2006 on the PS2, Xbox 360, Xbox, and PC. At the time of release, the graphics were highly praised for pushing the boundaries of Playstation 2 era technology. The game allowed players to take on the government in a variety of different ways, such as helping rebels and drug cartels to hassle the military, and forcing enemies to withdraw from areas of the island.
Just Cause 2
Original Release Date: March 23, 2010
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Main Article: Just Cause 2
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Just Cause 2 was released in March of 2010, and features more of an emphasis on Chaos than the original game, which did not include such a feature to begin with. Rico is working against Baby Panay, the leader of an Asian island called Panau. Baby Panay is meant to have assassinated his father, and has taken hostile control of the island. However, with the improved grappling hook and additional factions, Just Cause 2's aim is simple: to remove Panay from power. Permanently.