Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 43
  2. Negative: 6 out of 43
  1. Dec 3, 2018
    100
    Everything is absolutely fantastic, and while in-game performance isn't perfect, it's hardly enough of a downside to affect my view of the game overall. Avalanche has truly brought the thunder.
  2. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Dec 21, 2018
    82
    Just Cause 4 is just like its predecessor, but bigger, better, faster. Most of the grind was removed, while “creative destruction” aspect is better than ever. [Issue#234, p.34]
  3. Dec 3, 2018
    81
    If you love open world games that let you loose to just play with things and see what kind of mayhem you can create, there's no better series than Just Cause 4. And while this holiday season is filled to the brim with new games, I would strongly advise against sleeping on Rico's latest adventure. It's one you'll be guaranteed to have dozens of hours of fun with.
  4. CD-Action
    Feb 6, 2019
    80
    When designing a new game in a long-running franchise, the developers face a fundamental question: go with the tried-and-true or risk trying something new? In this case the former approach was chosen and it was the right decision, because JC4 is as enjoyable as its predecessors. It has some obvious flaws (e.g. uneven visuals and some repetitive mission types) but they are easily outweighed by incredibly fun gameplay. It is simply a well-made, thrilling open world game. [01/2019, p.40]
  5. Dec 17, 2018
    80
    Just Cause 4 does not represent a setback or a bad delivery in the terms of the franchise and if you are a fan of the adventures of Rico Rodriguez, you will not be disappointed after making the revolution succeed in Solis.
  6. Dec 10, 2018
    80
    Just Cause 4 is the perfect example of what Just Cause is. The action is over-the-top and amazing, but the story is really thin and missions get repetitive. If you love the explosive gameplay however, you are set for a perfect vacation.
  7. Dec 4, 2018
    80
    Explosive open-world spectacle in the form of a playable B-movie. Graphical weaknesses and boring missions lower the score for Just Cause 4.
  8. Dec 4, 2018
    80
    Just Cause 4 is the best entry in the series to date, offering spectacular free-wheeling destruction on a scale that’s not been attempted before. Rico remains one of gaming’s most enjoyable protagonists, but more than ever before, it’s really all about what he’s capable of doing rather than the events unfolding around him.
  9. Dec 4, 2018
    80
    Just Cause 4 is a very entertaining package and its potential won’t be fully tapped for a long time.
  10. Dec 3, 2018
    80
    With its extreme weather scenarios and the familiar, over-the-top usage of Rico’s grapple gun, wingsuit and parachute, Just Cause 4 is the most ridiculous and best it has ever been.
  11. Dec 17, 2018
    79
    The franchise essence is still there and responsible for a lot of over the top explosive action that you love or hate about the series. But the enormous hardware requirements of the Apex engine make this a tough cookie to chew on - even more so on consoles.
  12. Dec 3, 2018
    79
    Just Cause 4 is a slightly better version of Just Cause 3's destruction-fueled action, but lacks a big new idea to give it an identity of its own.
  13. Dec 4, 2018
    76
    In Just Cause 4 you will have fun making things explode and exploring the map in the most different ways, but don’t expect a great depth of play.
  14. Dec 13, 2018
    75
    Just Cause 4 is a great sandbox with a funny action moments, but you'll find repetitive missions and great ideas unexplored.
  15. Dec 7, 2018
    75
    Just Cause 4 is a really engrossing game that makes you want to goof around. The amount of new toys will decide about the longevity of this game - players can unlock A LOT of them during their progress with the main storyline. Unfortunately, it also means that gamers have to complete a dozen of repetitive tasks. Despite that, it's still worth it.
  16. Dec 3, 2018
    75
    Just Cause 4, on PC, is a totally free sandbox experience where physics matter. Unluckily, the repetitive aspect of missions objectives will disappoint those who seek more than a physic playground, even if its combat system has evolved.
  17. Dec 3, 2018
    75
    Just Cause 4 tries to bring the series to a new level, but in the end the game delivers the same funny sandbox experience it's very well known for, with only little differences.
  18. 73
    The latest adventure of Rico Rodriguez, with its good dose of adrenaline and over-the-top action, forces our hero to embark on a real impossible mission to dismantle the dangerous Project Illapa. Despite the lack of variety and the exaggerated length of the campaign, Just Cause 4 still manages to push the boundaries of players’ imaginations, dragging them once again into a world of destruction, explosions and pure chaos.
  19. Dec 3, 2018
    73
    Still delivers the series' sandbox mayhem, but is underserved by some pretty dated systems.
  20. Jan 28, 2019
    70
    An 80s action movie in videogame form, some poor design choices don’t stop this being a great sandbox to play in.
  21. Dec 11, 2018
    70
    Just Cause 4 is the perfect example of a game built around a concept or engine, which makes for a fun experience, without offering any depth or expectations.
  22. Dec 10, 2018
    70
    While Just Cause 4 still offers a very good sandbox, and instant fun with non-stop action, the game suffers from poor visuals, awful cinematics and one of the dullest narrative we've ever seen.
  23. Dec 7, 2018
    70
    For fans of the series, Just Cause 4 ends up being one of those virtually critic-proof titles. The story is forgettable, and the repetitive mission types can feel like a chore. With that said, the chaos that all of your tools can cause creates a type of destructive madness that few other games can replicate, and the fun springing from that anarchy is undeniable. It isn't a masterpiece by any means, and it could certainly stand to be improved in the area of graphical presentation, but the moment you get your hands on the game, you might not care so long as there's something you can blow up.
  24. Dec 7, 2018
    70
    Just Cause 4 is a wild and outrageous open-world game, and there are a lot of goofy and funny moments that are worth cherishing. But compared with its prequel, Just Cause 4 has barely changed in terms of gameplay.
  25. Dec 4, 2018
    70
    The opportunities to give free rein to their destructive inspiration are always abundant and well supported, but the saga has undeniably reached a point of stagnation.
  26. Dec 3, 2018
    70
    Avalanche wraps an even more explosive Just Cause title, with extreme weather conditions that produce stunning effects on the island of Solís. Just Cause 4, however, can’t manage to overcome the critical aspects of the past chapters, mostly for the uncompelling plot.
  27. Dec 3, 2018
    70
    It’s very much a make-your-own-fun kind of game. If you go the staid route of dishing out gun-ishment, it’s a lovely looking but rather empty third-person shooter. If you go the batshit insane route of tying everything to everything and adding rocket boosters, it’s a ballet of hilarious carnage that will likely result in your accidental death dozens of times. It’s just a dance that’s only changed a few steps from the last time.
  28. Dec 3, 2018
    70
    Just Cause 4 refines everything that made its predecessor great. It’s still one of the most generous and bombastic open world games, but its new systems don’t progress the sandbox as much as they should.
  29. Dec 12, 2018
    69
    Just Cause 4 is an easy-to-play sandbox of chaos with a sprinkling of extreme weather. It holds strong due to an improved grapple and varied tools, and while this explosive sequel won’t set the world on fire, you can blow up enough things to make it interesting.
  30. Dec 18, 2018
    68
    Just Cause 4 would have taken half a year of development to get the technology under control and would still be a small disappointment. The title gives you a huge game world as well as pretty cool gadgets and somehow makes nothing of it. The story is insignificant, the missions are annoyingly repetitive, the AI is unbelievably stupid and in addition there are technical problems like the constant pop-ups, strikingly late loading textures, broken shadow calculation and bugs, which lead to the fact that a running mission can't be completed. In addition, the storms that have been announced turn out to be pure farce without any playful benefit. Whatever went wrong during the development, despite good approaches, fun tools and a big game world, you can't get past the predecessor. Instead of a cool action orgy, Just Cause 4 has become a real nuisance.
  31. Dec 3, 2018
    68
    Just Cause 4 succeeds in being a chaotic open world in which ammunition tricks and vehicles are always on.
  32. Dec 10, 2018
    65
    If you honestly loved Just Cause 3 and want to carry on the war that game started, along with balloons to send cows into the stratosphere, you’ll mostly be happy with the sequel. For the rest of us, it’s never as good or insane as it needs to be, and every part of the excitement is tinged with frustration.
  33. Edge Magazine
    Jan 4, 2019
    60
    The waywardness of the physics and AI are easier to forgive in a game with such a taste for ludicrous knock-on effects. [Issue#328, p.104]
  34. Dec 4, 2018
    60
    At a time when open-world games sometimes overstay their welcome, Just Cause 4 is at the other end of the spectrum, where you wish there was more to experience because it has so much going for it.
  35. Dec 3, 2018
    60
    Just Cause 4 is an entertaining game to play if you want to just sit back and blow a bunch of things up. The new customisation options are great, and there are some interesting ideas with extreme weather, but ultimately a lot of the missions aren’t particularly exciting or ask for you to vary up how you approach them.
  36. Just Cause is always known for its action aspect. And the fact is not changed with Just Cause 4. But with almost last gen visual and countless of bugs and issues, it feels like a rushed game.
  37. Jan 15, 2019
    50
    Just Cause 4 is very faithful to its predecessors - and it proves detrimental. You can let off steam thanks to the crazy action gameplay, but there’s barely any progress compared to the rest of the series. Furthermore, the game is plagued by technical difficulties. If you own the previous installment, you should think twice before buying this one.
  38. Feb 10, 2019
    48
    The ending serves as a bridge to a possible 5th installment, but it’s going to be just as bad unless the developers reinvent the series. The "entertain yourself" approach to the open world ran out of steam a long time ago, campaign missions are going downhill fast, and the amount of bugs has skyrocketed.
  39. 40
    This entry in the Just Cause series has taken itself too seriously, sucking the fun out of what should be a blast.
  40. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 10, 2019
    40
    A game full of action and ambition. An open world offering dozens of funny hours for certain kind of players, but ... Just Cause 4 unfortunately fails because of its flatness and terrible technical issues. [Issue#292]
  41. Dec 7, 2018
    40
    Just Cause is a mess. It stutters, it crashed, the AI is broken and the new system of frontlines is taking away important things we love about Just Cause. They shouldn't have gone with missions, but instead with more freedom.
  42. Dec 6, 2018
    35
    Just Cause 4 has more of the same destruction and mayhem the series is known for, but the game has a litany of technical issues and empty mechanics that make it impossible to recommend.
  43. Dec 25, 2018
    33
    A really fun game that just doesn't work properly right now due to frequent crashing and other technical issues. It will be worth a purchase eventually, assuming that the developers will keep working on it.
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  1. Dec 4, 2018
    The plot pulls off a potentially murky blend of regime change and climate-conspiracy because it's obvious that nobody expects anybody to think too seriously about these things, and the game beneath the plot throws the same objectives at you over and over again because it knows that the tools you're given are fun enough to ensure that you can do things a little differently each time. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  2. Mashable
    Dec 3, 2018
    Try as it might, Just Cause 4 does not live up to its predecessors. In a game that's built around normally fun elements like chaos, destruction, and revolution, Just Cause 4 ends up getting in its own way far too often with extraneous menu-based systems, a wild camera and controls, and (on PC) a litany of performance issues and inexplicable game crashes. It's a disappointment, to be frank, and made me want to give up and play Just Cause 2 instead.
  3. Dec 3, 2018
    Between the technical issues, the drab story, and the baffling mission structure though I’m feeling pretty disappointed so far. I didn’t necessarily want Just Cause 4 to be more of the same, but I don’t think this new direction works very well either—not to mention it feels like the game needed another few months of development. We’ll keep you updated if anything significant changes between now and release, but at the moment this one’s hard to recommend. [Impressions]
  4. Dec 3, 2018
    The campaign never manages to escape its own mediocrity, it threatens to open out into a more liberating game of exploration and experimentation, but doesn’t quite make the jump. Yes, doing the Just Cause thing of mixing up modes of destruction is still fun. But this series needs more than a few storms to stay relevant and vital. It should take a cue from its own example: Destroy the established order, and find something fresh in the ensuing wreckage.
  5. I’m just at a loss as to how this has happened. Just Causes have been buggy, sure. But they’ve never felt at least six months from finished. I cannot fathom how this wasn’t lengthily delayed, because it’s in such a dismal state. Although that said, even if the bugs and AI were fixed, it would still leave behind a version of Just Cause that barely changes anything you actually do since the third edition, yet has made every aspect of doing it so astronomically more annoying. What went wrong? How did such an established and entertaining series end up in such a quagmire?
  6. Dec 3, 2018
    That’s how it goes while you inhabit Just Cause 4. Constant iridescent glimmers of the game it wants to be, tethered by a grappling hook cord to mechanical clunkiness.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 242 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 242
  1. Dec 4, 2018
    0
    I've already refunded this game. It is a shoddy console port that has barely functional controls for PC players. The developers expected allI've already refunded this game. It is a shoddy console port that has barely functional controls for PC players. The developers expected all PC gamers to use a controller to play, the keyboard setup is a mess. Even the graphics look worse than you see on modern consoles. The gameplay is more generic and repetitive than Just Cause 3, if you can believe it. I almost wasted $90 on the Gold Edition of this lazy port, thank God Steam gives refunds. Full Review »
  2. Dec 5, 2018
    2
    Played on PC. Port is bad. Graphics issues and crashes. Video and key bind options are bad. Game play is less enjoyable than 2 or even 3.Played on PC. Port is bad. Graphics issues and crashes. Video and key bind options are bad. Game play is less enjoyable than 2 or even 3. It is great if you want to just blow stuff up and cause chaos but the only real neat addition are the balloons. The base takeovers are not as enjoyable since you have to do missions to complete instead of destruction. Don't waste your money until it is patched and discounted. Don't just look at the scores here, also look at Steam ratings. Tells a different story. Full Review »
  3. Dec 4, 2018
    2
    Horrid mess: No c4, no grenades, no pistols, no duel-wield, no function vehicle handling, no settlement liberation and no working graphics.Horrid mess: No c4, no grenades, no pistols, no duel-wield, no function vehicle handling, no settlement liberation and no working graphics.

    All in all, I terrible game that was shipped out before it was ready.
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