I exchanged Assassin’s Creed, which I hated, for Just Cause 2. I have been playing it on and off for about three weeks. Although I certainly like it MUCH more than AC2, and can find myself immersed in the game well, there is just a problem with it that’s become a niggling nuisance.
You have to hold down R2 to accelerate. Unlike the GTA series, in which acceleration was actuated by holding down X, with your thumb, in Just Cause you have to use the shoulder button on the gamepad and therefore have to use your finger.
Sound trivial? It isn’t. Think about it for a minute. Your thumb is a big, strong, hefty digit, ideal for prolonged holding down of something. Your finger, by comparison, is far less effective at this, being longer, thinner, lighter and having two joints instead of only one. The game area of Just Cause 2 is enormous. You will be driving on roads for miles, and you must hold down the R2 shoulder button with your finger the entire time. The thumb would be far better in this situation.
I tried going to the Controls menu in the options to change this…and, of course, you can’t. You’re stuck with the control scheme that the pigheaded game designers have dogmatically decided is the “best” one.
The other major beef I have with the game is that the weapons are atrociously inaccurate and weak. Enemy soldiers (with no body armor or protective gear of any kind) will take 20 or 30 shots from an automatic rifle or submachine gun before they go down. This is really absurd. In this day and age when so many games have gotten the bullet mechanics down, there’s no excuse for a sprawling and ambitious game like Just Cause to have monkeyfucked it so badly. Why did they do this exactly? Did they think it would be more fun to completely eliminate any element of skill, aiming or concentration from the game?
The helicopter control mechanics are trash…GTA: San Andreas, a game made six years ago, did a better job with this. What’s their excuse for making the helicopter piloting so clunky and unresponsive?
If I encounter more problems, I will report.