Just Cause 4 came out in December and, yeah. It was fun enough - but not so fun as to make it an absolute essential of last year's fairly decent crop of action-packed open-world titles. I had a laugh with it, messing about with its explosive physics. But the story never clicked, and honestly, I put it down within a couple of sessions.
But if you previously hesitated to part with your hard-earned for Avalanche's shoot-everything-that's-red 'em up, and you own an Xbox, good news! Just Cause 4 has, as of today (7 March), been added to the superbly-popular Xbox Game Pass subscription service. You can now cause all manner of havoc around the stormy island of Solís, as you (as Rico Rodriguez) combat the forces of a dangerous private army, the Black Hand, for 'free'.
Just Cause 4 is joined on Game Pass, today, by 2012's Lego Batman 2 - actually the only Lego Batman game that I've not played, so I've no comment on that one. I have played Fallout 4, however, and had a decent-enough time with the RPG until, inevitably, becoming distracted by something newer and shiner in the release schedule. Bethesda's nuclear-brown adventure returns to Game Pass on 14 March, having been bumped from it when Fallout 76 came out, last year.
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Also added to Game Pass on 14 March is F1 2018. Which is a super-fast vroom-vroom game from the summer of 2018 that lets you play as Nigel... Damon... Jenson... Lewis Hamilton. I don't know who races for what team anymore, but F1 2018 got a few award nominations, and reviewed very positively on release. So if slightly old racers are for you, jump in, friend.
The real headline here, though, is the inclusion of Just Cause 4, which comes to Game Pass fewer than 100 days after it first released. Its December release didn't help its... forgive me... cause any, as by that point a lot of people were switched into Christmas mode and their lists were full of Spider-Man, Red Dead 2 and God of War. A very mixed critical reception did nothing to improve its chances of breaking through, either, and the game's physical retail launch saw the slowest sales of any game in the Just Cause series.
Maybe Game Pass is precisely what Just Cause 4 needs, then - a chance to impress those on the fence, to facilitate some wantant in-game destruction without the need for shelling out (too much). What's the worst that could happen, eh? Will you be checking it out? Let us know - we're on Facebook and Twitter.
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