Pre-order bonuses for video games are met with a lot of backlash, and rightfully so. Withholding content from people who pay for a game unless they committed their money to it before it’s released and before knowing if the game is any good or even works is just one of the many current trends doing damage to games as we know them. Often the pre-order bonus is a non-essential in-game item or items, but sometimes it’s a significant thing such as the Behemoth monster in Evolve, which would cost you $15 as DLC unless you pre-ordered despite already shelling out $60 for a multiplayer-only game. One of the reasons I and many others sadly had to pass on the game.
Just Cause 3, the insane looking open-world sandbox game with a focus on destruction and mayhem, is also offering a pre-order bonus. But this is a pre-order bonus done right. If you secure a copy of the Day One Edition of the game, you’ll be able to compete to win your very own island. Yes, a real island. More information below, as well as a video.
During E3 2015 we saw a stage demo for Just Cause 3 that allowed for those hosting the demonstration of the game to choose which path they wanted the demo to take in a Choose Your Own Adventure style.
Now this demo has been made available to all as a Choose Your Own Chaos series of videos for those who simply can’t wait to play it. At certain points you’ll choose how to proceed (just be sure to turn on annotations), offering a variety of ways the preview can go. You choose how to take down the dictator’s statue, how to take out that bridge, and so on.
The Just Cause games are all about giving players a big and beautiful open world map to explore and enjoy…and absolutely annihilate if they so choose. They’re basically the ultimate games for fans of crazy over-the-top action movies. Just Cause 2 was so big and so open to letting players do pretty much whatever they wanted to—both inside the game world and with the actual game itself through modding—that a bunch of people are still playing it to this very day five years after it was released.
So when it came to making Just Cause 3, which was officially announced back in November of 2014, you knew developer Avalanche Studios was going to go so much bigger. The game was at E3 2015, where a new gameplay trailer was shared along with a lengthy gameplay demo. The videos showcase the huge open world the game is set in, the various vehicles and toys you have to play with, and the symphony of destruction you can compose with them. It’s enough to make Michael Bay weep with joy. And Michael Bay does NOT weep. At best, he maybe just grunts a little.
You can watch the gameplay trailer and demo below.