Rico Rodriguez is, for all intents and purposes, the South American Ethan Hunt. Though he lacks the charisma, insane grin and cloak-and-dagger skillset of Tom Cruise’s on-screen guise, Rico is a bonafide action star and, just like with Mission: Impossible, the strength of the Just Cause franchise has long been its capacity to push the limits and go bigger time and time again. Though it’s far from perfect, Just Cause 4 is the fourth in a fun, workmanlike series that has always climbed to explosive new heights.
Rebellion is the driving force behind both the game’s story and progression, as you push enemy lines back and steal territory from the Black Hand, the returning mercenary cell. It’s a strange grind that Avalanche locks the player into by forcing them to advance on a number of territories, a rather timely exercise in its own right, before being able to proceed with the game’s rather drab, forgettable story.