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Just Cause

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Just Cause
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Avalanche Studios
2006-2009 Eidos Interactive
2009-present Square Enix
Retail (Russia) Noviy Disk[1]
Avalanche Engine
Release dates
Windows September 22, 2006
Metacritic 75
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres TPS
Vehicles Automobile, Flight
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series Just Cause
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Just Cause 4 2018

Just Cause is a singleplayer third-person TPS game in the Just Cause series.

The Windows version is based on the original Xbox release; all the graphical enhancements from the Xbox 360 version are missing.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 7 DRM disc check.
The version included in the retail 'Square Enix Masterpieces' bundle of the first two games is entirely DRM-free.
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A free demo version is available from GamePressure and Steam: steam://install/6930

Game data

External general settings.
External general settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6880/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\JustCause\Saves\JCSaves\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6880/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


External video settings.
External video settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Just Cause Widescreen Fix.
Use Just Cause Widescreen Fix.
Use Just Cause Widescreen Fix.
4K Ultra HD
Use Just Cause Widescreen Fix.
Field of view (FOV)
Add -fovfactor=x to launch parameters. Where x=1, 1.5, 2.
Add /windowed to launch parameters.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[2]


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.


External audio settings.
External audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output.[3]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Only available in Polish retail copy. For digital releases, download this.
Local retail only. Use this patch for digital versions.
For Steam version follow this guide.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Just Cause 1.
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues fixed

Mouse aiming skips around and generally feels off

Game cant handle mice with more than 125 hz - a common issue with older games.

fix it by setting mouse to 125 hz or using a standard office mouse.

Application Error on Start

If installed to a Steam library not on the same drive as the Steam client an application error will popup with "Failed to find Steam".
Copy steam.dll to the <Steam-folder>\steamapps\common\Just Cause
Create a symbolic link to steam.dll
  1. Open the command prompt as administrator.
  2. Type: mklink "<Steam-folder>\steamapps\common\Just Cause\steam.dll" "<Steam-folder>\steam.dll"

Crash if Windows key is pressed

This game has been known to crash or become unresponsive on a press of the Win Windows key.
Run the game with the /windowed command line argument.[citation needed]

Shadow bug with newer video cards

A bug with newer Nvidia drivers where a shadow endlessly follows the camera.
Use Just Cause Widescreen fix[4]
Use shadow fix[5]
  1. Download Just Cause Shadow Fix. Alternate download
  2. Put JustCause.exe in the installation folder.

Movement glitch

When moving, the graphics seem smooth, but Rico is alternating between a "fast" and a "slow" speed. This is likely caused by an unstable frame rate while above 60 FPS.
Cap the frame rate[citation needed]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 2.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 1.4 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 1600+ (+1700 Steam)
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
256 MB (Steam)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7.4 GB
4.0 GB (Steam)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4200
Nvidia GeForce FX 5700 (Steam)
ATI Radeon 9 series
ATI Radeon 9500 (Steam)
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 2.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit
Other +600MB HD for Windows® 2000/XP swap file


  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/6880/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (6880) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.