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Just Cause 3

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Just Cause 3
Just Cause 3 cover
Developers
Avalanche Studios
Publishers
Square Enix
Engines
Avalanche Engine 3.0
Release dates
Windows December 1, 2015
Reception
Metacritic 74
OpenCritic 75
IGDB 76
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack, DLC
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Open world, TPS
Sports Parachuting
Vehicles Flight
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series Just Cause
Just Cause 3 on HowLongToBeat
Just Cause 3 on IGDB
Just Cause 3 on MobyGames
Just Cause 3 on Wikipedia
Just Cause
Just Cause 2006
Just Cause 2 2010
Just Cause 3 2015
Just Cause 4 2018

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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5 DVD's, EU only
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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XXL Edition also available.
Windows
Amazon.com (unavailable)
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Windows
Amazon.co.uk (unavailable)
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Windows
All versions require Steam and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.[1][2]
Requires an Internet connection on first launch.[3]

Version differences

The XXL Edition includes the base game and all DLC.

Monetization

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Air, Land & Sea Includes the Sky Fortress, Mech Land Assault, and Bavarium Sea Heist expansions.
Windows
Bavarium Sea Heist Expansion.
Windows
Capstone Bloodhound RPG
Windows
Combat Buggy
Windows
Explosive Weapon Pack Includes the Capstone Bloodhound RPG and Final Argument Sniper Rifle.
Windows
Final Argument Sniper Rifle
Windows
Firestarter Customization Skins
Windows
Kousavá Rifle
Windows
Mech Land Assault Expansion.
Windows
Mini-Gun Racing Boat
Windows
Reaper Missile Mech
Windows
Rocket Launcher Sports Car
Windows
Sky Fortress Expansion.
Windows
Weaponized Vehicle Pack Includes the Combat Buggy, Mini-Gun Racing Boat, and the Rocket Launcher Sports Car.
Windows

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use no-intro mod[4]
  1. Download the No-Intro Mod.
  2. Extract the dropzone folder with its contents into <path-to-game>.
  3. Run the game with the following command line arguments: --vfs-fs dropzone --vfs-archive patch_win64 --vfs-archive archives_win64 --vfs-fs

Reduce load times

At startup, the game spends quite some time connecting to Square Enix servers.
Using the following workaround will disable online features such as leaderboards.
Prevent game from connecting with online servers[5]
  1. Block the executable file justcause3.exe from connecting to the Internet in the firewall settings.
  2. Once the game opens, select "Play In Offline Mode".

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Square Enix\Just Cause 3\Saves\0\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/225540/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Square Enix\Just Cause 3\Saves\<user-id>\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/225540/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

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

Video

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game gameplay settings.
In-game gameplay settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Placing waypoints on the map is broken on ultrawide resolutions.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use JC3FOVFixer for up to 90° vertical (see FOV Calculator for help). Also affects cutscenes, which may cause visual glitches, e.g. character pop-in.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use /borderless /windowed in Steam Launch Options.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, SMAA, SMAA_T2X (SMAA_T2X appears to cause blurriness and a ghosting like effect when motion blur is turned off. Turning motion blur on appears to fix this.)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Input

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Enabled by default. If using an adjustable DPI mouse, disable this by setting the in game sensitivity slider to zero, then increase mouse DPI to compensate.
Mouse sensitivity
Global setting for Mouse and Gamepad
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput controllers only. Games causes Xbox One controller to de-sync from wireless dongle.[citation needed]
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See Controller remapping.
Controller sensitivity
Global setting for Mouse and Gamepad
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See DualShock 4.
DualShock button prompts
Use Updated Playstation Buttons mod.
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Rapidly changes button prompts

Controller remapping

Change controller mapping
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open kepmap.txt [sic] with a text editor.
  3. Edit "key" values to desired settings.

Audio

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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, Voice and Music.
Surround sound
Verified up to 7.1 surround output.[6]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Game halted when focus is lost.
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Latin American Spanish localization is exclusive to the console versions.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Use Just Cause 3: Multiplayer Mod to host a dedicated server and connect using the local IP of the server.
Online play
Use Just Cause 3: Multiplayer Mod.

3D/VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Just Cause 3.
vorpX
Z3D
Officially supported game.
Note:Game is currently not on official list, but listed on vorpx local profile factory list.

Issues fixed

Resolution change causes the game to crash

Changing the resolution of the game from the in-game settings menu might cause the game to crash.[citation needed]
Manually edit the configuration file[7]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Settings.json using a text editor.
  3. Adjust lines 2 and 3 to your desired resolution
    • "DisplayFullscreenWidth": 1920
    • "DisplayFullscreenHeight": 1080
  4. The game will now correctly run at your desired resolution without crashing..

Notes

Changing your resolution to anything higher than 1080p causes sub menu items to display in the wrong position on screen, but with no effect on functionality.
The provided samples are the default settings for the settings file.

Lock-on missiles not working

If using mouse and keyboard, lock-on missiles in vehicles might not work. Bug unpatched since launch.[citation needed]
Disable 'precision aim' Gear MOD and restart the game.[8]
  1. Go to the Gear MOD menu for weapons.
  2. Disable the Precision Aim MOD.
  3. Restart the game.
Use an XInput controller.[9]
  1. Plug in or connect an XInput controller
  2. Start Steam Big Picture
  3. Launch Just Cause 3

Other information

Steam Launch Options

There are several Configuration Parameters that can be set using Steam's "Set Launch Option" feature to help optimize the game even further.
Launch Option parameter Description Accepted variables
/failSafe Run in failsafe mode (ignore settings)
/fullscreen Force fullscreen mode
/windowed Force windowed mode
/borderless Force bordlerless mode
/width=N Change resolution width
/height=N Change resolution height
/widthFS=N Change resolution width (fullscreen only)
/heightFS=N Change resolution height (fullscreen only)
/widthW=N Change resolution width (windowed only)
/heightW=N Change resolution height (windowed only)
/refreshrate=N Change the refresh rate
/vsync=B Enable/disable V-sync
/dxadapter=N Use DirectX adapter at specified index
/aniso=n Anisotropic filter (0-7, default: 7)
/shadows=N Shadow quality (0-2, default: 1)
/shadowres=N Shadow resolution 0-1, default: 0
/ssao=B Enable/disable SSAO Default: Disabled
/posteffects=B Enable/disable post-processing effects Default: Enabled
/lodfactor=N Geometric level of detail 0-3, Default: 0
/edgefade=B Enable/disable edge fade effect
/watertess=B Enable/disable water tessellation Default: Enabled

B stands for boolean; Where 1 is equal to "enabled," and 0 is equal to "disabled"

N stands for number; Set to whichever number requested

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio FMOD Studio
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.994d

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz
AMD Phenom II X6 1075T 3.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 6 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 54 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
AMD Radeon HD 7870
2 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/225540/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (225540) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References