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Just Cause 3

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Just Cause 3
Just Cause 3 cover
Avalanche Studios
Square Enix
Avalanche Engine 3.0
Release dates
Windows December 1, 2015
Metacritic 74
OpenCritic 75
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
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Just Cause 3 is a singleplayer third-person open world and TPS game in the Just Cause series.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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5 DVDs, EU only
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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XXL Edition also available.
Windows (unavailable)
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Windows (unavailable)
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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.


DLC and expansion packs

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

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
Using Steam's Launch Options (with DLC Support)[5]
  1. Open <path-to-game>.
  2. Create a new folder called dropzone in the directory.
  3. Create a new folder in dropzone called videos.
  4. Create an empty text file in the videos folder and rename it to corona_video.bikc.
  5. Run the game with the following command line arguments: --vfs-fs dropzone --vfs-archive patch_win64 --vfs-archive archives_win64 --vfs-archive dlc_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[6]
  1. Block the executable file justcause3.exe from connecting to the Internet in the firewall settings.
  2. Alternatively add folowing line into your hosts file:
  3. 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) <SteamLibrary-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) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/225540/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

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


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

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
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.
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.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
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 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
PlayStation controllers
See DualShock 4.
PlayStation button prompts
Use Updated Playstation Buttons mod.
Light bar support
Adaptive trigger support
DualSense haptic feedback support
Connection modes
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
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.


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.[7]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Game halted when focus is lost.
Royalty free audio


Latin American Spanish localization is exclusive to the console versions.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese


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 State Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Just Cause 3.
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[8]
  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..


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.[9]
  1. Go to the Gear MOD menu for weapons.
  2. Disable the Precision Aim MOD.
  3. Restart the game.
Use an XInput controller.[10]
  1. Plug in or connect an XInput controller
  2. Start Steam Big Picture
  3. Launch Just Cause 3

Stuttering observed when using a controller with Steam

If using a controller with Steam, stuttering might be observed.
Disable Steam Controller Input for the game
  1. Go to the game's properties in Steam
  2. Go to the controller section.
  3. Disable Steam Input.

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


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


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

System requirements

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.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data: