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Just Cause 2 DLC
Downloadable content is such a hot-button issue these days. With one side declaring it the best way to extend the life of a game you've already beaten, and the other side decrying it as nothing more than a cheap cash-in by developers, gamers are far from united in their opinions.
Eidos, the company behind the very popular sandbox action game Just Cause 2, has recently entered the fray, offering several pieces of DLC for the game and announcing several more upcoming additions. So far, gamers have a choice.
Download the Chevalier Ice Breaker for free, or pay a little bit of money for the Black Market Aerial Pack. Both options are excellent additions to the game, and the upcoming Black Market Boom Pack, as well as the Monster Truck and Tuk Tuk Boom Boom, look to expand the player's destructive potential even further.
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Chevalier Ice Breaker
The first piece of Just Cause 2 DLC released was the free Chevalier Ice Breaker. This pimped-out ice cream truck features a souped-up engine, front bumper scoop for plowing through obstacles, and a catchy jingle that plays as you mow down pedestrians.
The Ice Breaker, like all the DLC options, is only available from the in-game black market for a large sum of in-game money. While this isn't a huge detriment to a free piece of DLC, it will definitely discourage some people from using it in-game, as it is much easier in most cases to simply hijack a passing car than to bring up the Black Market menu, wait for it to load, choose the Chevalier, then wait for it to be delivered.
Still, for free, there's really no reason not to download it.
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Black Market Aerial Pack
The Just Cause 2 Black Market Aerial Pack was released on April 29th and contains three unique items to assist Rico in his mission to create chaos in Panau. It includes:
- The F-33 Dragonfly Jet Fighter: a smaller version of the in-game fighter jets, it is equipped with four wing-mounted machine guns and twin missile launchers. The F-33 is expensive to buy in game, and you have to be careful where you request it as you'll need quite a bit of runway to get it airborne.
- The Multi-Lock Missile Launcher: a two-handed weapon capable of locking onto and delivering guided missiles to four separate targets. The destructive power is unmatched in the game so far, but there is no way to get more ammo short of calling for another supply drop.
- Parachute Dual Thrusters: players need no longer worry about getting around Panau with the addition of these two rocket boosters to Rico's trusty parachute. Now you can fly at high speeds, even climb, while using your parachute. A very useful item, though it is annoying to have to pay for it in game, and it can be really frustrating to lose it when you die.
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Black Market Boom Pack
The Just Cause 2 Black Market Boom Pack is set for release on May 25th. These three "highly volatile" prototype weapons enable Rico to deliver a newfound level of destruction. They are:
- The Quad Rocket Launcher: a combination shotgun/rocket launcher capable of delivering massive damage.
- The Cluster Bomb Launcher: a bigger, badder cousin of the in-game grenade launcher. Cluster Bomb Launcher projectiles explode into fragments which then spread out and explode themselves.
- The Air Propulsion Gun: a portable, weaponized version of a jet engine, this little baby is powerful enough to send both enemy troops and vehicles soaring off into the distance. The introduction video for the pack has Rico attaching a solider to a street light with the grappling hook, then using the Air Propulsion Gun to send him spinning around until he goes flying off into the distance, only to go splat like a half mile away.
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Upcoming DLC - Just Cause 2 Downloadable Content Vehicles
The Aerial and Boom Packs will both set you back approximately $2.00 apiece. No price has been announced yet for the Just Cause 2 vehicles Monster Truck and Tuk Tuk Boom Boom, but it's reasonable to hope that they'll be free like the Chevalier Ice Breaker.
The Monster Truck was originally only available to those who pre-ordered Just Cause 2 from Gamestop. This massive, unstoppable beast features a very powerful engine along with mounted machine guns and grenade launchers. It's a little bit like a very tall tank.
The Tuk Tuk Boom Boom looks like one of the game's small, motorcycle-based carts retrofitted with an artillery weapon. Most likely it'll be weak and easily destroyed, but capable of delivering massive damage.
Just Cause 2 is an incredibly fun game, and downloads like these only extend its replayability. These are all the announced pieces of DLC for the game so far, but let's hope Eidos and Square Enix have a few more addons for the game up their sleeves.
Here's hoping they at least release the other pre-order bonuses like the hovercraft.