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Just Cause 3

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
Just Cause 3 Game Poster Image
Violent open-world shooter overthrows fake gov't for laughs.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 53 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 106 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

When people work together, they can overthrow an oppressive leader.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Using violence, players help friends lead a revolution against a dictator.

Ease of Play

Though the controls will be mostly familiar to those who've played similar third-person action games before, newcomers will feel the learning curve is a bit steep.


Players kill dozens of people with guns, explosives, vehicular manslaughter. Characters are shown being knocked around by explosives; one is shown committing suicide. Copious amounts of blood are shed.


In a friendly game, the main character, his best friend like to hit each other in the "family jewels."


When angry, some characters will use such curse words as "hell."


Part of a popular action franchise on consoles, computers.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Just Cause 3 is an over-the-top action game where players shoot tons of people; blow up numerous buildings, vehicles, and enemies; and generally cause all kinds of mayhem and destruction. There's also a fair amount of blood shed when someone is shot up close, especially when one character uses a gun to commit suicide. Not surprisingly, some characters will yell such curse words as "hell" when angry. But the game also has a cartoony quality about it, typified by its jokey dialogue and how, when standing next to a car that explodes, the player will go flying and bounce along the ground but will probably get up and shake it off. Also, in a game, the main character and his best friend like to hit each other in the crotch.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written byGoodDad1971 December 3, 2015

Haven't seen a single drop of blood and violence is comical and not that bad

18+- No Way! This game is not that bad. The point of the game is to overthrow a fake government using a variety of gadgets. You use a grappling hook and explosi... Continue reading
Parent of a 12, 14, and 18+ year old Written byEducation is key December 15, 2015

Nothing to worry about

When my 14 year old asked me for this game, I was very skeptical due to the previous game's (Just Cause 2) treatment of women, the drug use, and the stro... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 4, 2015

Explosion-fest 2015

Wow. Just wow. This is just a BEAUTY to my eyes. Just Cause 3. I like it. I like it a lot. So much, that the fact I bought two copies of it with my OWN allowanc... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySome Random Kidd December 11, 2015

Good, no blood

can't believe its an 18!

What's it about?

In JUST CAUSE 3, series star Rico Rodriguez returns to his homeland, the multi-island Mediterranean nation of Medici, to find that it's now under the thumb of a dictator named General Di Ravello. So, naturally, he does what he can to undermine Di Ravello's control over the country, which he does by taking out the militia and destroying such tools of propaganda as billboards and speaker systems. Naturally, the general does not just let this happen and instead sends more soldiers, tanks, and helicopters to take you out. Hilarity, as they say, ensues.

Is it any good?

In a year that's already seen such fantastic and fantastical open-word games comes a real-world one that screams, "ME, TOO!" As with the Grand Theft Auto series, if it were more influenced by '80s action flicks rather than Scarface, or the Saints Row games, if they were a tad more serious, Just Cause 3 has you overthrowing a dictator by wiping out his loyal militia forces and destroying his stuff. All of which is accomplished by shooting up the place, commandeering vehicles, and using a grappling hook that can pull gas cans toward tanks, statues toward the ground, and players toward trucks and helicopters they can then take control of, even though someone's already in the driver's seat. It also has side missions where you challenge your skills as a driver, a flyer, and a demolitions expert. But though this game is mostly fun, it does have some irritating problems, such as how it takes forever to reload your game after you die or how you can't look down the barrel of your gun for increased accuracy. Even so, the frantic firefights and general mayhem are more than enough to make this a crazy good time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Does the violence of a game affect you less when the action is a bit cartoony? What about when it's shown from the third-person perspective instead of the first?

  • Families also can discuss governments. Why would people put up with an evil dictator? Do you think it's easy for one person to take over a whole country? Who are some of the most notorious dictators in history, and what makes them so notorious?

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