It Takes 8 Hours to Walk Across the Just Cause 3 Map

By | 10 months ago 

One seriously devoted Just Cause 3 fan spends upwards of 8 hours walking across the open world title’s sprawling Medici map from one end to the other.

YouTuber TheyCallMeConor has created a condensed time-lapse video documenting him walking across Just Cause 3‘s massive map as protagonist Rico Rodriguez, showing that it takes 8 hours and 40 minutes in total to traverse the game’s fictional setting of Medici on foot. Of course, with Just Cause 3‘s environment not being one simple landmass, TheyCallMeConor had to deviate from walking at times, as he needed to jog, run, and occasionally swim in order to make it from one end to the other.

The Just Cause 3 video is the latest in TheyCallMeConor’s “Across the Map” series, in which he records himself hoofing it across various games’ maps and logging the time it took, with his prior excursion being Just Cause 2, which took 4 hours and 54 minutes to complete. A few months ago, an Avalanche Studios developer video showed the team behind the title working on its huge open world, with an accompanying press release from publisher Square Enix proclaiming the map to be “1,000 square kilometres”, thus explaining why TheyCallMeConor’s trek was nearly double the time of the previous release.

Interestingly enough, TheyCallMeConor’s Just Cause 3 journey was the longest amount of time he spent walking across a video game world so far, as other recently released open world titles fell short of the feat, with The Witcher 3 taking a cumulative 1 hour and 59 minutes, and Fallout 4’s map quest taking a mere 56 minutes. For those interested in the YouTuber’s journey, go ahead and give the video below a gander.

While many Just Cause 3 fans would rather use Rico’s parachute and wingsuit to travel across the game’s terrain more quickly, TheyCallMeConor’s bipedal expedition is a testament to the sheer scale of Medici, which was undoubtedly one reason for the title’s file size to be so large. At any rate, rather than focusing on the creation of such a gigantic open world, perhaps developers should have spent more effort on ensuring that Just Cause 3 was put out without so many technical issues post-launch, as problems have plagued Avalanche and its fans since the title’s release.

Not only are Just Cause 3‘s load times really bad, but the title also suffers from frame-rate slowdown, with visuals sometimes dropping to 17 FPS during gameplay. Taking that into consideration, it doesn’t matter how large a release’s map is if playthroughs become unbearably slow and glitchy.

For those encountering such issues, Avalanche Studios has promised to release a patch this week to fix the complications and improve gameplay overall. Hopefully developers will be able to rectify the situation, and gain back its fans’ trust with a solid update.

Just Cause 3 is out now and is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: TheyCallMeConor – YouTube (via GameSpot, Kotaku)