One gamer discovers that when left to their own devices, the non-playable characters in Just Cause 3 quickly turn to violence and disorder, leaving many dead.
It turns out players don’t have to do much in Just Cause 3 for the game’s world to fill with action and violence. In fact, one player discovered that when standing still in the middle of a road, it takes less than two minutes for the surrounding area to erupt in violence, leaving many people dead and Just Cause 3’s protagonist hurried away in a very Just Cause fashion.
Those who have played Just Cause 3 know very well how quickly everything can turn from a peaceful day in town to an alarming scene of violence, bloodshed, and death. But for those who have yet to play the game, the below video can help illustrate just how easily the world of Just Cause 3 can be thrown into turmoil.
Once the player is standing still, it takes a mere 30 seconds before things start to heat up. What begins as a couple small traffic fender-benders quickly devolves into non-playable characters (NPCs) shooting and running over each other. As the scene plays out, the video creator highlights a few of the more severe occurrences, including multiple traffic collisions, gunshots, civil unrest, and a panicked nun, all of which results in the death of at least 5 people. Just as the time reaches one minute 45 seconds, a passing car clips the game’s protagonist, Rico, whisking him away with the series’ iconic car surfing.
The whole episode is interesting to watch, and shows the care and detail Avalanche Studios put into creating the game. It’s entertaining enough that one can almost forgive the developer for the awful load times that plagued the game upon release. Almost.
One has to wonder how far the street violence would have escalated had Rico not inadvertently hitched a ride with an unsuspecting NPC. Do things continue spiraling downward with police arriving to bring civility back to the people, or do the characters simply carry on with their lives, quickly forgetting the bout of violence that left five fictional characters lying in pools of their own blood? After seeing this video, it’s likely many players will set down their controllers to see just how deep into disorder and brutality the citizens of Medici fall.
Of course, this isn’t the first time gamers have discovered such an event in an open-world game. Players of the popular Grand Theft Auto 5 discovered that game’s NPCs also have a knack for crashing into and killing each other when left to their own devices.
It’s this type of randomized NPC activity that is becoming standard practice for open-world video games and it will be interesting to see if developers incorporate these types of random cause and affect events in future games.
What do you think of the video’s portrayal of Just Cause 3’s NPC activity? Are you impressed with the detail? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Just Cause 3 is now available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.