Saturday, October 31, 2009

Stunt Position

If you remember Just Cause, you remember it for the cheesy faux-Che thing they had going on. To be fair, it was a third-person sandbox shooter released in fall 2007 – you know, the day of Bioshock, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, The Orange Box and Mass Effect. Yeah, that 2007.

Forget the story. The real reason to pick up this competent-to-good action title is the ludicrous concept of “stunt positions.” With the press of a button, your dear Agent Rico mounts the roof of whatever vehicle you’re in, crouching in a ridiculous ready-to-rock action pose. Flying a helicopter? STUNT POSITION. Now you’re hanging from the tail.

The concept of stunt positions extends well beyond actual stunts. If you are, say, plummeting from 10,000 feet, pressing the SP button near a moving vehicle will suck you towards said vehicle as if through a vortex; you end up safe and unharmed on the roof of a moving vehicle.

The physics are boggling, and watching a black-clad commando mount the roof of a truck falling down a cliff is nothing short of hilarious. If you’re looking for a chuckle this Halloween, download the demo and see what I’m talking about.

(Oh yeah, it’s getting a sequel).