Just Cause 2

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Just Cause 2
Release dates
March 23, 2010
Just Cause 2 at WineHQ
Just Cause 2 at Steam Charts
Just Cause 2 at SteamDB
 Just Cause 2 at Wikipedia
Just Cause
Just Cause 2006
Just Cause 2 2010
Just Cause 3 2015

Key points

Advantage Well-optimized for PC.[citation needed]
Disadvantage Negative mouse acceleration, but mods are available to remove it[1]

General information

More information Just Cause Website
More information Just Cause Wiki
More information Just Cause 2 Mods - A large modding community for the game
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series


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Information All versions require Steam.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Information You can skip introduction cutscenes by pressing enter.


Several excellent mods are available for Just Cause 2.

Select mods:

Generally, mods go in <path-to-game>\dropzone or <path-to-game>\archives_win32

Create the dropzone folder, as it doesn't normally exist. If your mod comes with subfolders (like textures), put the subfolders inside dropzone. Some mods do not use dropzone, so please read the instructions for all mods.

Just Cause 2 Multiplayer Mod[edit]

Information Also known as 'JC2-MP'.
Information Supports privately-hosted servers.
Information Officially released via Steam as a mod for Just Cause 2 on December 16, 2013.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Square Enix\Just Cause 2\Saves\JC2Settings
Disadvantage Configuration file is encrypted.

Save game data location[edit]

Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\8190

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

In-game resolution settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Silver.svg For custom resolutions use /WidthW= and /HeightW= parameters.[2]
4K Ultra HD Native WSGF Incomplete.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Command-line Parameters.
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See Command-line Parameters.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[3]

Input settings[edit]

In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Hackable Negative mouse acceleration.[4] Can be disabled.
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Native XInput controllers only.
Full controller support Native
Controller remapping Impossible
Controller Y-axis inversion Native

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Music, Effects, Speech.
Surround sound Native 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 are supported.[5]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
French Native Native Unknown
German Native Native Unknown
Italian Native Native Unknown
Polish Native Unknown Unknown
Russian Native Unknown Unknown
Spanish Native Native Unknown


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play Native Install the Just Cause 2: Multiplayer Mod.
Online play Native Install the Just Cause 2: Multiplayer Mod.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Dedicated Native
Self-hosting Native See the Just Cause 2 Multiplayer wiki.
Direct IP Unknown

Issues fixed[edit]

Possible crash fix[edit]

Fix Turn off 'decals' in video options menu

Game forces windowed mode[edit]

Fix Turn off Teamviewer

Directx Error 3[edit]

Fix Force graphics adapter

  1. Right click Just Cause 2 in your Steam Library and select its proprieties
  2. Add /dxadapter=0 to the launch options and press OK.

NVidia Optimus laptops use Intel IGP only[edit]

Fix Force the dedicated GPU[6]

  1. Download Nvidia Inspector
  2. Open it and click the button to the right of "DRIVER VERSION".
  3. From the PROFILE menu, select JUST CAUSE 2.
  4. Scroll down the window until you find: "Shim Rendering Mode Options per application for Optimus".
  5. Click the text to the right, scroll to the top of the dropdown list, and select "SHIM_RENDERING_OPTIONS_DEFAULT_RENDERING_MODE"
  6. Click APPLY CHANGES in the top right-hand corner.
  7. Run your game


Disadvantage These changes may cause some Nvidia-specific advanced graphics choices (bokeh, gpu water) to become unavailable in Just Cause 2.

Other information[edit]

Command-line Parameters[edit]

There are several Command-line Parameters to help optimize the game even further. To add them, you must do the following:

  1. Right click on "Just Cause 2" in your Steam game library.
  2. Click properties at the bottom of the new context menu
  3. Click the "Set Launch Options" button
  4. Enter in whichever commandline options you want. (Examples listed below)

All listed perameters work in both the demo and the full game.

Command line parameter Description Accepted variables
/FailSafe Run in failsafe mode (ignore settings)
/Fullscreen Force fullscreen mode
/Windowed Force windowed mode
/Width=N Change width of resolution
/Height=N Change height of resolution
/WidthFS=N Change width of resolution (fullscreen only)
/HeightFS=N Change height of resolution (fullscreen only)
/WidthW=N Change width of resolution (windowed only)
/HeightW=N Change height of resolution (windowed only)
/RefreshRate=N Change the refresh rate
/MSAA=N Alter the MSAA sample count
/VSync=B Enable (or disable) V-Sync 0 - 1
/Aniso=N Alter the Ansiotropic filter intensity 0 - 7 (Default: 7)
/Shadows=N Change shadow quality 0 - 2 (Default: 1)
/ShadowRes=N Alter shadow Resolution 0 - 1 (Default: 0)
/SSAO=B Enable/disable SSAO 0 - 1 (Default: 0)
/HBAO=B Enable/disable HBAO method for SSAO 0 - 1 (Default: 1)
/PLSpec=B Enable/disable pointlight specular 0 - 1 (0)
/PostEffects=B Enable/disable posteffects 0 - 1 (1)
/LODFactor=N Alter geometric dtail over distance 0-3 (Default: 0)
/Decals=B Enable/disable decals 0 - 1
/EdgeFade=B Enable/disable edge fade effect 0 - 1
/FilmGrain=B Enable/disable film grain effect 0 - 1
/fovfactor=N Changes field of view.[7] 1.0 - 2.0 (Default: 1.0)
/DXBuffers= (Default: 1)
/FramerateCap= Allows user to set a cap on the frame rate (Default: disabled)
/DXAdapter= Allows users with multiple GPUs to force the use of a specific card

B stands for boolean; Where 1 is equal to "enabled," and 0 is equal to "disabled"

N stands for number; Set to whichever number requested

You can use multiple parameters by separating them with a space. (For example: /fovfactor=2 /frameratecap=30 /filmgrain=0)

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista Vista SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium D 3.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz
AMD Phenom X3 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
10 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 series
ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 10 compatible
Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 series
ATI Radeon HD 5750 series
512 MB of VRAM
Controller XInput controller
Information CPUs must have SSE3 available


  1. http://www.justcause2mods.com/mods/other/Miscellaneous/Mouse-aiming-fix-(Negative-Acceleration)/
  2. View topic - PLP configurations eyefinity, Heres a little "trick" working | WSGF
  3. New 120Hz Games Report
  4. Just Cause 2 - Negative Mouse Acceleration - Youtube
  5. http://forums.eidosgames.com/showthread.php?t=101759
  6. Billy "Smiles" Evans solution on the Steam forums
  7. For your info: There is a way to change FOV- GameSpot UK Just Cause 2 Forum