Just Cause 2

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Just Cause 2
Just Cause 2 cover
Avalanche Studios
Square Enix
Avalanche Engine 2.0
Release dates
Windows March 23, 2010
Just Cause
Just Cause 2006
Just Cause 2 2010
Just Cause 3 2015

General information

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


All versions require Steam.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Agency Hovercraft
Black Market Aerial Pack
Black Market Boom Pack
Bull's Eye Assault Rifle
Camo Parachute
Chaos Parachute
Chevalier Classic
Chevalier Ice Breaker
Dare Devil Parachute
Firestorm Parachute
Multiplayer Mod Free download.
Monster Truck
Rico's Signature Gun
Scorpion Parachute
Tiger Parachute
Tuk Tuk Boom

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Square Enix\Just Cause 2\Saves\JC2Settings
Configuration file is a binary file.

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game resolution settings.
In-game resolution settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.


  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Use the following arguments. Set the variables to the desired values.
/WidthW=YourWidth /HeightW=YourHeight

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Use /fovfactor=YourFov


Only values between 1.0 and 2.0 can be used.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Use /borderless=1

Input settings[edit]

In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Negative mouse acceleration.[3]
Can be disabled (only working for non-inverted mouse input).
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput controllers only.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Effects, Speech.
Surround sound
5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 are supported.[4]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes


In order to play online download the Official Multiplayer Mod.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
Native support for up to triple-monitor setups.[5]
TriDef 3D

Issues fixed[edit]

Possible crash fix[edit]

Crashing issues observed with Decals on some Nvidia cards.[citation needed]
Turn off 'decals' in video options menu
Turn off steam overlay in the steam game properties

Game forces windowed mode[edit]

Turn off Teamviewer

Directx Error 3[edit]

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]

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


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 parameters 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
/borderless=B Enable/disable borderless windowed mode (set Full Screen to Off in Resolution menu) 0 - 1

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, 7
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
Intel Pentium D 3.0 GHz
AMD Phenom X3 2.4 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro
Nvidia GeForce 8800 series
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 10 compatible
ATI Radeon HD 5750 series
Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 series
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 10.1 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 10 compatible DirectX 10 compatible Dolby Digital 5.1
Controller XInput controller
CPUs must have SSE3 available


  1. New 120Hz Games Report
  2. View topic - PLP configurations eyefinity, Heres a little "trick" working | WSGF
  3. Just Cause 2 - Negative Mouse Acceleration - Youtube
  4. Just Cause 2 PC - FAQ - Square Enix Forums
  5. Just Cause 2 | GeForce
  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