Just Cause 3

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Just Cause 3
Just Cause 3 cover
Developers
Avalanche Studios
Publishers
Square Enix
Engines
Avalanche Engine 3.0
Release dates
Windows December 1, 2015
Just Cause 3 at Wikipedia
Just Cause
Just Cause 2006
Just Cause 2 2010
Just Cause 3 2015
Just Cause 4 2018

General information

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Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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3 DVD's
Windows
Amazon.com
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Windows
Amazon.co.uk
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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XL Edition is also available.
Windows
Steam
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Windows
All versions require Steam and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.[1][2]
Requires an Internet connection on first launch.[3]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Air, Land & Sea Includes the Sky Fortress, Mech Land Assault, and Bavarium Sea Heist expansions.
Windows
Bavarium Sea Heist Expansion.
Windows
Capstone Bloodhound RPG
Windows
Combat Buggy
Windows
Explosive Weapon Pack Includes the Capstone Bloodhound RPG and Final Argument Sniper Rifle.
Windows
Final Argument Sniper Rifle
Windows
Kousavá Rifle
Windows
Mech Land Assault Expansion.
Windows
Mini-Gun Racing Boat
Windows
Reaper Missile Mech
Windows
Rocket Launcher Sports Car
Windows
Sky Fortress Expansion.
Windows
Weaponized Vehicle Pack Includes the Combat Buggy, Mini-Gun Racing Boat, and the Rocket Launcher Sports Car.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro videos[4]
  1. Download "no intro" mod and extract the dropzone folder to the installation folder.
  2. Use --vfs-fs dropzone --vfs-archive patch_win64 --vfs-archive archives_win64 --vfs-fs command line arguments.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Square Enix\Just Cause 3\Saves\0\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/225540/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Square Enix\Just Cause 3\Saves\<user-id>\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/225540/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game gameplay settings.
In-game gameplay settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Just Cause 3 FOV Patcher, up to 90° (apparently vertical).
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use the /borderless /windowed command-line parameters.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, SMAA, SMAA_T2X (SMAA_T2X appears to cause blurriness and a ghosting like effect when motion blur is turned off. Turning motion blur on appears to fix this.)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Enabled by default.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput controllers only. Games causes Xbox One controller to de-sync from wireless dongle.[citation needed]
Full controller support
Controller remapping
(Can be edited through keymap.txt located in Documents/Square Enix/Saves/one of two numbered files)
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Button prompts
For DualShock use Updated Playstation Buttons mod.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Rapidly changes button prompts

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, Voice and Music.
Surround sound
Verified up to 7.1 surround output.[5]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Game halted when focus is lost.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Italian
German
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Just Cause 3.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
Use JC3:MP.

Issues fixed[edit]

Resolution change causes the game to crash[edit]

Changing the resolution of the game from the in-game settings menu cause the game to crash.
Manually edit the config[6]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Settings.json using any text editor.
  3. Adjust lines 2 and 3 to your desired resolution
    • "DisplayFullscreenWidth": 1280
    • "DisplayFullscreenHeight": 768
  4. The game will now correctly run at your desired resolution without crashing..

Notes

Changing your resolution to anything higher than 1080p causes sub menu items to display in the wrong position on screen, functionality is still perfect however.
The provided samples are the default settings for the settings file.

Stuttering[edit]

Stuttering may be reduced by freeing video RAM[citation needed]

This can be done in-game by:

  • Reducing Texture Quality
  • Reducing Resolution
  • Reducing Anti-Aliasing

This can also be done in Windows by:

  • Disconnecting Secondary Monitors
  • Closing VRAM heavy applications, e.g. Web Browsers
  • Change to windows basic theme (Windows 7 only)
If you get low memory warnings and stuttering, changing virtual memory settings can help

Specifically if you have two or more drives in your system (eg an SSD+HDD), make sure the page file is set to use a different drive to the one the game is installed on.

On Windows 7:

  • Search the start menu for advanced system settings
  • Open the Performance settings
  • Switch to the Advanced tab
  • In the Virtual memory box, click Change...
  • Uncheck "Automatically manage paging file size for all drives"
  • Manually set to no paging file on the drive Just Cause 3 is installed on, and set either custom or system managed on other drives

NB: This only works for separate physical drives, not partitions.

NB: It is not recommended to have a page file on an SSD as it can wear the drive out, better to have the game on an SSD and page file on an HDD.

Lock-on missiles not working[edit]

If using mouse and keyboard, lock-on missiles in vehicles might not work. Bug unpatched since launch.
Disable 'precision aim' Gear MOD and restart the game.[7]
  1. Go to the Gear MOD menu for weapons.
  2. Disable the Precision Aim MOD.
  3. Restart the game.
  4. The game will hopefully let missiles lock on.
Use an XInput controller.[8]
  1. Plug in or connect an XInput controller
  2. Start Steam Big Picture
  3. Launch Just Cause 3
  4. The game will hopefully let missiles lock on.

Other information[edit]

Command-line Parameters[edit]

There are several Command-line Parameters to help optimize the game even further.
Command line parameter Description Accepted variables
/FailSafe Run in failsafe mode (ignore settings)
/Fullscreen Force fullscreen mode
/Windowed Force windowed mode
/Borderless Force bordlerless 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
/vsync=B Enable/disable V-sync
/dxadapter=N Use DirectX adapter at specified index
/aniso=n Anisotropic filter (0-7, default: 7)
/shadows=N Shadow quality (0-2, default: 1)
/shadowres=N Shadow resolution 0-1, default: 0
/ssao=B Enable/disable SSAO Default: Disabled
/posteffects=B Enable/disable posteffects Default: Enabled
/lodfactor=N Geometric detail 0-3, Default: 0
/edgefade=B Enable/disable edge fade effect
/watertess=B Enable/disable water tessellation Default: Enabled

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

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio FMOD Studio
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.994d

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2 7 SP1, 8.1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz
AMD Phenom II X6 1075T 3.0 GHz
Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz
AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 6 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 54 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
AMD Radeon HD 7870
2 GB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 (3 GB)
AMD Radeon R9 290 (4 GB)
32-bit systems are not supported.[9]

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/225540/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (225540) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References