40. Just Cause
There are games that call themselves “sandbox” games, where an open world is merely playing host to a linear story, and there are true sandbox titles where anything and everything is possible. Just Cause is one of those latter games; if you can see it, you can shoot it, drive it, or approach it. Shades of Grand Theft Auto can be seen throughout Just Cause, and that’s never a bad comparison.
Rico Rodriguez, the hero in this action-packed tale, can run, jump, swim, and commandeer cars, trucks, boats, helicopters, and more throughout his mission, and we’re in total control of all of it. Even if we don’t want to pursue the main story missions, we can goof off in this vast world as long as we wish. We’ve pulled off some stunts in Just Cause that we don’t think we’ll ever be able to pull off in any game ever again, and that’s what makes it so cool.