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Creating compelling AI NPCs for an open world

Open-world games are designed to allow players to explore and interact in it at will; creating compelling AI characters and enemy types for these games can be difficult when everything is built to scale and adapt to what the player does. Jeet Shroff, senior programmer at Avalanche Studios, addressed this topic in their GDC 2014 talk, "Free-Range AI: Creating Compelling Characters for Open World Games." He discussed how open-world titles present the challenge of needing dynamic non-playable characters to help players immerse themselves in the game. Design decisions had to be made that allowed NPC behavior to accommodate player choices as well as emergent and open-ended gameplay segments. Open-world games are sandboxes — they want players to have the power to craft their own...

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Just Cause 2 mod allows you to build your own community

A new mod created by Just Cause 2 Multiplayer community member Jman100 allows users to create their own buildings and more within the game's severs. The Just Cause 2 Multiplayer mod expands on the game's typically single-player adventures with an online server. According to the creator of this latest mod, Build World is a sandbox-style game mode. "In it, players can, as a community, build their own creations using hundreds of props in a spawn menu," Jman100 wrote on JC2M's forums. "This allows the creation of anything from houses, to small towns, to whatever you can think of." For a look at how Build World works, watch the video above. To play the mod, users can connect to Jman100's server. The Just Cause 2 Multiplayer mod is available to download on its website.

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Just Cause 2: Multiplayer is Mod DB's reader-voted mod of 2013

Mod DB's readers have spoken, and the consensus among them is that Just Cause 2: Multiplayer, the community-made multiplayer addition to Avalanche Studios' Just Cause 2, is the best mod of 2013. Just Cause 2: Multiplayer, which was released on Steam earlier this month, also took the top spot on Mod DB's editors' choice list last week. Over the course of a 22-day campaign, Mod DB received a total of more than 141,000 votes. Voting wasn't restricted to mods that were released this year; rounding out the top three on the readers' choice list were No More Room in Hell, a cooperative survival horror mod for Half-Life 2 that debuted in 2011, and Rise of the Reds, a 2008 mod that added the Russian Federation to Command and Conquer: Generals - Zero Hour. Here's the full top 10: 10. W...

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Just Cause multiplayer mod coming to Steam

The popular multiplayer mod for Just Cause 2 will launch on Steam, according to the mod's developers. Once launched, the mod's client and server can be downloaded with complete Steam integration. While no launch date is available, the title will release by the end of 2013, according to its developers. The final beta will run from Dec. 7 to Dec. 14, after which its official release will be announced. The Avalanche Studios' developed Just Cause 2 launched as a single-player title in 2010.

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Summer sale at Square Enix online store

Square Enix is holding a summer sale on its e-store, offering both older and more recent games at discount. Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution, and Sleeping Dogs will be available for up to 50% off from today through Sunday, August 4. Tomb Raider PC download is down from $49.99 to $24.99. Sleeping Dogs PC download is down from $29.99 to $14.99. Hitman: Absolution on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is down from $39.99 to $29.99 Deus Ex on Xbox 360 is down from $29.99 to $24.99. Dead Island PC download is down from $19.99 to $9.99. Just Cause 2 on PlayStation 3 is down from $19.99 to $9.99. More information at Square Enix e-store.

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PSN Summer Blast sale kicks off July 2 with discounts on games and movies

Sony's annual PlayStation Network summer sale runs begins tomorrow with two weeks of discounts on games such as Just Cause 2 and movies including The Dark Knight, the company announced today. Each of the two weeks — July 2-9 and July 9-16 — will offer different video game sales, and as always, PlayStation Plus members will enjoy deeper discounts. The movie sale from the PlayStation Video Store will run the same sales for both weeks. Check out the full list below. July 2-9 Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (PS3) - Regular Price: $59.99, Sale Price: $41.99, PlayStation Plus Price: $37.79 The Amazing Spider-Man (PS3) - Regular Price: $49.99, Sale Price: $29.99, PlayStation Plus Price: $20.99 Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3) - Regular Price: $19.99, Sale Price: $9.99, PlayStation Plus Price:...

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Square Enix holiday sale offers 50 percent off almost all games

Publisher Square Enix is meeting your video game gift-giving needs with a holiday sale in its online store that cuts prices on nearly every available game by 50 percent. The discounts don't apply to upcoming titles — you can't pre-order Tomb Raider at half price — or the company's most recent release, Hitman: Absolution, which is on sale for $39.99 (33 percent off). But everything else, including games such as Sleeping Dogs ($29.99), Deus Ex: Human Revolution ($14.99), Final Fantasy 13-2 ($9.99) and Just Cause 2 ($9.99), is available at a 50 percent discount. In addition, customers in the 48 contiguous United States who spend more than $100 will receive free shipping on their orders. The sale is only available in North America, and it runs from now through Jan. 2, 2013. Square Enix...

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Polygon Gift Guide: The Lost Classics

From a cursory glance, a lost classic might appear to be straightforward genre fare. But beneath the surface, these games tend to twist what we expect from a shooter, a role-playing game or an action-adventure title. On this list alone, there's a Tony Hawk-inspired gore fest, a literary post-apocalyptic puzzle-platformer and a spaghetti western melodrama. Time has passed since the release of these lost classics. Their prices have dropped by the month. Now you can grab most of these oddballs for less than an Andrew Jackson. They're perfect for the budget-conscious secret Santa — far better than a forgettable gift card. The lost classics The lost classics Just Cause 2 Just Cause 2 Just Cause 2 is my favorite game of this console generation. The open-world sandbox...

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Amazon selling seven Square Enix games in $10 bundle

Amazon is currently selling the Absolutely Great Square Pack, a bundle including digital versions of seven games and one DLC pack for $10. Normally, purchasing package items separately on Amazon would cost more than $30. With the Absolutely Great pack, buyers will get Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition, as well as The Missing Link DLC, Hitman: Blood Money, Just Cause, Just Cause 2, Quantum Conundrum, Supreme Commander 2, and The Last Remnant. Games are available as either a download or online game code. The sale comes to an end at 11:59 PST on October 20th, although purchasing the pack this week only also gives a $5 credit toward a Hitman: Absolution pre-order. Package games are available on PC or Steam.

Just Cause 2 Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 03/23/2010
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Avalanche Studios
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 03/23/2010
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Avalanche Studios
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 03/23/2010
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Avalanche Studios
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