Square Enix, through its London studios, has announced that a demo for its upcoming Just Cause 2 will be launched on the Xbox Live service from Microsoft, the PlayStation Network service from Sony and on Valve’ Steam on March 4 for those who wish to sample it on the PC. The game itself will be outed on the same platforms on March 23 in North America and three days later in Europe. The demo version of Just Cause 2 will allow the player to experience the open world aspect of the game by delivering a 35 square miles area taken from the Lautan Lama Desert, complete with sun-drenched landscapes and towns, villages, military bases and a complex network of missions.

The complete game offers more than 400 square miles of terrain to explore. The developers are saying that the list of vehicles, which can be used includes “tuk tuks, military 4x4s, armored vehicles, mopeds, helicopter gunships, light aircraft, mini vans and numerous other military and civilian vehicles.” Lee Singleton, who is the general manager of London Studios belonging to Square Enix, said that “The Just Cause 2 demo is simply massive and with so much to do, the replay value is enormous. It’s easily one of the biggest freeroaming demos of all time and for fans of openworld games, it’s unmissable.”

In Just Cause 2, the player stars as Rico Rodriguez, the most capable agent of the CIA. He must get to the archipelago of Panau in order to track and then capture his ex boss, Tom Sheldon. Things go downhill fast and Rico finds himself fighting a variety of enemies as he searches for clues related to his situation. The game will deliver the player two very interesting toys: the grapple gun and the parachute. The former can be used by Rico to tack onto just about any passing vehicle, from a jeep to a jumbo jet, while the latter allows him to get out of hairy high-altitude situations. The combination looked like a lot of fun from the developer videos and gamers will be able to try out possible combinations in the demo.

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