A closer look at Just Cause 4: Dare Devils of Destruction

What exactly do you get in Just Cause 4 Dare Devils of Destruction? We take a deep dive into the DLC.
By Duncan Heaney
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In the main Just Cause 4 campaign, Rico Rodriguez cemented his total dominance of the sky - and even the weather itself.

The first DLC pack, Dare Devils of Destruction, brings the wing-suited wonder back down to earth with a bang - now it’s time to dominate the roads.

But what exactly does that entail? After a weekend of dedicatedly devouring the DLC, I can definitively deliver the answer - cars, carnage and utter insanity. If you thought Just Cause 4 was crazy… well, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

So let’s take a closer look at Dare Devils of Destruction, the content it contains, and the most extreme stuff you can get up to.

What’s included in Dare Devils of Destruction?

Rico’s campaign against Espinosa’s tyrannical regime isn’t popular with everyone. Previously, three gangs controlled the black market in Solís, bringing forbidden goods to the people, but thanks to the Army of Chaos, business has taken a hit.

The bosses of the gangs get to together and determine that they need to size up Rico, and see if he can earn their respect. And what better way to do so, than by inviting him to their hidden island, Isla Santuario, where he can participate in the most insanely dangerous forms of motorsport imaginable?

Specifically, Rico can partake in three different disciplines - each one run by the different gangs:


Rampage

Rampage is all about maximum vehicular violence. You’ll have a set amount of time to destroy as many targets as possible in an arena - from cardboard cutouts of the Black Hand, to your rivals themselves.

To help you do this, you can pick from a wide selection of vehicles, including 4x4s, pick-ups, and - my personal favorite - a wind cannon-equipped monster truck.


Run

Neon lights, shredding guitars and extreme stunts are all hallmarks of Run.

This mode requires you to drive through checkpoints at ludicrous speeds, usually in extreme weather - all while fending off assaults by your fellow drivers. You’ll drive off sheer drops, dodge lightning, leap through rings… drive like a madman, essentially.


Survival

This discipline is all about getting to the end in one piece - and that’s not easy because you face a gauntlet.

Unlike other modes, there aren’t any other drivers to avoid, but don’t think that makes it easy - instead you’ll have to deal with landmines, wrecking balls and rings of fire.

Take it from me - these challenges descend into the type of explosive chaos that the Just Cause series does so well, and it makes them a blast to play (pun fully and unashamedly intended).

What else does Dare Devils of Destruction add to the game?

So that covers what you’ll be doing… but what about where? And what carries over to the rest of the game?

Here’s an overview of what’s available:

New island: Isla Santuario

The DLC adds a new island to the map, just off the west coast of Solís - Isla Santuario. If there are two defining features of this new plot of land, it’s hills and roads. Also fire and explosions - but those two things tend to follow ol’ Rico around anywhere he goes.


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The roads are of particular interest - they spaghetti around the island, allowing for loads of different track configurations for challenges. They also seem to have been designed by a madman - more than one track leads you off a sheer cliff. Seems crazy to me, but hey - I’m no transport planner.

New vehicles

Completing challenges in Dare Devils of Destruction will unlock new vehicles that you can drop anywhere in Solís. These souped-up rides all have one thing in common - they’re armed to the teeth with crazy weaponry.

I’ve already mentioned the wind cannon-equipped monster truck - but that’s just one of the 16 tools of destruction you’ll have at your fingertips. We’re talking shotgun-equipped 4x4s, dune buggies with machine guns and sedans with rear-mounted grenade launchers.

What’s more, each vehicle can be upgraded based on your performance in Dare Devil of Destruction’s various challenges. It all adds up to a whole new way to cause chaos.


The Excorpión

It would be remiss not to mention one more very special vehicle - the Excorpión.

This muscle car is very much Rico’s, and over the course of the DLC you’ll be able to build it up into a tool with near-unprecedented destructive potential. We’re talking shotguns, wheel spikes… even a jet engine on the back for speed.

How do you get Dare Devils of Destruction?

Dare Devils of Destruction is available to buy now on Steam, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. If you have the Just Cause 4 Expansion Pass, you’ll be able to download it from the respective store right now.

The Expansion Pass also gives you access to future Just Cause 4 DLC packs Los Demonios and Agency Strikes Back. Follow our Dev Updates to stay up to date with all the news about them.

Alternatively, you can pick up the Just Cause 4 Dare Devils of Destruction DLC as a standalone release for £6.49 / $7.99 from Steam, the PlayStation Store or Xbox Games Store now.

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