Avalanche Studios has released the first trailer for its upcoming open-world sequel Just Cause 2, and if you thought the first game was over-the-top ridiculous, you haven’t seen anything yet.

The number of things you can do with a parachute are limited, but a parachute and a grappling hook? That’s a whole other story, as the trailer for Avalanche’s Just Cause 2 makes abundantly clear. In this sequel to the 2006 open-world action game, protagonist Rico Rodriguez, who could jump off cars, boats, and planes with his chute and hook in the first game, has expanded his repertoire of nonsensical action hero abilities.

As you can see from the above, Rico can now do things like: grapple onto a helicopter firing its chain gun at him without getting hit, grapple onto people to drag them airborne so they can be shot at, grapple them and attach the hook to a motorcycle so he can ride with a live body in tow, and, last but not least, skydive and then grapple onto a moving jet and then leap off that jet and fire a rocket launcher while floating safely in mid-air.

The story seems completely brainless and the action is absolutely ludicrous, but both of those things are probably the point. Fans of the first game or sandbox titles that don’t take themselves seriously like Mercenaries or Saints Row might want to keep this one on their radar for 2010. Anyone else may as well too. Why? Just ’cause.

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