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Watch Rico chase a tornado and railgun a wind cannon in new Just Cause 4 video

Avalanche Studios has released a new Just Cause 4 gameplay video showing hero Rico Rodriguez chasing a tornado, railgunning a wind cannon and grappling hook diving off of a drone. It's as brilliantly absurd as it sounds.

The video, above, looks like it's taken from the same hands-off demo that Phil was shown back at E3 (although Avalanche didn't release any footage at the time). Rico first chases down the tornado in his armoured Storm Chaser while dodging enemy fire before wingsuiting into to airport as jet planes crash and spin around him. 

The Black Hand, the baddies du jour, have taken over the airport and are holding back the tornado with some wind cannons, naturally. Rico must take the cannons out: for the first, he blasts a railgun—a new weapon to the series—and for the second he attaches boosters that sends it cartwheeling on the spot until it explodes.

Each new weapon will have a secondary fire, narrative director Omar Shakir explains in the video—the railgun can deploy a friendly drone, for example, which Rico can also use as a grappling point.

Honestly, it looks pretty similar to Just Cause 3, but the new Apex engine is impressive. Every object that's sucked into the tornado is having its trajectory calculated in real time, so it's not just creating pre-determined chaos as it moves across the world. 

No doubt we'll hear more about Just Cause 4 at Gamescom, so stay tuned.

Samuel is a long-time PC Gamer freelancer who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. You can find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.