Just Cause 2 is one of my favorite games from this year. It’s mindless, lawless violence in an open sandbox game at its best. It’s like the Grand Theft Auto series, but more focus on basically being a guerrilla, or, really, a terrorist, in charge of bringing down a Pacific regime unfriendly to “the Agency” and “the Government”. The Agency is clearly the CIA, while the Government is clearly the US. The Pacific Regime is likely supposed to be North Korea.
You play Rico Rodriguez, a hired man good with guns, vehicles, parachutes, and a never ending supply of grappling hooks. Seriously. The game mechanic used throughout is “hookshot this”, “connect the hook to this and this and watch chaos ensue”, and “climb this building using only the hookshot.”
I know it’s called the grappling hook. Shush. It’s the hookshot from the Legend of Zelda games, on steroids.
Anyway, to the meat of the matter.
I’ve had the retail version of Just Cause 2 for some time now. Earlier this week, Steam was selling Just Cause 2 for approximately $7.50. I decided to take advantage of the offer and add yet another game to my mindlessly-maintained Steam collection. While I was at it, I bought some DLC, including the Air Propulsion Cannon (I’ve found my new favorite weapon).
Much to my dismay, the Steam version didn’t pick up my retail version saves. Having played approximately 40 hours since March and being approximately 30% complete with the game, I didn’t want to abandon all my hard work!
I tried copying the saves from
Documents\Square Enix\Just Cause 2\Saves into my Steam userdata directory
Steam\userdata\<userid>\8190\remote\, to no avail.
Here’s the trick that did it for me. Start a game and save it to the slots you want to have restored. In my case, I just wanted slot 9. So, in the Steam version, I saved a game to slot 9. While the game is running, Alt-Tab out of it after saving and replace the save, copying it from your Documents directory to your Steam userdata directory mentioned previously. Exit the game and restart it. Hopefully, you’ll see your old saved game. If not, let me know.
The great thing about JC2 on Steam is that it is Steam Cloud enabled, so saves are stored on Steam servers. No more worrying about lost saves! Well, that is, until Steam dies, but I don’t think Valve is going down any time soon.