I've been playing Just Cause 2 for a bit. I went a few days without switching on my desktop. I wanted to get back to playing the missions today, so I launched the game on Steam and it hangs on "Preparing to Launch."

From what I've googled around, people have recommended verifying local game cache. So I tried that, and thats hanging too!

Anybody have any ideas? Can I just reinstall the game without my progress disappearing? Any other potential remedies?

  • Since Just Cause 2 is a Steamworks game your saves should be safe in 'the cloud'. I haven't actually tested this yet, but whenever exiting the game I do see it syncing with the Steam server.
    – Crag
    Jan 28, 2011 at 2:06
  • Now its hanging even on deleting local game content. This is getting frustrating.
    – Silver Gun
    Jan 28, 2011 at 7:45
  • I would say, check your system for hardware faults. Especially the memory the hard-drive. Accumulated dust might also be the (just) cause ;)
    – DrFish
    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:42
  • Have you rebooted your system in between? Maybe some process has files locked and thus prevents them from being accessed otherwise.
    – foraidt
    Jan 28, 2011 at 16:27
  • @Bora Its a new system so I doubt those are the issues. Other steam games seem to be working just fine in my library. @mxp - thats a good idea. ill try it out right now. I hibernate the system most times.
    – Silver Gun
    Jan 30, 2011 at 1:07

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Thanks everyone. Rebooting did the trick. Thanks to mxp for the suggestion.

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