Crackdown Reviews

294,527 (182,813)
TA Score for this game: 2,721
Posted on 28 May 09 at 10:26
This review has 57 positive votes and 6 negative votes. Please log in to vote.
(otherwise known as the game that came with halo 3 beta keys)

About the Game (taken from Wikipedia)

"Crackdown is an open world, third-person shooter video game for the Xbox 360. It was released in North America on February 20, 2007, and worldwide by February 23, 2007. Crackdown was developed by Realtime Worlds, and distributed by Microsoft Game Studios. It was conceived by Realtime Worlds' founder, David Jones, who also created Grand Theft Auto and Lemmings.[2]

Set in the fictional Pacific City, the player controls a cybernetically-enhanced Agent, tasked with defeating three crime lords and their organized crime syndicates. The Agent's abilities improve by defeating both crime lords and their supporters, as well as by completing optional activities, such as street races and scavenger hunts. The gameplay is nonlinear: instead of following a rigid mission sequence, players are free to select the approach to completing their missions and activities. The game features a two-player cooperative play mode via Xbox Live.

Crackdown, initially planned for release on the original Xbox console, was envisioned as a vast world in which players could experiment and explore freely. Microsoft Game Studios bundled Crackdown with an access code to the multiplayer test version of the much-anticipated Halo 3. The game sold 1.5 million copies in its first six months of release. Crackdown received positive reviews and has garnered several awards for its innovative gameplay."

Gameplay ( 8 / 10 )

The gameplay in Crackdown is original, and satisfying to a certain degree… That is, if you enjoy over the top action and mindless violence. If you enjoy running around using rocket launchers and high powered machine guns you can literally jump straight in here and go from there! You can choose to play with friends, or with random people using the co-op option from the main menu. headsets are preferred as people will be all over the place with the free roam option you can go wherever you want in the game world without any restrictions. The game is a simple sandbox game you have to eliminate all bosses and take over all supply points etc, you can upgrade your agent depending on what you do most, if you fight hand to hand your strength will increase, if you run over enemies using the car your driving skill will increase, etc, altogether you have 5 skills, strength, agility, firearms, explosives and driving all of which can go up to a 4 star rating

The storyline is fairly short ranging from 2-3 hours with a speed run and maxed out agent but first time players should have this done in like 6-7 hours and co-op will add the extra replayability.

Co-op mode offers new life to the campaign mode by allowing another player to play as a super agent. They can both take on the gangs either together or seperate and clear the storyline even quicker, or play in keys to the city mode and just have a mess around really.

Graphics ( 9 / 10 )

The graphics in this game are amazing, they are all cel shaded much like the old xbox game cel damage. Explosions look amazing and stacking 20-30 cars in a pile and blowing the living hell outta it is amazing to watch. The Havok physics engine is utilized every step of the way, from trudging through corpses that piled up in your random rampages which also count towards achievements in 60 seconds increments, to knocking enemies off of a building using a firefly homing rocket launcher. The characters all look unique, all bear the crackdown logo on all there armour and the armour can look amazing as when you start your characters looks like a puny little grunt but after upgrading you get to see the real graphics of your character. Enemies dont really have any special looks to them just random tattoos and facial scars etc that seperate each gang from one another!

Sound ( 9 / 10 )

The game utilizes sound quite heavily ranging from distant gunfire and explosions to up close and personal in your face bang and crashes, also the sound when a homing rocket has locked on to you and you hear it swooosh just past you knowing its going to be coming back around for another go gives you the sense of despair thinking ooops that things gonna hit me lol, cars screech and water splashes and just in general the game has superb sound the one letdown from a 10 is that the soundtrack is not very well known but as most of the time you wont be in a car but jumping from rooftop to rooftop you'll barely even notice.

Replayability ( 9 / 10 )

Like any games, you will need to take a break every now and then as fighting the same gangs over and over will be extremely boring but in short burst and all the collectibles that the game has to offer you'll be spending a good couple of days just trying to find everything that the game can chuck at you, online co-op adds more to this and will have you coming back to help friends and go from there.

Extras: upon the release of this game it was bundled with beta keys

Over the top action (if you dont mind jumping like 100 feet in the air with ease)
Amazing usage of sounds and environment
Lots of replayability (collectibles and achievements will have you coming back for more plus the DLC keys to the city you'll be amazed at what you can do)

Short Storyline (couple of hours worth of storyline)
Only three gangs
Not enough transportation modes (no boats, helicopters etc)

HD-TV, Loud Speakers, Headset


Gameplay ( 8 / 10 )
Graphics ( 9 / 10 )
Sound ( 9 / 10 )
Replayability ( 9 / 10 )

Overall ( 8.5 / 10 )

The game was most likely forgotten after a couple of months and people traded it in but my personal opinion is that the game has soo much to offer with the option to respawn gangs after completing and maxing out your agent etc, the game should have won some awards but microsoft x game studios have announced a sequel is in the works so if thats something to look forward to, hopefully they improve and add more features in to the second.

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80,943 (46,695)
TA Score for this game: 1,160
Posted on 17 October 10 at 18:57
This review has 5 positive votes and 8 negative votes. Please log in to vote.
The premise of Crackdown is a simple one. You're a genetically alter supercop in a city overrun by gangs. Your job is to clean them up in the best way you see fit, and if a few civilians get in the way, well that's the price of justice, Right? As you level up through the game your power reach superhuman proportions with you eventually leaping across rooftops and picking up and throwing cars at your enemies. Your weapons scale up to the point where you can snipe people you can't even see and rain pyrotechnic carnage upon anyone unfortunate enough to be in your way. That said, it's not like the game's a cake walk as the enemies are numerous and powerful enough to keep you challenged.

The city you play in is huge with everything open to you right from the beginning. You can literally drive right up to the final boss' digs and take him on at the beginning if you like, though good luck with that! The game has no load screens. All elements are loaded on the fly as you approach an area. It works incredibly well, making the game non-stop action and difficult to put down. The game play is completely over the top but is varied enough for it not to get dull. Great mindless fun!

Story: 3
Interface: 4
Game Play: 4
Challenge: 4
Fun: 5

Overall: 8.5/10
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