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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, great game!
This actually turned out to be a great game. A lot of people, myself included, figured it would only sell because of the Halo 3 beta invite included with it and that the game itself would suck. But Crackdown itself actually ROCKS!! This game is great, adrenaline filled fun!

You basically play as a cop with superpowers that grow better as you play. So, the more...
Published on February 20, 2007 by J. A. Lewis

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Jumping good time
CrackDown - Circa 2007

GOOD:
- Great Co-op Gameplay allows two players play through the game from start to end. A co-op player can come into the game at any time and leave at any time.
- Leveling up your characters traits (Jumping, Strength, Driving, Shooting, Explosives) makes your character not only better at that skill but also gives you bonuses...
Published on March 1, 2007 by Michael Corona


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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, great game!, February 20, 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Crackdown - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
This actually turned out to be a great game. A lot of people, myself included, figured it would only sell because of the Halo 3 beta invite included with it and that the game itself would suck. But Crackdown itself actually ROCKS!! This game is great, adrenaline filled fun!

You basically play as a cop with superpowers that grow better as you play. So, the more you jump around, the better your jumping ability gets, and eventually you can jump over buildings. The more you fight, the better your fighting ability gets, the more you drive, the better your character's driving ability gets, and so forth.

It's an open world style game (but please, don't compare it to GTA, it's really quite different!) The guy who created GTA made this game, but the comparisons should really end there. This game is an original take on the open sandbox style of game. In some ways this game is more fun than the GTA games. You have superpowers! You can jump tall buildings! You can pick up and throw cars! In other was, it falls short of a GTA comparison. For one thing it doesn't have as much depth and as many varied things to do. But still, Crackdown will keep anyone entertained for a long, long time, and there's sure to be plenty of downloads to expand the game further.

All in all, this is a great game, tons of fun (just what a video game should be!), and it is well worth the purchase by its own merits! The Halo 3 Beta invite is just a bonus (although a really, really GREAT bonus!) But you don't have to take my word for it; go play the demo on Xbox Live!!

Note on the Halo 3 beta invite: You must own the game disc at the time the beta becomes available (late spring). So, no, you can't buy the game and then sell it and still get into the Halo 3 beta. You must have the Crackdown game disc in your XBox 360 drive to download and play the beta when it comes out.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Jumping good time, March 1, 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Crackdown - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
CrackDown - Circa 2007

GOOD:
- Great Co-op Gameplay allows two players play through the game from start to end. A co-op player can come into the game at any time and leave at any time.
- Leveling up your characters traits (Jumping, Strength, Driving, Shooting, Explosives) makes your character not only better at that skill but also gives you bonuses (Example: Leveling up your Driving skill gives you not only better control over driving any car, bus and or truck but your Agency Car gets upgraded as well with new abilities, such as adding car-mounted guns, think Twisted Metal)
- The world of CrackDown has some nice level design and areas both high (like skyscraper roof tops) and low (deep underground bunkers) are well though out and fun to traverse.
- Access to Halo 3 Beta Test

BAD:
- No plot to speak of outside of being a super-cop and killing gang lords.
- Game is short with only 24 bosses and 3 riots (gang riots happen in each area after all gang leaders are killing in that area).
- Driving cars feels a bit sloppy even after getting 4 star max driving skills.
- Outside of foot/driving races, looking for orbs (about 500 in the game), and killing bosses there is not too much to do in the world of CrackDown.
- The Music in this title is not that great and over all forgettable - mostly generic techno (you only can get music while in a car, while on foot which you spend 90% of the game you get no music - like GTA). Thank god, using Xbox 360 built in "play any song I want at anytime" feature was here to save the day, just before you play a the game put in your favorite music CD, rip it onto the 360's Hard Drive and then later on while playing your game click the Xbox 360 guide button and go to select track (and play your own songs).

IF IT FITS YOUR TASTE:
- A Sci-Fi (although near future feeling) Third Person Shooter (Camera behind the player)
- A go anywhere do anything at any time type of game that we have seen in such games as Grand Theft Auto. The biggest difference is now you play as a super-cop charged with killing criminals instead of a gang member trying to become a gang lord.
- Jumping plays a big role in the game and jumping roof top to roof top (like the comedic super hero The Tick) is not only fun but opens up a large part of the game space available for play.
- Co-op gameplay is fun and useful (2 players are able to do things one player could not do alone, example: One player gets into a car/truck and the other player can throw said car/truck well behind enemy lines)

GAME ITS MOST ASSOCATED TOO:
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2/Xbox/PC)
- Saints Row (Xbox 360)
- Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (PS2/Xbox)

ADDITIONAL NOTES:
- The first shipments of CrackDown come with free access/invite to the Halo 3 beta (which starts 5/16/07 and ends 6/7/07); later releases will not have this feature.
- You can download a character pack for this game for free over XBL Marketplace, this pack will add four new characters to your character select screen.
- There are Two downloadable packs for this game on XBL Marketplace which unlock seven new achievements and an ability to reset gangs (but keep your level of stats), get a new new ground attack, a new noise indicator makes it easier to find orbs (when you get to the last 20 or so), makes stunt ring more visible, and fixes some minor problems with targeting and camera angles when driving. The first pack is called the Free-For-All Pack which is a FREE and has the Keys to the City Mode (where you will be able to spawn such items such as vehicles, explosive barrels and change time of day at any time. Your characters skill level can be changed to your likeing and you can turn on/off infinite ammunition as well as GOD mode, achievements and game saving is turned off when in the Keys to the City Mode), a new vehicle selection system has been integrated into the agency garage which allows for new colors (such as Blue, Red and Green) for all cars even agency cars and now players can impound any civilian or enemy vehicle and store them in the agency garage as well. The Getting Busy Bonus Pack which sells for 800 Microsoft points ($10.00 USD) has three new vehicles such as the Beach Buggy (with Chain gun), Race Car (Which looks like a wacky go-kart, but is fast), and Armored Car (Looks like the Mini-Tank/Armored Car from the 80's Aliens [Alien 2] movie), This pack also has some new game types (like Stockpile and Rocket Tag) and even has five new weapons such as the Muilt-Grenade launcher, Proximity Mines, Harpoon Gun, Chain Gun, and even a Cloaking Device.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Fun, Like A Comic Version Of GTA, February 21, 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Crackdown - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
I found this to be an interesting game in the sense that it reminded me of the game Mercenaries and GTA3 in the sense that it is free roaming while also having elements of mission-based combat. The jumping is insane and with the first powerboost you feel like a superhero and invulnerable to anything as pedestrian as a rapid succession of bullets, but then you are quickly humbled be the firepower of a gang hitsquad. Yes you have to take cover, yes you will probably die a few times taking on odds that are not in your favor. I found it easier just go around kicking the gang members instead of shooting them. When your strength rises to the level where you can pick up a truck and throw it a few yards, punching and kicking adversaries turns into comic slapstick what with the Havoc-ragdoll physics at work. The city-scape is amazing and has the endless feel. The city seems more South American to Eastern European. The citzens don't really interact, they aren't mindless though, they run when bullets start flying. The gangs are not too dumb, especially as you advance in stats, the gangs actually get more sophisticated and deadly weaponry to deal with your enhanced genetics. Sometimes just rushing the main bosses and smacking them down does more than ducking and shooting at them. I don't agree that this is a Saints Row knock off. The graphics are next gen and the game is geniunely fun to play especially on-line which is where the game seems to shine the most. It's definitely worth the buy!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a kid in a candy store..., April 1, 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Crackdown - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
Crackdown is a euphoric, addictive rush that, unfortunately, doesn't last as long as you wish. The premise is a Grand Theft Auto-style game set in the near future. The originality of this game is what sets it apart from, and makes it in many ways better than, most GTA games and GTA clones. This game is essentially a super-hero game, with the player controlling a genetically-enhanced crime fighter. Remember how in GTA you would die the instant you touched water, or if you fell from a height of over 3 feet? Well in Crackdown, you can jump OVER buildings, lift buses to hurl them anywhere you want, and you get better at everything simply by using your skill. Remember the original Matrix movie? This is what it feels like. The more you shoot, the better shot you become, same with driving.

Simply leveling up (a typical RPG element) works wonders in this game, meaning that simply jumping around the city beating up gang members is a blast.

The GOOD: Non-linear missions. No more fed-ex quests or escorting missions. You are tasked to take out major crime bosses. You can bump them off in any order you wish, and your actions have logical repercussions: take out the Russian mafia's gun supplier, and the grunts on the streets will have less lethal ordinance. Awesome, addictive superhero play- jumping around a city has never been this much fun. The graphics, reminiscent of "A Scanner Darkly" are awesome. Just plain fun action all around.

The BAD: Way too short. Once you kill off all of the gangs... there's nothing to do. You can run around the city, but with no baddies to fight, it gets old quick, since your character is all leveled-out by then.

Bottom Line: Original, addictive and a blast to play.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it even without the Halo 3 beta, February 25, 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Crackdown - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
Ok I admit it one of the reasons I bought this was for the Halo 3 beta. Well Microsoft surprised me and made a great game!! Crackdown is a blast. First ignore anyone review that writes it is a GTA ripoff. The only thing similar is it is an open environment game and you can drive around if you want. My favorite part of the game is jumping around the city finding agility orbs so you can jump farther and higher. I don't even drive the cars I jump around the city. You can increase you agility, firearms, driving, explosives, and strength. As you increase your skills you open up the game to even more mayhem. As a bonus any time a friend can jump in online and help. People who are slamming this game are missing the fun of the game. It's a fun diversion from Gears, Rainbow six and the like. It also has mini things to do like agility races, driving races and things. It's a great way to spend hours. I will be buying crackdown 2 without any Halo beta that's how good the game is
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Play it for the jumping alone., February 25, 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Crackdown - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
Without the jumping abilities you get in this game, it would be very average. The shooting isn't all that great, and the driving kind of sucks. But it's extremely fun to jump this high. This game feels more like an open world platformer than action game. There some good city design that gives you good reasons to jump all over the place. And there's also rooftop races which are fun. Even with average shooting, the action is fun because there are so many guys shooting at you at once. It gets intense. The upgrade system is cool too. My weapons are at level 2 right now, and that causes a guy to go flying when you shoot him. I'm eager to see what happens when my explosives experience levels up. This game also feels alot freer than other open world games. The missions come up as you approach certain areas, rather than the missions dictating what parts of the city you visit and in which order. This is definitely worth playing if you like GTA type games, or if you like platformers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars halo 3 beta and crackdown AWSOME, February 24, 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Crackdown - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
Sure lots of people just want this game for the beta . i just wanted the beta at first. So when i knew the beta would not launch until spring i was a little disapointed but when i played crackdown it was so cool and i knew it would last me till the beta starts .this game has it all a good storyline cars a big map online skills you could increase and savilians you could kill for fun . This game is worth every penny
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's called CRACKdown for a reason!, March 9, 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Crackdown - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
This games is called CRACKdown for a reason - you will quickly become obsessed with finding agility orbs all over Pacific City! This game will consume you. One minute you're on your way to wipe out a mob boss. . . but wait. . . what's that up there on that rooftop? An agility orb? Up up and away! Before you know it, you're scaling a building. . . bounding to a precipitous ledge to get the glowing green agility orb (the crack in crackdown!). But wait! What do your wondering eyes behold? ANOTHER AGILITY ORB three rooftops away. . . and then another. . .and another! The rooftops become fields of beckoning orbs. Soon you forget about the citizens crawling along on the ground below you as you leap from building to building. But you're not free from the bad guys. Not by a long shot! A well placed rocket can knock you off your rooftop quest and send you falling, flaming to the asphalt below! And so it is in the game of crackdown.

I bought this game solely for the Halo 3 beta invite. I didn't really expect this game to be nearly as fun as it is. I thought I might enjoy it, but now I can highly recommend the game solely on it's own merits. There are a lot of achievements in this game that you can get through normal gameplay, however, there are some that require you devote time solely to them. The rooftop races are an example. Throughout each gang area of Pacific City, there are things known as rooftop races that require you to race from one location to the next. This is almost like slalom racing in skiing. You will have a starting point and there may be 30 or so green gateways that your agent must pass through in a set time period. A lot of these races will show you locations of orbs you haven't yet discovered and locations of crime bosses you've not yet brought to justice.

Crackdown is a much better game than I'd ever expected or hoped for. It's well worth the $60.00 and I don't say that lightly! The language in the game is NOT appropriate for children. There are several of the major, spicy cuss words peppered throughout this game (read that as the "S" word and the "F" word). Usually these cuss words are uttered by many of the henchmen as you are infiltrating their stronghold. The violence isn't anything beyond what you'd see in a rated T for Teen game like COD2 or Halo 2. The coarse language is what prevented me from buying a copy of the game for my son.

Perhaps the only weakspot I found in the game (aside from coarse language) is the lack of a multiplayer option. If two people want to play the game at the same time, they need to have two Xbox 360s. In other words, you can only put the smackdown on crime with your best buddy if you have two 360's system linked or if you hook up via XBL. That's kinda silly. Although I'm a fan of splitscreen gaming, but it does need to at least be an option.

In short, don't think of this as purchasing a Halo 3 beta invite with a free version of crackdown. Think of this as a great game worthy of purchasing all by itself! You won't be sorry!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun game but MIGHT get old quick., February 20, 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Crackdown - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
I found myself wanting to get this game for the Halo 3 beta but soon after playing the free demo 13-15 times I've decided I want to buy Crackdown for Crackdown. I've read that there are already free content downloads for this game and it's just been released. Maybe this is a good sign that there will be many content downloads for this game that will keep it alive.

For the poster before me... He's a fool. Selling the game right after you sell it? You obviously don't know how the beta works. If one buys Crackdown to get into the Halo 3 Beta, you need to use the disc to login to the Beta when it becomes available in the SPRING. Also... this user obviously doesn't know this is a game that is in another graphic genre. Of course it's not going to look like GTA...

As for the coop, I've heard they are NOT fixing the jumping in the game problem which will suck because people will be blocked when trying to join a coop game. BUT they release of this game today should fix the tremendous lag problem.

If you feel like waiting another 4-8 months for new 360 game that's going to be really fun (other than Virtua Tennis 3) don't get this game.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Cel-Shaded Sandbox Shooter, February 23, 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Crackdown - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
Crackdown is a cel-shaded sandbox style fighting game in the style of Grand Theft Auto and Saint's Row - but this time you're on the side of justice. Sort of. Best of all, you get into the free beta of Halo 3!

It's funny how many people are instantly buying this game just to get into the Halo 3 beta. We of course are thrilled about the Halo 3 part - we are avid fans of the Halo series - but Crackdown actually isn't bad on its own merits.

First, you have to accept that it's cel shaded. The graphics are a little cartooney. They did this on purpose, and if you don't like being immersed in a dirty, swear-filled comic book, you might not take to this game. However, those who enjoy anime, manga and an alternate view of reality will appreciate the more-than-human powers you have here.

You're an enhanced human in a future where three criminal gangs have taken over the world. You get the traditional types of enemies - a wisened old Chinese guy, a Hispanic drug lord and a Soviet mob boss. You get a variety of cars to jump into, a variety of weapons to shoot, and a fairly large world to roam around in.

There are tunnels below the ground, places to jump across roofs, places that you can leap cars across, and much more. As you do things, you gain experience and better skills, meaning you can now shoot better or jump higher. This gives you incentive to build up your talents to get to those just out of reach areas.

The game is pretty lenient - if you hide out for a while, your armor regenerates as does your health. When you die, they just give you another clone of yourself to keep playing with. You activate teleport spots around the world so you can get to places quickly.

The soundtrack is reasonably good - there's a lot of variety here to choose from. The in-game sounds of local Hispanics chatting at you in Spanish, or the high pitched screams of scared civilians, all seem to fit in resaonably well with your cartoon environment.

Graphics are, as mentioned, cel shaded. I enjoy cel shading and found it an interesting take on the GTA world. The HUD is esay to understand - it's clear what part of the body you're targeting and what is near you on the map. You get a mix of Kingdom Hearts orb-collecting with Vice City night clubs, Scarface swearing, and a bit of do-gooding in there, too. Assuming of course that you actually go after the bad guys rather than driving over the civilians.

So where does that leave you? You're not getting top-drama and acting as in The Godfather. The cel shading might annoy some people. But really, for a fun jumping, shooting, roaming-the-world game, this is really quite fun.
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