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Crackdown, minus story, plus multiplayer,
This review is from: Crackdown 2 - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
Crackdown was never intended to be a game that relied heavily on story telling. It wallowed shamelessly on its grinding, its overblown violence and explosive pryotechnics. But whats come down the tube wrapped in the same packaging with a #2 on it is so... ordinary.
Graphics are original Crackdown, with some additional cel shading on your player character, literally. 3 year old graphics, coming out of a develop that should still be sitting on a pile of gold from the initial games success. I've seen Oblivion mods that put more effort into improving backgrounds and other graphical elements.
Gameplay is the formula you love. Jump, hit, and shoot like a superhero. The only problem is they've apparently decided that the only thing missing was areas that could be turned into a crater with a single stray shot. You have to spend five minutes clearing explosive barrels so that you aren't sent pinwheeling into the sky after 45 barrels all explode simultaneously. And while you're flying through the air, twenty enemies with semi-auto rocket launchers and pinpoint accurate grenade launchers will aid you in your sub-orbital flight. Again, otherwise, crackdown 1 gameplay. There are some new mini-games, but its basically go here and kill everything that moves. And some gratuitous finding missions. While those are as annoying as they ever are, they've at least made the concession that they're are fairly easy-to-spot markers to let you know something is nearby.
Probably the most annoying thing is the announcer. I like me my achievements, but when you're getting one every 30 minutes, and having it all but rubbed on your face, its loses anything resembling a feeling of achievement. "Your first agility orb? Achievement!" "You fired a new weapon? Achievement!" "You managed to operate a toilet unaided? Achievement!"
Story is where is game runs straight down the tubes. After an opening cut scene, they is nothing in the way of briefings. You have one target, not the normal gang dossiers, and otherwise, one mission: kill stuff in this location, and move to another location. Not surprising, but when you're performing the exact same actions and just changing backgrounds, with nothing backing it up, it starts to feel like quest grinding.
Overall, Crackdown 2 is a clone of the original with pieces removed. That alone makes it a massive disappointment. So little effort was put into this to make it almost insulting that it took 3 years to complete. Apparently the thought was that removing story and making virtually every action warrant an achievement would gloss over the fact that all they did was add a multiplayer function, but what comes out it just a time waster. It may be just as much raw fun as the first, running, racing and blowing up stuff to your hearts content, but it feels like a empty husk of something that used to be great.
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Initial post: Jul 9, 2010 8:49:59 AM PDT
Just a note to this review. The developer, Ruffian, only had 18 months to work on the game, not three years.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2010 10:33:49 PM PDT
Brian Long says:
True, but Ruffian is primarily made up of the members from developer for CD1. Also, they took their initial graphics templates with them, so they didn't exactly start from scratch.
Posted on Jul 22, 2010 12:07:11 PM PDT
though I agree that the game feels rushed and too much like the first one, the "story" is in the logs that you find everywhere and there are lots of logs to find. Its not a especially great or original story but there is a story there. Buy yea the game is just a redressing of the first one.
Posted on Jul 23, 2010 6:50:09 AM PDT
I'm impressed. You absolutely nailed it. When you take what is supposed to be an explosive fun fest and turn it into a grind you've gone horribly, horribly wrong.
Posted on Aug 21, 2010 12:44:19 PM PDT
Glad I read this review before heading to the store.. I'll wait for the $10 bargain bin.. Thanks!
Posted on Aug 27, 2010 8:10:14 AM PDT
Joseph Flannery says:
"You managed to operate a toilet unaided? Achievement!" Is probably one of the best things that I have ever read in a review. +1 to you man.
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