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- The game lets you be judge, jury, and executioner for a huge, fully explorable city
- Takes multiplayer gaming to unprecedented levels
- Ultimate co-op and competitive multiplayer experience
- Complete freedom to explore, destroy, and play your way as you restore justice and peace
- Use anything you can pick up as a weapon and combine gadgets, items and explosives in your personal style of destruction. The only limit to the mayhem is your imagination!
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A common joke is that the first game in this series would have completely tanked if the Halo 3 beta code had not been shipped out in this game (and maybe they are right). I just thought the game looked like a lot of fun, so I bought it, Halo 3 aside. The original was not heavy on plot, and, like this second game, a lot of the "missions" feel grinding and repetitive. However, the first game made that grind a lot easier to bear in a number of small ways, all of which have been completely left out of this incarnation. I'm getting a little tired of developers 'fixing' sequels until they're broken.
So let's talk about the plot, although this will be a short topic. Crackdown 2 has even less plot than the first one, which is hard to do. Now, my entire review won't just be a comparison of the second to the first, but I think for people who didn't play the first game, it is necessary to make a comparison to the first games' plot. So...in the first Crackdown, your goal is to fully eliminate three gangs that have taken over Pacific City. Reclaim it, area by area, one step at a time. You start with rank and file gangsters, and work your way up the gang hierarchy until you finally are able to go after the gang leader in their stronghold. There were personal dossiers on all the important players within that gang, how this effected that, how it would improve your chances of success if you took out every single one of the under-bosses before going after the heavy hitters.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
The graphics are the same, the agency voice is identical, the city is almost identical, everything is pretty much exactly the same as Crackdown. The only difference is that instead of fighting against a varied group of gangs, you fight against ONE gang, and also a bunch of boring zombies (zombies in a shooter, how original!). Like the Flood in Halo, the zombies (AKA "freaks") get real old, real fast. They basically just run straight at you and try to hit you or spit acid on you, making it so the enemy AI is completely dull and requires no strategy. The gangs in Crackdown kept you interested because each had a different story and different characters that you have to take down. Crackdown 2 has a boring, almost uncomprehendable story, and the one gang that you have to fight (the Cell) has no interesting characters or sub-bosses to defeat. It seems that the developers spent about an hour coming up with the enemies in this game.
The gameplay is a stepdown from Crackdown. With Crackdown, you needed strategy in order to take down the higher level bosses. In Crackdown 2, once you get the more powerful weapons like the rocket launcher, strategy is completely unnecessary.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty good game, to play solo or with friends. However not nearly as "refined" or "smooth" as the first onePublished 5 days ago by George Dimov
I loved the original Crackdown. Sure, it looked like crap and there was truly nothing to do after the main story, but it was so much fun. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mason
The Price is Right the game works perfectly very satisfiedPublished 8 months ago by jennifer lawson
Not as great as the original crackdown but not terrible either. There were plenty of improvements but nothing long lasting that really made me remember this. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Daniel