Crackdown 2 Review
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System: X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Ruffian Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Microsoft Game Studios 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: July 6, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 - (2+ Online) 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

With Crackdown 2 essentially reusing the exact same city, albeit fairly demolished and in need of repairs, it often feels far too familiar. As I was jumping around the city, I found myself constantly thinking, didn’t I already check this area or I’m pretty sure I’ve already been here. I prefer the new gritty, bombed out look of Pacific City. It both fits the subject matter in the game and helps to make the environment feel much more realistic than in the original Crackdown. However, it may feel a little repetitious to anyone who has played, and fondly remembers, their last stay in Pacific City.

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Even so, you’ll find enough fun things to do around the city to keep you from dwelling on this fact for too long. There are a host of rooftop and road races to participate in by yourself, or with up to three friends, that’ll help you to further level up your agent as well as earn bragging rights depending on your finishing times. Playing through the game co-op with up to three friends also adds to the experience, although only the player hosting the session will be able to save anything more than just the orbs they collect. This is disappointing, since everyone is working together to accomplish the same goals if you’re bothering to play co-op in the first place.

Crackdown 2’s multiplayer also helps to add some diversity and replayability to the experience. While the options are somewhat limited, you’re still able to play deathmatch, team deathmatch, and rocket tag with up to sixteen online players. Even though these modes are all fairly standard, they are still entertaining to play because of the nature of your super powered agents and the access to powerful weaponry.

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Despite having many similarities to its predecessor, Crackdown 2 still manages to be a fun and worthwhile experience. While it may not feel like an entirely new game in some respects, it does feel more refined this time around. Whether you played the original Crackdown the entire way through, or perhaps only purchased it to get into the Halo 3 beta, you really should check out this sequel. Once you start collecting those green orbs and jumping higher, you’ll feel right at home.

By Adam Brown
CCC News Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
The cel-shading looks great, especially with Pacific City’s darker grittier appearance.
4.2
Control
You’ll have some issues with targeting and collision, although they aren’t incredibly prevalent or hindering.
4.3
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The sound effects are good and the announcer is still quite humorous.
4.4
Play Value
While the main goal of the game can be completed rather quickly, all of the additional tasks, orb collecting, and multiplayer will keep you in Pacific City for many hours.
4.4
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Complete freedom: A spectacular sandbox experience. Crackdown 2 is an explosive tour de force that invites players to explore, experiment, and navigate through objectives with complete freedom to do what they want, when they want. With unprecedented levels of open-ended gameplay in combat and story progression, Crackdown 2 redefines the sandbox style of play with a gripping narrative and more ways to engage in the explosive action than ever.
  • In a league of its own: Unparalleled cooperative and multiplayer. The sandbox experience gets more exciting! Evolving the way open-world games are played, Crackdown 2 introduces never-before-seen multiplayer features that will take the genre to new heights. With the ultimate four-player co-op mode, 16-player multiplayer experiences and an all-new party system, Crackdown 2 ushers in the most robust open-world experience ever, offering unlimited ways to play and share Pacific City with friends around the world. Players will engage in dynamic competitive and cooperative multiplayer for double the carnage, action and intensity, only made possible on Xbox LIVE.
  • The sky's the limit: Serving justice, by any means necessary. Crackdown 2 continues the over-the-top action with ever-expanding skills, more dangerous enemies and no safe zones. Strategies and tactics will be even more inventive with new weapons and agent skills that grant the abilities to scale buildings, orchestrate massive explosions and engage in bone-crushing combat with obliterating force. Hit the road, take to the sky or explore underground — the experience is limited only by your imagination. Whether you're chasing down enemies on rooftops or dropping from sky-high to ground zero in a matter of seconds, Crackdown 2 is the perfect adrenaline rush for action fanatics.
  • Sprawling environment: Pacific City at your disposal. The sprawling metropolis that was once Pacific City is now divided between the Agency, the Cell and the Freaks in a contentious battle between order and anarchy. Divided and expanded with new environments in every direction, the city has never been more perilous. From the rooftops to the sewers, players will utilize their surroundings to the fullest to take back Pacific City.


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