|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, didnt I already check this area or Im pretty sure Ive 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.
Even so, youll 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, thatll 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 youre bothering to play co-op in the first place.
Crackdown 2s multiplayer also helps to add some diversity and replayability to the experience. While the options are somewhat limited, youre 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.
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, youll feel right at home.
CCC News Director