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Crackdown Box Art
System: Xbox One
Dev: Microsoft
Pub: Microsoft
Release: TBA
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p
Cracking Down at E3
by Angelo M. D'Argenio

The Microsoft press conference at E3 2014 this year gave us a chance to see the return of a much beloved franchise: Crackdown. This super cop simulator was huge at the beginning of the life of the Xbox 360, but faded from the spotlight as newer and more well-known franchises were introduced. Well, now the game is ready to come back on the Xbox One in stunning HD, but this isn’t any HD remake. This is a brand new Crackdown game, built from the ground up. What will you do with your super powers? Will you be the protector of a city, or will you fold to corruption?

Crackdown is one of the many games at E3 that hopped on the open world train. Heck, practically every single thing Microsoft has said about the game had “open world” in it. Microsoft described the title as "a new iteration of the groundbreaking open-world action series that features a whole new campaign—fully playable in co-op—and uses Xbox Live to power a city that isn’t just an exciting place to play, but is a part of your destructive arsenal." At the press conference we were told that this game would “reimagine the open world gaming experience.” So that’s going to be the main gameplay element of the game, wandering around the gigantic open world pacific city and taking on missions to stomp out super powered criminals.

And boy have the criminals had an upgrade. The trailer that we was shown focused on a crime kingpin sitting pretty in a penthouse apartment. A high tech airplane attempts to swoop in and take out the crime boss, but doing so is absolutely futile. A number of mini-guns and rocket launchers make quick work of the plane, leaving the kingpin to his pool game.

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This is where you come in. It will be your job to take a bite out of crime… along with the rest of your super cop buddies. The focus this time around is on co-op play. Players will have to work together to take down some of the most defended cops in town. The trailer featured three super cops, a sniper, a footsoldier, and a driver. The sniper picked off enemies at a distance to give the other two room to operate. The footsoldier planted explosives around the base of a building and took out guards and baddies. Meanwhile, the driver was flooring it with a tanker of high explosives right to the scene of the action.

Crackdown Screenshot

The scene played out like this. The soldier blew up the supports of the building, causing it to start crumbling toward the kingpin’s tower. The driver launched off a ramp and wedged the explosive truck into the top of the building at which point the sniper shot a detonation switch, causing it to eject the top of the building at high speed toward the kingpin’s penthouse apartment. No amount of remote turrets could handle the impact it caused, and as for the property damage… not our department.

You will have to do similar things in other missions, teaming up with friends in order to play specific roles that make a plan eventually execute perfectly. This is the only way you will be able to take on criminals that otherwise are far more well defended from head on confrontations.

Crackdown Screenshot

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much more that Microsoft could show us. However, we do know that a lot more info will be coming. Crackdown is going to be a huge exclusive for the Xbox One and is being made by Cloudgine, as well as the original creator of the franchise, Dave Jones. We don’t yet have a release date for the game, and the team doesn’t even have a playable alpha yet, but we will likely be seeing more of this game as the year goes on and will likely see a fully playable build at next year’s E3.

Angelo M. D'Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: June 30, 2014

Game Features:

  • Open world gameplay.
  • Co-op missions.
  • Tons of super powers and weapons.

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