4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Defnite 'must-own' material,
This review is from: Crackdown (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Although many will be tempted into purchasing Crackdown for the pure joys of getting a quick peek at Halo 3 before release, it would be nothing short of criminal to overlook the true gem that is Crackdown.
My first impressions, gleamed exclusively from the marketplace demo, were underwhelming but ultimately premature. I saw the semi cel-shaded graphics (which later became one of my favourite, stylistic aspects of the game)as too simplistic and completely missed one of the most ingenious and addictive elements of the game, namely the pursuit of orbs. It may sound ludicrous but once you start collecting the cleverly placed balls of light from around the expansive environment you'll find yourself hooked for weeks.
Upon purchase I became fully aware of the full compliment of things to do within Crackdown and it remains one of my favourite 360 games to date. Frequently described quite accurately as a 'ramped-up gta' the game manages to exceed it's predecessor in many aspects. You are given a number of ways to interact with your environment, from the range of agency and civilian vehicles and extensive collection of weaponry including a fantastically addictive homing rocket launcher.
But of particular note is the combination of superhuman abilities combined with the games heavy focus on free-running and scalable geography. Not long into the game you will find your abilities strong enough to be jumping and swinging between skyscrapers like a pro.
The criticisms leveled at Crackdown such as the ease of boss kills are mostly fair but in no real sense do they impede gameplay as those story elements ultimately play a small part when considered alongside the sheer wealth of other things to do in this game.
I've been playing for a long while now and am still as firmly hooked as I was on the day I purchased it.