X06: Crackdown Updated Hands-On

We spend some time enjoying all the craziness that Crackdown has to offer at Microsoft's X06 event.

BARCELONA, Spain--One of the featured games at Microsoft's X06 event in Barcelona is Crackdown, the open world action game from developer Real Time Worlds. We took some time to get a feel for the concept, which could be described as equal parts The Incredible Hulk and Grand Theft Auto. That's because your character is a bionic special agent with powers that let him jump high, climb on ledges, throw massive objects, and survive falls from great distances. But at the same time, he can do the normal, everyday man-on-the-street tasks like steal vehicles, drive over pedestrians, and shoot gangsters.

Crackdown has multiple gameplay modes. Time trials are presumably racing events; cooperative multiplayer missions let you team-up with other players online; and play now mode drops you into the world at a checkpoint of your choice and lets you accept missions or cause trouble as you please. We chose the play now mode since it seems to offer a bit of everything.

We started off on top of a building on the far west end of the city, which appears to be made up of large sections of land that are connected by bridges and tunnels. We began by hopping off the rooftop and taking to the crowded streets. We immediately made the mistake of running across a freeway, where the cars don't seem to slow down for bionic special agents. After getting knocked to the ground, we got up and started shooting gangsters, who were indicated by a yellow icon above their heads (as well as by the fact that they started shooting at us first). The shooting simply requires you to hold the left trigger to lock onto a target and pull the right trigger to shoot. The system worked well in our experience, and we found it easy to quickly switch targets with a flick of the left analog stick.

We were curious to see how the vehicles handled, so we instinctively ran up to a car and pressed the Y button to hop in. It seems a bit more difficult to steal a vehicle in Crackdown than it does in Saint's Row or Grand Theft Auto, because the drivers tend not to slow down as readily, and you have to be positioned just right to be able to enter the vehicle. We drove a wide variety of trucks and cars in the game, including a large cargo truck, a puny hatchback, a muscle car, and an agency vehicle (this game's equivalent of a police car). The vehicles all handled differently as you'd expect, with the faster cars being much more difficult to keep on the road. The vehicles get even more slippery as they take damage, and when you're driving on nothing but bare rims, you might as well just get out and find a new ride. But just because you can't drive a vehicle doesn't mean you can't use it. If you find yourself in an upside-down vehicle, you can hop out and pick the vehicle up to hurl it at people, or you can even kick the vehicle to flip it back over and continue driving it around.

There are several missions in the game, and often a screen will appear telling you to waste a certain criminal. This screen can be a bit annoying because the alert completely interrupts the game to tell you what to do. Some of the missions are less intrusive, such as the race missions. In these missions, you drive up to a highlighted area and wait for a few seconds until given the signal to go. You then drive through checkpoints as fast as you can. The race we ran started off simple enough, but it became much more difficult when we had to drive through narrow lanes with row upon row of explosive barrels on either side, with the slightest deviation from the course meaning certain death. That kind of ridiculousness seems to be the norm in Crackdown.

We enjoyed the mayhem of Crackdown, and we're looking forward to playing more of it, especially the multiplayer mode. Stay tuned to this gamespace for more details before the game ships next year.

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38 comments
NND1
NND1

Wow the game Lookz Dope

TheEpicJoe
TheEpicJoe

This isn't as much a shooter as it is a sandbox game. Right now all we have is Saints Row and Superman to fil that role. Originality is overrated - give me a good sandbox game and I will be happy for weeks.

e_boulanger
e_boulanger

Another shooter from Microsoft Game Studios... not very original. MS is just trying to squeeze a little more money from a genre that is already overcrowded with ordinary games. The only shooter that I will probably buy for the 360 is Halo 3. And it's better be good or it's hasta la vista 360.

Michael5076
Michael5076

well even tho it wasnt good of them to not tell people about holding tha game bac...im glad they didnt drop tha game when it wasnt ready..thats all they need is a bunch of people on their backs about making a **** game.

freakn503
freakn503

well i would appreciate it, If the creator's of crackdown would at least inform places like gamestop that their game is being held back. when they know that these places are advertising release dates. its very disappointing to go pick up your game(crackdown)(with your last two dollars for the bus) and find out that they were notify that morning of the release date(10-17-06) that its being held back for another 4months.. out respect for your customers you could atleast inform these places days in advance instead of last minute bull **** and as a customer/employee of gamestop i will be discourage people from buying crackdown and i will not be buying crackdown and i encourage every gamer out there to do the same.!

AdMordem
AdMordem

meh i enjoyed Saints Row. I will mos likely enjoy this. It something to scratch that itch till GTA4 and the episodes come out.

neuromancer123
neuromancer123

weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!! ok i did that for 33 hours straight and nothing happened. wtf are you talking about miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiguel? lets have companies make less failed attempts at copying gta and more attempts at something new. i understand the issue is that it all comes down to the almighty dollar. the ceo's say 'lets do what has made a clean mil over and over and over to death until it cant make anymore money.' does that mean i should keep forcing the game sandbox junk down my throat? no way my stomach can handle all that dirty dirty sand. as long as players keep shoveling out cash for junk, the junk keeps on coming. crackdown shouldnt just be a game that holds the players over until the next gta, like saints rows claim to fame. if crackdown comes out and its great, i will be the first to eat my delicious words. from the video footage ive seen so far tho, its nothing special. next-gen games should be next-gen, nuff said.

miiiguel
miiiguel

neuromancer123: maybe you want something new, like waving your arms, and say "wiiii", so new, so lame, so tiring. Maybe this game doesn't want to be that new. If it succedes to do what it purposes very well, I really do not impose novelty.

sadisticon_juno
sadisticon_juno

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neuromancer123
neuromancer123

another sandbox gta clone trying to break the mold but i doubt it will happen. look at just cause for a big steaming pile. saints row copied the forumla the best but still that game sucks as far as replayability. and the multiplayer? lag fest central. from watching the gameplay vids this game looks pretty freakin' lame. great i can shoot guys that are already dead from a rocket blast with another rocket. HOW INNOVATIVE!!!! *GASP* another overhyped game that at the last second all the reviewers will say 'oh what happened, they had such a good idea' etc. reminds me of prey. all these reviewers keep giving a game the benefit of a doubt, listening to the developers talk about how many great features will be impleneted and they never are. notice how much this game has been pushed back? its because the developers dont have enough actual content to release it yet, just 'were going to have this that this and that', which may or may not happen. if its not great i wont be surprised at all. EDIT: oh and i do agree that this game needs more polar bears. i want my main character to be a polar bear that has a gun that looks like a polar bear that shoots polar bear shaped rockets that shoot mini-polar bear rockets on the way to the target to knock him up into the air. while theyre up in the air, the mini-polar bear rockets can shoot micro-polar bear rockets that blow up their blood cells on a microscopic level. AND while those micro-polar bear rockets blow up their blood cells, nano-micro polar bear rockets can break the neutron bond between their atoms for the ultimate super worthless pointless juggle nonsense firestorm pwnage ownz0rz.... now THATS innovative!!!!

sadisticon_juno
sadisticon_juno

Main Character looks way better than anything I've seen in GTA (men in leather just do it for me). Super cops are cooler than stupid mindless villains. I am so sick of criminal minded games. So far I'm waiting patiently on my preorder.

makemeweak
makemeweak

This looks way better than another GTA.

Ironclash
Ironclash

This game needs polar bears. Halo Wars should also have polar bears in them. Heck, every game should have polar bears! Yeah, I know what you're thinking : ''WTF is this guy talking about?'' Trust me, I don't know what I'm talking about either, I'm just saying this beacuse I hate the game Afrika...

Artemis_D
Artemis_D

"Plus hows it going to compete with GTA4? " ...why would Crackdown have to compete with a game that doesn't even come out for another year?

azeos
azeos

Shortmansquirt, I'm pritty sure you can create a charector. It's sort of like oblivion, with a bunch of didfrent skills you can level up, and it effects both the graphics and gameplay. Also, theirs this feature where you can combine two of your charectors (think a sniper and a melee guy) for a couple seconds to have acess to both their skills.

_Sam_
_Sam_

sounds pretty good so far

ShortmanSquirt
ShortmanSquirt

This game needs a create-a-super-bionic-agent mode. The main character isnt that appealing.

Alcotamaysees
Alcotamaysees

Sounds ok, but it needs to do a little more.

vinny2007
vinny2007

wanna know how its gonna compete with gta 4, its coming out like 8 months before it

miketuck3r
miketuck3r

"Looks alright to me, the graphics arent that good. " lol watch a hd vid then answer again, you can see for miles across the city...

xXHackettXx
xXHackettXx

Looks alright to me, the graphics arent that good. Plus hows it going to compete with GTA4?

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

this gmae looks interesting but i dont think it has too much potential

TJchief
TJchief

seems like it will get boring after a while.......if a demo is released ill just play that

tatu2004
tatu2004

well i think we need a demo on marketplace first people need to try before they buy...

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

This game looks great - can't wait to play it. I like the premise - of taking out the crime bosses in any order.

nistergribber
nistergribber

Haven't heard too much about this game but the entire premise seems lame. I get the bionic agent thing (who doesn't want to be a bionic agent??!!) but haven't we had enough GTA knock-offs?

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

I'm a little shocked by what I've read here... What with the difficulty stealing cars compared to GTA or SR, exploding barrels amidst races, and the lock on auto targeting. I don't know I've kind of gotten used to SR's free aiming. Anyone else? ;)

Fooljeff
Fooljeff

Its about time for a GTA with a bionic hero