Crackdown is both impressive and ambitious, where the devs have realised the one basic factor of gaming: fun.
Dreamfinder83 wrote this review on .
In this game you play an agent, a superhero, in a city full of villians. You're alone againt the hordes of them, like in many games alike... but this time you have enough arsenal to dispose the petty gang in a fashion which makes you feel both happy and addicted. It is true that the content which follows the plot is short and can be finished in no time. And some reviewers see only this content. But notice that this game is a sandbox game. A free environment where you're given tools to make out your own content. What happens if you pile up all the cars in the block to a one huge pile, get a truck and jump trough them with the pedal on the metal? Graphical assets of this game are impressive and the engine renders a large, beautiful and detailed environment without any loading or pausing. Framerate is actually so smooth, that it hurt me to get back to play Oblivion. I wish to see more engines like this one in the future sandbox games. Artistically everything is cartoonish, and it works. It's not overly done, but just enough to make you wanna wear latex lingerie over your trousers. The most addicting part of the game is skill evolvement, which is not as in-depth as in RPGs, but the effects are nevertheless breathtaking. I am not going into details, because this is the section which you need to experience yourself. Sounds are nothing out of the ordinary, but the narration and dialogue as well as npc one-liners are made to match the cartoonish overblown image of the game; some like some dont.
With games like this it all comes down to controls, and they work fine, although the targeting-lock (locks reticle on a mob if you want, you can shoot and kill without too) is a bit lost time to time when there's **** of mobs in sight. Grabbing a bus nearby and throwing it at them mostly solves this problem though. ;)
About value, once you have maxed out the stats, killed all what's worth killing the rest lies on your own imagination. If you lack the ambition and creativity to try things out, or play games only for their plot, then this game is too short and not compelling for you. On the other hand if you're one of those gamers who want to fool around in an open world with tremendous amount of possibilities to create your fun, Crackdown is a quality game with the smell of napalm all over it. :)
Note: some of the copies include a beta key to Halo 3 multiplayer, this is an in-game invitation, not a code, so if you want to secure a spot in beta-testing Crackdown is the way to go.
Demo of the game is available in Xbox Live! :)