E3 2017: How Xbox One X Improves Crackdown 3

Microsoft confirms more details about this year's open-world action game.

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Now Playing: Crackdown 3 Goes All Out With Terry Crews And Action Gameplay - E3 2017

Crackdown 3 will leverage the power of the Xbox One X in a number of ways, according to Microsoft and the developers on the team. Speaking to GameSpot at E3, executive producer Peter Connelly said the open-world action game will run better on the super-powerful console, delivering longer draw distances and an overall better level of detail.

"Crackdown 3 will play better on Xbox One X and feature increased level of detail at greater distances with crisper, higher texture fidelity in immersive, true 4K, HDR, wide color gamut, and spatial audio, Dolby Atmos," Connelly explained.

Appearing on GameSpot's own stage show on June 14, the developers told us even more about what the Xbox One X does for Crackdown 3. "When you see this in 4K, with all the explosions, with all that bombastic, crazy action and living, graphic novel-style," they said. "I think it's amazing on Xbox One X, but also playing on Xbox One S, on Xbox One, on Windows 10. It was important for us as well to have cross-play across those devices."

The developers also told us that Crackdown 3 was designed from the start to be an Xbox Play Anywhere title, so they always wanted to make sure that the features between Xbox One and PC were "roughly comparable."

Also in our interview, developers said Crackdown 3's map is about 2.5 times the size of the original game's playable space. They also clarified that Crackdown 3's heavily touted use of Microsoft's Azure cloud servers is for the head-to-head multiplayer, while the campaign and co-op campaign do not leverage that technology.

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The Xbox One X launches on November 7, priced at $500, £449, €499, CA$599, and AU$649. Some analysts said this week that they believe that price point is too high and claimed it might impact the console's ability to reach a wide audience. For even more on Xbox One X, check out GameSpot's in-depth video interview with Xbox boss Phil Spencer.

Crackdown 3 launches alongside the Xbox One X on November, and it also plays on Xbox One. All Xbox One games are playable on Xbox One X. GameSpot saw a new demo of the game today and it definitely still resembles its predecessors, featuring stylized visuals and incredibly over-the-top gameplay where you can throw cars and jump higher than any human could.

The city where Crackdown 3 is set sits atop a volcano, and the the thermal energy from it is an important resource in the game, developers say, though it's not exactly clear why at this point. Here are some other things we learned from our Crackdown 3 demo today:

  • There is Black Hole Gun that sucks everything toward it, destroying everything. Some of the developers think the weapon is overpowered.
  • The map shows the entire city, highlighting areas that you have uncovered. Once you eliminate all hostiles, the map shows it as being controlled by you.
  • Overtaking enemy camps gives you access to their weapons. For example, after taking an enemy camp outfitted with a turret, it becomes yours, targeting enemies for you.
  • The developers stress that "all games are different" because Crackdown 3 responds to how you play and the choices you make.
  • Terry Crews is actually in Crackdown 3 and you can play as him.
  • We asked if a beta is still planned for Crackdown 3, but the developers said they could not answer that.

Microsoft's E3 2017 press conference brought news about the Xbox One X, Forza 7, and Playerunknown's Battlegrounds. For more, check out our E3 hub for all of our event coverage.

This story has been updated and corrected.

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EdwardNygma

The graphics look TERRIBLE. It looks like a last gen game and the gameplay looks so boring and uninspiring. Easy pass.

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ohjtbehaaave

The Crackdown 3 Xbox 360 quality graphics on X/Scorpio look spectacular! So Premium console looking!

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KhanWasHere

The IGN guys said it looked bad, like a last gen game. Was not crisp at all. That was on PC, I wonder if the video settings were borked.

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Plus_1

Been waiting too long for this title! We havent even got to the secret sauce that is Azure in games, but after Craccdown, devs are gonna be offloading to the cloud like crazy!! Get'em MS

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SEADRIVE

You can already find a reduction in 1080p TVs and an increase in 4K...especially when you see that the prices of both are no longer far apart. I grabbed a 4K set the same day I grabbed an PS4 Pro. It's a decent console, but overall I have been quite disappointed and sometimes feel that I should have not made the upgrade. The Pro, overall, has received little support regarding utilizing it's improvements in hardware...I know it is more limited for 4K native support and was primarily released for Sony VR, but still more could have been offered from developers. On the other hand, the Xbox One X upon release has a ton of already released and new titles that will offer it better support. Xbox engineers have provided developers easier tools for outfitting this machine, and the price is decent for what is offered...remember folks, that unlike several consoles and even the Nintendo Switch, Microsoft is not profiting by selling this small, well engineered system for $500. It contains much more expensive hardware making it very small and precise. I have seen such negative hype, but I reassure you...if you grab a 4K set and such a resolution is very sweet, you will want a console that can adequately support such a resolution...for the most part, this is not a PS4 Pro...this opinion is not simply negative trolling, but a fact produced by the Pro's hardware limitations.

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Zero_Dawn

@SEADRIVE: Have you seen Digital Foundry's tech analysis on Assassin's Creed Origins and Metro? Checkerboard @ 30 fps. Not so good if you ask me.

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JergerNIce1

@zero_dawn: ive read it. in summary they are hyped about xbox one x and used origins and forza as example as why they are hyped....you have gotten lost in the numbers and tech garbage because you want to hate. truth is they said ms delivered on its promise based on these 2 games. yes some checkerboard, they also said 2160p pixel count, and said more draw distance and 4k textures on an original xbox one engine. so basically old unoptimized engine looking fantastic already on xbox one x. developers and expers excited about scorpio power yet ponies are using pre alpha footage on old engines to hate. hate hate.

"So, what have we learned about Xbox One X from its E3 showing? Tightly optimised first party engines like ForzaTech clearly look stunning on the new hardware, and in Assassin's Creed Origins we have compelling evidence that what was traditionally a 900p third party Xbox One engine can scale beautifully to a 4K display. It's a tantalising taster of what this hardware can deliver, but beyond that, there's little more we can add. We need to see more."

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SEADRIVE

@zero_dawn: I own a PS4 Pro and would expect many titles to be checkerboarded, upscaled, etc simply because the system does have a decent gpu, but cpu and ram, bandwidth does hold it back. However, if the Xbox One X is being checkerboarded regarding these two titles, I would assume it's a very inefficient engine or perhaps they quickly have offered the same for both the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. Keep in mind that the PS2 was literally half the horsepower of the original Xbox; however, many multi platform titles were simply the PS2 version at 480p with no further improvements for the original Xbox...perhaps developers are doing the same thing here?

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AncientDozer

I will be getting this. I bought the first game for a Halo beta but when I played Crackdown? Oh my god, it was stupidly fun and enjoyable. When you can throw a car into the air and juggle it with missiles or harpoon badguys to a van and load that van with explosives and then drive that fan into a group of enemies. . ?

Yeah.

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SEADRIVE

@AncientDozer: Back in 2007, I did the same thing...who dislikes doing many things possible in GTA like shooting, driving ,etc...or simply you can be the incredible Hulk leaping from building to building or throw a bus... like seriously?!?

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Pandadropkicks

I want this game solely to destroy a building my friend is on lol

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Spoochy

I'll be buying the X1X, but not this game. This game looks like cartoon poo, and I don't care about orbs...

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comicbookjerk

Game looks terrible sorry lol

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yukushi

Crackdown sucks its a horrible grand theft auto clone, I remember playing it on xbox 360 and I could not even finish it.

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SEADRIVE

@yukushi: When I first saw screen shots of Crackdown prior to release in 2007, I thought it was an original Xbox game. However, once I tried the demo I was hooked! It's a whole open city that is quite massive where you can use weapons galore like in GTA, climb massive buildings and/or leap around like the hulk...what is wrong with that? I have nothing against the work put into Grand Theft Auto IV, V or the series, but personally, I would rather be a super soldier than a mundane human. Apparently GTA is your cup of tea, but I got bored after 1.5 hours playing it years ago...I fully completed Crackdown 3 times at different settings. This is why there are varieties of different games for those with different tastes.

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jerjef

@yukushi: At least you played one of them before passing judgment unlike most people on this board. Can't say I agree with you, but to each their own.

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PlaystationZone

Xbox x dead 💀 look

At price of consle . The consle won't sale and MS think sale crackdown 3 as high numbers like GTA 5 is.

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locke90

@playstationzone: trust me people will buy it.

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Spock1966

@playstationzone: Your english is atrocious, and it makes it difficult to understand what you are saying.

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Tomcat2007

@Spock1966: Even once I take time to understand what he's saying I have trouble agreeing.

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jerjef

@Spock1966: Playing too many poorly translated JRPGs.

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Tom_Tucker

@jerjef: lmao!

Beautiful...absolutely beautiful.

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jerjef

@tom_tucker: "All your bases are belong to us!"

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CraigTL

It should have been Terry Crews all along.

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Ravenlore_basic

?? LOL even their hyped up description of it is .... lacking. THE DRAW DISTANCES..... wow look at that tree from far away....

THEN..... its on PC where it can look even better!!! so whats the point of XB1X?

I'm not really casting aspersions on it more than questioning its existence, when its launch date is near the end of the this gen console cycle.

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PrpleTrtleBuBum

@Ravenlore_basic: "it can"

Do all the PC players play on ultimate settings? At least from a ton of comments it looks like people are sporting the 1000+ dollar line of machinery and then use that as an argument to everything. I guess there just is something in going to a local supermarket, grabbing that under 500 dollar machine, going home and plugging it that just evades the attention of people who either spend 1000+ to buy a ready megapc or hunt for bargains and tune their own device.

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jerjef

@Ravenlore_basic: To be honest, this console is signifying the end of console generations, at least for MS. They're trying to bridge the gap between PC and console. The X1X will carry forth into next gen, playing the new games as well as continue to support the "last gen" games. Do PCs have gens? No. New game comes out, you play it as best as your hardware can handle. If it doesn't, get new hardware. It goes much easier on the consumer's wallet by extending the life they get out of their console much longer than normal. They don't have to worry about the end of a gen signifying the necessary purchase of a new console. Sony is going to come out with their PS5 and every game that you bought for the PS4 will not work with it. Sure you could keep it sitting next to your PS5, but that's more shelf space and according to Sony, no one wants to play those games anyway. As for the concern about graphic quality by sticking with say an X1S into "next gen", if graphics were THAT important we'd all be playing PCs right?

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siarhei

@jerjef: Word. Losing game library every console gen sucks. I'd rather just upgrade every few years than have to deal with "remasters".

Like you said, Sony said that no one cares about old games, so PS5 will likely lose their entire install base and will have to start from 0.

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scottyp360

@jerjef: "The X1X will carry forth into next gen, playing the new games as well as continue to support the "last gen" games."

While true, the issue there is that when Sony decides to release their next gen console it's likely going to be more powerful than the X1X putting Microsoft at a bit of a disadvantage since the big selling point for the X1X seems to be "it's the most powerful console ever."

"Sony is going to come out with their PS5 and every game that you bought for the PS4 will not work with it."

That's not fact. It's possible the next PlayStation is compabitble with PS4 games and, like X1X, enhances the graphics with the exception of also receiving it's own exclusives, which may happen with the X1X down the line. Sony is in a position where they can gauge the interest and reception of the X1X and use that information when making their next console by improving on the negatives and incorporating the positives.

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jerjef

@scottyp360: "While true, the issue there is that when Sony decides to release their next gen console it's likely going to be more powerful than the X1X putting Microsoft at a bit of a disadvantage since the big selling point for the X1X seems to be "it's the most powerful console ever.""

That's the thing, MS will be designing their consoles with a more PC like mentality meaning if Sony's PS5 is that much more powerful, they can just release another optional iteration for those that are really that concerned about the disparity. Perhaps one with a slightly better graphics card.

"That's not fact. It's possible the next PlayStation is compabitble with PS4 games and, like X1X, enhances the graphics with the exception of also receiving it's own exclusives, which may happen with the X1X down the line. Sony is in a position where they can gauge the interest and reception of the X1X and use that information when making their next console by improving on the negatives and incorporating the positives."

Though possible, Sony's public statements have been pretty clear that no one wants to play last gen games. Unless they want to look like hypocrites.

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scottyp360

@jerjef: "Sony's public statements have been pretty clear that no one wants to play last gen games. Unless they want to look like hypocrites."

Well they have contradicted themselves already because they have released first party remakes and remasters of "last gen games." If they can release a console that can upgrade these games to make them look better and run at higher frame rates and resolutions it will be like having a console that turns all last gen games into remasters. I think it could go either way I just wouldn't make any assumptions at this point.

I also don't think looking like hypocrites is a big issue. If Microsoft never decided to be hypocrites we would still have an XboxOne with their original vision (Kinect requirement, always online, the DRM "issue", etc). Sometimes being a hypocrite in order to please others isn't a bad thing.

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siarhei

@scottyp360: Remasters and PS Now is how Sony makes profit. Having BC on PS5 will severely undercut this business model, so it's very unlikely.

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scottyp360

@siarhei: they can still keep PS Now for PS1, ps2, and PS3 games as well as Remaster/remake games from those platforms but it seems pointless to Remaster PS4 games when a simple patch will do the trick. Plus allowing PS4 games to play on the PS5, or whatever it's called, will probably sell more consoles faster since gamers will be able to sell their PS4 and put the profit towards the new console.

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AN-GanyaK

@jerjef: exactly! .. I was really surprised that anyone was talking about this main point... xbox have ended the race of console generation, thats it... it will be a continuos same family console with no game left behind. period!