I just played the Crackdown demo on the Xbox360 Live Marketplace.
This game is good. It has exceeded my hype. I had originally thought this game would be 7.6-7.9 ish quality judging from the graphics but when I played the demo. It was better than what I expected. This game is certainly 8.3-8.7 quality, and it deserves it.
This game is different. It is not a GTA clone. The gameplay, doesn't involve much with killing innocent civilians. In this game, you get reduced experience from killing civilians so it's not like GTA at all. But that's not a bad thing, you get to kill gansters. Unlike most other games, this game has hundreds of gansters. There are practically 1-10 gansters on every street, and practically wherever you go. There is fighting. Why kill civilians when you can throw 10 ton cars at gansters?
It's actually a bit chaotic, and it may be "repetitive" after a while, but once you progress through the game. It keeps it away from being "repetitive".
There is a level system in this game, you can level up in -guns -driving - strength -speed and -explosives.
This is kind of like the Elder Scrolls series, you don't level up by just getting experience. You level up by what you do. So if you decide to not shoot your gun at all, and decide to just rush in and melee people. You can, and you will level up in strength. It is rather cool.
The leveling really affects the game. At the begining of this demo, you could only carry around 200 pound objects and throw them at 50 feet with your strength. But if you decide to melee people and get your strength up. It will gradually get stronger. By the maximum strength, you will be able to lift up 10 ton objects and throw them over 200 feet. So earlier in the demo, I could only carry people and throw it at people. Then trashcans.. Then buggies, then volkswagon, then midsized cars, then on to trucks/buses. It was pretty cool. By then my melee's made people literally fly, and I could throw buses for over 200 feet.
The explosions in this game are awesome. If you though GTA, GRAW, and Saints Row explosions were good, wait till you see these. The best thing about this, is you have an "explosive" skill. Where if you keep throwing grenades and killing enemies with them. Your grenades will be able to have more damage, and area of effect. The explosions get really big.
Driving is pretty cool. At first your driving sucks, and you can't turn well. I thought it was the game's car that did that but later I found out it was my Driving level. I haven't really explored this yet, but I got to the third level. And by then, I could really drive well and doing hit and runs on gansters was a piece of cake.
Although the guns in this game are quite terrible. This game has an "auto" lockon feature, which means you don't even have to really aim. Maybe that will help people, because at times you are batteling 20-30 gangsters at once and you simply can't aim at them all. But then again, maybe they are good because at the end of the Demo my gun level was only 2. While my Explosives and STR were all level 5.
The fighting went for mediocre to great, because of my levels. I really enjoyed this demo. It is easily one of the best demos out there, standing along with SC:DA, SR, LP, and THP8.
This game was great, and if you are getting this game with the Halo 3 Beta. It is definitely a good deal.