hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Destructoid review: Crackdown

5:59 PM on 02.12.2007 // Robert Summa

Yes, if you get Crackdown, then you'll have a very good chance on getting in the Halo 3 beta. But is that the only reason to get this game? Find out what we think after the jump in the latest Destructoid review. Tell us what you think.

I'm going to start this review the same way Crackdown starts, by going right into the action. Hot, gun-toting, car-throwing, roof-hopping, grenade-blasting action. You see, Crackdown is a game that is meant to be played fast and loose, and it shows. It doesn't waste your time with tutorials or training levels, it grabs you by your super-hero short and curlies and throws you face first into a city of criminals with only one purpose: to kill you.

How you survive this frenetic pace is entirely up to you. Essentially, Crackdown provides you with a well-designed, graphically-stylish and enormous city to use as a super-hero training ground. Since your character already starts off at 11 on the bad-ass scale, leveling him up further not only opens up more of the game, it provides you with a feeling of satisfaction every time you become more powerful.

A satisfaction that can easily be felt the first time you're able to kill an enemy by throwing a garbage truck at their head. These moments of super-hero joy make you realize that unlike other sandbox games, Crackdown's only goal is to be fun. A goal the developers have definitely achieved.

Strangely enough, the total focus on fun leads to my only gripe about Crackdown. The story, or more importantly, the complete lack thereof. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not looking for deep, sweeping narrative. I just expected a little something more than a next-gen version of "thanks for playing, please try again" when I beat all of the bosses. This is just a minor gripe, though. One that is more than made up for by the game's near-perfect co-op mode. An online experience that adds not only tag team mayhem, but brings an added level of replay value to an already great game. Crackdown, with its pick up and play attitude toward fun, has raised the bar for what to expect from a sandbox-style experience.

Final score: 8.5


Earnest -Nex- Cavalli

First things first: Yes, Crackdown shares many similarities with your favorite hooker-stomping sim, Grand Theft Auto. There is simply no denying that fact, and even the developers acknowledge the similarities (remember when we went to see them? Yeah, they’re pretty up front about it.)

The good news is that instead of the blatant rip-off some people had been fearing, Crackdown is more like Grand Theft Auto’s younger, hotter sister. While GTA has a degree in psychology and a mortgage, Crackdown just graduated high school and has no idea what Rohypnol is. In short, Crackdown is a hell of a lot more fun to spend the evening with (and it won’t call you five times the next day asking what last night meant).

If you’ve played GTA before, you’ll be familiar with the controls, with a few very nice differences. For one, the targeting system in Crackdown is (cement-cracking) leaps and bounds beyond that of GTA. Once you lock on to a target, you can use the system to then target the head, torso, or extremities of your foe for various effects (and that, in and of itself, is dependent on how talented you may be with guns).

The aforementioned skill is raised much like every skill in Crackdown: by using it. The more you shoot people, the better you are at blowing their cocks off. The more you explode people, the better you are at throwing grenades like Peyton Manning on a cocaine binge. The only deviance from this formula is with your agility; you have to climb around the city like some kind of spider person in order to collect bubbles (500 of them) that make you jump higher and run faster.

The only qualms I have with Crackdown regard its sandbox nature. There is a definite feeling of “sameness” to these kinds of games, even one with as many novel twists on the formula as this one. If you’re bored to death of GTA-type games, I would wager you won’t be enthralled by Crackdown. If, however, you’re ready for a new take on a genre that lawyers and politicians have created entire careers over, Crackdown is the new crème de la crème of open-world gaming, and it’s a definite purchase for anyone who owns an Xbox 360.

Final score: 9


Robert Summa

My greatest fear for Crackdown when it is finally released for mass consumption is that it will forever be known as “the game that got me into the Halo 3 beta.” People, I beg of you, do not think of this title as such. Crackdown is a brilliant addition to the Xbox 360 roster. It’s the kind of game that makes the 360 worth owning simply because it allows the system to offer a style of play that is a refreshing change from the standard serious shooters and other titles available.

But how do I really feel about Crackdown? Well, honestly, I feel like the game was custom made for me. It has RPG elements that I love. It has Pokemon elements that are addicting (the agility and secret orbs make you wanna say, “gotta catch ‘em all!”). And, of course, it has the greatest mix of shooter and sand box that any console will see for some time -- unless Rockstar decides to get off their asses and make a targeting system that works.

And for those of you that love those “oh wow” moments, well Crackdown has a ton of them -- from setting up explosions to reaching the top of the tallest building and looking at the living city. Even if you get bored, there’s nothing better than to stand on top of a bridge or roof above a busy intersection and shoot the wheels off of passing cars to see how many barrel rolls they do. The other night, a friend and I just stood in one place for about 30 minutes or so shooting out wheels and watching drivers ride on their rims -- only because it was hilarious and we could do it.

In a sense, this game is awesome. If you look up awesome in the dictionary, there should be a picture of Crackdown. It’s mindless, has no story, and I could care less. I have a blast while playing this game and you will too, I promise this. It’s actually the first game that makes me want a flood of microtransactions.

Final score: 9.7

Photo Gallery: (3 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys

Robert Summa, Contributor
 Follow Blog + disclosure summaaftershow Tips
I used to be World Famous ...  more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

Status updates from C-bloggers

Jiraya avatarJiraya
Gonna have a date tonight ? Here's a song for you. [youtube][/youtube]
LinkSlayer64 avatarLinkSlayer64
[youtube][/youtube] And yes, this is video game related!
Nathan D avatarNathan D
"Everlasting. True love. I am yours." -Rule of Rose T^T
Shinta avatarShinta
MGO's pretty fun! I suck at it though. I mostly hang back and just mark enemies and get the occasional sniper kill. It's pretty fun to be semi-useful with a very hands off role like that. Love my avatar character guy too.
Mike Martin avatarMike Martin
Fuck Insecticons
nanashi avatarnanashi
they pooped in my food they pooped in my food they pooped in my food they pooped in my food
Robo Panda Z avatarRobo Panda Z
I have been accused of the greatest of crimes - cookie snobbery.
KyWii avatarKyWii
Rock Band 4 is really fun...takes me back to my teenage days of high school. Also reminds me of all the hours I wasted on a plastic guitar instead of getting better on a real one xD
Avoclefo avatarAvoclefo
Team Fortress 2 just got a massive community-made Invasion update. SFM short, reskins, cosmetics, and 4 brand new maps?!?! God, I love this game and its wonderful community so, so much. [youtube][/youtube]
Rad Party God avatarRad Party God
AARRGGGHHHH!!!, GODDAMIT!, fucking SOMA has crashed 3 fucking times in a row and I always lose ~20 minutes of playtime!, playing the same section over and over kinda ruins the tension! >.<'
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
N-Not that P1 isn't perfect the way she is! Isn't that right sweetie? Yes it... Oh, now don't you go and listen to those P2 fans! They just go around spreading rumors and pretending Hitler was just a handsome gentleman in sunglasses, that's what THEY do!
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
Persona Q has made me realize I really want a Persona 1 remake on 3DS in a similar style. A lot. A loooooooot. You listening, Atlus?
Super Mario Maker, the announcement of Sonic Lost World for Steam, and remembering all of the mods that got made for the PC version of Sonic Generations makes me wish SEGA/Sonic Team would make their own dedicated Sonic level creation game.
gajknight avatargajknight
Hey, is your fridge running? You better catch it. I mean, it has all your food, and without food, you die. Like, forever. You don't wanna die right? If you die, how will you watch The Good wife with your favourite bowl of Ben and Jerry's ice cream? Go.
CJ Andriessen avatarCJ Andriessen
My local Best Buy is drowning in Marth & Dark Pit amiibo
GoofierBrute avatarGoofierBrute
Spooky yet totally true gaming fact: the bushes and the clouds in Super Mario Bros are the same exact shape. #Spooky
Sr Churros avatarSr Churros
It is coming fast AAAAAAH
Fuzunga avatarFuzunga
The newest PS4 update finally got rid of that bug where I'd get the "you can customize your power options" message every time I turned on my console!
El Dango avatarEl Dango
Should I just pass on MGSV? I haven't really liked any of the games after Snake Eater, and it's being used as a money sink at the moment.
Mike Martin avatarMike Martin
[Youtube][/youtube] All the episodes are on youtube now. Also I never knew they got to do a season 3. Pretty cool. Now back to Transformers. Scored a gc to my favorite thai place too. Pad ahoy bitches. It's been too long.
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -