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11:00 AM on 07.06.2010

Crackdown 2 paid DLC revealed

Crackdown 2 was released yesterday, and those who bothered to check out the game's Avatar Awards will have discovered that plans are already in place for premium DLC. This content will be required in order to unlock certain A...

Jim Sterling



Review: Crackdown 2 photo
Review: Crackdown 2
by Jim Sterling

Gamers have been begging for a sequel to Crackdown for years. The original game, developed by Realtime Worlds, became a cult hit due to its surprising and empowering gameplay, not to mention the fact that it came packed with a beta code for Halo 3. Whether it was the former or the latter that led to Crackdown's success is up for debate, but whatever the reason, people loved Crackdown and the announcement of the sequel was cause for celebration. 

Now, after an eternity of waiting, we have Crackdown 2. Now developed by Ruffian Games, this game aims to reproduce the exact same experience as its predecessor, only with more of everything. However, has it "ain't broke, don't fix" approach been a boon or a curse? Just how far can a game provide "more of the same" before it feels like an unnecessary title? What's the difference between a similar experience and a straight up carbon copy?

Crackdown 2, to its discredit, answers all these questions, while leaving one completely unanswered -- exactly what has Ruffian been doing with itself for the past twelve months?

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12:00 PM on 07.02.2010

Crackdown 2 demo now harder than it was yesterday

By now, you should have already downloaded the Crackdown 2 demo if you have an Xbox 360. Agents, we need all of the help we can out there on the field. Agility orbs need to get collected, freaks need to get shot, zones need b...

Nick Chester

8:00 AM on 07.02.2010

Crackdown Agent playable in Perfect Dark XBLA

Rare has announced that Perfect Dark XBLA will be hopping aboard the Crackdown train with a new playable character. Agent 4 will be available for free to anybody who has a Crackdown 2 save file on their 360's hard-drive. Pefe...

Jim Sterling

4:20 PM on 07.01.2010

Crackdown 2's licensed tracks, remixes revealed

While hopping around and collecting orbs in Crackdown 2, you'll be treated to the dulcet tones of Kevin Riepl's original score. But as Microsoft points out today, the game also features a handful of licensed tracks. The sound...

Nick Chester



Jimpressions: Crackdown 2 demo photo
Jimpressions: Crackdown 2 demo
by Jim Sterling

So, I played Crackdown 2 this morning. I've been looking forward to this game since long before it was announced, and even though I've always known it'd be more of the same, I haven't once considered that a bad thing. Anyway, it's time for some more patented Jimpressions!

As you can tell from the demo, Ruffian's definitely taken the "not broke, don't fix" approach, with a game that looks, plays and feels exactly like its predecessor. I do have to say that, from the outset, it feels considerably more difficult. Enemies are highly aggressive and come in their multitudes. The first one could be pretty challenging, but this demo put up a hell of a fight. That's by no means a criticism, either. It's good to be stressed out by a game sometimes, and I definitely felt the pressure. 

It's been a long time since I played Crackdown, but it still feels so damn good to be an Agent. Huge jumps, superhuman strength, and endless bullets are all on the menu, along with those God damn Agility Orbs. Targeting feels a little off, as the Agent can sometimes auto-target something you'd really rather not shoot, and close combat could have used an improvement, but otherwise it's looking damn fine. 

Crackdown 2 definitely looks like Crackdown but bigger, and I am very cool with that. We'll have a review coming soon, but check out the demo on Xbox Live to get your own feel for it!

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9:40 AM on 06.21.2010

Reminder: Crackdown 2 available for download now

The demo for Ruffian Games’ Crackdown 2 is now available to all on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Go download it now; you don’t even have to get up and go to your Xbox 360, you lazy fool -- just queue it up here. The demo...

Nick Chester

9:00 PM on 06.17.2010

E3 10: Take a look at this sweet Crackdown 2 gameplay

Crackdown 2 might not have been a focal point of Microsoft's E3 keynote, but it's still on the show floor in playable form. Though the series has shifted developers from Realtime Worlds to Ruffian Games, all the things that ...

Brian Szabelski

8:20 AM on 06.04.2010

Crackdown 2 is 'finished' which is nice

Crackdown 2 is officially finished, folks. Developer Ruffian Games has announced that the long awaited sequel has finally ended development and the game's ready to go. Those who are excited for the game (including yours truly...

Jim Sterling

6:00 PM on 06.01.2010

Here's why mutants are in Crackdown 2

Not that you really need to explain zombie/mutant/freak outbreaks in this day and age, but the inclusion of them in Crackdown 2 seems odd. Out of place? Not at all -- these monstrosities tend to mesh nicely with open-world g...

Jordan Devore







A leap and a bound back to Crackdown 2 photo
A leap and a bound back to Crackdown 2
by Ben Perlee

Back when Crackdown launched back in 2007, many players' response to the title was to turn it on and go directly into the Halo 3 beta. However, once that was done, and players were left with a $60 disc, what was discovered was a pretty enjoyable if slightly flawed game that did what it did pretty damn well.

Three and a half years later, we are presented with Crackdown 2, and not only does it have a legacy for the fans of the original, it has to stand up on its own feet. There is no Halo beta to carry this one along. Now, as we enter the last push for the title before it goes gold, we were given some solid hands-on time with it.

Hit the jump for the lowdown on Crackdown 2.

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1:00 PM on 05.21.2010

Crackdown 2 the latest game to get its own miniseries

Under normal circumstances, "Crackdown" and "miniseries" are two words that don't seem like a natural fit. Do you remember the story of the first game? It was a glorified Mega Man tale. I guess Ruffian Games and Microsoft wa...

Jordan Devore

3:00 AM on 05.21.2010

Fiddle with 2D barcodes to get the Crackdown 2 demo early

Viral marketing strikes again! In a double-shot of promotion, Microsoft is going to try and entice you to use their 2D barcode system by giving you a chance to access the Crackdown 2 demo early. They've set up a scavenger hun...

Conrad Zimmerman

12:40 PM on 04.19.2010

Nothing is sacred in this new Crackdown 2 trailer

A brand new trailer has launched for Ruffian Games' anticipated sequel, Crackdown 2. The theme of the video is that nothing is sacred, and the amount of punted cars, swung bus shelters, and giant beach balls on display appea...

Jim Sterling

10:40 AM on 04.14.2010

Crackdown 2 features 'thousands' of on-screen enemies

Crackdown 2 is going to be big. If you have any doubt that the superhero fantasy conduit will be a meaty prospect, get a load of this -- Ruffian has promised that the sequel will feature "thousands" of enemies on the screen a...

Jim Sterling

10:40 AM on 04.09.2010

Crackdown 2 will not feature System Link

If you're one of the few people out there who, like me, really likes to play games over System Link, you are likely to be disappointed by this news. Crackdown 2 will not have the local networking feature. Speaking to MTV...

Conrad Zimmerman