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Great fun if you like jumping so high that you can climb the tallest of buildings and picking up pretty much anything and throw it about. The graphics on Crackdown have a cartoony style to them that personalize the game.

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      20.06.2011 17:53
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      Superb fun!!

      While out shopping a few months ago I decided to find myself a new game to play on my Xbox 360. I wanted something that would be good fun, would last a while but also something that I could pick up and be playing and having fun for just a few minutes at a time. After looking at various games I picked up Crackdown for the bargain price of £6.

      It was a game I didn't really know a huge amount about but I had seen a lot of people saying it was good
      fun on a gaming forum I frequent, so I decided to give it a whirl. The basic premise of the game is that crime has over run the world (which comprises of three islands linked by a road network), the police force, under the name of The Agency; who are located in a huge three towered Building in the centre of the world; is trying hard but failing to make any impact on the high levels of criminal activity. As a last resort, The Agency has copied/stolen the work of a criminal scientist who has been developing genetically engineered criminals.

      The Agency creates a prototype genetically engineered Agent to fight crime using whatever means necessary. Stronger, faster and tougher than any other person, the Agent (you) sets about getting rid of the three criminal gangs that run the three islands. To do so you must explore the island and find information about the various underbosses of the gang. As you kill each underboss, the gang is weakened, and as such your chances of killing the gang's kingpin (Boss) increase.

      To help in your task The Agency provides you with three special vehicles, a sports car, and SUV and a Truck which are located in the garage in the Agency's Tower. In addition to these you can also comandeer any vehicle you come across in the city.

      The game esentially works in very much the same way as Grand Theft Auto, in that you are free to explore a
      fully living and breathing city getting on with the games storyline as and when you want but also able to do your own thing as you want too.

      As you explore the city, and kill gang members, you will gradually increase your core skills, these are agility, strength, driving skills, explosive skills and firearms skills. As they increase you evelove and percome more and more powerful.

      To increase your agility there are 500 green orbs located around the game for you to collect, as you increase your agility you can jump higher and higher, until once fully leveled up you can jump several storeys high allowing you to explore areas of the city you were previously unable to reach. There are also rooftop races to take part in against the clock and earn you agility points when you beat the set time.

      Killing gang members with guns increases your firearms skill, which leads to increased accuracy, Killing with explosives increaes your explosive skills making explosions you cause bigger and more powerful...when
      fully levelled up you can cause carnage on a rather epic scale!!

      To increase your strength, you simple kill gang members by, punching, kicking or stamping them to death, wonderfully unsavoury and extremely satisfying!

      Driving skills can be increased by either, killing gang members by running them over, or performing jumps and stunts in a vehicle (there are numerous hidden stunt markers around the city for you to try to jump through - along with handy ramp trucks you can position as you please..) or by taking part n races against the clock. As your driving skills evolve the Agency vehicles evolve with you and, once you have full driving skills, are pretty much unrecognisable and awesome! The sports cars is super fast and has machine guns, the SUV has hydrolic suspension and allows you to jump and even driving up the side of buildings! The Truck becomes a massive cab capable of smashing and destroying any vehicle off the road!

      There are also Hidden Orbs hiding all around the game, these help to increase all of your stats, and are quite satisfy to find.

      This leveling up, sounds like it could be rather boring and lead to grinding away to get yourself leveled up but in reality it's nothing like that, if you just play the game, either hunting down underbosses and killing them, or just playing around, jumping about and killing gang members etc you will finding yourself increasing in skills without really trying.

      It is only when you get the a four star rating and working towards being fully leveled up will you find yourself having to actively work on various skills.

      When playing games like GTA in the past, I have found the games narrative uninvolving and rather boring as I do tend to be rather a casual gamer and this leads to me just messing around in the gameworld and getting bored, however with Crackdown I found the, albeit simplistic, narrative good fun and simple enough to draw me in and although I did spend a good deal of time messing around exploring and randomly killing gang members, I really wanted to play the game through and kill all the gang bosses.

      However I was playing the game it was great fun. The games mechanic of giving you someone that can jump so high that you can climb the tallest of buildings and strong enough to pick up pretty much anything and throw it about, is brilliant.

      When my brother asked me recently what Crackdown was like, I described it as basically being able to play GTA the way you've always wanted to, leaping about, exploring anywhere you can see and causing huge amounts of destruction..and having a huge amount of fun!!!

      I'd higly recommend this game, especially as it can be picked up so cheaply!!!

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      19.10.2010 12:58
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      Fun sandbox title, addictive, suffers from poor replay value.

      I picked this one up when I first bought my Xbox, crossing over from a PS2 platform, this gave me a little insight as to what the new generation systems had in store. I've had some great fun playing this game over the years and it remains a favourite amongst many newer titles.

      Along with the GTA titles I have played, this one actually intrigued me to try out the storyline rather than mindlessly blowing up everything in sight. Collecting orbs in order to increase power, height when jumping ads a little more than similar titles; providing for more of an arcade type game. Although the story isn't all that amazing, it does definitely keep you entertained; perhaps it's the varying ways you can defeat your enemies and the harder they become to defeat; as well as your new powers which keep you hungry for more.

      The graphics first of all are something a little different, although a little awkward at first I grew to like the comic book like appearance to this game. The colour expressed throughout the whole game is very nice, it's vibrant and keeps you entertained.

      As mentioned earlier it does resemble the GTA series, except you are able to jump higher, run faster and play as an secret agent, constantly bugged by your agency.

      The game entertains virtually no replay value, so don't expect much out of it once you have finished the storyline which is average to begin with.

      Considering it's an older title, you may well find it at a decent price either new or second hand - for those of you that are interested in jumping over buildings, running fast and not necessarily too hung up on killing in game enemies and watching their blood spur out, this is a nice title to pick up.

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      01.08.2010 01:00
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      Above-average free-roaming game

      Despite the missions being very samey, the graphics and designs leaving a bit to be desired, and the game basically being a futuristic version of GTA, Crackdown escapes the label of 'just another GTA clone' through its main playable character. The system of developing in skills, strength and agility throughout gives you the increasing ability to scale buildings hundreds of feet up, despatch dozens of enemies at once and generally run amock with carefree abandon. By the end of the game, with your skills reaching their peak, there really are few things in gaming more enjoyable than free-running across a city's skyscrapers before crashing to the ground below without a scratch on you. There are many things that could have been improved - there are limited weapons and vehicles, for example - but the freedom you are given to free-roam, coupled with an environment built with the Havock system, more than make up for any faults. The challenge to find 800 different orbs to improve your skills across all the nooks and crannies of the city is an addictive little venture that you'll spend hours on, too.

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      02.06.2010 12:46
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      Fun game, something you can pick up just to mess around with your friends on

      I originally bought this game for, that's right you guessed it, the halo 3 Beta, which i know has expired now but i wont let that effect my review of this game.

      It is hard to put a label on this game, its sort of a third person shooter in a massive sandbox, but guns are sort of just an option, there are many ways of killing the enemies in your way, from just running into them, to throwing huge cars or other vehicles at them, you get experience orbs for killing the bad guys in different ways, for instance, strength orbs for punching them or throwing things at them, explosives for using... that's right explosives.

      The graphics are reasonably good, could have been better but that could have lead to a slow down in game play.
      The story sadly isn't all that great. It just seems a bit... empty, its not BAD it just feels like its missing its WOW factor, its all very repetitive.

      However it makes up for all its floors by allowing the player to level up there agility to the point where they can jump over buildings... its like 4 jumps to reach the top of a sky scraper...
      Just for that fact i would recommend picking this game up if you can find it cheap or in a second hand bin.

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      26.01.2010 21:59
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      GTA-lite but a fun sandbox game nevertheless

      When a game has the talent attached to the original GTA games at its helm, I tend to pay attention. Crackdown is just such a game, pitting you as a crime-fighting agent whose aim is to dismantle three troublesome gangs by going on a murderous rampage. The story isn't deep or clever, but the game is a whole lot of fun.

      Visually, it excels right off the bat; it has a cel-shaded style that's generally quite unconventional for these sorts of third-person shooters, but it is bursting with colour and the stylization of the violence is quite glorious indeed. The style is likely to be as divisive as it has ever been, though.

      What's indisputable is the quality of the gameplay, though; it is unpretentious and chaotic, and reminds one instantly of the PS2 game State of Emergency. There is a bit more depth to it, though, as you can level up stats like agility and strength through combat and hunting for orbs. The game doesn't rely much on its story, and really just throws you into the frenetic action, but surprisingly doesn't get boring because there's such a variety of ways to lay waste to the baddies. The game suffers a bit control-wise, though, making grabbing items a bit clunky, and vehicular controls aren't that good either.

      The game gets a lot of playtime out of its online mode if nothing else, where you can play co-operative with a friend and team up to take the gangs down. However, even this can't really compensate for the relatively brief single player, which can be beaten in about 8 hours. Nevertheless, as long as you temper your expectations and don't want a game of GTA-length, you should get a real kick out of this.

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      14.01.2010 20:54
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      Essential purchase

      This is a game that is best understood through playing. It doesn't have GTA IV's licensed music and stylized cool, it doesn't share its masterful story and grimy urban realism.

      To talk of the game as being little more than jumping and collecting orbs does Crackdown a massive disservice. In a time when the attachment of celebrity voice talent and referencing cinema are the major concerns of some of the competition, Crackdown is shamelessly a game.

      The game boldly drops you into the middle of a massive gang controlled, crime ridden city and tasks you with challenging it in any way you wish. There's none of the masked linearity of Grand Theft Auto. Pacific City is your playground and levelling up between battles will most likely become an obsession, climbing higher, jumping farther lifting heavier objects and killing more.

      If you let it, Crackdown may take over your life, from developing a tinitus like orb hum in quiet rooms to looking at real life buildings and thinking of the best way to scale it.. There may be orbs up there!

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        31.07.2009 02:46

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        good game very enjoyable with a lot of free DLC

        Well i dont know where to start. In crackdown you are a tough as nails cop and its set in the future. I must admit the game really does hot up as you progress further. The game features skill develoment which means your character basically gets better as you play through the game. The better you character the more fun. It really does get good when you can jump 30ft high and lift trucks! Then throw them at those nasty criminals.

        i really enjoyed playing crackdown and once i got into it and had my high skill i could not stop playing! its great fun running round the city at the speed of a car and having to many weapons at your disposal. This for me is one of the best games on the xbox and i would definitly recomend it to anyone.

        By the way. Dont let the face that it gets better as your progress thing put you off. Because there is a free downlaod from live markeytplace that allows yoru skills to be beyond what you can egt to in the game! So if its quick action and fun that you are looking for then why not jsut buy it and downlaod that for free! this game is not to be missed

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        28.06.2009 15:44
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        A great game at this price.

        Well if like me you bought this game for the Halo 3 Multiplayer beta that was part of the deal at the time of the game's initial release then you were in for a pleasant surprise.

        The game places you in the roll of an agent as part of 'The Agency' a multinational task force, tasked with taking back Pacific city from three large organised gangs.

        The game takes the form of a third person...I'm hesitant to say shooter as you shoot, punch, drive, throw and otherwise take out the gang members as you go along. The story is very open ended as you can essentially explore the world to your own wishes as nowhere is truely blocked off at any point, but that said you do need some elements of experience before you can take out certain enemy characters.

        You can gain experience in any of five areas, Agility, Strength, Shooting, Explosives and Driving. Agility can be gained from completing rooftop races, finding agility orbs, taking out enemy from higher up positions. Strength can be gained from taking out enemy in close quarters. Shooting can be taken by shooting enemies dead. Explosives are similar to shooting, but with explosive weapons such as grenades, and finally driving can be got from races, mowing enemy down, and stunt driving.
        Each of these can be upgraded up to four stars in ability, the higher it is the more powerful your agent becomes. Of particular note is that as your strength increases so does your health, and more interestingly as your driving skill increases so does the abilities of your vehicles, for example your sports car at level 4 is highly armoured and mounts machine guns.

        The game's story is...average at best. Whilst there's nothing particularly wrong with it there's definitely much stronger out there, truth be told your agent feels like he has no real character, which given that when you die you're placed into a clone body and thrown back on the streets? It's not far from the truth.

        The game also has downloadable content packs open allowing you to cheat, to add new vehicles, new agent avatar's and many other things in. They cost the equivalent of about £6 for the lot in MS Points but some are free. Although they're not a significant addition for the price it's not bad, but as the game's so cheap now a price reduction may be in order.

        The game does have an ending which comes quite unexpected (at least kind of...)

        Overall the game was perhaps not worth the £30+ it came out at, but at £10 now it's not a bad deal.

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        28.05.2009 04:19
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        A large open play game seeing you stomp on bad guys heads. Lots of fun.

        Crackdown is one of the earlier XBox 360 games, and its main selling point appeared to be for alot of people the inclusion of an invite to the Halo 3 online Beta. Which is a bit of a shame because on its own, this game really does shine quite well on its own merits, its got a large play area and intuative controls and overall, it is very good fun.

        The game sees you as a nameless voiceless agent working for an organsation simply called "The Agency". Your task is essentially to be a cop, but your not a normal cop, naturally you've been put through a giant science based machine that means your faster stronger and generally could be called more or less a "Supercop". You are sent out into Pacific City to wipe out 3 gangs currently causing havok in the area. The Hispanic based "Los Muertos" on the West islands, the Russian based "Volk" covering the South and East islands, and the "Shai-Gen" based on the technology heavy Triads. Your ultimate goal is to take out the Kingpins or leaders of each gang.

        This is quite an interesting and well thought out element of the games design. Under each Kingpin there are 6 lower down yet still key gang members, each with control of a specific area of the gangs running (finances or weapons or recuitment for example). Taking these down reduces the gangs ability to function and ultimatly makes your job of eliminating the Kingpin easier. There is also no specific order to deal with these members so this is where some clever tactics come into play. Taking out the gangs head of weapons will mean that the members on the streets and the more elite members assigned as guards to key points are less likely to have big guns, meaning they pose less of a threat. Taking out the head of vehicles means that gang members are in slower vehicles and less likely to respond as reinforcements when you start causing havok with them someplace in the city. It can sometimes take a little while to see the impact but overall it works. As you take out each of the 6 key members your odds of infiltrating and eliminating the kingpin is shown on screen and altered to reflect the updated situation.

        Once all 6 key members are down, you bring down the kingpin, but this isn't the last of each gangs activity, one last incident flares up at just that point, allowing you to take out the last of the gang properly, permenantly ridding the city of them. Its a simple pattern but it works. While on the subject of the kingpins, the Shai-Gens kingpin is "the enigmatic Wang". I amn't joking on that one.

        The controls are standard and intuative overall. All the main weapon controls are assigned to the shoulder buttons, with the face buttons handling jumping, swapping weapons and interacting with the environment. One note is that the jumping seems to be more sensitive than the others, with a quick press giving a little hop, and a much bigger thump of the button giving a proper leap. Vehicle controls are again standard for the 360, with the shoulders taking care of acceleration and braking.

        The game does have a leveling up system based on how you use your skills. There are 5 core areas: Agility, Strength, Explosives, Driving, and Firearms. With all bar the first being upgraded by doing. Shoot more bad guys successfully and you increase your firearms skill, take down more in close combat and your strength increases etc. Agility is the only exception with that area increasing by collecting orbs scattered around the city. These tend to be on high places so collecting them can be great fun, as it means climbing up buildings and jumping great distances between them. The other way to upgrade yourself is to collect special "Hidden orbs". These contain a small amount of upgrade points for all areas. Both driving and agility can be increased by participating in and beating the best time of set races, either through the streets in a vehicle or over the rooftops on your feet.

        The range of weapons is standard enough, with only ranged weapons available, in close combat your increased strength in comparison to the gang members means that all you need is a quick punch or 2 and there down. The shooting and lock on for combat is efficent but can lock onto the wrong target so its important to try to make sure the intended target is as close to the centre of the screen as possible as this is where the game seems to work from.

        One problem I have seen and heard of is the lack of variety with missions. With the missions effectively being one of three types: the vehicle missions, the agility rooftop races, and the main game of find the bad guys and shoot them all. And theres a distinct lack of plot overall, though this is partly due to the games overall style. These flaws are minor though and the game is very very fun.

        For those looking for a fun game with little to no rules, this is a treat, especially if you've missed it up until this point. For those gamers after a deep plot will definately be disappointed.

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          06.04.2009 03:36
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          There are many better games of this genre with much more variety, I'd recommend GTA instead.

          At first, seeing all those "Impressive" ratings from companies like IGN and such, I went out to rent it for myself. In the game, you are not a criminal, but a self-employed person who gets tired of a Latino drug gang running the city with their cartel, and decides to "crack down" on crime. In the game, you can play as one of a variety of characters. You start out with a car from the agency, but you can drive it around the city, with your prime mission to wipe out all members of the drug gang. The graphics are very cartoony, but no so cartonny that it is stupid. One thing I feel that is important to note is that the ads fool many. It looks like the next GTA, when in fact, it is not at all. For about the first 30 minutes, I thought that this was just about the best game I had ever played. But, after that, it seemed very repetitive, and all the missions kind of melted together. While there are a ton of different cars and guns and people in the city to enjoy wreaking havoc on or with, I would just download the demo from the XBOX Live marketplace, because this one is not worth a penny past the first half an hour. One other downside is that the camera when you drive is such that it is hard to see where you are going, and so when you run over civilians, you get penalized. The gameplay is general is smooth, but unfortunately not worth the cash.

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            07.02.2009 10:45
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            Buy it!

            I bought this game recently pre owned for about £6 at Game expecting to be an average GTA copy cat. It is created by the GTA creator and when released had a Halo 3 beta code which was why it was so popular. You might be thinking this is just a rubbish game with a code for one of the most popular games ever.

            This game is a free roaming, shooting game only available on the Xbox 360 console. The idea is you are working with the Peacekeepers basically Police to get rid of the gangs in the city. Each gang controls their own island and the gangs are Los Muertos, The Volk and Shai-Gen. You play the character of an agency super person who has many special abilities which as you advance through the game improve. The game is slightly cartoony which works very well.

            My favourite thing about this game is the free roaming and how you can just drive and jump around the city. This brings me onto my next point on the game you can jump onto any building and cling onto nearly any object creating a whole new world and making the map seem twice as big. It is great fun jumping up buildings and trying to work out how to get up each one.

            For each gang there are 7 different leaders including the boss. Each time you kill one of these leaders the gang is made worse and the main boss is weaker. For example killing a leader may mean the gang have less powerful weapons.

            On the islands there are lots of supply points which you can capture. If you capture a supply point you can change your weapons and get full ammo. When you die you regenerate and choose a supply point to come back to getting you around the island quicker.

            The game also includes a fantastic selection of vehicles including cars, lorries, vans and then special agency vehicles at the agency supply point where you start the game. These agency vehicles include a Supercar, SUV and a lorry. I nearly always choose the SUV or the Supercar as these are my favourites. As your driving skill gets better you can do better stunts in the air e.t.c

            Your character has many special abilities including strength, driving, agility, firearms and explosives. The driving skill can be improved by killing enemies while driving and performing stunts and tricks. There are also races which will improve your driving skill if you complete them.

            Strength is improved by throwing objects at gangs and killing them by punching or kicking them as well. As your strength improves you can pick up cars and lorries to throw at gangs which is pretty cool!
            Agility can be improved by finding green agility orbs which are usually on buildings and there are 500 to collect. Agility can also be improved by killing people from high up and completing roof top races. You can also improve agility by finding hidden orbs similar to the agility orbs but harder to find but these improve all your abilities at the same time. Agility makes you jump higher and run faster and is one of the most important abilities.
            Firearms skill can be improved by shooting and killing gangs with guns. You can shoot any part of a gang member`s body and as your skill builds up it is easier to kill people.
            Explosives can be built up the same as firearms but just by using grenades and other types of explosives and makes grenades e.t.c more powerful.

            Graphics

            The graphics on Crackdown are brilliant and have a cartoony style to them this makes the game look great in its own way. The graphics are really nice and are another good thing about this excellent game.

            Multiplayer and Xbox Live

            Sadly this game does not let you play two players on the same console which is a shame. However you can connect to Xbox Live and play coop mode.
            On Xbox Live there is lots of extra content and some are free and some are not. One of the free downloads gives you extra characters. Other content to download such as extra races, multiplayer challenges and even some new agency vehicles for about 600 -800 Microsoft points (roughly £3 - £5 depending on where you get your points from.)

            Conclusion

            This game does not disappoint and is not just some duff game with a code. I would recommend this game to anyone who wants to buy it. It is really cool jumping around, driving vehicles and throwing cars! This game is great fun but the story mode is quite short.

            This game is quite cheap and can be found at a good price if you look around. I recommend you buy this game because there is so much fun to be had!

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              28.09.2008 20:29
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              A very original game which has evolved all new free roam games from now on!

              Introduction:

              Crackdown was released in early 2007 and published by Relatime Worlds. It was created with by the Grand Theft Auto creator, David Jones. GTA is seen as being one of the best games on any console and has amazing free roam capability and great stories with loads to do. As a result this game had a lot to live up to. Another reason for a lot of the popularity at first for this game was the fact that it included the Halo 3 Beta, which ended up being one of the greatest games ever. Well back to this game, Crackdown and how in my view it has certainly lived up and beyond the hopes and was definitely more than a simple game to stick the Halo beta on to encourage sales.

              The Idea:

              This game is an open world or free roam, third person shooter game which is exclusive to the Xbox 360. The game is not slightly cartoon - like in style and quite colourful making it more enjoyable to play. The game is set in Pacific City with there being 4 main islands controlled by several different gangs. At first you start in the central, smallest island where the Agency Tower is located. The idea of the game is that you are working with the agency peacekeepers, the police in other words and have to help rid the city of crime and the gangs. The other three islands are controlled by the three different gangs: Los Muertos, The Volk and Shai-Gen. You have to with the help of the peacekeepers kill all the gangs and you play the character of an agency super person who has enhanced abilities which throughout the game you can improve. There are loads of different cool looking characters to play as, including some extra ones which can be downloaded for free.

              The best thing about this game is that it is completely free-roaming. The islands aren't particularly big, but don't need to be as you can not only go every on the ground but can climb any building and roam on the rooftops above the cities. This greatly improves the game and separates it from all the rivals, like GTA. You can gain an advantage over enemies, move around the city easily and just have fun jumping from building to building 200 metres in the air!

              You will first start in the agency tower and will be given a car and can then enter the first, and only the first island where the Los Muertos gang are located. When entering the island an agency video will be shown, one tells you all about the agency and your character and what can be done with him. The second video will show you about the gang you will be fighting and what sort of weapons and vehicles they have. For each gang there are 7 different gang leaders to be killed including one main boss. Each time you find and then kill a boss the gang will be weakened for example with less men being recruited or not as powerful weapons, etc.

              Your aim is to wipe out all three gangs by killing all 21 bosses on the three different islands, and liberate pacific city from all the fighting and crime!

              On each of the islands there are also supply points which can be found. These will act as safe houses where the game can be saved and you can store and change your weapons.
              You can also drive a variety of vehicles from cars to vans and Lorries and then the special agency vehicles which can be found at the agency tower. These include a supercar, an SUV and a lorry. These will evolve when you get in them and as you improve your driving skill the vehicles get better and you can drive better including by performing stunts in mid air.

              Your character:

              As I just mentioned you have a driving skill which is just one of the many traits that can be improved whilst playing the game. These abilities include: driving skill, firearms use, agility (how fast you can run and how far you can jump), explosive skill, and strength.
              Driving can be improved by killing enemies with you car or performing stunts. You can also compete in races in the city which will also improve your skill. There are four levels of each skill and once you have got all completed 4 times you will become the ultimate agency super agent!
              Firearms skill can be improved by killing enemies with weapons from pistols to machineguns to shotguns and sniper rifles. You can shoot at enemies' arms, body, and legs or head using the special unique aiming system which is easy to get to grips with. Once your shooting skill gets better it takes less time to get aimed up and you will be more accurate and powerful.
              Agility skill can be improved by either shooting from very high places, or by completing rooftop races located all around the islands. This can also be improved by finding green agility orbs on the top of most buildings, or by finding special hidden orbs (which will improve all 5 different abilities). Once your agility skill ranks up you can jump higher and reach greater heights, jump further and run faster.
              Explosive skill like firearms skill is improved by killing enemies with grenades or rocket launchers, and once improved explosions are much bigger and very fun to watch.
              Finally strength can be improved by using your fists or legs to beat down enemies or throw things at enemies to kill them. At first you can only pick up bricks, but by the end you will be ably to pick up anything that isn't attached to the ground including Lorries, you will also be able to throw them really far.

              Multiplayer and extra content:

              This game can be played with another player on xbox live which is great if you get stuck at a certain point and need help. Anyone can join your game and you will carry on from that point and won't have to start again. It is so much more fun with two people as you can race across the roofs, race by car or generally team up and kill all the enemies. I personally enjoy playing a made up game called 'rocket tag' where myself and my friend have to kill each other. One is the mouse the other the cat and the person escaping is not allowed weapons and the other guy has to use rockets! - Very amusing and great fun for hours on end.

              On xbox live there have also been a number of new downloadable content add-ons for the game. Some have been free such as the one which gives you a load of new characters and there is another one which allows you to use cheats. This really fun if you complete the game or just get bored as you can make it easier for yourself by ranking up quicker, spawn any vehicles you want or go into God Mode where you can jump super high which is great fun!
              The other content to download has to be purchased and I think it costs about 600 - 800 Microsoft points (equivalent to around £3-£5). This one adds extra multiplayer challenges, extra races and even some new agency vehicles such as the buggy! There is no way you can get bored of playing this game.
              And even more, which I almost forgot. There are even time trials which can be done where you have to try and complete a boss part, i.e. kill one of the 21 bosses as quick as you can, or do this with a friend on xbox live.

              Conclusion:

              This game has certainly lived up to all the hype and speculation over it beforehand. It has a really cool style and looks great as well as adding a completely new dimension to free roaming games - there is more than just the ground - you can now roam the sky and rooftops. Not quite the same as Grand Theft Auto with less of a story, but so much fun to be had this game can not be missed!

              Price: £14.99 from play.com (bargain!)

              Thanks for reading!

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                02.09.2008 12:46
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                An enthralling game that is great fun to play!

                Crackdown is a really unique game for the Xbox 360. It was released months ago with the Halo 3 Beta trial code inside, so it sold many more than it may have. However, it is genuinely a good game anyway and I was very pleased with it.

                It is a sandbox game where you work as a special agent for the police and must kill gangs and their bosses to take back control of the city. There are 3 main islands and each one is home to a new gang, which get more lethal as the game goes on.

                A fun part of the game is the way you can level up different stats to become more powerful and be a better fighter. You can level up:

                Firearms
                Strength
                Explosives
                Driving
                Agility

                Leveling up these skills will give you better accuracy/power/skills depending on the skill it is. With driving, you can morph the car into much better versions of the original secret agent cars in the game. When you reach a higher level, the vehicles can perform special tricks such as climbing up buildings (if you can do it) and a nitro boost. There are many other vehicles in the game that you can take off their owners.

                You can do fun things such as beating up people and then picking up their dead body, jumping to a high building and throwing them off. When your strength is great enough, you can pick up cars with people in them and throw them wherever - lots of fun possibilities. A 'cheat' mode was added to the game in an online update where you can use loads of different cheats simply to have more fun. You can spawn loads of things including explosive objects, vehicles and guns. You can put it in 'god mode' so you are invincible.

                You can also play on Xbox Live to complete the single player together and absolutely wreck havoc in the city with all your explosives.

                It's a really great game and is unique in some of the tricks you can do. It's really fun to mess around on too!

                Thanks for reading

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                  23.08.2008 19:00

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                  Love it.

                  Crackdown is a free roaming action game for the Microsoft Xbox 360 games console.

                  In this game you play as a kind of super cop called an agent, you have enhanced their abilities that upgrade when you play the game.

                  In this game you have to clean up the city of crime, there are three main gangs to defeat and each gang has many bosses for you to take out.

                  The shooting in this game is good fun but that is not your only weapon, as your agent powers get stronger you will be able to do amazing things like leap from building to building pick up cars and throw them at your enemies and more.

                  You can connect to the Internet and played this game all the way through with a friend, this is good fun.

                  This is a fun free roaming game and you can buy it for a round £20.00 so fans of the genre should pick it up.

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                  15.08.2008 23:44

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                  Very good game, especially at the prices you can get it for now.

                  When I got Crackdown I played it for a week straight. This game is highly addictive. You play an agent (selectable from a choice) who is basically a super-cop. Your job is to clean up the city of all the gangs that are littering the streets. You have different skills that can be upgraded - including how high you can jump and how big and strong you get. These attributes are upgraded by obtaining orbs. Ones to upgrade your jump you will find by jumping up and about on buildings, shooting accuracy from killing enemies. Just collecting orbs can be a game in itself as you become more determined to get up to the next level. The gang members are everywhere, giving you plenty of oppurtunity to get your hands dirty. Then there are the gang bosses, whom you have to 'take out'. Those lower in the gang are easier to get to and kill, and those higher up are harder. As you move through the gangs they also become more vigilant and harder to kill overall. It's a very good game, and if you put time into looking for orbs to upgrade yourself you could be playing for quite a while. Some parts can be frustrating until you figure out a better way of doing them, and the voice guiding you through the game can be very absent when you need him which is annoying.

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                Crackdown pushes the action-driving hybrid genre into the next generation with the first ever truly 3D playground. Enforce justice by any means necessary in Pacific City, a crime-ridden urban centre built to encourage the exploration of the full width, depth and height of the city. Coupled with highly innovative co-op gameplay and an interactive world where nearly anything can be used as a weapon, you can create a volatile cocktail of judicial oppression as you clean up the streets.