Itchy Thumbs has done gone and said: "Three years ago, gamers piled to the local game store to pick up Crackdown. Not because it looked like an interesting take on the sandbox genre, but more likely because it came with a Halo 3 multiplayer beta code. What should have been a poor game that needed a big name attached to make it sell, surprised many by actually being a kickass action title, one that took GTA’s open city approach and raised it by 300ft, literally. We loved jumping across the rooftops seeking out every last orb, and we enjoyed hunting down the ganglords and bringing peace to Pacific City. It’s a fair point to say that it was a basic game, but one we would gladly see develop into something bigger and much better. Along comes Crackdown 2. There’s no beta code attached to this one, and its success is reliant solely on matching the surprise impact of its predecessor."