A.V. Club writes: "Compared with other AAA games, Crackdown 2 has an oddly minimalist opening. Cutscenes are short. Player customization takes all of eight seconds. Exposition consists of voice actor Michael McConnohie chiming in on occasion as the Agency Director. The visuals—which aren’t better or worse than the original game’s—are clean and surprisingly unambitious. While that less-is-more approach should feel dated, it doesn’t: After the acclaimed but honestly overwrought, overcooked Red Dead Redemption, Crackdown 2 feels as refreshingly familiar as a cold glass of water on a hot day."