Half-Ass Gaming: Crackdown 2 Review

Kevin Jones writes: "Crackdown was a refreshing take on the open world scene when it was first released back in 2007. It introduced players to a world of superhuman cops versus criminals. It was in a league of its own and still is one of the most underrated games of this generation. Now after 3 years there is finally a sequel to this game, but does it do the series justice and improve over the original?"

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dizzleK3020d ago

i predict approval within 10 minutes, meanwhile the 3 page review giving it a 9 sat in pending all afternoon.

Army_of_Darkness3020d ago (Edited 3020d ago )

I'm running out of sh1t to say about this "Crapfound 2" game...

I think IGN gave that psn game Family feud the same score as this! Hahhaha! 7.5/10 I think?! ahhhh... Gotta luv' these 360 exclusives;)

Focker-4203020d ago (Edited 3020d ago )

The majority of the reviews are lower than a 7. I don't wanna read a 3 page review about a game thats basically the exact same as the original. I'll believe the majority, not the 'paid off' minority.

D4RkNIKON3020d ago (Edited 3020d ago )

The graphics are horrific. Hope the game has stellar gameplay to make up for it.

absolutecarnage3020d ago

i don't know what world you live live in and trust me its not the real world most of the reviews were 7 or higher not lower

callahan093020d ago


More accurately, most reviews are 7 and lower. On Metacritic right now, there are 27 scores above 7, and 43 at 7 and below.

Pandemic3020d ago (Edited 3020d ago )

Even Toy Story 3 - the game based on a movie (which everyone knows doesn't turn out well) got a better score... :S

bjornbear3020d ago

not only is Toy Story 3 one of the best rated pixar games ever, the franchise has ALWAYS been great for videogames (remember toy story for Genesis?! AMAZING)

+ this is a 360 exclusive, toy story isn't =/

lets just compare it to what it SHOULD be compared to...the 1st crackdown, and then yes, its visible they were HALF ASSED in development.

HolyOrangeCows3020d ago (Edited 3020d ago )

Oh yeah, because a long review is an automatic good review, right?
The review average is 7/10, stop whining about one 9/10 review not getting approval.

Besides, the missions are definitively worse than in the first game, the graphics are worse, and it has all of the problems from the first game and more (Including lock-on issues...I mean, the controls; KINDA important). Don't even PRETEND that it's a 9/10 game.

"how many of you bought the first crackdown to play crackdown and not to get the Halo 3 beta code? come on hands up don't be shy your mom wasn't"
Couldn't I have bought it for both? Because I did.

DelbertGrady3020d ago

At least it's not as bad as SOCOM, which sits at 67.38%.

It's around the same average as MAG. Must be complete garbage then, right?

BiggCMan3020d ago

if every critic reviewed socom for what it is now. they would all average out to a 9, i guarantee it. no score would be lower than an 8.

HolyOrangeCows3020d ago

For starters, I didn't call a 7/10 "garbage"
Didn't even call it "bad"
And don't pull the MAG card. Most reviewers pulled the "generic" card, completely different from the boring mission structure, control issues, etc of Crackdown 2.

"At least SOCOM isn't as bad as Two Worlds"
"At least Two worlds isn't as bad as _____"
"At least ______ isn't as bad as ____ ____"
See how this weak argument could go on for ever, having no real relevance to Crackdown 2's problems, anyway?
Besides, that argument would end with FREAKING YARIS. I would win by default, silly.

pixelsword3020d ago (Edited 3020d ago )

"At least it's not as bad as SOCOM, which sits at 67.38%.

It's around the same average as MAG. Must be complete garbage then, right?"

I don't care about the average, the overall consensus that I'm hearing is that SOCOM and MAG is better than Crackdown 2. It's everyone's choice in the end, but if you want to bring other people in your thought process, then there you go.

Why o why3020d ago

well, your brethren called MAG, trash as they did socom so according to 'them' this is trashier.....Like HolyOrangeCows implied..deflecting onto other games isnt really relevant to this games issues.

bjornbear3020d ago

why the HELL do you kids always bring up MAG? or WKC?

let me run through it to you:

a) BOTH those "weaker" PS3 games are NEW IP's
b) MAG is a ONLINE ONLY game, a VERY complicated sort of game to review fairly
c) WKC over all was weak because it was a year old game "shoved" onto the west from Japan.

Crackdown 2 =

a) SEQUEL (thus should be BETTER than the first)
b) has single player (so DON'T compare an ONLINE ONLY game to a game with single player)

thus, bringing in OTHER games just to prove a point isn't only pathetic, its wrong, unfounded and a completely misguided argument on your part.

im sorry your favored console exclusives are not meeting the high expectations of what exclusives should be, but don't take it out on COMPLETELY different games.

maybe you should use INFAMOUS as an example since its similar to crackdown in almost anyway...oh but wait, infamous is better scored than crackdown 1 AND 2...forget it then =/

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HarryM3020d ago

Well it just goes to show that people are more interested in WATCHING reviews as opposed to reading them. I am one of those..

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Cajun Chicken3020d ago

I seriously didn't believe it. But judging from this video, (if it's unaltered...) Crackdown 1 does look like it has better graphics and lighting...What gives?!?

Troll_Police3020d ago

How is that even possible?

Perjoss3020d ago (Edited 3020d ago )

at some dev studios there is usually more than 1 project going on, the best people cant be on 2 projects at once. It happens all the time where i work.

halfassgaming3020d ago

Completely unaltered, I went back and put in the older Crackdown to see what the differences were.

SOAD3020d ago (Edited 3020d ago )

Maybe Realtime Studios refused to lend the assets of the first game to Ruffian, thus forcing Ruffian to re-create the game environment in 8 months of development time.

Or maybe Ruffian downgraded the graphics to accommodate 16 player online. Regardless, the game could have and should have looked much better than this.

Grand Theft Auto IV running on 360 with much more shit happening, more NPCs, better explosions, and much better graphics proves to me that this is not a hardware problem, this is a developer problem.

bviperz3020d ago

Developers indeed. These get rich quick development joints are getting old. And they ain't limited to size of the company or development time. Publishers need to recognize we gamers pay $60 expecting GAMES not APPS. Exaggeration, but you get the point.

LordStig3020d ago

how many of you bought the first crackdown to play crackdown and not to get the Halo 3 beta code? come on hands up don't be shy your mom wasn't.

T9X693020d ago

I did, because I don't like Halo. Crackdown was a great game.

Cajun Chicken3020d ago

I did. Got my Crackdown secondhand. Actually partly traded Forza 2 for it, got told by a mate that I'd enjoy it.

RXL3020d ago

i watched this review due to the name of the website [email protected]


but yea...he reviewed the game and i felt he was unbiased and pretty much gave his solid opinion..

ill rent this before i buy it now.


yeah it was a good review.


A C for Crackdown 2 is just overrated.


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