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  • Summary: The sequel to the award-winning vertical-world adventure, Crackdown 2 is the ultimate open-ended world action experience. The game lets you be judge, jury, and executioner for a huge, fully explorable city. Crackdown 2 takes multiplayer gaming to new levels for the ultimate co-op and competitive multiplayer experience, providing you and your friends with the complete freedom to explore, destroy, and play your way as you restore justice and peace to Pacific City—by any means necessary. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 35 out of 91
  2. Negative: 7 out of 91
  1. All in all, Crackdown 2 delivers more of what we loved in the original game while adding enough nuances to drive a very compelling story.
  2. 83
    One of the best things about Crackdown is that it wastes no time in throwing players deep into the action.
  3. This sequel doesn't innovate in as many ways as it probably should have, but it does still wind up executing a pretty decent formula that serves up more of the same - plus just a little bit extra.
  4. Crackdown 2 is quite similar to the previous game, it lacks innovation and fresh ideas. But its 4 players coop mode is really fun, and we can spend several hours playing that game mode. If you plan on playing alone, there are much better options.
  5. Same city, same abilities, same combat system and same graphics. Crackdown 2 is an unsurprising sequel that loses the spark of the first game.
  6. Crackdown 2 is so similar to Crackdown 1 that it ends up feeling a lot more like an expansion pack than a completely new game.
  7. Let's quickly sum it up: if you enjoyed the original Crackdown, no need to get this one, and certainly not for 60 euros. Aside from a few details, there's nothing new here, but the competitive multiplayer play. Which may, for a time, help raise the value of Crackdown 2, but not for long. Same city (but uglier), repetitive missions, endless brainless action, and a story you can write completely down and in details on a single Post-it. Yes, there is still the power grinding of the character to pursue, level after level, trophies / success to unlock, and various stuff to collect all over the city, but you know... been there, done that. And better, bigger, sexier at that, like in Just Cause 2 for example.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 70
  2. Negative: 17 out of 70
  1. RyanM
    Jul 6, 2010
    very refreshing gameplay experience, it may not look amazing but it's a cut above the rest in every other aspect. I'm loving playing co-op with friends. Well done Ruffian Games. Expand
  2. GregS
    Jul 8, 2010
    Look, I loved the first Crackdown, and would happily pay to return to Pacific City. People say it's a 1.5 only because the real 1.5 actually completed the game and made it so much better. This iteration has the same feel, but a darker setting, which is only made more stark by the memory of the pristine yet gang-ridden Pacific City of ten years ago. Jumping from building to building and dodging zombies is all of a sudden made substantial when you look up and realize that the smashed building you're climbing used to be Shai-Gen headquarters. As for story, there is more to this one than the last, but that's not saying much. Crackdwn is not about story, you need to be self-motivated to have a good time with it. If you get bored after the first ten minutes, then you missed the best parts. The audio logs are the new hidden-orbs, a review I read earlier lamented trying to find them all. The reviewer complained that the lack of story was critical because there was no motivation to complete the mission. How did that reviewer get through the first game? I don't know. I find it interesting that most of these reviews seem to be from people who only bought the first one a few weeks ago. They didn't understand the game back then, and they don't understand it now. Co-op is driving this second game, and with three friends, it is an absolute blast. Expand
  3. BrandonY
    Jul 6, 2010
    Reviewers were harsh on this game because It was to similar to the first crackdown. But this game is great fun and if you never played crackdown 1 or loved it, then this is for you. Expand
  4. Effuself
    Jul 8, 2010
    The game is and can be lots of fun. It's most fun online with 4 people, but fun if your alone as well. It is a lot like the first one. Collect orbs, power up your agent and so on, but they did improve a lot of what was wrong with the first IMO. Your car no longer morphs, but instead when you lvl up your driving you unlock more vehicles. There are helicopters and the glide suit function at max agility lvl. When you do pick up melee weapons, you can actually swing then around instead of only being able to toss them. It feels more like an expansion though than an actual new title and the hefty price of $60 is another reason I gave it a 7. I hope the DLC will add more features to the game. However it is a ton of fun with friends as previously stated and I think the hate coming down on this title is more disappointment from hopes and dreams than anything else. It is fun,but maybe wait for a price drop. If you played the demo you pretty much know what the entire game is about. Expand
  5. Oct 31, 2013
    After the excellent original I have to admit that Crackdown 2 was a little bit of a let down with very few new features really adding anything to the experience. There is of course plenty of enjoyment still to be had for fans of the first game, especially when playing in co-op, but this is very much a sequel by numbers. Expand
  6. Dr.Matta
    Jul 6, 2010
    Not a sequel, just an "expansion". It improves nothing on the original; not even small things that annoyed people in the first, like the targeting system. The 'additions' are laughably bad, like Orbs that run away from you and some silly 'added gameplay elements' such as the all new WAVE DEFENSE. The game doesn't have story at all (like the first) but they try so hard to bring one by including tons of unskippable dialogue and cutscenes. Stuff that annoys you like tutorials for EVERYTHING; they reckon no one has picked up a game before. It gets tedious and boring. What is also don't understand is why all the critics seem to (justifyingly) pan this game, but still give good grades. "YEAH WELL THIS GAME IS BORING AND NOTHING IMPROVED AND THE GRAPHICS ACTUALLY GOT WORSE - 8 out of 10" I'm thinking Microsoft had a hand in this, since normally they hype games weeks before release with their review scores. 8 months development time just isn't enough to create a compelling sequel, and this game proves it once again. If you loved Crackdown 1, just keep playing it, because 2 isn't any different. In fact, it's just worse. Expand
  7. MattS.
    Jul 6, 2010
    How can someone give this game more than a 5? The first game is by far more superior and fun. This game obviously looks rushed. In Multiplayer there are lock on targeting, which makes to game extremely unenjoyable. Don't waste your time buying this atrocity, it belongs in the trash. Expand

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