The CGUK Replay game for July was Crackdown

This was the first time I’d played Crackdown as it came out well before I got a 360.

Crackdown is what I’d call a “Ronseal” game. It does exactly what it says on the box. It doesn’t set out to be particularly big or clever, it just wants you to love it because it’s fun.

It’s a game that you can spend as little or as much time with as you like. At no point do you feel forced to complete what would traditionally be considered the “side missions”; the road and rooftop races, the stunt challenges and orb collection.

I thought that the different ways you could approach and tackle the gang bosses made things a little more interesting although I’m thankful that the developers didn’t try and shoehorn in stealth game elements.

I was playing on one of the easier modes so my strategy consisted of quickly running to wherever the bosses were and repeatedly kicking them until they keeled over. It worked on every single guy except the big cheese at the end. He accidently killed himself by falling off his little pagoda. Such an anti-climax.

I’m not usually a big fan of hundreds of collectible items in games but there is just something addictive about Crackdown’s orb system. There’s a real empirical benefit to collecting the orbs but no requirement to find all of them. They are also cleverly placed so you can always see another orb to aim for.

Crackdown gives you a great big playground to race, run and jump around. As you can pick up a brand new copy of the game for about £13, or a fiver pre-owned, there’s really no reason why everyone shouldn’t give it a try. As long as you don’t expect a deep, meaningful story (or indeed any story) I can’t see how you’d be disappointed.

You can listen to this month’s CGUK Replay show, featuring Shoinan, Major Lag, Johnus Maximus, Foyble, Dits & Xantiriad, by clicking here. If you’d like to help select the Replay game for August then please visit this section of the forums.


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One Response to “Crackdown”

  1. I’ve only just picked this up about a month ago, and I absolutely love it. It’s relaxing and exciting at the same time, it’s true sandbox, and blasting goons and cars with a rocket launcher while in mid-air never gets old.

    I’ve actually had to stop playing this because I don’t want it to be over too quickly.

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