After playing the game for about 15 to 20 hours between Thursday and Sunday evening, I believe that they should have just dropped the last 4 letters off of the title of the game. I was so unbelievably addicted to the game over the weekend. I can’t recall the last time that I was so hooked on a game as quickly as I was with Crackdown. Sadly, I finished up the main “story” for the game on Sunday night and as a result… there aren’t nearly as many bad guys to go after, but there are plenty more achievements to obtain.
For those of you that haven’t given the Live demo a try, please do so. Also, if you have looked at it and didn’t like it, just try it again. The only thing that I suggest is that you make an effort to get as many of the agility orbs that you can in the opening area of the game.
In my first play through of the demo, I just played it as if it was another GTA game. I ran along, stole some cars and drove around to the missions. The game is just so much more than that if you spend your time exploring the area running and jumping from roof to roof.
I spent about 10 hours on Friday and Saturday evening playing the game in co-op mode with a co-worker and we had an absolute blast with it. It was just so great to be sitting up on top of a building with a friend and wondering what strategy you were going to have to take on to get that next agility orb that would push you a bit closer to being able to jump that little bit more that you needed to get some more orbs.
There are some issues with the game. For one, you can’t climb/jump using half of the windows in the game. It gets frustrating later on when jumping to a building and figuring that you’re just going to ‘catch’ on it so you can make it up to the roof, only to find that the windows on that building have nothing for you to hold on to…. even though they look as though they do. It’s a minor issue, but when you’re getting near the end, it’s an annoyance that keeps coming up.
I can safely say that, at the very least, every 360 owner should give the game a rental. The story is definitely weak, but if you ignore that and just run and jump around the city like an idiot, you’ll have a blast taking out the bad guys that you run into and collecting every orb that you see.