It’s been a busy couple of weeks with plenty of blockbusters, but our Community Reviews of late were missing a bit of … Terry Crews, shall we say.
With all the furore around Metro Exodus leaving Steam, everything that’s happened with Anthem and the internet’s collective Apex Legends obsession, Crackdown 3 has fallen by the wayside a little. For what it’s worth, Tim and Keza both enjoyed the game, although there were was a heavy stipulation in that you really needed to know what you were in for.
It’s been a while since I’ve played something as refreshingly uncomplicated as Crackdown 3. You’re a big dude (or lady) with genetically-engineered superpowers and a whole lot of guns. Out there is a futuristic city stuffed with militia and hostile robots. And after the briefest preamble, you’re free to absolutely go to town on it.Read more
That is to say: Crackdown 3 is dumb, stupid fun, and as long as you don’t expect much more than that, you’ll be alright. It’s open world certainly isn’t anything fresh or innovative – if anything, that’s probably the game’s biggest failing – and the game’s much vaunted demolition system isn’t part of the singleplayer campaign at all.
Wrecking Zone is the multiplayer mode, although there’s only two actual modes within that: Territories and Agent Hunter, the latter of which is basically Crackdown‘s take on Kill Confirmed. Territories is more of a King of the Hill-style mode, although both modes suffer from similar problems.
Firstly, the permanent auto-aim basically removes all skill from engagements. Whoever shoots first wins, unless you pop the overshield and/or overdrive abilities, but because either of those are so absolutely necessary, it sucks all variety out of the game.
The campaign is more varied (in solo or co-op), and in a sense it’s kind of remarkable that Crackdown 3 was released at all. The game went through three separate development studios and was delayed multiple times, so it’s nice that Microsoft stuck it out to release. And the fact that the game is available through Xbox Game Pass means plenty of people will get to give it a whirl for a very low cost investment, which is probably the best outcome for all concerned.
But what about yourselves? How did you find the campaign? Did you play solo, or in co-op, and how has the PvP experience been?