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Crackdown


Release Date: 22-Feb-2007

Developed By: Real Time Worlds

Published By: Microsoft

ESRB: Mature

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Crackdown is a free-form urban action game. It is known as "Riot Act" in Japan and developed by Realtime Worlds, Crackdown was created by David Jones, who helped create the original Grand Theft Auto and Lemmings.

Containing the sandbox-style gameplay featured in Grand Theft Auto III, Crackdown features co-op play in the same open environment as in the single-player mode. Features include the ability to start races with a friend in co-op, for example, a race across the rooftops. Cooperative play can be played online and will allow for entrance and exits by friends or other Xbox Live members. Depending on your settings, you can receive join requests from only friends or from everyone online.

Crackdown will be released on February 20th, 2007 in the United States and Canada, February 27th in Japan, February 22nd in Australia and February 23rd in Europe. Anyone who purchases Crackdown in its first shipment will get automatic entry into the Halo 3 beta. The game will, however, not be sold in Germany due to the USK's decision to not give the game a proper rating.

Story
Sometime in the near future a crime fighting organization simply named "the Agency" has taken over as the main line of law enforcement to protect Pacific City. Three major gangs have taken root in Pacific city, the militia Volk, the drug trafficking Los Muertos and the advanced genetic power of the Shai-Gen Corporation. The three gangs are continuing to take over larger portions of Pacific City. With their forces constantly growing stronger, both in ranks and in strength from genetic enhancements, the Agency has started putting forth more effort to stop the gangs by enlisting genetically and cybernetically enhanced officers. The player takes the role of one of these officers to fight the Gang major leaders and Kingpins to bring back justice to Pacific City.

Gameplay
The game is set in a large sandbox environment, akin to the Grand Theft Auto series. The game starts with one portion of Pacific city open to the player. There the player must either take out the Kingpin of dominant gang, or take out the bosses that preform specific acts for the gang under the Kingpin to weaken the gang's production or the forces immediately protecting the Kingpin. It is the player's choice to kill the bosses, or skip them entirely to defeat the kingpin.

Much like other sandbox styled games, you mainly use guns and explosives to fight the opposing forces, as well as a vehicle to get around the city's landscape. Unique to Crackdown is a series of character based skills that can be upgraded to increase specific traits that can be used in combat, driving, or on foot agility. Unlike games like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, where increased skill is more realistic, Crackdown's skills are more exaggerated similar to something seen in comics or cartoons. These skills are trained by utilizing them frequently. For example, killing a gang member using a car, gun, explosive or melee skill gains experience orbs, which go towards increasing the skill's level, the highest being level five. Each skill increases said trait or gains a new ability/weapon in that trait.

Much like Gears of War, another popular Xbox 360 game published by Microsoft Game Studios, this game features online co-op. Also like Gears of War, friends can be invited to join one's game, or to "jump in", while a person playing through the campaign mode without having to quit and change playing modes. Both players gain the advantage of beating a mob boss in the game, but are required to obtain specific buildings in the game that distribute weaponry and ammunition called "supply points" and gain experience of their own accord.

Skills
* Driving: This skill increases the player's control over all of the vehicles in the game. In the later levels it can also allow for limited control over a vehicle while it's in the air, by making it roll or do vertical flips. One of the notable focuses in this skill is the character's influence on three select agency cars, which change both the vehicle in terms of cosmetic appearance and power. These changes become drastic at the fourth level where each of the cars gains a unique trait, such as car mounted machine guns, the ability to jump, climb up walls and a large nitro boost that destroys most oncoming cars on contact.
* Explosives: Training this skill increases the impact radius of all explosives in the game(grenades and rocket/grenade launchers), starting from small explosions to large (15 foot radius) blasts. Along with the larger impact radius comes increased damage inflicted by the explosions.
* Firearms: The firearms skill focuses on damage given by all non-explosive firearms. It also aids in precise targeting speed, decreasing the time needed to completely target an enemy. With specific guns this skill can increase the ability to see and shoot enemies from longer lengths from a first-person perspective.
* Agility: Of the five skills this is the only one that isn't specifically obtained by killing enemies. It is increased mainly by finding some of the agility orbs placed around the map in the game. Agility can also be attained by sniping enemies from buildings over long distances. This skill is also notable for being one of the few skills to change the character's physical appearance, in this case changing the avatar's facial and armor appearance. These changes range from hair length and color, to the appearance of tattoos or piercings. Increasing this skill's level greatly increases the running speed and jumping height for the player. The highest running speed is slightly faster than A.I. controlled cars and the maximum jumping height is around 40 feet.
* Strength: Like the agility skill, this one changes the character's appearance; however, unlike the agility skill, the appearance is always the same. The character's muscle mass increases drastically in all of the characters as this skill is trained. Increasing this skill changes how much a character can lift and how far a specific object can be thrown. In the later levels of this skill it is possible to kill an enemy with one kick, kick a car several dozen feet through the air and lift a weight of over 10 tons. Another noteworthy advantage of training the strength skill is the increase in health - with each level gained, another bar of health is obtained, adding four extra bars at level four for a total of five full health bars.

Demo
A demo was released via Xbox Live Marketplace on January 23, 2007. It was originally dated for January 18, however it was delayed due to Microsoft's certification process. [3] This demo includes both single player and co-op play. Silver account members received the demo one week later.

The demo lasts for, at most, 1 hour, with a timer starting when either player trains a skill to the second level. At that point a 30 minute timer will start. All of the in game skills can be trained up to the highest level at an accelerated rate. Four bosses of Los Muertos are possible to take down, but are not required to fight through the length of the demo. The demo allows for online co-op playing, but does not allow for jump-in co-op like the retail version.

The Crackdown demo quickly broke download records for Microsoft's Xbox Live Marketplace by becoming the most downloaded demo over a 24 hour period and a seven day (week-long) period. In the week after its release, the Crackdown demo was the second most played Xbox Live game after Gears of War.

Halo 3 beta test
Every pre-ordered and specially marked package of Crackdown will include an invitation to the beta test for the highly-anticipated Microsoft game Halo 3, possibly to encourage sales of Crackdown simply for the beta test invitation. A similar tactic was used to promote the PlayStation 2 game Z.O.E, which came bundled with a demo of the first level of Metal Gear Solid 2 - many bought Z.O.E specifically for the demo disc.

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Features: 10 Things To Try In Crackdown 2
(via OXM) -- Prove yourself as the Agency's finest. Think you've done it all in Crackdown 2?
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Free Crackdown 2 'Toy Box' DLC announced, includes Keys to the City cheat mode Crackdown 2
(via Game Radar) - Already bored with Crackdown 2? Toy Box, a free add-on, is coming soon to the XBL marketplace. The DLC includes the "Keys to the City," a mode which appeared in the first Crackdown and unlocks cheats like God Mode, Infinite Ammo, Fly Cam, the ability to freeze the time of day, and others.
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Microsoft Announces First DLC Pack for Crackdown 2
(via Game Spy) -- Crackdown 2 (X360)Free modes, additional level are free, additional paid goodies available.
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Crackdown 2's 'Toy Box' DLC handing over keys to Pacific City
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Ruffian Games is making good on last month's promise of Crackdown 2 DLC, with the announcement this morning of a forthcoming add-on for the game titled "Toy Box." The free version of the content pack will come with a rethought "Keys to the City" cheat unlock, the "Thruster" ability (described as "jetpacks for your boots") and a new multiplayer mode -- "Vehicle Tag.
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News: Free Crackdown 2 DLC adds Keys to the City
(via OXM) -- But you can still spend money on extra items and Achievements. Microsoft has announced the first DLC pack for Crackdown 2, adding new game modes, an extra ability for maxed-out Agents, and the much-loved Keys to the City unlocks - all for free.
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Crackdown 2 Toy Box Addon
(via Team Xbox) -- Coming soon is the "Toy Box" addon for Crackdown 2
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Crackdown 2 - Toy Box Game Add-On
(via Major Nelson) -   Finished up Crackdown 2 and are looking for something else to do in Pacific City? Wait no more. This morning we announced the Toy Box game add-on. Two new vehicles, five new toys, 10 new achievements and much more for 560 points. Once I find out the release date, I’ll let you know.
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Crackdown 2 Getting Free Toy Box, Paid Premium DLC
(via 1Up) - Crackdown 2 seems to have fallen out of the public eye much faster than its predecessor, but Microsoft is aiming to keep it alive with two new downloadable content packs. The new "Toy Box" pack includes free content, and fans can spring to pay extra for more goodies.
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News: First Crackdown 2 add-on announced
(via Eurogamer) - Free and paid for stuff. Microsoft's announced the first add-on content for Ruffian Games' excellent Xbox 360 exclusive Crackdown 2, due out soon. It's called Toy Box, and, according to the official blurb, offers free content as well as paid for gubbins.
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Crackdown 2 Toy Box DLC adds free Keys to the City mode, premium content
(via QJ) -- Microsoft Game Studios and Ruffian Games have announced the Toy Box pack, the first DLC pack for Crackdown 2. The pack is a mix of free and paid content including the Keys to the City cheat mode from
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Crackdown 2 Toy Box DLC Announced
(via Xboxic) - Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, the action in Pacific City rages on. Coming soon to Xbox LIVE Marketplace, Microsoft Game Studios and Ruffian Games keep the “Crackdown 2” adrenaline pumping with “Toy Box,” the first Game Add-on for the action-packed, open world Xbox 360 exclusive.
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Crackdown 2 free and paid DLC detailed
(via CVG) - Toy Box DLC set to hit Xbox Live. Microsoft's detailed free and paid DLC packs for Crackdown 2, which are said to be hitting Xbox Live "soon".Related StoriesHalo Reach review event this weekHalo Reach ending spoiled onlineHalo Reach download spawns videosXbox 360 S 4GB: Where's cheapest?Halo
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Crackdown 2 getting free, paid DLC
(via Gamespot) -- Toy Box add-on for Microsoft, Ruffian's open-world shooter adds god mode, multiplayer match type gratis; premium content includes vehicles, in-game items.
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Play APB while you can – the developer's shutting down Crackdown 2
(via Game Radar) - Three years ago developer RealTime Worlds appeared to be headed for stardom. The company’s first release, Crackdown, was a hit, and it also had an awesome open-world MMO in development, called APB, which promised relief from the genre’s fantasy obsession. What a difference three years can make.
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News: Crackdown developers go into administration
(via OXM) -- Things are looking bleak for troubled studio Realtime Worlds. Realtime Worlds has entered administration, Edge is reporting.
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News: Windows Mobile 7 gets Crackdown 2, Halo: Waypoint
(via OXM) -- Assassin's Creed, Uno, Splinter Cell and Guitar Hero will also weigh in. Microsoft has revealed the launch line-up for its Windows Mobile 7 service.
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Assassin's Creed, Crackdown & Castlevania Coming To Xbox Live On Mobile Phones Xbox Live
(via Kotaku) -- When Xbox Live launches on Windows Mobile 7 later this year, it'll be launching with a surprisingly large and varied games lineup. More »
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Fable III 'bigger than Crackdown, Gears, and Halo' says Molyneux Fable III
(via Game Radar) - Speaking to GI.biz about how Fable III is coming along, Lionhead Studios’ Peter Molyneux said, “It’s tough, very tough… it’s got more voice acting, a bigger cast, more musical scores, a bigger, freer world – more so than any other game in the whole of Microsoft Games Studios’ portfolio, full stop.
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Crackdown 2 holds on to top UK sales spot Xbox 360 S has solid launch
(via Joystiq) - Crackdown 2 just barely held off Dance on Broadway last week to maintain the top spot on the UK all formats chart for a second week in a row. According to Chart-Track, "Orb Collector 2" sales dropped 36 percent and only sold about 800 units more than Ubisoft's show tune-themed Just Dance successor (the original Just Dance retained a supporting role in the ten spot).
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News: UK chart: Crackdown 2 still top
(via EuroGamer) - Toy Story 3 goes in at five. Xbox 360 exclusive Crackdown 2 is number one in the UK all formats chart for the second week running. Developer Ruffian will be delighted with the open world action game's performance.
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UK CHART: Crackdown 2 on top again
(via CVG) - Disney's Toy Story 3 the week's only new Top 40 entry. Crackdown 2 has claimed the top spot on the UK All Formats chart for the second week running.Related StoriesXbox 360 S enjoys bigger launch than PS3 SlimMedal of Honor PS3, PC beta extendedOld 360 models outsell Slim in USBlood Stone chases
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News: Crackdown 2 still top of the charts
(via OXM) -- The open-world game reigns for the second week running. Crackdown 2 has hold onto its place at the top of the All Format Software Charts.
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IGN Strategize: Crackdown 2
(via IGN) -- Crackdown 2 (X360)Four more easy achievements.
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UK Charts: Crackdown Lays The Smackdown
(via IGN) -- Crackdown 2 (X360)Ruffian's blaster leaps to the top of the sales charts.
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Crackdown 2 tops UK sales charts
(via QJ) -- Ruffian Games latest open-world action sequel, Crackdown 2, debuts on top of the UK sales charts this week as the latest ChartTrack figures has revealed.
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Crackdown 2 jumps to top of UK charts
(via Xbox 360 Fanboy) - Crackdown 2 has broken the "petrificus totalus" spell cast upon the UK sales charts for the last couple weeks. Skills for broken spells, agent? Ruffian's compulsive orb-collecting sequel leaped ahead of Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and Red Dead Redemption, which found comfortable homes on the range at second and third, respectively.
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News: Crackdown 2 takes UK top spot
(via Game Industry) - Developer Ruffian Games has scored a number one spot in the UK charts for its first release, Xbox 360 sequel Crackdown 2. The title has gathered strong review scores amongst the specialist press including our sister site Eurogamer.
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Crackdown 2: Your verdict
(via CVG) - CVG readers have their say on 'Crackdown 1.5'. Before the weekend we asked CVG readers for their first impressions of Crackdown 2 having finally gotten their hands on it. Here's what you had to say.Related StoriesActivision 'demanding' Modern Warfare 3, claims lawsuitUK CHART: Crackdown 2 goes
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News: UK charts: Crackdown 2 in at one
(via EuroGamer) - Microsoft Ruffians up the top 10. Microsoft and Ruffian's Crackdown 2 has entered the UK all-formats chart at number one. The Xbox 360 exclusive earned 8/10 on Eurogamer and de-throned LEGO Harry Potter to second, pushing Red Dead Redemption to third and Dance on Broadway to fourth.
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UK CHART: Crackdown 2 goes top
(via CVG) - Ruffian's game beats Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4. Ruffian Games' Crackdown 2 has debuted at Number One on ChartTrack-GfK/ELSPA's UK All Formats chart.Related StoriesActivision 'demanding' Modern Warfare 3, claims lawsuitEA's Steven Spielberg game: STILL ALIVEArkham Asylum 2 domains offer
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