'Crackdown 3' feels dated after four years of development, but it's a fun throwback to the days of the Xbox 360
- "Crackdown 3" will be released on Xbox One and Windows 10 on February 15th.
- Microsoft first announced "Crackdown 3" in July 2014, and later revealed that Terry Crews would star as the lead protagonist.
- After a lengthy development cycle, "Crackdown 3" feels somewhat dated; but the core game is still a fun throwback to the series' roots.
Crackdown 3 has been a long time in the making, perhaps too long. In many ways the game feels like its predecessors; problem is, "Crackdown 2" came out in 2010. While the first two "Crackdown" games helped define a generation of open world video games on the Xbox 360, the genre has exploded in the past decade thanks to stronger hardware and smarter design.
Microsoft announced "Crackdown 3" nearly five years ago, and the finished project often shows its age. The game arrives on Xbox One and Windows 10 on February 15th, and has essentially been split into two separate games, the story campaign, which can be played alone or with a friend, and the multiplayer modes called "Wrecking Zone." After installing the game, players will get separate icons to boot the version they prefer.Both Wrecking Zone and the campaign throw the player into New Providence, a dystopian city in the not-too-distance future. Players control a member of The Agency, a super-powered police force. While exploring New Providence on foot or with a variety of vehicles, The Agency fights crime and generally wreaks havok across the city.
Perhaps the strongest selling point of "Crackdown 3" is its multiplayer open world. Players can play through the campaign with a friend, and Wrecking Zone divides 10 players into two teams. Unfortunately, "Crackdown 3" doesn't allow players to team up with their friends to play "Wrecking Zone," but Microsoft plans to patch the matchmaking feature into the game post launch.
While some of the design choices in Crackdown feel less than modern and the story isn't particularly compelling, the core of the game is still enjoyable. I was satisfied casually finding my way through new areas of New Providence without the game forcing me onto a specific path. Compared to more intensely designed games of the current generation, like "Red Dead Redemption 2" or "Assassin's Creed: Odyssey," the basic gameplay loop of "Crackdown 3" offered simple fun.
Those looking for a challenging experience or an engaging story may want to pass on "Crackdown 3," but if you're looking to run, gun and drive your way through a beautiful looking environment, "Crackdown 3" shouldn't disappoint.
"Crackdown 3" will be available on Windows 10 and Xbox One tomorrow, February 15th. The game will be available on Xbox Game Pass on launch too, meaning you can play it for free it you pay for Microsoft's $20 per month video game subscription service. Personally, if "Crackdown 3" wasn't already on your radar, I think Xbox Game Pass will be the best way to try the game out without a $60 investment.
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