The Crackdown 2 demo was released by Microsoft this week, but gamers have already found a way to circumvent the imposed time limit on the software, opening up a huge chunk of the game before its official release.Crackdown 2
is significant in its demo for the ability for players to unlock Achievements before purchasing the full product. You have 30 minutes to play a sector of Pacific City and (most of) the chaos that ensues within, but transferring the save from demo to full retail copy will net you a bonus 100 Achievement points. So you can see why people are eager to play it.
But for some, 30 minutes just isn't enough. GameFAQs users
have discovered a technical trick that allows a player to sign into the game world with the ticker frozen - online co-op and all. Almost all missions can be engaged in this manner too, with the exception of races that will set the timer going again.
Despite the embarrassing situation, it seems that Microsoft wasn't completely caught with its pants down - the demo has some gameplay boundaries on top of the time limit, such as only allowing you to complete two of the nine freak layers in the city. So it's not a total loss then.Crackdown 2
is heading for a 9th July release.