Crackdown 2 - Xbox 360

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Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Adventure: Free Roaming
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Ruffian Soft. Co.: Microsoft Game Studios
Publishers: Microsoft Game Studios (GB/GB/GB)
Microsoft (US)
Released: 6 Jul 2010 (US)
9 Jul 2010 (GB)
Ratings: BBFC 15
Accessories: Headset
Connectivity: Live Online Enabled


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It's now ten years after the events that left Pacific City in ruins, and as a newly signed up Agency enforcer it's up to you to deal with a guerilla faction known as the Cell – as well as contain a viral outbreak that has infested the world with mutants.

During the daytime, the Cell rebels own the city, and you have to claw back control of the map by finding various strongholds and wiping the opposing forces out. The strength of these enemies are comparable to that of your average grunt in the original Crackdown – they're not all that powerful, unless they have the right weapons at their disposal.

As light turns to dark and the moon rises, civilians and Cell soldiers alike start running for their doors and hiding away. For a brief moment, Pacific City is empty. Then you realise why everyone's gone into their homes – mutant brutes known as Freaks crawl out of the sewers and roam the city at night.

Become an Agent all over again and rediscover how fun it is to mess around in a big sandbox like Pacific City. Upgrade your abilities and leap over buildings and vehicles. Destroy the Cell and contain the Freak outbreak, and enforce your side of the law.

In terms of multiplayer, alongside the usual Xbox Live co-operative play is the brand new PvP mode called Rocket Tag. The name speaks for itself – run into an orb and you become 'it.' Everyone else has rockets. Hilarity ensues. Add jump pads and the human desire for making things go boom and you have a real winner here.