Monday, April 8, 2019

Game Review: Crackdown 3

I got into Crackdown when Xbox offered Crackdown Xbox 360 for free to download. I was instantly hooked at the open world game. The premise is simple take down the enemy gangs and restore order to Pacific City. The ability to take down the gangs in any order is fun.

Crackdown 3 takes this simple gameplay and improves. Terry Crews is featured as Commander Jaxon voice over. However, it lacks in any originality above the voice acting by Terry Crews. In fact, the only reasons I bought Crackdown 3 were Terry Crews voice acting and that I had played Crackdown 1. The open world gameplay to go anywhere and do anything together with cooperative with a friend helped. However only 1 cutscene with Terry Crews Commander Jaxon left me lacking wanting to play more. It was an empty feeling like this was Crackdown 1. The world is beautifully upgraded from Crackdown 1. However, it feels like a new coat of paint to a game that has not changed.

If I had spent more time evaluating Crackdown 3 rather than my fanboy hype for the game because of Terry Crews, I should not have bought Crackdown 3. However I tried it out on my Xbox Game Pass complimentary subscription (I call it complimentary because I have not paid any of my own money for it. I received codes through Microsoft Bing Rewards.) that runs through August 2019. I love what Crackdown stands for. However, the empty feeling leaves me no reason to go back to the game. Other than I want to experience Commander Jaxon Terry Crews voice acting and play the game cooperatively with friends.

I do not think I will consider buying a sequel if Microsoft makes another Crackdown in the franchise. It was a mistake looking back on it. I only heard really about Crackdown 3 through a Microsoft Bing Rewards survey and at the time knew nothing about it.

// Crackdown 1 was offered for free for a limited time to download. Recently Crackdown 2 was also offered for free to download on Xbox. However I purchased Crackdown 3.

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