CrackdownThere have been some great games out over the last few months, with the biggest highlight (and my pick for Game of the Year) being Gears of War.
Looking to the future, I thought I would share with you a preview on Crackdown . This game comes out on February 20th exclusively for the Xbox 360, and will include the much-sought-after invite to the Halo 3 multiplayer beta (the sequel to Halo and Halo 2). The Halo 3 beta isn't the only good thing about this package, however.
In Crackdown, players will get the chance to take control of a special "agent" of justice to crack down on crime in Pacific City (a fictional city). Criminals are running rampant, creating chaos in the city, and the government has given you (for unknown reasons) "special" abilities to fight the crime. Your mission will be to kill the crime lords in Pacific City. The most interesting part of this game, however, is how you get to fight crime.
As a character in Crackdown, you'll have several different abilities that you can upgrade while playing. Your character's super abilities become more enhanced (and more useful in fighting crime) as you play the game. The abilities you can choose to focus on enhancing include: agility (speed and jumping), strength (hand to hand combat and picking up objects), driving (upgrading the cars you drive), explosives (using grenades and enhancing the explosives you use), and firearms (being more accurate and deadly with firearms). The best part of these abilities is that they are SUPER abilities. This means that when you upgrade your character, for example, in agility, you can jump over smaller buildings, and run as fast as cars are driving in the streets. If you choose to upgrade your character, you'll soon be able to pick up cars, people, and other objects, as well as throw them hundreds of feet. Some of the best items that you'll find in the game are hidden in high places (on top of tall building), in places you can only access by upgrading your agility to jump there.
CrackdownAnother interesting aspect of Crackdown is that the game is cell shaded (looks a lot like a cartoon). The cell shading in the game allows more enemies to be on screen at once (meaning bigger battles), and matches the super abilities that you have as a player. The "cartoon" look fits the game perfectly, since you play as a character with superhuman abilities. Despite being cell shaded, the game still looks absolutely amazing, and will be an eye-opening experience when you play it for the first time.
The most important aspect of Crackdown is that it is simply FUN to play. Running around Pacific City at high speeds, jumping over buildings, and using your super strength to pick up cars and throw them at enemies is just plain fun. The numbers of ways you can choose to eliminate your enemies are limitless, and you can eliminate them in any order you wish. In fact, you can even choose to fight an enemy that you aren't prepared to fight, it's just not likely that you will defeat them. Discovering the landscape and hidden items in Pacific City is just amazing, and you can literally walk around and do anything you want (other than kill innocent civilians).
Halo 3In the end, look for Crackdown to be one of the best games getting released for the Xbox 360 in 2007. Not only that, but the game will include the multiplayer beta for Halo 3 on the Xbox 360. Everybody that owns an Xbox 360 should be buying this game on February 20th, simply because Crackdown has so many great things to offer.
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