Crack Kills!

Microsoft gets it. Come out with original, awesome gameplay and you will attract the gamers; Gears of War, Halo, and now, the crime-fighting high-jumping action-packed Crackdown. With innovative gameplay, modified genetics based on your actions and a myriad of weaponry with which to take on the three big-time gangs that have taken over Pacific City you play as a genetically modified super police agent. Playing like a combination between Grand Theft Auto (which is of little surprise considering Dave Jones, the creator of GTA was involved in making the game) and Halo, Crackdown lets loose manic world that's just waiting for you to take charge with guns blazing.

Due to years of crime, Pacific City has been taken over by three different gangs, the car loving Los Muertes, the gun-loving Volk and the evil syndicate of the Shai-Gen, who have divided control of the city into thirds. At a loss, the police agency has only one option left-you.

When the game begins, your agent's status is minimal, his athletic abilities are not particularly impressive, his shooting, driving and explosives abilities all are lacking. Do not worry though, soon enough, as you jump, punch and kick, grenade, shoot and drive your way through the various enemies your genes will be modified and your agent will possess incredible skills. With peak abilities, your agent will be able to jump over 40 feet straight up, throw objects hundreds of feet, lift cars and toss them at oncoming enemies and sharp-shoot from far away. Each of the skills increases the more you use them, every time you shoot someone you earn points, as with everything else; the more you do them, the higher your abilities will get.

As you work your way through the different gangs, new weaponry becomes available; scoop it up and bring it back to the agency supply points to save the guns for use at any other time in the game. Located throughout the islands in the game, supply points allow you to restock on ammo or to instantly travel from one supply point to any other you have unlocked. And you will need to rearm yourself, regularly. With lots of gang members around gunfights become common and almost unavoidable.

After you take out the various generals of each gang, the overall gang is weakened. Try and take on the boss of a gang without taking the generals and you'll find that it is not as easy as you might hope. Never fear though, in Crackdown, you may lose your life, but you never die. Thanks to genetic storing, the Agency has your DNA on file and so if you find yourself dead they will simply reclone you and drop you at the supply point of your choosing. So feel free to go guns blazing into any battle and not worry about the consequences. Remember those places you have been though because, using one of the best memory coding sequences ever, Crackdown remembers nearly everything. You left a car on the top of the mountain; it will stay there until you move it, left some bullet holes in the wall? No one is going to come by to respackle them and they will be there when you return.


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