Crackdown 2 review embargo goes up – Edge and EG give 8/10

Tuesday, 6th July 2010 13:55 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Boom. The review embargo for Crackdown 2 has just gone up. How’s it faired? Hit the break, Agent.

The scores are just starting to come through now. We’ll add them in and they go live. As ever, if you have a piece you want listed, stick it in the comments below.

Crackdown 2 releases on Friday in the UK, with a US launch tomorrow for Xbox 360.

The demo for Ruffian’s first is available now on Xbox Live.



  1. Blerk

    Ouch at Destructoid! :-D

    I’m expecting ‘middling’ scores tbh.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Crazyreyn

    Digital Spy, 4/5 –

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Crysis

    IGN, 7.5 –

    #3 5 years ago
  4. StolenGlory

    Yeah. I’ll wait.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Boris Fett

    Oh Jesus Christ. Can someone please shoot Jim Sterling in the head and put us out of our god forsaken misery?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. StolenGlory

    Bit-Tech 6/10 –

    Aus Gamers 78% –

    Gamespot – 7/10 –

    Videogamer – 7/10 –

    #6 5 years ago
  7. No_PUDding

    Yea, the writing on that Detructoid article is awful.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Freek

    Having never played Crackdown 1, can I just add one full point to each review due to not having seen the city or the gameplay before?

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Gaz Liddon

    A few more :) Not looking bad, that Destructoid one is a bit OOOFY tho

    Planet Xbox360 9/10

    OXGCN 8.5/10

    OXM 8/10

    Resolution Magazine 7/10

    #9 5 years ago
  10. DeSpiritusBellum

    The fact that the Eurogamer review is mostly pseudo-intellectual psychobabble makes me not take that 8 too seriously.

    “If you seek its monument, look around you.” has my vote for most pretentious sentence in a game review.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. cookiejar

    I might give it a rent. Demo didn’t grab me very much.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Sunshyme

    I can find myself in the 7 from Gamespot and 7.5 from IGN. It’s a nice sequel but it never comes near the quality from the original game. Not al that bad, but a bit disappointing for a true fan.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Rudderless

    I like the way the Bit-Tech piece describes it as “the dullest [game] we’ve ever reviewed” and then gives it 6/10.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. mington

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Gekidami

    Indeed, if you just had the text to each review and were told to guess what score each site gave based off that alone you’d be surprised any of them are over 7.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Fin


    Apart from Eurogamer, which reads like a 9. It’s also one of the worst reviews I’ve read on EG in a long time.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Slyjss

    Eurogamer Spain: 7/10

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Tomchoucrew

    8/10 and 9/10 O_O

    It seems like I’m not playing the same game.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Rodrister

    VicioJuegos: 80/100

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Gekidami

    PlanetXbox360, OXGCN, and OXM are on there twice. Trying to make the scores look more impressive Johnny? :P

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Patrick Garratt

    No, that’s two people hilariously editing the same article at the same time.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Patrick Garratt

    For the record, though, it was Johnny that added those on for a second time.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Captain Fruitloop

    Must be like the best of times (Ruffian and CD2) and the worst of times (Realtime Worlds and APB) in bonny Dundee this week.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Johnny Cullen

    It’s like an episode of Chucklevision, innit.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Patrick Garratt

    If we’re ever as amazing as the Chuckle brothers, we’ve “made it”.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. The Hindle

    TO me to you. :D

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Blerk

    B- from 1Up

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Bulk Slash

    Wow, scores are all over the place. I saw at the weekend all the pirates were complaining about it being full of bugs (my heart bleeds)…

    Still, if EG gave it an 8, I’m going to give it a try.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. The Hindle

    Woah Igns review is pretty scathing, they say it hasnt improved graphically at all owch.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. NGCes26294BIV

    Not as good as Crackdown.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Blerk

    They’re pretty much right. The engine’s apparently smoother and it’s certainly throwing a lot more stuff around at once than the old one did but ultimately it looks just the same as it did last time around. That’s part of the reason why I was expecting middling scores (the other being that it really is just ‘more of the same’, reviewers generally don’t take kindly to that).

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Boris Fett

    The first game was completely overrated anyway.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. The Hindle

    Have you seen the screenshot in the review and then under it they say yep its not a looker :D pretty funny

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Gekidami

    A few of the reviews are saying that the framerate is pretty poor. Dosnt sound like the engine is smoother.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Blerk

    I didn’t notice any difference myself, it was the Digital Foundry analysis of the demo that claimed it was ‘smoother’.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. The Hindle

    I think Edge will give it a 9

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Blerk

    If it gets more than a 6 from Edge I’ll be frankly astonished.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. DanteDestroyer

    HardGame2 8/10 –

    #38 5 years ago

    So it’s basically just a re-skin, then?

    #39 5 years ago
  40. mington

    Crackdown 2 should have been set in las vegas

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Rudderless

    @Blerk – Well, Edge adored the original, so I’d be surprised if they went lower than a 7. ;)

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Paavi

    It’s a good game. Here’s some gameplay:

    #42 5 years ago
  43. Sunshyme

    If they really adored the original, they have to give this one a 5 or less.

    #43 5 years ago

    yeah there are 2 websites that needs to be tear down!!!! gamespot and destructoid.

    #44 5 years ago


    Everybody get your nooses and pitchforks!!!!

    #45 5 years ago
  46. DaMan

    Crackdown was a flawed but good game, this one seems like nothing but a reskin of it.

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Erthazus

    For me Crackdown is more of an Arena where you can mess up, but thats not fun for me + 60$ for the arena is just retarded where PC have a lot of gaming tools to mess up around. Imho.

    I need a world, interesting setting, good story. For fuck sake normal graphics.

    #47 5 years ago
  48. dirigiblebill


    #48 5 years ago
  49. Patrick Garratt

    Added that in. And Joystiq, who’ve now started scoring.

    #49 5 years ago
  50. dirigiblebill

    Thanks mate :)

    #50 5 years ago
  51. get2sammyb

    GiantBomb, 3/5:

    #51 5 years ago
  52. clopezi

    Realidad 2.0, 9/10:

    #52 5 years ago
  53. _LarZen_

    Tested the demo and it was shit…no other word for it.

    #53 5 years ago
  54. AsILayDying

    tested your mom and she was even shitter

    #54 5 years ago
  55. swillo


    7 outta 10

    #55 5 years ago
  56. _LarZen_

    @54 LOL!

    #56 5 years ago
  57. The Hindle

    71 metarating owch

    #57 5 years ago
  58. LOLshock94

    its funny how xbox mags give it 8 and 9 overall its just the same

    #58 5 years ago
  59. Kuwabara

    Lol. Well i guess the battle between Infamous2 vs crackdown2 is over.

    #59 5 years ago
  60. Freek

    Considering one of those games has only just been anounced, I’d say there never was a rivalry to speak of.

    #60 5 years ago
  61. Patrick Garratt

    Edge score added there.

    #61 5 years ago
  62. Blerk

    Quite surprised by that Edge score. Looks like they were Crackdown fanboys after all, I concede defeat! :-D

    #62 5 years ago
  63. Freek

    Still puzzled, everybody is down on the game, including the reviews, but then the scores at the end are pretty good. 0_o

    #63 5 years ago
  64. Gekidami

    Depends on what you mean by “good”. Lets be honnest, a game has to be broken and/or unfinshed to get under a 7 from most sites these days.

    #64 5 years ago
  65. DaMan

    it seems like the game was indeed rushed.

    #65 5 years ago
  66. Rudderless

    @Blerk 8) In fairness, it could have gone either way. I still maintain that Crackdown and its sequels are brilliant playgrounds rather than brilliant games.

    #66 5 years ago
  67. Robo_1

    Ars Technica have really put the boot in, deeming it unpolished, unfinished and unloved. Needless to say, they’ve given it their skip rating.

    Very surprised at Edge’s score. Pleased for the folks at Ruffian but given the middling reviews and numerous flaws pointed out by other reviews, it seems very generous.

    #67 5 years ago
  68. DeSpiritusBellum

    Well, again I’d say that Edge review reads more like a sleep inducing art critique than an entertainment review.

    If there’s a red thread in those reviews it’s that Crackdown 2 doesn’t really know where it wants to go, so it simply doesn’t go anywhere.

    Shame though, the first one had major promise.

    #68 5 years ago
  69. The Hindle

    Will it sell though? I think it should do 1m pretty easy.

    #69 5 years ago
  70. The Hindle

    @ 68 thats Edge in general imo

    #70 5 years ago
  71. Blerk

    Well, I’ll be buying it. Although not this week, ‘cos I’m skint.

    #71 5 years ago
  72. DaMan

    to each their own, i for one can’t read destructoid’s article.

    #72 5 years ago
  73. dirigiblebill

    “Well, again I’d say that Edge review reads more like a sleep inducing art critique than an entertainment review.”

    Really? They’ve been known to dole out the purple prose, but this is quite a clean (and insightful) read. No mention of the issues with lock-on and awkward building geometry though.

    “I still maintain that Crackdown and its sequels are brilliant playgrounds rather than brilliant games.”

    Aye, that’s the rub…

    #73 5 years ago
  74. Gadzooks!

    “I still maintain that Crackdown and its sequels are brilliant playgrounds rather than brilliant games.”

    “Aye, that’s the rub…”

    Luckily, the words used to describe the game have no bearing on how much fun it is to play…

    The first Crackdown still stands out as a high point in console gaming even if critics largely meh’d it. No difference here.

    #74 5 years ago
  75. theevilaires

    ^ Still in denial :P

    #75 5 years ago
  76. DrDamn

    The awkward lock on has been addressed since the demo – if that is what you are referring to. It was very off-putting in the demo to try and lock on a couple of guys just in front of you and have it pick out an innocuous car 200 yards away.

    The 15 minute gameplay vid on EG looks much improved in that respect.

    #76 5 years ago
  77. Dralen

    I may get it later on, when it inevitably goes down in price.

    #77 5 years ago
  78. Gadzooks!


    Boring ‘joke’ is still boring.

    #78 5 years ago
  79. dirigiblebill

    “The awkward lock on has been addressed…”

    A bit, yes, but it’s still noticeably off-key at points. You’re more likely to hit stuff later on simply because the explosions are bigger.

    “Luckily, the words used to describe the game have no bearing on how much fun it is to play…”

    It’s fun, but a decent campaign arc and more nuanced objectives would have made it funner.

    #79 5 years ago
  80. Rudderless

    @74 – the original got a Metacritic average of 83 and was widely regarded as a very pleasant surprise. Only a small handful didn’t really take to it.

    #80 5 years ago
  81. Gadzooks!


    “It’s fun, but a decent campaign arc and more nuanced objectives would have made it funner.”

    In a lot of cases I’d agree, but Crackdown worked because of the freeform nature of the game. Of course that doesnt gel with everyone, hence the scores.

    Basically the worth of the game is dependant on how imaginative you are with the toolbox given to you. I spent a good 50-60 hours playing through Crackdown 1, and probably no more than 10 of those hours doing the boss missions, because there was always some fun distraction I wanted to play with, or some location I wanted to get to and explore.

    There was a soft limit on what you could do in Crackdown 1 anyway, as for example the Shai Gen controlled area had better armed NPC’s and buildings that needed a near to fully upgraded agent to scale.

    Not every game needs to lead the player by the hand at every step, there are plenty of other games that satisfy that criteria.

    #81 5 years ago
  82. AHA-Lambda

    wow! I was not a fan of crackdown in general anyway but damn i didnt expect to see such piddling scores =/

    to me this all just affirms 7 as the new average score *grumbles*

    #82 5 years ago
  83. Gadzooks!

    “to me this all just affirms 7 as the new average score”

    It’s not.

    The 7′s, 8′s and 9′s it’s been getting indicate it’s rated well above average. The most important bit of the reviews, the text, has been generally glowing.

    The reason it won’t score 10′s is because it’s a freeform sandbox game, and thus not universally appealing.

    #83 5 years ago
  84. Tomchoucrew

    Xboxygen – 4/10

    #84 5 years ago

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