Crackdown 3: Microsoft’s Crackdown franchise has always had its own set of followers, thanks to the unique art style of the games, resulting in intriguing visuals. But if you have ever made a face at those who love Crackdown, you need to experience the kind of sandbox madness you will be initiated into. The first game was sheer awesomeness; crazy enough to capture people who gave it a chance, despite the brutal lack of a decent backbone in the form of a story. Now ten years and a lukewarm second game later, it is almost time for Crackdown 3. And in ways more than one, it looks like the kind of in-your-face mayhem wreaking machine that fans have been waiting for.
Update: Crackdown 3 has been delayed from its November 2017 release date to Spring 2018. “Crackdown 3 is a hugely ambitious game and we want to ensure we deliver the right experiences all the way through every part of the game, whether that’s campaign, co-op multiplayer or our competitive multiplayer mode, Wrecking Zone. Getting the balance right between the three modes is important, and we are going to take the extra development time to ensure that. Gamers can expect Crackdown 3 in Spring of 2018,” Microsoft representative Shannon Loftis told Polygon.
Crackdown 3 Release Date, Platforms, Beta
Developers Sumo Digital and Reagent Games had kept us waiting for long enough before announcing the release date of Crackdown 3 finally at E3 this year. You can expect to get your hands on the game on November 7, 2017. That’s the same day the Xbox One X is supposed to go on sale. Needless to say, it is launching for the Xbox One along with enhancements for Xbox One X. There will be a PC version as well, that will be exclusive to Windows 10. As of now, there is no official word on the Crackdown 3 beta.
Crackdown 3 was first announced a long time ago, in 2014. Delays do not always guarantee good things in the gaming industry, but it appears the three years in the making seem to have been utilized well if the looks so far and all the SDCC 2017 footage is anything to go by. The dev team had teased big information about Crackdown 3 in early April this year, but the prolonged silence had us fearing that we would have to be satisfied with little. The “true devastation” aspect was widely discussed within the community, but not much was really known about it. Thankfully, however, we got way more than we bargained for at the June event and the subsequent ones. We’ll move on to take a look at the game in more detail.
Crackdown 3 Game: What is it about?
Crackdown 3 is a huge potboiler of open world destruction and mayhem built around a story of crime (or should we say a weak semblance of a story? oh, well). While the multiplayer is where you can truly go mad with your appetite for destruction, there is a promising campaign mode too. Although you will not have access to the all-around level-everything-that-you-see kind of destruction, there will be enough. You play the Crackdown 3 campaign as a representative of the elite Agency, who is deployed to a crime-addled scene to fight your way through.
The enemy is a dangerous entity in the form of a megacorp in the area of New Providence. They have drained the paradisic city in every way possible and are preparing to launch an attack at the elemental level to destroy everything. “Enter Crackdown 3’s sandbox of mayhem and destruction and become a Super-Powered Agent dedicated to Justice by any means necessary. Explore the heights of a dangerous futuristic city, cut through gang-infested streets in a transforming vehicle, and wield amazing abilities to dismantle a ruthless criminal empire,” reads the game’s official description.
There is an intricate process that goes inside challenging your enemy, however. The aim is to strategically take on the widespread criminal network that is wreaking havoc in the city. You need to attract the attention of the elite crime lords by killing some of their main men. Only when you have gained enough of their attention will you be lucky enough to have a face off with them.
Crackdown 3 Features
Much was revealed about Crackdown 3 during the E3 2017 reveal. One of the most surprising ones, however, came from the creators of the game, who said that the game could be completed in under 3 hours by their “inhuman” QA folks. Now that may sound like a matter of concern for most of us who are acquainted with the previous, which, frankly, did not boast a whole lot of playtime. But three hours is alarmingly short. But there’s no need for worry on that front for us, more humble gamers, thanks to the way the game has been structured. Here is a list of the Crackdown 3 features that will pose as a hindrance if you have plans of hurrying through the game.
Systematic Progression: If you are an oldie, you definitely know what the Skills for Kills system is. For those only gaining an interest in the kind of blast Crackdown 3 proved to be at the events so far, this is what you will have to amp up in order to get ahead in the game. There are five different skills that the player has to level up. These are Agility, Strength, Firearms, Explosives, & Vehicles. Each one of these can be increased by gaining orbs.
Now the more orbs you collect, the more ridiculously strong you become. And as you start putting that to use against the crime lords, the bigger bosses will be forced to turn their attention to you. Some of them will even “Bite Back” by launching unprecedented attacks on you. You will only be able to draw out the bigger bosses as you advance, so the theory of shooting straight ahead to the Kingpin and closing the game is exactly that; a theory.
Massive Open World Destruction: It is impossible for anyone who doesn’t know everything there is to know to finish a game like Crackdown 3 with elan. This is because this game, Jez Corden of Windows Central writes, is around thrice as massive as the first Crackdown title. And although there are a lot fewer limitations compared to other similar type titles, the reward system is not nearly as forgiving. But we have already talked about that, and there’s more to talk about; Destruction.
In the world of Crackdown 3, anything can happen, and anywhere. As you keep leveling up, your ability to cause large scale destruction will increase. But there is more to Crackdown 3’s destruction than sweeping everything clean for your satisfaction. In fact, you can destroy almost everything that you lay your eyes on in the upcoming game with a strategic purpose. Want to build a bridge across the river to get on the other side? Demolish a skyscraper and land across to create a pathway.
Sadly, this level of destruction is only available for multiplayer, but the campaign will also contain some traces of the same- not the true devastation that is much talked about.
Responsive AI: The all important aspect of any game is how well tweaked its AI is: too easy and it feels like a waste of money; too hard and you begin to lose motivation. With Crackdown 3, the scales are bending towards the latter. This is not to say that the game is incredibly hard, but the way the player will be challenged by the city sounds like a handful. At E3, developer Sumo Digital emphasized that the AI in the upcoming game will be super responsive, and the player will get to sample this whenever they attack an enemy pit and take them down. Not only new reinforcements be put into place, but an encounter with them will also be much harder to overcome.
Crackdown 3 Gameplay
Much of Crackdown 3’s gameplay follows along the same lines as its predecessors, except for one important factor- it is absolutely massive. As with the previous games, players will be dropped off on the large map and let loose to wreak havoc. The cel-shaded visuals add a touch of the superhero element as well.
The humongous open world structure is accompanied by equally larger than life effects for your character courtesy of the skills that we talked about earlier. So if you grab enough agility or strength orbs, you will be able to scale the top of skyscrapers and hurl monster trucks at your enemy.
What’s incredibly interesting is that the player can go about creating havoc any which way that they like. There is no set order to how you can approach Crackdown 3, which means that even in the campaign, you are not limited by the story’s requirements. The main objective is to take down the Kingpin, but how you get to him, and in what time, depends entirely on the route you take.
As we have said before, Crackdown 3 destruction is one of the sweetest things to anticipate, and there are numerous ways to go about it. So essentially, you have a lot of things to do before you get to the main boss, and you can complete them in whichever order you like. The game will unfold to you according to your chosen paths.
Expect the weapons to be as mad as the rest of the game. As the agency puts its trust in you to bring the criminals to justice, you will be armed with some of the craziest weapons and combos to blast your way through the city. Subtlety has never figured in any of the games in the series, and Crackdown 3’s Singularity Bolt aims to be a solid representation of that. “With mad science in the palm of your hand, team open the space-time continuum in the name of justice and kick criminal ass straight back to the big bang,” reads its description by the team behind the game.
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Crackdown 3 Trailer
Thanks to its extended development period, Crackdown 3 trailer reveals have been a rather long drawn affair. But to call them disappointing would be a gross lie. After being announced in 2014, the game, still in its early stages, had elevated hopes of fans due to the promises of a cloud powered-fully destructible environment. But while the video snippets we saw at the time were super exciting, the real treats were shared at E3 2017. That is where we also came to know about Terry Crews’ big involvement with the game- not only does he figure in a game as an Agency Commander, but he will also be playable. Cheers all around. Watch the Crackdown 3 trailers below, starting with the ones from this year.
The end of the year is one of the best times to look forward to for a game, and this year looks super promising. In the context of Crackdown 3, the game is releasing alongside one of the biggest launches from Microsoft in recent times, and we can’t wait to find out how the game looks on the Xbox One X. Until then, any Crackdown 3 related news will be updated at the top of this post. And don’t leave without telling us your impressions about the next title.