Crackdown 3 is now almost here, and outlets around the globe has published reviews for the long awaited sequel. In this guide to everything there is to know about the Crackdown sequel, we'll be going over the final Crackdown 3 release date, all the Crackdown 3 gameplay we've both seen and played so far, as well as a Crackdown 3 review roundup.
Crackdown 3 Review Roundup
Now that Crackdown 3 is merely a few days away from launching, reviews for the game have finally gone live. We've put together a list of reviews from various outlets just below, including one from our very own Thomas Orry.
- USgamer - "Crackdown 3 isn't an instant hit, but after a slow start it rapidly builds into an action-packed shooter with brilliant character control and movement."
- Kotaku - "We’ve ended up with 12 to 15 hours of uncomplicated fun that recaptures the good stuff about the first two Crackdown games, without offering much of an evolution."
- VG247 - "There’s just not enough here. Still, all things considered, Crackdown 3 being this enjoyable represents a minor miracle."
- Trusted Reviews - "The open-world genre has come on leaps and bounds in the past decade, but Crackdown 3 feels firmly stuck in the past."
Crackdown 3 Release Date
A Crackdown 3 release date was originally given by Microsoft as November 2017, but it was then delayed numerous times. Finally, back last year, a release date of February 15, 2019, was given for the long-awaited sequel.
You'll be able to outright purchase Crackdown 3 when it launches on February 15, but you'll also be able to play the game immediately if you're an Xbox Game Pass subscriber. This is far from the first time that a new game on Xbox has launched through the Game Pass, with Below and Ashen launching on the service late last year.
Crackdown 3 Hands-On Impressions
We went hands-on with Crackdown 3 at E3, and came away somewhat surprised for a variety of reasons. Crackdown 3 is obviously running on the latest technology available for the Xbox One X, but it feels like a product of the late 2000's, where video games were always trying to give you the biggest weapons to blow up the largest objects with.
The player starts with no technology from the Agency, and must acquire everything themselves, taking the fight to the various criminal strongholds throughout the city, taking down each mob boss district by district. When the player does get their hands on the latest weaponry however, Crackdown 3 feels floaty in its controls, lacking the precision and tuning of the other modern third-person shooters.
Crackdown 3 Trailer
Crackdown 3 was first unveiled to the world at E3 2014, the year after the Xbox One first released. The trailer below was shown off at Microsoft’s presentation, depicting a number of Agents all working together to take down a single crime kingpin, featuring falling tower blocks, and exploding trucks driving up the sides of said tower blocks.
Since the first reveal trailer, the only other time Crackdown 3 has been talked about was during Gamescom 2015, when the trailer below was shown off by Microsoft during their presentation at the show in Germany.
The trailer began by showing the same cityscape as before, but then transferred to showing the development team hard at work on Crackdown 3, as they worked on animations in particular for the game. Some combat could briefly be seen in the video, as Agents fought robots and criminals alike, in an attempt to take back the city that had fallen to crime.
As with the original Crackdown games, co-op will very much remain the focus of the gameplay in Crackdown 3, as it will be possible to play the full campaign of the game entirely through co-op. Players will stumble across new weapons and upgrades with which to wreak havoc, as well as different modes of transportation for getting around the city, whether this be on the ground or by air.
One of the big areas of interest surrounding Crackdown 3 is the use of cloud computing to handle physics calculations for destruction. The dev team is offloading these taxing computational demands to servers, meaning the game can display far more complex scenes of destruction while maintaining a steady frame rate. The video below shows the system in practice in an early prototype of Crackdown 3.
As of right now, this is all the information you need to know about Crackdown 3. Should any new information become available for the game in the build up to launch, we'll make sure to update our guide straight away.