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Animated miniseries explains Crackdown 2's zombies

Who is Catalina Thorne? Why are there zombies (or mutants, or whatever they are) roaming Pacific City's streets in Crackdown 2? And since when does anyone actually care about the story is in Crackdown? Two of these questions are answered in "Evil Seed," part two of an ongoing, five-episode miniseries that explains what's been going on in Pacific since the first Crackdown ended, and why the city's apparently gone to shit. You can watch it right here:

As it turns out, the zombies that plagued early screenshots of Crackdown 2 are the work of a vengeful medical scientist who worked on the city's Agent-cloning program, but then sabotaged it after she was booted off the project, making the agents hyperviolent, mindless and short-lived.

Once the cloning program had been all but destroyed, she took to the streets to share her creations with the general populace, who then turned into raving zombie hoboes that make the city's conquering, out-of-control gangs look like good citizens by comparison.

Story-wise, that's a pretty big step up for a series whose only previous narrative consisted of, "Here are some bad guys. Go kill them with your superpowers (P.S. we're really the bad guys lol)." Further episodes will show up at YouTube.com/machinima, with the third episode "airing" on June 4, the fourth on  June 11, and the fifth on June 21.

Also, if you missed out on the first episode - which sheds a little more light on how Pacific got into such a sorry, poverty-wracked state in the first place - we'll throw that in as well:

Jun 1, 2010

7 comments

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  • babytoucher - June 2, 2010 12:46 p.m.

    i love the man who does the voiceover for this and the games, but anyway as its crackdown im going to assume that Ms.Thorne here is actually good and found out that the agency created the freaks and the agency is using her to cover up their mistakes and wants u to kill her to make sure no one finds out. CRACKDOWN!!
  • 8bitBaby - June 2, 2010 11:56 a.m.

    hrm... zombies created by giving healthcare to the poor... i could see it. i mean you can get TONS of "vaccination" shots at MANY of your one-stop-shop pharmacies, along with condoms, batteries, and one day dvd rentals! seriously, i'm glad they pushed forward beyond playing cops and robbers. i'm just worried that zombies are becoming a creative crutch for the games industry.
  • Tenfey - June 2, 2010 6:38 a.m.

    One day Crackdown man woke up, and was most displeased. He walked outside and started jumping on buildings and shooting everything that moves (and most of what doesn't). That's the story of Crackdown.
  • Grif - June 2, 2010 4:56 a.m.

    Knowing Crackdown's twist, I'm guessing Ms. Thorne was doing the exact opposite of what we've been told in these videos.
  • Dvsshark - June 2, 2010 3:17 a.m.

    Good stuff, but I wonder if any of it is true considering the twist at the end of The first Crackdown.
  • Javv - June 2, 2010 1:41 a.m.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDZBgHBHQT8

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