Best ways to kill time in Crackdown 2

During our Crackdown 2 demo last week, we spent more time free-roaming the city causing random chaos and destruction than we did pursuing any of the campaign objectives. We banged on the game’s physics, looked for innovative ways to blow shit up, and had a blast doing it. Occasionally, the developers would pop over and have a laugh at what we were up to, sometimes making remarks like, “I have no idea what will happen if you do that, but there’s a ramp truck just around that corner that might make things more interesting.” Here’s what happened when we got to playing with mag grenades, a new type of explosive featured in Crackdown 2.

Ruffian’s confidence in their game stems at least partially from the fact that the underlying tech is rock solid. Thousands of characters appear onscreen at any given time, and the game engine is up to the task. There was no obvious weirdness with frame rates, clipping or draw distances; everything seemed to just look pretty and work properly. Which makes trying to break something all the more inviting. It was a refreshing change of pace from the typically over-controlled demo environment we see games in, where PR reps panic at the slightest deviation from the pre-rehearsed presentation and fall over themselves to reassure you that bug X or glitch Y will not be in the final build so please don’t write about it. The devs from Ruffian, by contrast, were having a great time encouraging us to break the rules and test the game’s limits. In our second clip, watch as we instigate a massive riot among the Freaks (mutated zombie-like monsters that come out at night, mostly) and put the UV shotgun through its paces.

Thus far, we’re more than pleased with what we’ve seen of Crackdown 2, and expect we’ll be spending many late nights trashing Pacific City with our friends.


  • vogler1604 - May 26, 2010 10 p.m.

    I'll say it again, I want this game!!!
  • whiteknight1981 - May 26, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    I'm not buyin this until they add zombie ninja clowns...on ice!
  • Spybreak8 - May 26, 2010 8:06 p.m.

    Lol I can just see the CEO in charge of Crackdown 2. Well the last one sold well but that's because it had the Halo beta packaged with it. How can we sell the sequel? Zombies! lol *smacks face* That said I probably will not mind the change that Crackdown 2 has taken but I'm a little disappointed.
  • shaneobi - May 26, 2010 7:15 p.m.

    im pretty sure they can, i remember seeing a video of one stuck to a car and the other to an agents head who then ran around dragging the car through enemies, although i could be wrong.
  • asspills - May 26, 2010 6:56 p.m.

    those MAG grenades are the best possible addition to Crackdown that could be made. I've thought since GTA IV that rope would always make an amazing addition to sand-box physics games. I hope they can stick to other agents.
  • Baron164 - May 26, 2010 6:48 p.m.

    I can already hear the sweet sound of agility orbs.
  • bluscorp - May 26, 2010 5:41 p.m.

    Can't wait to jump them roofs again.

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