The crazy, creepy cast of Crackdown 2


In its pursuit of restoring order and eliminating the gangs from Pacific City, a dangerous virus was accidentally released, which turns citizens into Freaks: violent, mutated abominations. Over the years its spores have spread their horrors through much of the city’s population. At the beginning of this new era, huge masses of Freaks prey on the remaining life forms in Pacific City, the infection has now ravaged the population, and ever-growing masses of Freaks have taken control of Pacific City, posing a serious threat to the civilians, the Cell and the Agency.

Rapidly developing in to a sub-species of their own, the Freaks are equipped with brutal killing genetics that makes them a formidable killing mass. Some Freaks have even evolved to challenge Agents where they used to find safety. At the beginning of this new era, huge masses of Freaks prey on the remaining life forms in Pacific City. During darkness the Freaks are the masters of the City. During the day, all who reside in Pacific City.

GR: What are the Freaks’ powers?

SI: First and foremost unbridled aggression; they just have no fear! Numbers second, the virus has really taken a toll on the population and there are thousands of them. Thereafter, you will see what can happen when genetic engineering goes horribly wrong; hyper strength, agility and newly evolved abilities to spread pain at a distance. 

GR: Are there different forms? If so, how do they differ?

SI: There are, and it depends on how long they have been infected. There are around seven stages of infection, each producing a more powerful variant. The initial stages of the infection produce a slow moving  Freak with only a rudimentary hand-to-hand attack. On longer exposure, they gain the ability to 'squirt' a toxic secretion and unnatural agility and strength. The longest exposure has given birth to some formidable mutations.

GR: Will the Freaks attack anyone and everyone?

SI: Oh yes, everyone!

GR: How was the virus unleashed on the public?

SI: This is one major bone of contention; everyone is pointing fingers at everyone else about the second phase of the outbreak. You will hear both sides of the story in Crackdown 2. However it was your actions in the initial Crackdown that sowed the seeds of the outbreak.

GR: Can the Agents be infected?

SI: The virus is a 'side effect' of the Agent program, so it's not so much that you can be infected, but as an Agent you already are, albeit with a more benign version of it. However, that is not to say there isn't some collateral from the Agent Program.

GR: What are the best weapons and strategies to use on a Freak?

SI: Well, this is Crackdown so strategy is out. We don't tell you what to do, we haven't planned for specific methods or strategies, we have just filled the city with a myriad of weapons and props for you to define your own style of death and destruction. Weapons on the other hand we have really tried to offer a vast range of types, some of which are tuned for the Freaks.


  • FreekinIdiot - January 19, 2010 11:41 a.m.

    Two handed mini guns???? Sold
  • olliemcparland - January 6, 2010 9:01 p.m.

    crackdown is an awesome game but i never got around to completing it so ill probbably not buy crackdown 2
  • jackthemenace - December 26, 2009 4:12 p.m.

    this looks pretty damn cool, but is the art style always gonna have that blocky outline and weird 2003 style sqaushed face graphics? the outlines i like, but aren't the faces are a bit hard to deal with in a 2010 new-gen game...?
  • FamousMortimer - December 26, 2009 9:22 a.m.

    OK... game looks fun, but my suspension of disbelief apparently will be severely wounded. I didn't play the first game... but is there any reason the people can't leave a city infected with thousands of dangerous, bloodthirsty mutants? Why are they sticking around?
  • Persona - December 25, 2009 3:32 p.m.

    instead of "freaks", why not genetically engineered cannibal llamas with Pyrokinesis powers. I'm just saying it would make Crackdown seem alot more interesting ;)
  • jackfitz11 - December 24, 2009 5:47 p.m.

    To bad ODST already has the call on Reach beta. lawl
  • Hurricrane - December 24, 2009 3:28 p.m.

    I have to say I loved the 1st one, but will not be playing 2. Adding the whole Freak thing is a total turn-off. There are SOOO many games with a virus that turns people into zombie-esque things
  • rxb - December 24, 2009 12:17 p.m.

    I think Crackdown was a surprise hit. Because of the Halo 3 Beta people thought it would be poor but it wasnt. Im looking forward to this alot.
  • Dexsus - December 23, 2009 10:33 p.m.

    Hell. Yes. This is what I've been waiting for since I completed the first Crackdown. The gliding looks a bit iffy to me though.
  • Defguru7777 - December 23, 2009 9:32 p.m.

    Well, in the first Crackdown, Czernenko had some mutants in his lab that wandered around the Shai-Gen's district. So the Freaks are perfectly believable in Crackdown's universe. While I believe this game is different from Prototype, there is one gameplay element they lifted from it; gliding. In the trailer, the Agent's glide looked just like Alex's, but blue. But if it's fun, I won't mind.
  • Mirako - December 23, 2009 8:44 p.m.

    Annnd the fact that there is an infection spreading across the city mutating the civilian populace...
  • SausageLozenge - December 23, 2009 11:52 a.m.

    tight yo!
  • SumCallMeTalent - December 23, 2009 8:30 a.m.

    the only similarities between this and prototype is open world and super human character....gameplay is completely different
  • 4fromK - December 23, 2009 4:11 a.m.

    The whole "freaks" thing makes this game seem possible a little derivative of Prototype, albeit probably more fleshed out and with added depth.
  • Migglez - December 23, 2009 1:21 a.m.

    prototype was a good game so if it seems to hint like it im game for it
  • LoneWUNK - December 23, 2009 12:27 a.m.

    looks decent.. i quite liked the first even though i only bought it for the halo 3 beta, dunno about this whole zombie thing though its gonna get old soon
  • bron1417 - December 23, 2009 12:26 a.m.

    crackdown was an amazing game. i'm expecting more of the same from crackdown 2
  • jaws98 - December 22, 2009 11:54 p.m.

    Even if it is just like Prototype, I'll still buy it for the cooperative play,
  • Yeager1122 - December 22, 2009 11:29 p.m.

    I really have to finish the first one this one looks great.
  • WeaselWithAGun - December 22, 2009 10 p.m.

    I'm gettin a Prototype mojo from this game.

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