The crazy, creepy cast of Crackdown 2


As the infection spread across the city, the Agency was forced to abandon their strongholds as the Freaks advanced further and further into Pacific City. A part of the civilian population, who had lost faith in the Agency’s ability to protect the people, took matters into their own hands. These citizens started an underground block, called the Cell, to get organized, armed, and ready to protect themselves from any and all threats.

With time, the Cell’s power and control expanded, and thus their vision as self-appointed protectors from the Freaks began to change. The Cell started seeing the Agency as Pacific City’s real problem, responsible for releasing the virus and unable to quell it. The Cell sabotaged the Agent program – effectively incapacitating the Agency. With the Agency weakened, the Cell effectively took control of Pacific City, at least during the hours of daylight.

GR: The Cell emerged from within the civilian population. Are their weapons and armor more makeshift as a result? Where and how did they arm themselves?

SI: The initial 'Battle for Pacific City' left a lot of gang equipment lying around, equipment that the Cell were more than happy to commandeer. However their scavenging skills were truly utilized when it came to acquiring Agency technology strewn around the city after their failed attempt to contain the Freak Virus outbreak. So you could say The Cell does have a very 'resourceful' style of equipping their troops; vehicles and amour are very ad-hoc, but they do have some formidable weapons. 

GR: What’s the Cell’s combat style? Guerrilla?

SI: The Cell's combat style is very much based on their location within the city. The geographical spread of the virus meant some of the population was abandoned long before others. Their fighting style reflects this; lightly armored fast moving groups in the less affected areas, to heavily entrenched and armed combat veterans with around ten years experience fighting off the Freaks.

GR: We’re assuming the Cell doesn’t have access to genetic engineering like the Agency. How do regular revolutionaries compete with superheroes?

SI: That's the thing, they are not revolutionaries as such, they are survivors. Survivors with a very big chip on their shoulders. They have survived for around a decade without any direct help from the Agency, against a formidable and pitiless force. The Cell are one seriously battle hardened group that know what it takes to live day-to-day in a ruthless world.

GR: If the Cell took out the Agency, which was revealed as less than noble in the first Crackdown, does that make the Cell the “good guys”?

SI: Now we are getting into politics! The Cell aren't the good guys, but I wouldn't say they are the bad guys. However, their beliefs (including that the virus can be cured) puts them firmly in the way of you and your mission. So, basically, regardless of good and evil - they will try to stop you.


  • 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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