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It's time to take back the streets! With Pacific City under the iron grip of three ruthless gangs: Los Muertos, the Volk, and the Shai-Gen Corporation; the last hope rests on The Agency, a highly skilled group of law enforcers. But the situation is dire, and desperate times call for desperate measures. Using technology from one of Shai-Gen's scientists, The Agency is creating superhuman Agents to combat the crime and take back the city. With constantly evolving skills which increase as you use them, you've certainly got the upper hand... but these gangs won't give back Pacific City without a fight!

Crackdown is an action game from the creator of Grand Theft Auto; and presents the player with the fully explorable world of Pacific City. Your main goal is to defeat the gangs that have taken over various parts of the city. You're quite welcome to tackle each gang's head honcho straight off; however, it's to your advantage to take down the lower rungs in the gang ladder before you head for the top. Doing so will cripple various parts of the gang, such as vehicles, cash flow, and new recruits.

Your Agent can upgrade particular types of skills: Agility - your running speed and jump height; Driving - your control of different types of vehicles; Explosives - your skill and damage radius of explosives; Strength - your physical strength, which allows you to punch, as well as lift and throw heavier objects; and Weapons - your skill and accuracy with assorted types of weaponry. Each type of skill is increased by performing the associated action. Drive around and your Driving skill will increase, punch people in the face or throw garbage skips at them to increase your strength, and keep up the shooting to improve your weapon skills. Agility is measured differently - scattered throughout Pacific City are green Agility Orbs. Nab these, and your Agility will increase. The higher up the orb is, the more it's worth. You can also increase your Driving and Agility skills even further via special races which can be found around the city.


Crackdown Xbox 360 Highways connect the three island districts.
Crackdown Xbox 360 Defeated enemies drop XP orbs based on how you killed them.
Crackdown Xbox 360 The agency supercar levels with you. Max level gets mounted guns!
Crackdown Xbox 360 Each gang has bosses to be taken down. Setting them on fire is optional.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Riot Act" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

A supercop game that delivers Xbox 360 Joshua J. Slone (4664)
Parkour the Safe Way Xbox 360 Marko Poutiainen (1160)
1/4 Spider-man, 1/4 GTA, 1/4 Mercenaries, and 1/4 True Crime = Crackdown. Crackdown = Awesome. Xbox 360 Classic Nigel (150)
Even a Halo3 beta invite can't raise this game out of mediocrity Xbox 360 phlux (4334)
For the few of us who didn't like GTA III, possibly Xbox 360 Greg Mitchell (74)
Crackdown, Smackdown, Beatdown...... Xbox 360 Lucky 13 (40)

Critic Reviews

Nuts Xbox 360 Feb 23, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
JustPressPlay Xbox 360 Feb 18, 2007 9 out of 10 90
FOK!games Xbox 360 Feb 23, 2007 87 out of 100 87
Deeko Xbox 360 Mar 02, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Vgames Xbox 360 May 31, 2007 85 out of 100 85
FiringSquad Xbox 360 Mar 05, 2007 83 out of 100 83
VGcore Xbox 360 Mar 16, 2007 8.1 out of 10 81
GameCell UK Xbox 360 2007 8 out of 10 80
games xtreme Xbox 360 Mar 09, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Deaf Gamers Xbox 360 2007 7.7 out of 10 77


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1001 Video Games

Crackdown appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The game comes with an invitation for the multiplayer beta of Halo 3.


  • GameSpy
    • 2007 – #10 Xbox 360 Game of the Year
    • 2007 – Robocop of the Year

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