With Under Two Weeks To Release, Xbox’s ‘Crackdown 3’ Still…


While I have been known to produce articles that…sometimes have a negative bend to them, I also try not to go overboard in my hyperbole when I can avoid it. But I am not exaggerating when I say that I have not seen a single second of Crackdown 3 footage in the last few years that has looked good, and recent videos are somehow looking even worse as more about the game is revealed.

The latest bit of eye-poppingly bad gameplay on display is from Crackdown 3’s multiplayer mode, the one which contains all the “cloud-based destruction” which was supposed to be a staple of the entire game, but was then relegated to multiplayer, and that in turn has turned the mode into…something truly bizarre.

I don’t even know how to describe what I’m seeing in this IGN demo video. Apparently the cloud destruction is so taxing that every map has to be just a series of geometric shapes rather than anything resembling the city of the open world mode, and the result is something like looks like a VR game gone wrong at best, or a barely scraped-together tech demo at worst. Even the destruction itself is underwhelming and weird and not even on par with what we see in Battlefield games or in ancient titles like Red Faction, from what I can tell.

And this is a game that comes out in less than two weeks! February 15! I mean, what?

While I know that Microsoft and Xbox are working to get back on track to be a brand that produces must-have exclusives like Sony and Nintendo, this seems like it’s going to be a pretty significant moment for the “dark ages” here, a game that languished in development for years and then was ultimately released to be…I don’t even know. From what I’ve seen I am having significant trouble even giving it the benefit of the doubt, as I cannot imagine how a good game could possibly emerge from this footage.

The good news about Crackdown 3 is that it will be a part of the Xbox Game Pass, meaning it’s free for everyone who has that (and if you own an Xbox One, you should have it). That means you can essentially try it out for free without having to shell out $60 for a copy. And I can’t imagine risking $60 based on what’s been shown here for not only years of early development, but now here in the literal launch month. The only good thing I’ve seen that’s even adjacent to this game is the involvement of Terry Crews, which I imagine will not be enough to save it.

With all Microsoft’s new acquisitions I do feel like they’re going to get exclusives-that-aren’t-Forza-and-Halo right eventually, but in a sea of titles that have been scrapped before this, I am genuinely amazed that Crackdown has actually made it to release.

I’ll play it. I have to. I have to see if it’s better than it looks because it cannot possibly be worse. But man, this has been one of the weirdest high profile exclusive sagas this generation, and I am desperate to know what happened here.

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