Friday, February 02, 2007

Xbox 360 demos - Crackdown

I left the 360 downloading a few game demos and got a just to play them just now.
I have to say that Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 looks and plays very well. The first GRAW (a.k.a. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 3: Advanced Warfighter) was very good apart from the very annoying "loose your squad have to do it on your own -- in the dark" mission which annoyed me.
However the best demo from today, and the one that is a definite purchase is Crackdown.

Images from the fansite kit very Web2.0 to release the artwork for people to explore themselves.

This feels like a real step forward for the free roaming GTA-alike. GTA is about vehicles and has added being on foot. It has been a very good franchise and will remain a top favourite as I even enjoyed the original 2d top down old school versions. It does however, currently atleast, stick with being 'real'. It does have a great spirit and feel.
Feel, spirit and attitude in a game is a hard one to quantify. Any experience has to make it into your fingers, your brain and your heart to be effective. All types of games and simulators have a formula but formulas can still have spirit. Rocky is just a boxing film, Star Wars just a space battling good versus evil yarn etc.
Your character in Crackdown not only drives and shoots but gradually gains strength and the ability to leap and climb some very tall buildings. It gives it a flavour of parkour. The free roaming with guns and cars, the semi super hero feel to it all make it compelling. Very Spider man or predator flavour in that respect.
It has much from an RPG with a huge area to explore and the more you play the better you get. The online experience looks like it has a more MMO element to it with Co-op. For a demo to be able to stand up to this free roaming nature and to not get lost of wonder what to do next is an achievement.
Sometimes I would rather just get the full game rather than get dissapointed by a bad demo of a really great game. In this case though its going to be a must purchase. Off to order it now.

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