Crackdown 2

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"I want to see another Crackdown as well. I really do."

Inside Ruffian's struggle to break free from its legacy.

VideoCrackdown 2 Deluge gameplay

First look at frantic new DLC.

VideoCrackdown 2 - Toybox DLC

Bounce beachballs, play tag with cars, etc.

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Considering Crackdown 3 is one of the few platform exclusives that Microsoft has at the moment, its showing at E3 seemed rather muted. The short campaign trailer may have had a big dose of Terry Crews, but it was surprisingly light on destruction - a feature, it turns out, that's actually limited to its multiplayer portion only.

Spencer: "UK sensibility" important for Crackdown 3

"We want to get the right team."

In May 2013 Microsoft teased a new entry in the Crackdown series with a tiny image shown during the company's Xbox One reveal event, but we haven't heard anything about it since - despite some hoping it would be announced at Gamescom this week.

Crackdown 2 developer shows first Tribal Towers gameplay

Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games has revealed the first gameplay footage of its new project, Tribal Towers.

The title sees players competing to build the highest structure.

As well as some World of Goo-style building there are other support structures to use, such as huts for extra villagers who aid your construction, or a sawmill to process wood.

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Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian announces Tribal Towers

Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian announces Tribal Towers

"We're not working on Crackdown 3."

Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games has announced its new game, Tribal Towers.

It is not working on Crackdown 3, it confirmed in a blog post.

"I know, I know it's as shocking as finding out your favourite lasagne is chock-a-block with Red Rum's offspring," Ruffian co-founder Billy Thomson wrote.

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Cheap This Week - 13/07/11

Crackdown! EDF! Child of Eden!

Welcome to Cheap This Week, our weekly selection of discounted games. There's a great selection of games available for good prices this week, including two hot pre-orders for less than 20 quid apiece. If you want still more cut-price gaming, make sure to visit home of cheap games on the internet: SavyGamer.co.uk.

New Crackdown 2 DLC incoming

Plus, Windows Phone 7 spin-off detailed.

New multiplayer modes are on the way for Crackdown 2, along with a new Windows Phone 7 spin-off, developer Ruffian Games has announced,

Crackdown 2 DLC borked

Ruffian suggests fix.

Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games has outlined a fix for the recently released Toy Box add-on following reports that the DLC stops the game from working.

First Crackdown 2 add-on announced

First Crackdown 2 add-on announced

Free and paid for stuff.

Microsoft's announced the first add-on content for Ruffian Games' excellent Xbox 360 exclusive Crackdown 2, due out soon.

It's called Toy Box, and, according to the official blurb, offers free content as well as paid for gubbins.

The free content gives all Crackdown 2 owners the new Vehicle Tag mode, a level six ability reward and the Keys to the City.

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StarCraft II US sales monstrous

StarCraft II US sales monstrous

Best-selling game in July.

Blizzard's science fiction real-time strategy game StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty obliterated sales of all other games released in the US in July, NPD said.

It sold an eye-watering 721,000 units at retail. StarCraft II was released on 27th July, so those sales were achieved in just five days.

StarCraft II is the fastest-selling strategy game ever.

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Crackdown 2

Crackdown 2

Ping!

It's powered, and powered brilliantly, by some big fat contradictions. Crackdown 2's built from an epic move set, with every jump, roundhouse and ground-pound crafted to make you feel utterly heroic - but all of that's blended with a satirical narrative that slyly undermines you at every step.

Its seamless four-player co-op provides access to intoxicating multiplayer chaos, but it's stuffed inside a design that works at its very best when it's tempting you towards an evening of lonesome rooftop exploration.

And, yes, up close, it's a game of jagged edges and over-stretched textures, but that's in order to power the most expansive - and most essential - draw distance in modern gaming: a vista three islands deep that allows you to plan your next jackbooted disaster without muddling through mini-maps and pause menus.

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Ruffian planning "disruptive" openworld

Reckons other openworlds are a bit samey.

Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian has said it wants to make a "disruptive" game that advances the openworld genre in a way that its peers so far have not.

Three years on from its release and Realtime Worlds' Crackdown still commands an incredible level of respect from committed Xbox 360 gamers, and we count ourselves among its many fans. Indeed, the very first Digital Foundry feature in the now-regular Saturday slot was a tech retrospective of this very special game.

It's been a long time coming. Crackdown is something of a fan favourite for many Xbox 360 owners, and the confirmation of a much-delayed sequel from Ruffian Games was some of the most exciting news to emerge at last year's E3.

Crackdown 2 demo today

Features Demo Achievements.

Ruffian Games' Crackdown 2 may not be out until 9th July, but a demo version of the Xbox 360-exclusive third-person openworld effort is due today.

Crackdown 2

Freak in the morning.

Pacific City has seen better days. It once was a thriving metropolis filled with sleek skyscrapers, a booming oil and gas industry and highways buzzing with traffic. Now it lies broken, destitute and for the most part eerily devoid of pedestrians. Things were hardly better when the place was run by three massive crime syndicates, but at least you wouldn't get shot by terrorists who claimed they were fighting your corner, and you could go out at night without being stomped on by a mutant.

Crackdown 2

Killing in the name.

By now you've had time to read part one of our interview with Crackdown 2 producer James Cope and development director Gareth Noyce. Although, you know, fair enough if you haven't. It's only our livelihood.

Crackdown 2

Part 1: James Cope and Gareth Noyce explain the trailer's implications.

Crackdown, famously, snuck up on people. Saddled by a Halo 3 multiplayer beta, everyone assumed it was a bit cack, only for it to be anything but. We loved it.

Crackdown 2

Sequels equals kills, Agent.

Perhaps the best way to define your more violent kind of game is by whether it gives you tools or props. Uncharted 2, dynamic and enthralling as it is, gives you props. Even its guns seem to have been designed specifically to get you through the next bottleneck of set-pieces, before the developer flings you in another direction. Crackdown, however, provides tools - items and ideas that are good for all manner of experimentation or chaos. Or perhaps that should be toys rather than tools - its developers, after all, insist on calling Crackdown 2 a toybox, rather than a sandbox.

Crackdown 2

Double agent.

Making the sequel to a blockbuster hit must be tough. On the one hand, you've got to keep the existing fanbase happy by offering more of what made it a hit in the first place. On the other you're expected to be all innovative and bold, and come up with fresh ideas which will attract new admirers without annoying the old ones. And on top of all that you've got to fix everything that was wrong with the original, make the visuals prettier, construct a new plot, create new characters, invent new weapons... No wonder George Lucas struggled.

First Crackdown 2 info surfaces

4-player co-op! Deathmatch! Helicopters.

US magazine Game Informer has exclusively revealed the first detail on Crackdown 2, Microsoft's Xbox 360 action sequel in development at Ruffian Games, a splinter of original studio Realtime Worlds.

E3: Crackdown 2 MP player counts

Competitive and co-op numbers.

We're still waiting for the away team to report back on this one, but in the meantime Xbox.com reveals that Crackdown 2's multiplayer options include competitive support for up to 16 players and co-op for up to four.