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

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

FeatureCrackdown Community Q&A

Phil Wilson talks directly to our readers. Dunno why we bother.


She has a Halo. We really do adore her.

There is a special kind of halo around the things games do that they don't really have to. The radio stations in GTA, or the fact that the GPS disappears when you go through a tunnel. The tinkle of shell-casings hitting the floor in a shooter that you would assume is too brisk and frowny for such distractions. The plaque you sometimes find by monuments on the battle royale island of Fortnite. These things don't define a game, but they quietly help to make things feel richer. They are signs that someone cares, and maybe, even, that somebody was having fun thinking of the fun that you would one day have in the worlds they were making.

FeatureCrackdown on Xbox One X makes a classic game even better

Prettier and smoother - and the action is still immense fun.

It's still brilliant. It really is. And on Xbox One X, Crackdown is even better than you remember it. The 2007 classic scales up wonderfully to 4K resolution, but the biggest takeaway here is that, remarkably, the gameplay still holds up - it's still utterly superb. I picked up the game exactly where I left off - with a tooled up, maxed-out Agent ready to take on the final gang left in the game, the villainous Shai-Gen. What happened next is Crackdown at its best: absolute carnage on the streets of Pacific City, urban warfare on a simply spectacular scale. It is - quite possibly - the best 1.50 I've ever spent on a game.

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.

I didn't expect much of Crackdown. I wanted a next-gen GTA and while this shared the same pedigree, it was about fighting crime rather than causing it, and spoken of mostly as a means to get into the Halo 3 beta. Keenly aware of my inability to keep up with Halo players, I steered clear, and it wasn't until a few months after release that I was persuaded to pick up a second-hand copy.

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.

APB and Crackdown dev collapses

Realtime Worlds' games to be sold on.

Realtime Worlds, developer of ABP, has gone into administration the first word coming earlier this afternoon from an employee via Twitter.

Digital FoundryCrackdown As You've Never Seen It Before

A technical retrospective with HD video.

In the first of our technical retrospectives, Digital Foundry takes a look at Crackdown on Xbox 360. Two years on from its release, it remains an intriguing game: still state-of-the-art in some respects, but superseded by competitors in several others. It's also fair to say that from a gameplay perspective, it remains one of the single most wonderful games you can play on Xbox 360. A brand new copy can be bought for a pittance now, so if you're a newcomer to the Microsoft console, it's a must-buy.

Realtime talking Crackdown with Microsoft

Sequel unlikely to go elsewhere.

Crackdown developer Realtime Worlds has said it's in "ongoing discussions" with Microsoft following reports that Crackdown 2 is being developed by a new studio, Ruffian, formed by ex-RTW staffers.

Crackdown DLC problems

Saved games disappearing.

The latest Crackdown downloadable content included a bug that's been responsible for resetting saved game files.

Crackdown DLC live

Keys to the City await.

The two downloadable content packs and title update for Crackdown are now available on Xbox Live.

Crackdown DLC screenshot

New vehicle, new gametype.

Realtime Worlds has been teasing us about Crackdown downloadable content for a couple of months now, but this week community liaison "Agent G" offered us a genuine glimpse of it - courtesy of a screen-capture posted on the official forums.

Crackdown on bugs in progress

With patch to prove it.

A patch for Crackdown should download automatically the next time you run the game while you're hooked up to Xbox Live, if it hasn't already.

Crackdown producer talks DLC

Will include boss-reset fix, new MP modes. Flying stuff?

Elsewhere on the site this morning is a very enjoyable Q&A with Crackdown producer Phil Wilson, who fields your questions about the game - and sheds a bit of light on what to expect from the forthcoming downloadable content.

FeatureCrackdown Community Q&A

Phil Wilson talks directly to our readers. Dunno why we bother.

Crackdown was released by Realtime Worlds in February to critical acclaim and excellent sales. The game scored a well-earned 9/10 on Eurogamer with Tom Bramwell informing us that it was his '...favourite Xbox 360 game of recent times' [still is - Tom Bramwell, for it is he]. The game has also generated one of the most popular threads on the Eurogamer forum, with members discussing their tactics and sharing the fun things they find to do in the world of Crackdown on a daily basis. With this in mind, and some Irish soda bread and a crate of Guinness in the post, producer Phil Wilson thus agreed to answer some of the community's questions. Given that the Guinness had been handed over before he answered any questions, we can't guarantee the coherency of his answers. Then again, we can't guarantee the coherency of our questions.

FFXII holds off Crackdown

PS2 exclusive claims top spot.

Two format exclusives have gone head to head in this week's charts - with the ageing PS2 beating the next-gen Xbox 360 to the number one spot.

More agents for Crackdown

Well, kick us off a building.

Xbox Live may have popped out for a smoke, but when it comes back in you should be able to get your hands on four free new agents for Crackdown, which is due out this Friday.



She has a Halo. We really do adore her.

Mr Publisher pays the bills, and Mr Publisher wants a GTA game. What do we make? Well, let's have bigger guns than GTA, obviously. Let's have faster cars. Let's have more swearwords. And, I dunno, protection rackets? A better lock-on camera? It's not like you can do much else in a city!

If GTA games were an entrance exam for developers, that would be the wrong answer. The right answer would be something like Crackdown, and would involve taking people who submit that kind of answer, kicking them 50 feet into the air and juggling them with heat-seeking rockets for bonus points.

The difference between GTA and Crackdown isn't that you used to be a villain and now you're a cop. It's that you are the Incredible Hulk of cops. You start off a complete weakling, except you can already leap 15 feet, throw cinderblocks the length of a cricket square, and regenerate your health in-between absorbing hails of bullets. No wonder nobody messes with you. Well, everybody messes with you, because they're programmed to, but you like it that way. It gives you an excuse to kick them off the tops of buildings.

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Heroin' up.

It's GTA in the future. Or how about: GTA where you're the cop. GTA with superheroes perhaps - but like 2000AD superheroes, not Marvel superheroes. It's a cel-shaded GTA. Right, GTA with 2000AD-style cel-shaded superhero cops from the future. Will that do?

MS offers Halo 3 reassurance

Says entire first shipment of Crackdown features invites.

Microsoft has reassured gamers worried about not finding a Halo 3 beta invitation in their copy of Crackdown.

It's Crackdownload time

Real Time Worlds' demo now up.

As promised, Xbox Live Gold members can this morning say hello to a playable demo of Real Time Worlds' Crackdown.

Crackdown demo delayed

Will appear before end of Jan.

Those of you expecting to test-flex genetically enhanced muscle today will now have to wait until the end of the month for the Crackdown Xbox Live demo.

More ways to get Halo 3 beta

More ways to get Halo 3 beta

Including one that's not US-only.

If you are one of the many Eurogamer readers from across the pond who previously tried but failed to gain entry to the spring Halo 3 beta, do not despair! Microsoft has announced a further two additional paths to make your virtual dreams come true.

Your first option is to log into Xbox Live and play through three gruelling hours of Halo 2 online, between Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, 12:01 a.m. EST and Feb. 3, 2007, 11:59 p.m. EST. If your confidence still hasn't been shattered by twelve year-old toilet-tongued bratlings, then head over to the Halo 3 website and be one of the first 13,333 gamers to register for the "Rule of Three" program.

Failing to do this will leave you with only one other choice for now: to buy Real Time Worlds' co-op crime-busting title Crackdown. It's released across the US on 20th February, and in Europe on 23rd February, with certain marked copies of the game acting as keys that will let you download the required Halo 3 beta data from Xbox Live Marketplace.

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Crackdown in February

Demo in January.

Get rid of the dirt on the streets using your own brand of Flash-cleaner, as Microsoft announces a 23rd February release date for crime-battling title Crackdown.