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Xbox 360 Game Review: Crackdown 2

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Or mix it up with Freaks and Cell rebels alike using your fists when you run out of bullets— levelling up your Strength through melee combat will allow you to launch a powerful ground strike that smashes anything around you. The same principle applies to upgrading your Firearms and Explosives abilities, which allow you to use ever more powerful weapons to wipe out your enemies. Nothing beats unleashing a barrage of rockets and cluster bombs and Boom! Instant urban renewal.

You can also max out your Driving attribute by running down Cell members and Freaks rampaging on the streets — doing so will allow you to raise your Driving skill in order to unlock more powerful Agency vehicles, like a tank that fires rockets. It is a pity that the Agency helicopters, which are playable, are so hard to get to — and worse, harder to fly around when compared to helicopters in say, GTA 4.

The freedom to do what you want is essentially there; You can just let loose and roam about Pacific City, armed to the teeth with your armoury of guns and launchers to wreck havoc — on the criminal elements, that is.

See those guys on the floor? I had to lay down the law

Other side-quest distractions include the destruction of Freak lairs and Cell bases littered throughout the city, and races — including on foot by leaping over rooftops, and vehicular races that will have you clearing checkpoints on the bus streets. One addictive feature for gamers with a collection compulsion: Hunting for the hundreds of glowing orbs located in Pacific City.

Agility orbs that enhance your ability to jump and run like a human beach volleyball are littered around rooftops, while Hidden orbs will reward those who like to explore every nook and cranny in the city. There are also several floating Agility and Driving orbs that you have to chase before you can catch them.

Of course, if you’re a card-carrying Xbox Live Gold member, you can team up with friends for co-op action — or go online for more PvP thrills.

In a nutshell, this game will burn away weekends and plenty of weeks too, if you get deep down to crack down on all the missions and quests both offline and online.

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