Crackdown 2

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

  • Improves the original – 4 player co-op – Skill system
  • Little innovation – Feels empty and without depth

Crackdown 2 is the 2010 sequel to the popular 2007 game. The second game in the series maintains the open world and sandbox style features of the original and is only on Xbox 360.


Crackdown 2 is set a decade after the events of the original Crackdown game and again is set in the fictional Pacific City. The city did not enjoy the peace from the original for long with the Agency quickly falling apart and crime retaking control of the city.

In Crackdown 2 players won’t only have to retake the city from crime but also battle against the terrorist group Cell and infected agents that have gone rogue. These infected agents have been infected with the ‘Freak’ virus which turns them into mutated killing machines that are only interested in mayhem.

In terms of gameplay the game is very similar to the original with players taking control of their genetically modified agent and roaming the city from a third person camera angle. The same agent skills return in the second game which level up as players complete activities related to each skill. These skills include agility, driving, strength, explosives and firearms.


Agility is boosted by collecting orbs scattered around the city, competing in races along rooftops or using height to your advantage when taking out enemies. Strength is boosted by throwing objects or killing enemies with melee attacks. Driving is boosted by killing enemies while in a car, entering into races or performing stunts with your vehicle. Explosives is boosted by killing enemies with the explosive weapons in the game and finally your firearm skill is boosted for killings with a gun.

Crackdown 2 is a nice progression of the Crackdown series with some good improvements but at the end of the day lacks anything fresh to revive the series.


  • Second game in the Crackdown series.
  • Fight against the terrorist organisation known as Cell and the mutations of the Freak virus.
  • Level up 5 different skills as you play through the game.
  • Twisty storyline with a hidden truth for players to uncover.
  • Only on Xbox 360.



This review was first published on August 7, 2014. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.

Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>