About this game
Developer: Reagent Games
Content Rating: Mature
Enter Crackdown 3’s sandbox of mayhem and destruction and become a Super-Powered Agent dedicated to Justice by any means necessary. Explore the heights of a dangerous futuristic city, cut through gang-infested streets in a transforming vehicle, and wield amazing abilities to dismantle a ruthless criminal empire. Developed by original creator Dave Jones, Crackdown 3 will deliver cooperative chaos and an all-new multiplayer mode where destruction is your ultimate weapon against friends and rivals online. Whether you’re playing the all-new Campaign or enjoying a truly revolutionary competitive experience, you’ll never look at open-world gaming the same way again.
Critic Reviews48 Reviews
Dave Aubrey — Feb 16, 2019
Crackdown 3 is a weird one to review, because it feels distinctly out of date. The delays and changes in direction have resulted in a modern game with design sensibilities that feel over a decade old, but they hold up incredibly well. While not a long campaign, the time I spent with Crackdown 3 was a lot of fun and it's an easy recommendation to fans of the original. Just make sure to play as Terry Crews to improve the experience.
Colm Ahern — Feb 14, 2019
The mission structure is repetitive, the story’s utter wallop, and the baddies are there for shooting practice. But, damn it, it’s fun being an over-powered superhero scaling a building in Crackdown 3.
Jenni Lada — Feb 15, 2019
In 2019, it feels like something that has been done many times before by plenty of other developers. It can feel like a wasted opportunity. Terry Crews is here, but he isn't given a chance to really steal the show. (Which is what we know he does best.) It isn't well organized, when it comes to missions and following the story. What is available works well enough, but it doesn't do anything to really set itself apart in a way you would expect from a AAA, first-party game.
Jeff Gerstmann — Feb 14, 2019
I don't think I'd call Crackdown 3 an awful game, but I would call it dated. I don't know enough about this specific game's development to know what happened here, but I do know that this specific game feels like something that would have been better received had it been released several years ago. At the same time, Crackdown 3 fits reasonably well on Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass service.
Tom Orry — Feb 15, 2019
Crackdown 3 isn't an instant hit, but after a slow start it rapidly builds into an action-packed shooter with brilliant character control and movement. While orb collecting is the key for prolonged play, the campaign in Crackdown 3 is always entertaining and visually there's a lot to appreciate if you look at the bigger picture. Crackdown is back. Shame about the multiplayer Wrecking Zone, though.
Will Borger — Feb 14, 2019
The long-hyped destruction is almost non-existent in this mode. And, in a personal pet peeve, it doesn’t have local co-op. What a waste. And yet I can’t deny that I had a great time with it, especially the further into it I got. Crackdown 3 isn’t a perfect game, but it’s a good one. It could stand to be a bit more consistent, but that’s always been this series’ problem. And no matter who the developer is, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Brett Makedonski — Feb 14, 2019
Crackdown 3 is a good Crackdown game, which, unfortunately, doesn't mean much anymore. Modern game design has surpassed the Crackdown model by leaps and bounds -- as high and far as an agent can jump. The most remarkable thing about Crackdown 3 is how unambitious it is. It's content to come off as dated, like a relic from a bygone era. That can be comforting in a way, but it's immeasurably more disappointing. Crackdown 3, just like its kin, is only a distraction and nothing more.
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William Schwartz — Feb 14, 2019
While it’s hard to recommend anyone taking the plunge for the full, new game price, the fact that the game will launch into Xbox Game Pass is going to make it tolerable and accessible for most. As something that comes free with your subscription to the service, it might be worth seeing the short campaign, but there just doesn’t seem to be enough game and good enough content to warrant experiencing this release any other way.
Alex Santa Maria — Feb 18, 2019
Not every game needs to be eying your wallet at every turn, hopeful that you’ll pump in one more quarter. Video games need more junk food. We need more weekend flings, more unimportant guff, more nonsense. Crackdown 3 is exactly that, a forgettable romp that offers fun with no strings attached. In the coming age of streaming, I feel that we’ll see a lot more Crackdown 3s filling out those various subscriptions. That doesn’t have to be such a bad thing.
Jordan Oloman — Feb 14, 2019
Crackdown 3 is bonkers chaotic fun but also a case of wasted potential. The series deserved an iterative revival but instead, we have the tried-and-tested Crackdown backbone with remastered visuals and a touch more chaos, sadly squandering the promise of its few interesting additions in the process
Brandin Tyrrel — Feb 14, 2019
On paper, Crackdown 3’s single-player campaign checks all the boxes that made the original an enjoyable game – but playing through it is about as exciting as running down a checklist and becomes downright repetitive after the first few hours. Its second-to-second combat is uninteresting outside of a couple of boss fights, and even though there’s a compulsive satisfaction to be had in crossing off its many itemized activities, it's never any more than that.
Bradley Russell — Feb 14, 2019
But that’s the crux of the issue: Crackdown 3 has had years of build-up and, well, it’s just Crackdown with a tiny bit of new-gen polish. That’s not a bad thing, not by any stretch, but in a February dotted with potentially fantastic releases, it’s going to be an ultimate forgettable one.
Elton Jones — Feb 14, 2019
The cel-shaded visuals gives Crackdown 3 the signature style it needs, which looks great as a part of the environments and architecture featured in the single-player campaign. However, the unfinished feel of the multiplayer mode’s main map leaves a lot to be desired. The high destructibility factor lends Wrecking Zone that sense of addiction that keeps you playing beyond its launch, however.
Garrett Drake — Feb 16, 2019
Overall, Crackdown 3 feels like an Xbox 360 title running in 4K. In small doses, the action’s a lot of fun. I love jumping around the city and blowing stuff up, but I can’t imagine this is the follow-up fans deserve. I hate to say it, but Crackdown 3 would more than likely pale in comparison to other open world games released over a decade ago like Infamous, Prototype, and Borderlands.
Ashley Bates — Feb 18, 2019
Though there are moments here that’ll bring a smile to your face, Crackdown 3 is crammed with ideas and game design choices that were done better over a decade ago. Just play the original game and wash your hands of this version.
Logan Moore — Feb 14, 2019
Likely the best part about Crackdown 3 is that the game is finally out and we can quit collectively asking questions about when it’ll arrive. Microsoft, in turn, can also just move forward and focus on future first-party titles rather than having to worry about this shell of a game any longer. Crackdown 3 should have been great, and I wanted it to be great, but now I just really don’t want to talk or hear about it anymore.
Kevin Dunsmore — Feb 14, 2019
It’s with Wrecking Zone that Sumo Digital stretches their wings thanks to the chaos of destructible environments, but the glaring lack of content and missing features makes it more of a curiosity rather than a fully fleshed out mode. Crackdown 3 is fun to play in bursts and the perfect Game Pass title, but its adherence to the original game’s formula holds it back from achieving greatness.
Riley Constantine — Feb 14, 2019
Crackdown 3’s story shortcomings extend to Wrecking Zone, the game’s multiplayer mode. Wrecking Zone may seem ambitious with its crumbling destructible cityscapes rendered by Microsoft’s Azure Cloud, but it currently only features team deathmatch and a mode where you have to hold a piece of territory, the sort of basic distractions that would have been in a launch game on PlayStation 2 decades ago.
A.J. Maciejewski — Feb 19, 2019
Crackdown 3 is far from a bad game but it also isn't necessary in this day and age. That being said, if you want to feel nostalgic for sandbox games from a decade or so ago then it's definitely worth checking out.
Ken McKown — Feb 21, 2019
Crackdown 3 is exactly what I wanted. That is most glowing praise I can give it. I loved the original game, I really despised the second one, and this entry brings me back to what made that original so special. It never attempts to stray from being the big stupid sandbox it sets out to be. While not pushing the series further it does great at respecting the source material. For those that have Gamepass this is a treat. Download it and play it. For $60 though I feel like the price tag might be a touch much.
Michael Goroff — Feb 14, 2019
Crackdown 3 is just more Crackdown. For some players, that will be enough. But compared to what Crackdown 3 initially promised, what we ended up with seems lacking in depth and destruction. When it’s good, like with its boss fights, there’s nothing like it. Unfortunately, there’s just too much filler, and with its most exciting feature demoted to a fairly minor multiplayer mode, Crackdown 3 just isn’t the step forward that it could have been.
Chris Pereira — Feb 16, 2019
Leaping high through the air across rooftops and collecting orbs--which still feature one of the all-time great sound effects--is fun and rewarding, because that pursuit has a direct correlation to further improving your jump height. Lifting large objects and chucking them at foes is likewise an entertaining alternative to typical gunfights. Just like in its predecessors, these two superpowers are the primary source of what entertainment there is to be had in Crackdown 3.
Sam Chandler — Feb 14, 2019
There’s a time and place for games like Crackdown 3. It’s not bad by any means, it’s even quantifiably good and enjoyable. However, while games can be lauded for not following trends, there’s a difference between carving your own path and simply not innovating. You will have a blast playing Crackdown 3, but it won’t stay with you after the credits roll and even the 1,000 orbs to collect might not keep you playing.
Dominic Leighton — Feb 14, 2019
Crackdown 3 manages to escape its troubled development in style, offering up a somewhat safe return to the superhero cop action of its predecessors in a bright and unpretentious campaign. It feels like the perfect antidote to some of the more bloated open world experiences of recent years. You can also briefly revel in the Wrecking Zone’s glorious destruction, even if all that fancy cloud tech simply leaves you hungry for what the game could have been.
Evan Norris — Mar 09, 2019
There's a solid core here, imported from the Xbox 360 days, of high-octane arcade action and sandbox chaos. Individual moments and encounters are often thrilling and gratifying. Yet the items surrounding the core—story, game world, mission design, art direction—drown out a lot of the good stuff. If you're a huge Crackdown fan, this could make for a diverting weekend, especially with an online friend. Everybody else should approach with caution.
Kieran Harris and Ketil Skotte — Feb 14, 2019
Those looking for a simple retread of 2007's Crackdown may come away from this one feeling satisfied but we found little here that grabbed our interest and helped to propel the series forward. The repetitive mission structure and dated visuals hurt the experience for us even if we did have fleeting moments of joy snatching orbs and causing chaos across the city.
GameCentral — Feb 14, 2019
Crackdown 3 should never have been released. The campaign is barely mediocre and the multiplayer is a travesty compared to what was initially promised. The underlining tech may well be viable in the future but it should’ve stayed in a test lab somewhere, until it worked properly and could be used in a game that takes full advantage of it. It is possible to eek out some fun in the campaign’s co-op but for what was supposed to be one of the Xbox One’s most important exclusives this is a crashing disappointment.
Jed Whitaker — Feb 14, 2019
If you’re wanting to play something that feels and looks like more of the original Crackdown for around 10 hours, this is your game. If you are hoping for something that feels like what you’d expect for an open world AAA game released in 2019 for a current generation console by a first party, this is objectively not it.
Brandon Yeager — Mar 04, 2019
Crackdown 3 is a refined improvement over the previous two instalments. The single and co-op campaign modes are super fun, and the jumping and combat systems give our character a real feeling of power and invincibility which transfers well to the player. Visually appealing, fast-paced and tons of missions to complete, I would recommend this game to anyone, not just fans of third-person action games. While not revolutionary, it is still a great example of its genre.
James Mitchell — Feb 15, 2019
Crackdown 3 is without a doubt the best Crackdown yet. It successfully builds upon the previous two games to offer an open world experience that, while formulaic, is still incredibly enticing. This is in part due to the very flexible combat system, which offers heaps of different ways to be as destructive as possible. It’s structure has been seen before, sure, and as such Crackdown 3 doesn’t break ground in many ways, but it’s still such an enjoyable experience that I’m not sure it entirely matters.
Kosta Andreadis — Feb 19, 2019
Especially when played co-operatively. Because this note comes in the form of the Singularity Grenade, obtained once your Explosives skill hits Level 5. A grenade that creates a vortex of suck to draw in enemies, co-op partners, and vehicles alike and then send them flying in a purple pyrotechnic display of explodey goodness.
chiconuclear — Feb 14, 2019
Algunos de esos pecados o no son suyos o son heredados, pero una parte de mí quiere pensar que en esas fealdades está parte del encanto de Crackdown 3, un juego divertidísimo que sabe estar a la altura del peculiar legado que dejó la primera parte, a la vez grande y minúsculo, a la vez importantísimo e irrelevante.
Daniel Quesada — Feb 14, 2019
Mantiene todo lo que hizo divertida a la franquicia: acción desenfrenada y un sistema de progresión tremendamente atractivo. No será un vendeconsolas ni acaba de estar a la altura gráficamente, pero os dará unas partidas extracrujientes.
Rodo — Feb 14, 2019
Crackdown 3 tiene más deficiencias que virtudes. Su trama es muy simple y hasta llega a ser predecible. Aunque tiene una buena idea en el apartado estético, éste se ve mermado por el poco cuidado que se puso en los detalles. Por otro lado, el gameplay de Crackdown 3 es más caótico y frustrante de lo que se aprecia en los videos previos al lanzamiento del juego.
Alex Castillo — Feb 14, 2019
El equilibrio es inexistente aquí, es muy complicado escapar de un enemigo que ha puesto la mira en ti, tanto por la distancia a la que se puede activar como por el poder de fuego que permiten las armas predeterminadas. En conclusión, Crackdown 3 puede llegarse a disfrutar si elegimos el inicio adecuado, pero se siente un juego que no ha evolucionado en ninguno de sus componentes. No es suficiente para 2019.
Toni Piedrabuena — Feb 15, 2019
El usuario de Xbox One y PC no tiene la culpa del dramático desarrollo de Crackdown 3. Tras prácticamente un lustro desde su anuncio oficial, Sumo Digital ha pagado los platos rotos de un programa huérfano y que navegó sin rumbo demasiado tiempo. Los británicos, ajenos al sandbox, han hecho lo que han podido, y se las han ingeniado para crear una aventura que llega a ser satisfactoria tras varias horas de juego pero que no es capaz de estar a la altura de las mejores exclusivas del sistema.
Juan Rubio — Feb 14, 2019
Es un título con buenas ideas, pero que apenas evoluciona una fórmula que ya tiene más de una década, y cuyo envoltorio tampoco hace mucho por disimularlo. La Zona de demolición acaba siendo una oportunidad desaprovechada, que apenas nos ofrece alicientes para seguir jugando. En cualquier caso, vais a encontrar unas cuentas horas de diversión en Crackdown 3, y si tenéis acceso a Game Pass, creemos que tenéis que darle una oportunidad.
Mathias Oertel — Feb 14, 2019
Das Problem ist schlichtweg, dass vor allem Volition mit seinen urbanen offenen Welten von Saints Row 4 sowie Agents of Mayhem das Thema „Überzogene Action mit Superkräften“ schon komplett ausgereizt hat. Und mit diesen Titeln kann das durchweg durchschnittliche Crackdown 3 einfach nicht mithalten.
Laurely Birba — Feb 15, 2019
Les carences techniques sont beaucoup trop nombreuses pour que le jeu de Sumo Digital soit au niveau des productions actuelles, et on ne retiendra donc que son action débridée ainsi que sa B.O. lunaire qui nous aura bien fait marrer à la rédaction. L’unique point positif dans tout ça, c’est que la firme de Redmond sait désormais ce qu’elle ne devra surtout pas faire à l’avenir en termes d’exclusivités pour rivaliser avec Sony.
Jonathan Bushle — Feb 14, 2019
Crackdown 3 débarque enfin après une très longue attente. Le jeu à quelques arguments à faire valoir, mais aussi quelques défauts qui vont venir noircir le tableau. L'univers reste fidèle à celui de la saga, et il se montre même assez séduisant, avec son concept de mafia à affaiblir en faisant tomber les lieutenants pour couper l'herbe sous le pied des généraux.
Epyon — Feb 14, 2019
Avoir Crackdown 3 entre les mains aujourd’hui tient presque du miracle. Le jeu a connu un développement extrêmement compliqué et si l’on a cru pendant un temps qu’il serait finalement annulé, il a réussi à se frayer un chemin jusqu’à nous. Malheureusement, le titre de Sumo Digital souffre de nombreuses faiblesses techniques qui trahissent ses origines, et d’un game-design trop limité, qui peine à captiver passé les premières heures de découverte.
Pierre-Alexandre Rouillon — Feb 15, 2019
Après une suite particulièrement ratée ("eh les mecs, et si on ajoutait des zombies ?"), on ne savait plus trop quoi attendre de la série. Jusqu'à un beau jour de 2014 où Microsoft a transformé son diptyque en trilogie grâce à l'annonce d'un nouvel épisode. Après cinq années et quelques retards, nous voilà enfin devant Crackdown 3, prêts à bondir comme des puces dans une ville à dévaster avec le sourire.
Giuseppe Genga — Feb 14, 2019
Se avete apprezzato il primo Crackdown, questo Crackdown 3 riuscirà a darvi lo stesso tipo di sensazioni: un'azione super-frenetica in cui le maggiori soddisfazioni vengono dal processo di crescita del vostro agente e dai combattimenti più impegnativi. Purtroppo il gioco presenta evidenti problemi di design che gli impediscono di competere a testa alta con i migliori titoli della generazione, e il deludente comparto multigiocatore non è d'aiuto.
Lorenzo Fantoni — Feb 14, 2019
Crackdown 3 è come un vecchio amico che al liceo era divertentissimo con le sue battute sporche e la sua voglia di fare festa, poi lo rivedi qualche anno dopo in un locale e scopri che fa ancora le solite battute, veste allo stesso modo, ride ancora sguaiatamente e sembra divertirsi (e buon per lui!) anche se la voce gli si impasta prima e ogni tanto si addormenta al bancone. Forse lui ha capito tutto e tu sei invecchiato o forse è l’ora di andare avanti.
Paolo Sirio — Feb 14, 2019
Crackdown 3 non è un titolo impegnato e impegnativo, e questo gioca – insieme alla disponibilità dal primo giorno su Xbox Game Pass – molto a suo vantaggio visto che storicamente l’IP non ha le armi per competere contro altri colossi del genere più “seri” (se state pensando a Marvel’s Spider-Man, e all’interpretazione diametralmente opposta del genere di riferimento, non siete soli).
Денис Князев — Feb 27, 2019
Crackdown 3 есть в Xbox Game Pass — и это, пожалуй, одна из немногих адекватных причин сыграть в нее. Другая — возможность пройти сингл в кооперативе: с другом, как известно, всегда веселее. И если кому-то вдруг нравится вся эта история с зачисткой карты, третья часть Crackdown тоже может сработать — активностей, пусть и однообразных, в ней полно.
Stefan Stuursma — Mar 01, 2019
De multiplayer daarentegen kun je het best helemaal onaangeraakt laten. Met weinig indrukwekkende levels en maar twee modi is hier weinig spektakel te vinden. Het prijskaartje van 60 euro verdient Crackdown 3 met dit alles dan ook zeker niet. Wil je de game toch uitproberen, dan biedt Xbox Game Pass een uitkomst. Daarmee kun je Crackdown 3 als tussendoortje meepakken, want meer dan dat is deze shooter helaas niet.
matus_ace — Feb 15, 2019
Len ísť vpred s prstom na spúšti a nečakať nič viac. Tí mladší už budú mrnčať a nadávať na hru, no pravdou je, že nejaké kvality tu sú a zabaviť sa dokážete. Len si musíte uvedomiť, do čoho idete a nemať veľké očakávania od čohokoľvek navyše. To isté platí aj pre multiplayer, ktorý istým spôsobom budí dojem ako klasiky Quake 3 či Unreal Tournament – beháte, lietate, skáčete a bleskurýchlo likvidujete nepriateľov. Nič viac tu ale nie je.