Crackdown

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
Crackdown Game Poster Image
Grand Theft Auto-type game on steroids.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 41 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Playing an agent instead of a criminal, you're discouraged from abusing your power. But you can still use super powers you acquire in the game to handle criminals in extra-violent ways. You're reprimanded for running over pedestrians, but you can't avoid it.

Violence

Violent, bloody, and gory, this game is not for the faint of heart. You can shoot or run over anyone you want.

Sex

Much like Grand Theft Auto, this game also has prostitutes walking the streets and includes a reference to a female gang general who uses sex as a weapon.

Language

Includes instances of swearing ("s--t" especially) and other strong language.

Consumerism

Includes more than 100 licensed songs in surround-sound.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some characters in the game use drugs, such as a gang kingpin who relies on it for strength.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this video game is laden with inappropriate content for kids. It earns a "Mature" rating for its intense violence, blood, and gore, and the ability to shoot or drive over whomever you like or throw them off ledges. Some may be offended by the stereotypical rival gangs -- there are Latino, Eastern European, and Asian organizations. Swearing includes "s--t," spewed by pedestrians you almost run over, and some displays of the middle finger. Characters use drugs, and the streets are full of prostitutes. The game offers online play.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byScott_C January 28, 2010

Appropriate For All Teens

Crackdown is one of my favorite games I have played. To start off, this is not a GTA style game! It is a sandbox game. There are major differences between GTA... Continue reading
Adult Written bySmartParent1 February 21, 2012

Great Game but This Site Over Rates Mature Games

This site over rates everything! This game is awesome but saying the game has sex in it is stupid. There is NO SEX. The game is a little violent but the "p... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byHappy Kid June 20, 2009

Yep

This site is definitely a joke.
Teen, 13 years old Written bymclaren700 March 10, 2009

HELP!!!

my mom is being totally unfair... she wont even let me talk about the game! i have fallout 3, gears 1 and 2, and halo. IS THIS GAME REALLY THAT BAD?!?!?!?!?!

What's it about?

Because of its explosive weapons, superhero-like powers and enormous 3-D city, CRACKDOWN can best be described as Grand Theft Auto (GTA) on steroids -- except now you're a genetically enhanced agent instead of a criminal. Sure, you can still carjack vehicles, shoot down gang members, and take on dozens of non-linear missions -- but you're discouraged from abusing your power, such as driving over innocent pedestrians. After you select from one of the available agents at the beginning of the game, and then choose your first vehicle in the Agency garage, you're introduced to the story surrounding three rival gangs who have turned Pacific City into an urban battleground. You also learn about the game's role-playing level-up feature that lets your character upgrade skills in five categories: agility, driving, explosives, strength, and weapons.

Is it any good?

Played from a third-person perspective, the game resembles a colorful graphic novel with its "cel-shaded" visual style. And more so than in GTA games, the Pacific City in Crackdown is quite vertical, so you will be able to climb, hang from, and scale walls, ledges, and boulders in order to best explore this huge city and perform the various missions. More than 100 licensed songs and surround-sound add to the overall immersion factor.

Have a friend on the Xbox Live network? Gamers can play online in an optional cooperative mode, allowing two agents on the scene at the same time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why these kinds of open-ended "sandbox" games are so appealing and how this game differs from the Grand Theft Auto titles. Do you like that you are an agent instead of a criminal? Do your agent's superpowers make the world he works in seem less real?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Microsoft
  • Release date: February 20, 2007
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for blood and gore, intense violence, sexual themes, strong language, use of drugs

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate