Crackdown

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

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 16 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJL31 April 18, 2020

Great Game

Old but great! It’s for kids that are 10+ for sure!
The game has violence but great!
Adult Written byAnonymos June 23, 2019

Great game

Creo que este juego es apropiado para los niños porque es divertido. el que no deja que el niño reciba el juego no quiere que el niño se divierta
Teen, 13 years old Written byJack lambert June 13, 2014

the game is good there is some blood and some swear words but its is a very fun game but its quite old now

good game but some blood and some swearing but nothing a 13 year can,t handle
Teen, 13 years old Written byRandomtaco327 May 24, 2014

Great, but know your kid

If your son/daughter is mature enough, let them play. If you think they are not immature

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
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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