Crackdown 3

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Average open-world action is fun but repetitive.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

While agents with special powers take on terrorists, corrupt politicians, and other enemies of freedom, the heightened focus on combat and destruction overwhelms the positive messages of the gameplay.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You can play as more than 20 different agents -- each with their own special abilities -- but the main character is modeled after actor Terry Crews (“Commander Jaxon”). He's nearly killed at the start of the game and you work to rebuild his strength and abilities, as he fights against opposing threats. While a likable character who wants to do good, Jaxon and others inflict pain and death on many people.

Ease of Play

The game is simple to interact with, although it starts with a mandatory 20 minute tutorial to familiarize yourself with the controls. The captions are very small and difficult to see at times, so you might miss some instructions, but it wont take long to figure out what to do and how to do it.


While it’s somewhat cartoon-like, combat is the main gameplay focus. You experiment with your weapons, special abilities, and the environment to kill enemies and move onto additional missions or parts of the urban map. You’ll use handguns, machine guns, laser blasters, bombs, and more, along with the ability to hurl people and objects. There's blood and blood splatter in battle, but not too much gore. Some cut-scenes show people screaming in pain as they're vaporized.


There's no nudity, but it does contain some sexual material, including some adult signs in New Providence, like “XXX Smut,” “Lust” and “The Hot Room: Everyone's Naked, Your depravity is our desire.” There's also sexually suggestive lines of dialog, like “My purchases are all booze, lube, junk food and porn,” “[He] was Niemand's former 'hump-buddy,” and “I'm not paying that much just to get an STD.”


Frequent use of swearing, including “motherf--ker,” “f--k you,” “holy s--t, “a--hole,” “sons of bitches,” and many more.


The game's main characters is modeled after and voiced by actor Terry Crews, who also stars in the promotional materials and commercials for the game. This is the latest installment in the franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the main antagonists smokes a large cigarette or cigar, and dialogue refers to alcohol and drugs, sometimes as the person consumes it or destroys it.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crackdown 3 is an action game for the Xbox One and Windows PCs. It's the latest game in the Crackdown franchise, which features a lot of superhero-like endeavors against human opponents. The game has a heavy focus on combat, using modern-day and futuristic weapons and abilities to kill human enemies -- and there's blood and blood splatter often seen during and after skirmishes. Enemies may cry out in pain, die in explosions (though no gore's seen), or be seen vaporized in cut-scene movie sequences. While there isn't any nudity in the game, there's lot of sex-related signage in this city, as well as sexually suggestive lines of dialogue that comes up. There's ample profanity as well, including words like “f--k,” “mother--ker,” and “s--t.” A character smokes a cigar or a long cigarette, and there are also comments about drugs and smoking that are occasionally scattered through the game, either when a character is destroying the items or using them.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15-year-old Written byMemeAdict May 5, 2019

It’s not as bad as you would think

This game is for ages 10 and up, its fun but pretty violently made. I still stand by 10 years of age
Adult Written bySneakyKid2009 March 9, 2019

it's really good

fun, action packed shooter. I think its for kids 12 and up
Teen, 15 years old Written byYungteen February 14, 2020

Fun, a bit repititive though

Wrecking zone is fun and the campaign is good. It’s mostly just violent and has language but 13 year olds can handle it

What's it about?

In CRACKDOWN 3, you play as a super-powered agent out to take on a ruthless criminal empire called Terra Nova in the futuristic city of New Providence. At the start of the game, you're out to exact revenge for being nearly incinerated by these criminals. By upgrading your skills and abilities, and swapping between other agents fighting to obliterate this terrorist regime, you take on many missions -- on foot or behind the wheel of a vehicle -- in a huge interactive world. You can choose where you’d like to go in this “sandbox” game, with a non-linear approach to quests, most of which are optional. Along with the single-player campaign, which can be played solo or in co-op mode, Crackdown 3 also offers a couple of competitive multiplayer games in what it calls its “Wrecking Zone” battle arena. The two head-to-head games you can play at launch are Agent Hunter and Territories, with a strong emphasis on destruction -- virtually everything on the maps you can destroy, which can also be used in a tactical manner to eliminate your competition.

Is it any good?

While fun, accessible, and there’s a lot to do in the game modes, compared to other amazing third-person action games out there, this game really is just average with lots of repetitive play. Aside from playing as the charismatic Terry Crews (and several other agents to choose from), players will mostly enjoy the game’s verticality (there are some seriously tall buildings and other structures to climb). You'll also like hopping into transforming cars to race around the city, and the character progression system to upgrade your agent. You can imagine how fun it is to upgrade your agility to the point where you can literally leap over buildings or have enough strength to lift a car and toss it at a boss. Aside from somewhat long load times, the game’s scope and art direction are worth mentioning, and the visuals are all nice eye-candy.

So, what’s wrong? A few things, other than the previously stated underwhelming gameplay, especially when held up against other recent blockbusters. Many of the fetch-this and find-that scavenger hunt-style missions grow tiring. There's some variety, when you mix in some street racing and other assorted tasks, but there isn’t too much exciting action woven in over time. Players were promised a fully destructible game world, leveraging Microsoft Cloud, but this tech is only available in Wrecking Zone. The main story campaign doesn’t let you destroy too much (other than blowing up some objects and structures). Wrecking Zone doesn’t allow you to play with friends for some reason, so it doesn't support Xbox Live parties at launch. This is something supposedly being remedied in a future update, but it's nowhere to be seen with the initial release of the game. As a result, it's hard to not feel like there's a lot to like about Crackdown 3's open world environments, but the repetitive gameplay and limited destruction really makes it a less compelling action title.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Crackdown 3 affected by the cartoonish combat that occurs throughout the game? Would the impact be intensified if the gameplay and the visuals were more realistic?

  • Does the game need to include the focus on sexual imagery and profanity, or is this something that's included in an attempt to make the gameplay feel more mature and edgy?

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