Can I play with Madness?
Nope, but you can play with friends. Up to 4 people can enter the same city and do anything they want. You can load up four Agents on a battle bus and try to jump through markers, take on Freak Lairs by yourself or team up with your friends. This is where the true fun of the game really lies, working with your buddies. Thereís no pvp protection though so be careful where you place that kick or rocket. If you tire of 4 player coop, then you can jump into team deathmatch, deathmatch or rocket-tag where you basically play CTF with a rocket. None of these modes really caught our attention for long, so we went back to coop. You can have 16 players in the adversarial modes.A bit different
Crackdown 2 is pretty ok graphically, itís not going to win any amazing graphics awards but itís functional. Thereís a good level of detail to the Agent this time and the eye candy is nice enough. Youíre not really here for the graphics though, youíre here for the ott gameplay and thatís what CD 2 has in abundance. The sound is good, the voice work is interesting and thereís enough of it to build the story as you collect the various audio logs around the city.
There are some nifty touches like the orb ping, which reminded us of inFamousí little trick with the radar. Press up on the D-pad and youíll get a brief ping of all the orbs in your location to help with finding them. There are blue orbs which give you a bonus to all your skills, and Live Orbs which are only collectible if you have a friend online at the time near the orb with you.
The music is decent enough and the whole thing comes together fairly well.
Itís a bit laggy in multiplayer at the moment, the coop world can slow down and there have been some synch issues between host and clients. Has it changed enough?
Yes and no, thereís a higher level of graphical detail, the story is a little more focussed and the overall feel is better. Thereís certainly more to do and unlock than there was before. If you liked Crackdown then Iíd recommend this in a heartbeat. If youíre used to something more GTA and so on, keep clear because the lack of a driving narrative story and the open ended nature of the game might be enough to put you off.
The truth is that collecting the orbs is hellish fun and the over top action makes it even better.