Having been greeted to a mixed reception from critics, with many reviews stating the game was too similar to its prequel, the first downloadable content has been released for Crackdown 2. Named the “Premium Deluge Pack,” the DLC adds two new game modes, some new achievements and avatar awards.
The first of the new game modes, “Deluge”, sees players defending city zones against the ever-growing waves of Pacific City bad guys, though rather than staying in one place they are required to run, drive and fly to the other zones across the city through the use of jump pads and the game’s vehicles. Agents can work alone or with up to four other players over Xbox Live in the fast-paced game mode, racking up points.
Points are earned by killing oncoming freaks, with bigger enemies earning a higher points value. Further points can be earned through multipliers and boosts, awarded for chaining kills. While Deluge is nothing particularly new, the game mode is a good addition to Crackdown 2 and incorporates the game’s unique gameplay and style well.
The second game mode is added to the Multiplayer side of the game and comes in the form of “Capture the Orb.” The game mode is a take on Capture the Flag in which players defend the orb at their base, while attempting to steal the enemy’s orbs from their base. Managing to get the orb back to the base location (which changes regularly to provide a more intense game) gains players points. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Like Deluge, the game mode is well suited to Crackdown 2 and is a welcome addition to the title.
However, whilst the game modes are to a good standard, they do come with their problems. Finding a group of players on a regular basis may prove difficult in both and if you also take into consideration that both of the game modes are only likely to receive one play and not to be played again, this is one set of downloadable content that may not have the legs to last.
It’s hard to say whether the Crackdown 2: Premium Deluge Pack is worth purchasing. On one hand, the downloadable content doesn’t contain enough new features and enough extended gameplay to justify a purchase at 560 Microsoft Points. Nevertheless, the content will be greeted well by regular players and achievement junkies looking to earn some extra GamerScore.