Is Crackdown 3 Campaign Worth Playing?

Crackdown 3 Gameplay

One day when browsing through the games available on the Xbox Game Pass I decided to download the relatively new Crackdown 3. Prior to this, I'd never played a Crackdown game in my life. So  I pretty much went in with an open mind. Basically, Crackdown 3 is a third-person action adventure shooter that takes place 10 years after the events of Crackdown 2 in which a terrorist attack killed power around the world. In Crackdown 3 the agency traces the attack to a city called New Providence. This place is controlled by Terra Nova, a mysterious organisation. After the agency's first strike attempt fails, it's your turn as the player to dismantle Terra Nova.

A pretty game with a fairly easy to navigate open world

Crackdown 3 has a beautiful open world that is packed full of neon futuristic visuals which are super pretty. The open world its self feels fairly easy to navigate and it doesn't take a decade to get from one place to the next like some games. That being said this is obviously made easier by fast travel locations which you unlock as you progress through the game. In terms of the vehicles in Crackdown 3, there are some incredibly pretty cars in the game. I mean I found the cutest pink little motor. However, I hate driving in the game. It just feels really sloppy and I found the skill hard to level up.

Crackdown 3 Pretty Pink Car

Terrible driving

The game pretty much runs on a “skills for kills” system which means that to level up your skills (agility, strength, driving, firearms and explosive) you basically just use the skills. So for example with firearms, the more shoot and kill enemies, the more you'll up your skill. With driving to up the skill you need to compete in races. You can also go through stunt rings dotted around the map. For me because of the poor car controls, I found racing very unenjoyable. Going through the stunt rings was not much better either. 

Because of my lack of coordination, I found a few of them quite hard to complete. I even tested out to throwing the car through the ring and jumping through the ring myself whilst holding the car as a last ditch attempt to try and bypass my issue. However, neither worked although testing out both methods did give me a chuckle. I basically gave up on driving. I just disliked it so much and to this day it remains at a skill that prevents me from gaining a couple of achievements which is kinda frustrating. However, I'm not going to force myself to play something I don't enjoy.

Crackdown 3 Krill Noodles Pit Stop

Some aspects are fun but it does get repetitive

Another issue I have? The shooting. Now at first, I thought the auto-aim was a godsend. However, the more I play the more I realise that there is actually very little skill involved. Part of me kinda likes it as it gives the game a really laid back feel and it just feels fun. That being said it after a while it does get a tad repetitive and it starts to make you lose interest in the game. In my opinion, this seems to be a big problem with Crackdown 3, it gets repetitive. 

Collecting orbs, easily killing enemies with pretty much no skill and just blowing things up all contribute to the game feeling repetitive as time goes on. It just kind of feels like a bit of a grind. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy playing the game but it did feel a little old if that makes sense? Like it didn't feel like a new game because I felt like it lacked innovation and something new and exciting. I think for me personally the highlight of the game was battling the bosses. This is pretty much the only aspect of the game where I felt like skill was involved but even then it didn't feel difficult. Or even that much of a challenge. It was fun and laid back but a million times better than just going around the map collecting orbs.

Crackdown 3 Campaign Gameplay

Not terrible but not amazing

All in all, I didn't hate Crackdown 3 but I wasn't head over heels in love with it either. To a certain extent, I had a lot of fun playing the game. However, as I played more and more, I began to grow tired and bored. Once you defeat all the bosses and you're left with levelling up your skills, the game really does just feel like one massive grind. Also, just a heads up for anyone struggling with the "Justice Has Been Served" achievement, although you think you've done everything, you haven't and might be a bit confused. I know I was. Basically, if you check your targets page look at all the optional objectives under each target. You have to complete each one of those to get the achievement. I realised I was missing a Moonshine Kiosk and two Intel Fragments which didn't show on the map.

Have you played Crackdown 3? What did you think of it?
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