Back in 2007, the Xbox 360 game Crackdown provided players with endless hours of explosive entertainment. Throwing gamers into an open-world called Pacific City, players had one objective while playing agents who can smash vehicles with their fists (and leap across rooftops with ease): rid the city of criminals. Many found the gameplay addictive and exciting (its basic plot aside), and Crackdown 2 (released in 2010) offered players more of the same. The player’s jumping mechanics didn’t feel as fluid, but it offered hordes of mutant enemies, and some new weapons, vehicles, and gameplay modes.
Now Crackdown 3 is finally heading to Xbox One. This time around, Crackdown creator Dave Jones and developer Reagent Games are placing players in an all-new, futuristic city, and they claim Crackdown 3 will be the “ultimate sandbox” while enhancing the “classic gameplay” the franchise is known for. Meanwhile, a gameplay trailer for Dark Souls III has also been released and it’s loaded with fantasy action.
In Crackdown 3’s first look video (which you can watch above), it is revealed that the open-world, third-person shooter will have a multiplayer mode which puts players in a 100% destructible environment. No matter how big or small a building may be, the right amount of damage will bring the structure crashing down upon other players and buildings. The video implies there’s no limit to the devastation and states how they can pull off that much explosive mayhem (aside from hiring Michael Bay, that is), stating that “By connecting to the Microsoft Cloud, play with twenty times the computational power of your Xbox One.”
If the Crackdown 3 multiplayer mode can truly handle several players running around and causing enormous amounts of destruction without noticeable slowdown, it should be fun and full of memorable, cheerworthy moments. Destructive environments sure have come a long way since 2001’s Red Faction, a game that made an impression because some environments could be destroyed and new pathways could be formed. The video also reveals that, in the crime-infested city, there’s a “dynamic ecosystem” and a “criminal hierarchy” for players to tackle. Players will just have to wait and see whether character movement feels solid like the first game or somewhat clunky like the sequel.
The critically-acclaimed, third-person action role-playing game Dark Souls II is known for its challenging combat, and this new video for Dark Souls III shows that the follow-up will of course have plenty of that. The trailer, which can be viewed above, begins with a slow and haunting buildup, introducing players to the fictional world, before revealing several clips of swift fighting. While it shows a skilled player can certainly hold their own and overcome relatively standard enemies, the video then begins to display just how violent and difficult experiences with the larger bosses can be.
In addition, Dark Souls III will feature powerful “Battle Arts attacks.” Each weapon available in the game will have its own version of that attack – and thus, can be used to plow through an enemy’s defenses, with relative ease.
Crackdown 3‘s multiplayer beta will begin this summer and the game will go on sale for Xbox One in 2016.
Dark Souls III will be released on Xbox One, PS 4, and PC in early 2016.