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10 Things you must know about Crackdown 2

The woodwork squeaks and out come the freaks

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IT HAS NEW TOYS
Your reward for maximum agility in Crackdown was jumping a little higher. Your reward for maximum agility in Crackdown 2 is an unstoppable bloody armoured helicopter covered in effing guns and rockets. There's an all-new Agency tank, a glide suit, an exploding duck grenade, and the brilliant UV Shotgun, which vaporises freaks and has the delicious side-effect of blasting any object in the world 30 feet. Yep, it's a pump-action bus launcher, able to fire ten tonnes of steel towards enemies and friends long before you're strong enough to do it by hand.

IT'S REALLY ANNOYING
Crackdown 2's new evasive orbs are as annoying as a thousand Justin Beibers covering Princess Superstar's Bad Babysitter while piloting a mile-high mecha-suit with the face of Andy Murray. Green orbs flee across rooftops while purple ones dart along roads at high speed, forcing you to give chase to hunt them down. They move quickly, turn on a penny, and offer such an irresistibly huge reward you'll grind your teeth down to gurning Yorkshireman levels of toothlessness as you attempt to hunt them down.

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IT HAS A WEAPON YOU'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE
Crackdown 2's Mag Grenade can tether multiple objects together with a stretchy magnetic beam. Attach one to either side of a street and another to a truck and you've built a freak smashing slingshot; attach one to a lamp post and the other to a car and you have a two-ton mace which can squish 50 freaks in a single swing. It's a weapon unlike any other and the best thing to happen to physics since the Large Hadron Collider... collided.

IT'S NOT ANNOYING
In Crackdown, like downtown LA after dark, there was always some bastard waiting to shoot you full of holes everywhere you went. Invariably, your agency vehicles barely made it out of the garage before they were minced by suicidal thugs begging for a taste of legally sanctioned superhuman JUSTICEFIST. It was rubbish, so Crackdown 2's city is filled with strategic areas which can be secured and used as a point where you can respawn with your choice vehicle valeted right to your door by a friendly chopper.

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