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author: Darius Matusiak

A wannabe fighter pilot, racing driver, and a spec-op; an adventurer and a space marine – hence, a gamer. I’ve been playing games since Wing Commander, and writing since Destiny.

15 Most Disappointing Games of Previous Generation

Big hype often means a lot of disappointment. Will these developers learn from their mistakes? We recall the games of the current generation that have failed us greatly.

Crackdown 3

  1. Developer: Reagent Games / Sumo Digital / Xbox Game Studios / Microsoft Studios
  2. Release date: February 26, 2006
  3. Platforms: Windows PC, Xbox One
  4. Metacritic average: 54/100 (users: 2.8/10)

In the old days, Crackdown was a pretty good game, so you might have been very pleased with the announcement of the third installment - back in 2014! However, subsequent years passed and all we got was either poor information about the game or on further delays of the release date. Crackdown 3 eventually was released not at the beginning of a console generation, but at its end in 2019. The gameplay was similar to what we knew from its predecessors, that is, it was mainly about wreaking havoc in a futuristic metropolis, all from the third-person perspective with the addition of the online competitive mode.

Where did Crackdown 3 go wrong?

The series of misfortunes started with the constant delays of the release date - and, just as a reminder, this is a game conceived probably even roughly before 2014. As a result, we got a game that took players to the old era of the previous generation, where the very fact of an open world inside a game was key while filling it with interesting content - not so much. The gameplay was tedious and boring - it consisted mainly of completing similar missions, over and over again Crackdown 3 felt like an Xbox 360 game that someone forgot to release on time - and the archaeological find only saw the light of day on Xbox One. Much, much too late.

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