Crackdown Demo Goes Live

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After experiencing some slight issues during the certification process that delayed last week’s intended release, the single-player and cooperative demo for Realtime Worlds’ Crackdown is now available to Gold members on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Weighing in at a hefty 1.24 GB, the demo allows players to explore every corner of Pacific City, the gang-laden metropolis you’ll clean up throughout the game, but you’ll have a limited time frame to work with.

Thankfully, the rate at which you upgrade your skills has been conveniently sped up, allowing players to mess around with many of the superhuman powers the enforcers of The Agency use in their day-to-day crime fighting. The single-player portion of the demo gives you up to 60 minutes to patrol the city, and you’ll be leaping between rooftops and using cars as weapons long before your time is up. If you choose to tackle the streets with a friend, you’ll be given free rein until you’ve upgraded two of your skills, after which a 30 minute timer will count down your remaining time in the city. Whether you choose to go it alone or with a partner, the ample demo provides plenty of time to familiarize yourself with the game. Xbox Live Silver members will have to wait another week before getting in on the action.

Crackdown is scheduled to ship on February 20, and specially marked copies of the game will include an invitation to the Halo 3 Multiplayer beta test this spring. For more information, check out AMN’s previous coverage.