Crackdown 2 took Bioshock's twist and did it better

  • Published: 20 February 2019
  • Crackdown 2 has a wild twist that very few people even know about. And while it's similar to the infamous twist in Bioshock, Crackdown 2 may have done it even better.

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Comments • 728

  • Mystic Lance
    Mystic Lance  6 days back

    And Crackdown 3 Forgot Everything

    • Adrian Canete
      Adrian Canete  1 weeks back

      I'm just now seeing this after getting back into crackdown... it's funny now to think that in crackdown 2 the first audio log you pick up the agency's voice shrugs it off as "ancient history"

      • Kiah Beyer
        Kiah Beyer  3 weeks back

        Clayton when im listening to u, u sound like a calmer brian, or a stressed pat. it is so confusing bc in my head u sound like abe lincoln.

        • ThatLonelyGoat
          ThatLonelyGoat  1 months back

          Imagine beating Crackdown one, hearing that voice over " the entire world" and then loading up Crackdown 2 only to be back at the same map but less interesting and zombies. Horrible sequel to a great game

          • The Knight Von Despair
            The Knight Von Despair  1 months back

            Stanley Milgran D:

            • Madison Healey
              Madison Healey  1 months back

              Not to get political, but does ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR

              • YourAverageUser
                YourAverageUser  2 months back

                my god i only played the demo of 1 so while i had theory’s on the agency without the lack of 1s ending i could never confirm it

                • Vultrus
                  Vultrus  2 months back

                  If the point of making player characters complicit with evil organizations is to make players think about their actions and consequences then hiding that message in optional audio logs that you can't change your interactions based on undermines the whole point. Nobody playing crackdown thinks about police brutality or the CIA because they hid that message too well.

                  Just like Starship Troopers the subversion is subtextual while the main text is so loud and propagandistic that it's more likely to convince someone to join the military or police than Google COINTELPRO.

                  • Commandrogyne
                    Commandrogyne  2 months back

                    wow this is. an unfortunately familiar narrative

                    • Annaleebie
                      Annaleebie  3 months back

                      Remember that "satire needs clarity of intent" picture with that guy in the shirt? Yeah if your twist is too subtle and hard to find it won't do it's job, which is a real shame, bc that game sounds really interesting but I never would have found out without this video

                      • Jordan Spencer
                        Jordan Spencer  3 months back

                        I'd watch that movie

                        • Mr. Fondil Mabols
                          Mr. Fondil Mabols  3 months back

                          WHERE IS CATALINA IN 3

                          • Dom Guilfoyle
                            Dom Guilfoyle  3 months back

                            I love that this twist is basically just the USA's foreign policy.

                            • Vincent Celeste
                              Vincent Celeste  2 months back

                              don't go there with the USA comparison. cause that hits to many points that shows your just a anti western leftist at best and a Islamic sympathizer at worse and all degress of it to bott.

                          • StarMaverick
                            StarMaverick  3 months back

                            Am I the only one who like all crackdown games?

                            • Christina G
                              Christina G  4 months back

                              Polygon out here teaching us what to look out for in an authoritarian regime

                              • - M.D.N -
                                - M.D.N -  4 months back

                                Wait...what? I play Crackdown 1 alot , I wasn't paying attention to the story. Just blowing up stuff , and beating up the bad guys. This gives me more of a reason to mess with agents.

                                • shinobody
                                  shinobody  4 months back

                                  I believe it would be even better if there was a way to prevent Agency's plans... But hidden. Like, required you to do crazy amount of shit that isn't intuitive at all.

                                  • Entropy Spawn
                                    Entropy Spawn  5 months back

                                    "Crackdown 2 doesn't bother with the illusion of free will or giving a message. It's just a nice, subversive narrative that, IF you pay attention, rewards you with a message. Bioshock shoves it's message in your face and gives you 2 (3) choices to finish it, but, it's not as good, cause, reasons."
                                    You know, prototype kinda has the same type of subversive narrative with Crackdown, but, you don't hear anyone calling it amazing for it's final twist... makes you think how this essay was basically nothing more than a fan tribute to your favorite game. XD

                                    • animanya
                                      animanya  5 months back


                                      • Raze
                                        Raze  5 months back

                                        I used to play Crackdown 2 on my 360 which I still have right now , but it can't run Crackdown 2 anymore just because I bought it as a "CRACKED VIDEO GAME DISC" which is a second hand....

                                        • vazak11
                                          vazak11  6 months back

                                          That is hauntingly relevant, kudos!

                                          • Lance Steele
                                            Lance Steele  6 months back

                                            The fact that there's only one way to play and beat crackdown 2 actually feels like a bit of a would be cool if you could make choices in the game that let you act on what you found out in the audio logs.

                                            • Nerd Spaz
                                              Nerd Spaz  6 months back

                                              Idk about number 7 I think the agency was just trying to stop the zombies. And the public was thinking otherwise

                                              • Tyler Smith
                                                Tyler Smith  6 months back

                                                yeah but Crackdown 3 did Crackdown 1's idea except worse

                                                • some 90's boomer guy
                                                  some 90's boomer guy  6 months back

                                                  Crackdown 1 was good because of the gameplay and it was fun to eliminate the gangs.

                                                  Then Crackdown 2.... i knew something wasn’t right because of the story,I thought the agency were the good guys until then they turned out to be the bad guys :(

                                                  i will stick with CD1 forever cause why not but CD2 meh.

                                                  • Vinicius Vzr
                                                    Vinicius Vzr  6 months back

                                                    Good story, bad game, the idea is awesome, the execution was poorly, hoping for a really good Crackdown, since 3 is meh

                                                    • Joseph Pokakaa
                                                      Joseph Pokakaa  6 months back

                                                      Let's not act like Crackdown 3 was anything other than a copy paste of previous games with a new coat of paint on it... in 2019.

                                                      • british fiber
                                                        british fiber  7 months back

                                                        My brother noticed at the opening scene of crackdown 2 that the bosses watch beeped but he did nothing so he came to the conclusion on his own that the agents were bad but i never listened cause i didn't want it to be true but now after playing this game on and off since i was little i dont thint anyone can grasp how shocked i am

                                                        • Striker667
                                                          Striker667  7 months back

                                                          thank you! Friends think I'm seeing things when I try to explain the story of Crackdown... and it's significance only if your willing to look.

                                                          • RocK_LobSTer- 78
                                                            RocK_LobSTer- 78  7 months back

                                                            I remember ps3 graphics and physics

                                                            • Rob E
                                                              Rob E  7 months back

                                                              Awesome video! How about crackdown 3?

                                                              • Defintely Human
                                                                Defintely Human  7 months back

                                                                I really want the first Crackdown on PC

                                                                • Jose Osorio
                                                                  Jose Osorio  7 months back

                                                                  So crackdown 2 has one of the best stories ever told that you will never know about unless you come to this YouTube video!!! Amazing. Subscription earned!!! I just bought the bioshock remastered version a week ago. I want to say about I’m halfway through it. Even though you said spoilers I wanted to see what crackdown was all about! My brother loves the game but I was never into it.

                                                                  • Jason Violante
                                                                    Jason Violante  7 months back

                                                                    I wonder if they intended for the game to be this way from the start or they just ran with this ambiguous type of brainwashing of being the bad guy? I admit I never put the pieces together of what I was doing or why I was doing it, I felt like a peace maker but all along I was making a indirectly power controlled society from the Agency. Bad ass

                                                                    • Cameron Sinclair
                                                                      Cameron Sinclair  7 months back

                                                                      Alright so I o,aI he and completed crackdown 2 and 3 I thought they where both great games and I even maxed out my agent on crackdown 2 giving me the max lvl agent suit for my avatar and until I saw this video I thought we were good guys

                                                                      • senih yuksel
                                                                        senih yuksel  7 months back

                                                                        Nah, Bioshock's was much better.

                                                                        • Klent Foster
                                                                          Klent Foster  7 months back

                                                                          Half Life did the "free will" twist better than Bioshock and it was 10 years sooner too.

                                                                          • ChrispyAngel
                                                                            ChrispyAngel  7 months back

                                                                            what about crackdown 3?

                                                                            • JCP
                                                                              JCP  7 months back

                                                                              Biggest plot twist: Crackdown 3 was in a finished state

                                                                              • pugacraftero 17
                                                                                pugacraftero 17  7 months back

                                                                                And what happens on crackdown 3?

                                                                                • pp the clown
                                                                                  pp the clown  7 months back

                                                                                  Wow I wonder what twist there will be in crackdown 3

                                                                                  Oh nevermind

                                                                                  • Lifes a Beach
                                                                                    Lifes a Beach  7 months back

                                                                                    Crackdown 2 > crackdown 3

                                                                                    • Hectornos Monstierr
                                                                                      Hectornos Monstierr  7 months back

                                                                                      Oh, It's only a game about explosions and killing... ecxept It's not!

                                                                                      • No Skill Intended
                                                                                        No Skill Intended  7 months back

                                                                                        Wait so what im playing crackdown 3 so im i actually the bad guy?

                                                                                        • Vincent Celeste
                                                                                          Vincent Celeste  2 months back

                                                                                          I think crackdown three looks like it was a side thing for the new system the orgioal planed game of it would continue the story line on the old system as what I saw in the comments section regarding this. crackdown 4 would one think continue this.

                                                                                      • Griff Summerlin
                                                                                        Griff Summerlin  7 months back

                                                                                        BioShock is better

                                                                                        • Ryze HD
                                                                                          Ryze HD  7 months back

                                                                                          Run out of ideas that's the reason game is garbage.

                                                                                          • Andrew The King
                                                                                            Andrew The King  7 months back

                                                                                            6:20 turn on Captions "Forced laughter"

                                                                                            • DeathnoteBB
                                                                                              DeathnoteBB  7 months back

                                                                                              As a kid, I never played enough Crackdown to get to the twist, but now it makes sense why I was the cops and yet was allowed to act as if it was a GTA. Hell I _felt_ like the villain sometimes, running around, ramming into things, and shooting random “enemies” up because they were there and I could. I didn’t realize how realistically it took the twist though. It would have been extremely interesting if your Agent met Catalina and learned the Agency was straight-up lying to you and everybody else and using you as their personal weapon.