Game Trailer of the Day: Sandboxing a Crackdown

crackdown-sandbox.jpgNext week, my man Jason McMaster will be reviewing Crackdown from GigaGamez’s unique point of view. Meantime, here’s an interesting comparison of trailers for the highly anticipated, sci fi-tinged, gangsters-versus-
mercenaries slugfest for the Xbox 360 out this week. There’s a number of versions on YouTube, and thanks to the video site’s View Count, you’re able to see which one gamers are watching most— and by inference, what about the game excites them most, too. As of today, the official trailer (watch here), which depicts Crackdown as an acrobatic, car-borne shoot-em-up,has been seen a paltry 1,435 times. But then you notice there’s another, unofficial Crackdown video that’s been seen over 50,000 times, and it’s all wacky stunts, crashes, and automotive noodling.

It’s a six minute demonstration of Crackdown’s appeal as a “sandbox game”, a world with enough open-ended, physics-enabled gameplay to gaurantee dozens of hours of inventive fun outside the straight-up game. It’s the element that made the Grand Theft Auto franchise so phenomenally successful. (Unsurprisingly, lead developer on Crackdown is David Jones, who created the original Grand Theft Auto games.) What’s strange is how little the official trailer promotes that element.

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