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Free game PSA: Crackdown 2 is backward compatible on Xbox One, too

Microsoft gives up a freebie at the end of a Friday

CRACKDOWN2 Ruffian Games/Microsoft Studios

Microsoft added Crackdown 2 to the Xbox One’s backward compatibility portfolio at the end of the day yesterday and, more importantly, made it free for everyone. So run go get it.

Crackdown 2 launched in 2010. Remarkably, the Xbox 360 exclusive has not yet been offered on the Games With Gold service, so this really is a new free game. The download is only 3.39 GB.

Crackdown 2 wasn’t poorly reviewed, but it failed to capture or extend the buzz that followed its predecessor, a breakout hit when it launched in 2007. Microsoft gave away the original Crackdown in early February, but that was one of the first games offered on Games With Gold, coming in August 2013, the service’s second month. So most folks already had it.

Crackdown 2 does not appear to have the Xbox One graphics enhancements that accompanied Crackdown’s re-release in February. Neither the Xbox Marketplace listing nor the Backward Compatibility program page make any mention of it.

Crackdown 3 launched Feb. 15 for Xbox One (and is available on the Xbox Game Pass service). It has clocked it with disappointing aggregate scores around the 60-ish range. We called it “a playpen of combat and destruction” that is “undermined by frustrating design compromises.”

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