On the topic of Microsoft cancelling this game because they knew it was going to be sub-par, I would imagine they considered it but there was just no way that was going to happen. Not only would it have been more bad press over another cancelled game, they'd already made SUCH a big deal over this game in particular. They'd pinned their entire "Power of the Cloud" gambit on this title. Cutting the cord would have meant a ton of explaining. Besides, they still need games for their service, even if they're not very good.
Also, this "the critics just don't get it" theme a few people are running with seems kind of silly. I'm sure the critics get it, they're just not particularly crazy about it. Personally, after watching gameplay video, this looks like the kind of game I'd get bored with in under an hour. It's like the superpowers game-play of Saints Row 4 but without all the other awesome stuff that made that game a blast to play. If a game like that is a Happy Meal then a game like this would simply be an order of fires and a cup of water--for the same price.
I can imagine why someone might like this game. However, I can very easily see why more people would find it boring or underwhelming. When a game simply gives you the same thing, over and over, with no real personality or substance beyond more of the exact same "mindless fun", I think a low score is justified. Honestly, if someone gave it to me for free on PC, I probably wouldn't even download it.
Well MS can't just focus on what the critics enjoy per se. I mean Sea of Thieves has apparently become a big hit in spite of the critics.
I question if MS anticipated Crackdown 3 would get reviews this bad, because I genuinely feel it delivers what Crackdown fans wanted. Perhaps that's why MS gave out Crackdown 1 multiple times, just to tell people they're doing more of that for the most part.
I mean I understand why games like Recore or Lucky's Tale didn't review well. Although, when a game Lucky's Tale reviews better than Crackdown 3, well I begin to feel reviews just don't matter for this game.
Crackdown 3 for X1S/X1X (4/5) - Infinity Blade III - for iPad 4 (3/5) - Infinity Blade II - for iPad 4 (4/5) - Infinity Blade - for iPad 4 (4/5) - Wolfenstein: The Old Blood for X1 (3/5) - Assassin's Creed: Origins for X1 (3/5) - Uncharted: Lost Legacy for PS4 (4/5) - EA UFC 3 for X1 (4/5) - Doom for X1 (4/5) - Titanfall 2 for X1 (4/5) - Super Mario 3D World for Wii U (4/5) - South Park: The Stick of Truth for X1 BC (4/5) - Call of Duty: WWII for X1 (4/5) -Wolfenstein II for X1 - (4/5) - Dead or Alive: Dimensions for 3DS (4/5) - Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite for X1 (3/5) - Halo Wars 2 for X1/PC (4/5) - Halo Wars: DE for X1 (4/5) - Tekken 7 for X1 (4/5) - Injustice 2 for X1 (4/5) - Yakuza 5 for PS3 (3/5) - Battlefield 1 (Campaign) for X1 (3/5) - Assassin's Creed: Syndicate for X1 (4/5) - Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for X1 (4/5) - Call of Duty: MW Remastered for X1 (4/5) - Donkey Kong Country Returns for 3DS (4/5) - Forza Horizon 3 for X1 (5/5)