Goddammit. Apparently when I showed off that lackluster Crackdown 2 multiplayer gameplay video last week, there were four other far more interesting videos of the programmers giving GameTrailers a walkthrough of the game. This pisses me off, because that video sucked ass, and yet my love of Crackdown is so absolute that I ran it anyways. I toyed with the idea of not running this video in order to prove something to somebody, but that I saw the new mag grenade, which… well, I don’t want to spoil what you can do with it, except to say it’s hilariously violent if used improperly, which is of course all you’ll be using it for in Crackdown. The gas tanks are also a nice touch — although this video will be a total tease unless there’s some kind of cheat code that allows you to also generate as many of them as you want. You can find the other three Crackdown 2 walkthrough videos here, although none of them are nearly as wonderful as the one above.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.