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Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360BETS - — Omar L. Gal­laga

‘Crack­down 2.’ The orig­i­nal ‘Crack­down’ was a sand­box game like ‘Grand Theft Auto 3,’ but it turned out to have more ac­tion and crime-fight­ing thrills than you might have ex­pected. The se­quel con­tin­ues in that open-world vein with more co-op and mul­ti­player modes, a larger city to ex­plore and ways to com­bine gadgets to max­i­mize your may­hem. Rated M for Ma­ture. $60, for Xbox 360.

‘Dragon Quest IX: Sen­tinels of the Starry Skies.’ The lat­est edi­tion of the turn-based role­play­ing game is the first to be de­signed first for a por­ta­ble con­sole. It also al­lows four play­ers to team up over a wire­less con­nec­tion. Also on of­fer: ex­tra down­load­able quests. Rated E-10+ for Ev­ery­one 10 and Older. $35, for Nintendo DS.

Also out this week: ‘Mon­key Is­land 2 Spe­cial Edi­tion: LeChuck’s Re­venge’ (down­load­only for Xbox 360, PlayS­ta­tion 3), ‘Shin Megami Ten­sei: Per­sona 3 Por­ta­ble’ (Sony PSP), ‘Mahjong: Jour­ney Quest for Tikal’ (DS), ‘Ti­tanic Mys­ter­ies’ (DS, Nintendo Wii), ‘Big Beach Sports 2’ (Wii), ‘The Cages: Pro Style Bat­ting Prac­tice’ (Wii), ‘De­spi­ca­ble Me: The Game – Min­ion May­hem’ (DS, Wii, PSP, PlayS­ta­tion 2), ‘Nurs­ery Ma­nia’ (DS), ‘Tour­na­ment of Leg­ends’ (Wii).

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