“The Crew is a revolutionary action-driving MMO, developed exclusively for next-gen consoles and high-end PCs that leverage new hardware capabilities to connect players online like never before. The Crew takes you and your friends on a wild ride across a massive, open-world recreation of the U.S.A”.
In a nutshell
The Crew is a UBI Soft game that is actually good. It’s a pioneering Massively Multiplayer Online Racing Game which takes a lot of what was great about some of the original Need for Speed Underground games to a whole other level.
This game has plenty of things to keep you busy. The standard scenario has a good 15 hours worth of game time and takes you all around the map; also there is the landmark hunt where I found I was driving to find them rather than using teleport at all. I spent about 10 hours trying to get all the landmarks in just one ‘state’.
There is also a faction aspect, where you join one of five factions (mine was ‘eagle’) and complete tasks to earn points and bucks for your faction. You also get a daily cash bounty for launching the game.
The way the car is modified or upgraded is quite unique. There are the usual garages where you can change the car, upgrade the styling, change the parts installed etc but you can also apply ‘perks’ to aid your earning / gameplay / car making / thus making ranking up easier and quicker.
Another cool element is the presence of other garages where you can change (or duplicate) the car to a different specification (street, dirt, monster truck, drag and more) which is then added to your available cars. Once purchased, more scenarios, challenges and gameplay events open up .
Tuning mods are handled by awarding an upgrade at the end of a scenario, driving challenge or event that can be equipped either on the spot to improve the car or be sent to the H.Q. for later.
This aspect does mean it is a bit more fluid when driving where you’re not stop-starting a lot. It’s quite easy to drive say, from west to east, without too much distraction as you complete driving challenges and level up.
The MMO side adds another unique aspect that is fairly easy to get into. 4 P v P markers are on the map. Go to one and you’re entered into a moderately good match-up lobby. Votes decide the location and mode type -then it’s straight to the action.
Unfortunately the game still suffers from ‘other player jump’ lag but if you get in front early it isn’t a distraction.
‘The Summit’ is a rolling competition that pits you against other players in a points-based championship which gives you specific targets to achieve.
There are 4 qualifier events throughout the month culminating in the main monthly Summit event where you can win game cash, cars and parts galore. You must pass each qualifier by completing free drive challenges.
The other absolutely brilliant thing with this game is the scenic detail. This is so well done it’s the main reason why I just like to free drive around this game and enjoy the experience. Sometimes the scenario aspect is second to just travelling to the start of said scenario. An example of the free drive obsession can be seen in the video above (along with the free drive stunts challenges on).
I recently purchased the Calling all Units DLC which adds greatly to the driving entertainment. It’s a different style of gameplay completely when being the chaser. Having lots of different scenario modes to play and PvP chase invites make a lot more sense. There’s not a massive selection of police vehicles but upgrading works the same. This also unlocked Wild Run which also means motorbikes, monster trucks and more!! I had great fun just honing in a straight as line as possible in a Nissan GT4 monster truck for 50+ miles. So, If you’require wanting to add DLC, Buy Calling All Units as it also includes Wild Run.
One last note worth a mention: I also own Need for Speed released by EA in March 2016 and bought on the day of release. I have logged 16 hours on that game and have completed the scenario. Contrast this with my purchase of The Crew around December 2015 where I currently have 52 hours logged – and it just keeps going up.