Game: The crew 2
Gentlemen, start your engines… Rs 3,999; PS4, Xbox One, PC
Raising adrenaline levels online
Released back in 2014, “The Crew” gave us a story that was nothing short of drama. Despite the weak narrative, it was an incentive for the player to complete races even if only to advance the plot. However, the same can’t be said of their latest instalment, “The Crew 2”. The game’s story is passable with underwhelming voice acting, but this time around what is, perhaps, considered the game’s saving grace is that it focuses on races and the vast open world that the player can explore. “The Crew 2” is an ode to American motor sport and the ultimate goal in the game is to become the champion of Motornation and gain social media followers by performing stunts and winning races across various motor sport disciplines such as street, off-road, drag, and drift, etc, to name a few. The races are spread across the United States around iconic areas to suit the different race types. For instance, you’ll find racing on the busy roads of New York City, off-roading at the Grand Canyon or performing acrobats above Lake Mead. The races are fun with easy controls and ample nitro boost. The rubber banding AI , however, does tend to take away from the gameplay.
Just like the plethora of racing options, the game also allows one to choose from a variety of vehicles. Players can drive cars, motorcycles,
boats or even planes and we’ve got some decent vehicle options from BMW, Audi, Mazda, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, KTM, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, and many more. One of the good things we like about the game is that you can swap the preferred vehicle on-the-fly with the Fast Fav feature. Tap a button on the controller and players can seamlessly jump from their favourite car or bike to a boat or a plane in Freedrive mode.
So far as customisation goes, “The Crew 2” offers a boatload of options to change or add the vehicle’s decals, rims, headlight and taillight designs, and more. Upgrading the car’s performance is fairly easy as well. You earn “loots” by completing events or find the performance parts scattered across the map. The upgrades, depending on their rarity, will enhance the performance of the vehicle.
The game features a scaled down map of the United States and, give or take, it takes around an hour to drive from coast to coast. The world is bustling with activity at busier, touristy destinations but a majority of the map seem lifeless. Vehicle detailing is great like its real counterpart.
“The Crew 2” does not support split-screen multiplayer but, given the mandatory online nature of the game, you come across other players in the game world you can compete with or add up to a four-player crew to explore the USA .A player-versus-player mode (PvP) will be added soon as well.
“The Crew 2” is an arcade-racer and if you’re looking for realism, you may want to look elsewhere. But if exploring Uncle Sam’s land and, at the same time, having some fun with the number of vehicles that are on offer is your priority, the game will not disappoint.