Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Are you missing the Need for Speed:Underground series? Well, we have been, and although there are games out there like ForzaHorizon keeping us happy in the meantime, there has been a void in the arcade-style, big-map games arena. The Crew is set in present-day America, and is based around a story in which you must take down the infamous 510s, a gang that grew up among the Detroit racing scene. You must establish yourself as a reputable street racer before you can take on the 510s in a battle that will take you on a journey with your crew over an open-world United States map. The map is so large, it has been reported that a journey from Seattle to Detroit will take around half an hour, real time. How does cruising the streets of New York and Los Angeles city centres, or cruising the beachside down in Miami sound? All that can be done on The Crew, and the world — well, America — is literally your oyster. Now, cars and car customization — we know this is what you’re hanging out to hear. Forget insanely large maps and cruising with your mates, as the reality is that all our cars are sitting and getting worked on in the garage. First off, Soufyane Brahimi — community developer of Ubisoft — mentioned in an interview that The Crew will offer the widest variety of cars ever seen before on a racing game. This permits the player to customize the vehicle to their tastes, really allowing a sense of pride and ownership in their chosen vehicle. The Crew lets players go to town on their cars. You can change paint, body kits, decals and, best of all, the power and handling. The Crew allows you to fully strip the exterior of the car away, which leaves the bare engine visible. Once the engine is visible, you can even strip it down to see how it is functioning — pretty sweet. The Crew is an RPG (role playing game) or ‘Car-PG’ as the fanboys like to say. Although the main feature of the game is the open-world map, there is actually a great story behind it which gives you a sense of purpose. Players level up their cars, similar to how you would level up a Pokemon in the Pokemon series of games, however, you can change your car between six different modifying types. In The Crew, the car is your character, and you make friends with other characters (cars). If you like these characters you can ask them to join your crew, and they will help you complete missions. Overall a great game. The Beta version came out first, to allow players to have a play and give their feedback before the full version was released on December 2.