The Crew

Plat­forms: PlaySta­tion 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Mi­crosoft Win­dows

NZ Performance Car - - Review The Crew -

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.

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