Game Re­view — The Crew II

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Vir­tual thrill on two wheels for gamers out there

eleased in 2014, The Crew gave us a story that was noth­ing short of a 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 — and what is, per­haps, con­sid­ered the game’s sav­ing grace — 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 among a va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles. While there are a num­ber of cars, boats, and even planes to choose from, the game also in­cludes

some in­ter­est­ing bikes to suit your style. You’ve got dirt bikes to ride from KTM, a cou­ple of cruis­ers from Har­ley-david­son and in­dian, and even a few su­per­bikes from du­cati, Kawasaki, and Mv agusta.

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 cus­tomiza­tion goes, The Crew 2 of­fers a boat­load of op­tions to change or add the bike’s colour, liv­ery, fair­ing, ex­haust, seats, and more. Up­grad­ing the bike’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 about an hour to drive from coast to coast. The world is bustling with ac­tiv­ity at the busier touristy des­ti­na­tions but the map seems life­less for the most part. 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.

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