When you start off with the opening race, the first thing you notice is the amazing graphics. Everything looks so crisp however being the opening race, it obviously won't look this great throughout the entire gameplay. Spoiler alert: It does, sometimes be

The Crew 2

By Admin    Posted on Jun 7, 2018

The Crew 2 is a sequel to The Crew released in 2014 by Ubisoft and developed by Ivory Towers. The Crew received mixed reviews upon release. Critics loved the game's open world design but criticized the always-online aspect, which created technical glitches alongside other issues and the games strange driving mechanics. The Crew 2 set out to make a better, more fun game than the original and fix any issues that the previous version had. All I can say is boy, oh boy did they manage to get that right!

 

When you start off with the opening race, the first thing you notice is the amazing graphics. Everything looks so crisp however being the opening race, it obviously won't look this great throughout the entire gameplay. Spoiler alert: It does, sometimes better depending on where you are and the time of day. But more on that later. If you’ve played other racing games, you’ll notice that the way the cars handle feels strange. It’s definitely something that takes some time to get used to. It feels very “arcadey” unlike the more simulation handling most of us are used to. The AI still feel very tethered to the character which makes the game harder, this tends to be annoying at times as well. It’s a feature most of us have always disliked in racing games.

The transition from driving to going to a boat is dizzying and confusing at first but looks amazing once you realize what is happening. The whole map bends while you get ready to take your first race onto the water. Although racing on water isn’t always as exhilarating as it is driving, it’s something different and new which you can have lots of fun with. The controls on the water feel good and taking a jump is almost always more satisfying than taking the slightly shorter straight route.

 

You are reaching what you think is a finish line, you see a plane or two fly above you, you take a turn then you start to see the world bend again in front of you that is when you just know it’s time to take your race to the sky. I, being a bad pilot in most games, was sure I’d suck at this part of the game. The controls for flying are pretty easy to learn, flying isn’t as hard as I thought, I was able to get used to it faster than expected. Being in the sky you get to see this beautiful game from a whole different angle and shows even more of this games beauty.

The opening race is already such a breath-taking experience, I just knew I was going to be hooked, this led me to pre-ordering the game. This game isn’t like any other game. You can take part in most of the events in whichever order you prefer as the whole map is unlocked; which you will find out, it is huge. In order to move further in the game, you need to gather followers by winning races or doing stupid crazy stunts on the road, water or in the air. You can fast travel to events if you don’t want to drive across the US map or drive/fly/sail your way around the map and discover the monuments and landmarks this game has. The game doesn’t force you to explore but it sure does encourage you to, and I would suggest this as well. With some amazing scenery surrounding you and so many roads to drive down, why wouldn’t you? This game has some of, if not the best, driving routes out there. They feel more natural and just give a feeling of roads you would want to take your car to drive along.

 

The game does require an “always on” internet connection which not everybody is a fan of, this is kind of expected nowadays in the newer AAA titles. You can race against other players who will be racing for the top spot but also be racing the games AI. You can also race solo if you don’t like racing against other players. While you are exploring the map, you could come across other players who will sometimes join you for a fun drive. You can invite friends with you to join a crew which will grant you more followers if you drive nearby one another.

The game has a large selection of cars, bikes, 4x4s, boats and planes for you to choose from. I can see that there will be many car packs being put up for sale in the game as future DLC's and car packs. The game has such a large choice of vehicles although it still feels like they could have added many more vehicles to the game, especially more cars. There are lots of “modding” options for the cars that would allow you to design some unique vehicles to race with. The performance upgrades are unique. You receive parts at the end of races or while free roaming, your radar will start beeping until you get closer to a performance parts box.  Many cars that I always chose as my favorites in racing games are missing and I feel as if some of them would need to be added to the game one day. With such a large list of vehicles to choose from, a majority of the players are still going to be driving cars and spending most of their time and money on cars, so this isn’t an area you would want to be lacking in.

Probably the best and most original idea this game has is being able to swap vehicles in free roam which could lead to some fun and interesting experiences with friends. You can race your friends across the map with one person being in a street car, another in a plane, somebody else in a boat and the last person in an off-road car. Which makes for some fun and interesting races that can take place. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any actual race events in the game that use different types of vehicles to race within a single race but would love to see that added to the game in the future.

The Crew 2 brought something new and refreshing to the table and has really gotten me hooked onto it already, and I have only played the closed beta over the weekend. The Crew 2 checks all the right boxes for me. It’s got a massive map that took me over an hour to travel from Miami to San Francisco. It’s got a fairly large selection of vehicles that although could be much, much bigger, it is still decent. The “modding” and vehicle upgrades are different and fun to create. The game's graphics are absolutely amazing and I’m looking forward to seeing the screenshots people will take. The handling is different but good once you get used to it. The game was surprisingly stable when it was released for closed beta and I had very few minor bugs and glitches (some pretty fun, while on my travels through a desert I found cars parked at a race event, then a deer ran through them and all I saw was cars flying everywhere when hit by the deer).

 

Open world racing games have been lacking lately with me only being able to play Forza Horizon 3. Finally, Forza has competition in this market. If you are a casual gamer that’s looking for a fun new racing game, then I suggest getting The Crew 2. It’s a fun “arcadey” racing game that has many different types of racing and allows you to just relax and drive around for as long as you like, where you would always be finding fun new roads to drive on or awesome new things to do by yourself or with other friends. The Crew 2 is being released on the 29th June 2018 for PC, Xbox One and PS4. You can pre-order it now to receive bonus vehicles and you can buy other versions of the game as well to receive other bonuses.

MINIMUM CONFIGURATION – 30 FPS: 
Resolution: 1080p 
Video Preset: Low 
OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only) 
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5-2400s @ 2.5 GHz or AMD FX-6100 @ 3.3 GHz or equivalent* 
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD HD 7870 (2GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better) 
SYSTEM RAM: 8GB 

RECOMMENDED CONFIGURATION – 30 FPS: 
Resolution: 1080p 
Video Preset: High
 
OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only) 
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5-3470 @ 3.2 GHz or AMD FX 6350 @ 3.9 GHz or equivalent* 
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB) or GTX 760 (4GB) or AMD R9 270X (2GB) or better 
SYSTEM RAM: 8GB

RECOMMENDED CONFIGURATION – 60 FPS: 
Resolution: 1080p 
Video Preset: High
 
OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only) 
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5-4690k @ 3.5 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.2 GHz or equivalent* 
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB) or GTX 970 (4GB) or AMD RX 470 (8GB) or better 
SYSTEM RAM: 8GB


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