The Crew 2 review: A game for every motor enthusiast
The game starts off by introducing you to the fictional social network called Live.
Game for PS4 & Xbox One (Rs 3,999), PC (Rs 2,999)
Motor enthusiasts have a lot to choose from when it comes to games. It's an easy way to 'sort of' experience new vehicles. Apart from the millimetre-accurate in-game vehicles, game developers typically go to great lengths to give gamers the proper experience.
This means officially licensing the vehicles from the original manufacturer, recording actual engine sounds, faithfully recreating the actual dials/dashboard and also carefully simulating how the actual vehicle handles on the road. Ubisoft's The Crew 2 has done all this and more! It's a sequel to the first edition from 2014 and they have loads more vehicles, actual open world gameplay.
Probably something that will excite motorheads is the inclusion of multiple types of vehicles: you'll be driving exotic cars, flying acrobatic airplanes, riding motorcycles and zipping along in high-power speedboats.
The licensed vehicles number in the hundreds and you'll spend a lot of time collecting, customising and upgrading the ones you own. The game starts off by introducing you to the fictional social network called Live. You're a young, unknown racer who's supposed to amass followers on Live and earn credibility by pulling stunts and winning different races/events.
Pretty standard stuff and they're probably trying to address a younger audience with these additions but the experience is not as compelling as we had hoped. We also found the interface sort of clunky in the sense that we often stopped dead in the menus, wondering what to do next. All the quirks aside, what we can tell you is that game visuals are just mind-blowing.
You're in the Continental United States and you can drive through accurate game versions of big cities or duel it out on the Rockies. If you just feel like taking a drive/ride along a famous route, you can do it. There are four different motorsports families (street racing, pro racing, freestyle, off-road), each with their own set of disciplines.
As you move up in the rankings and 'virtual' popularity charts, you'll unlock more vehicles. We played it on a PS4 Pro with a 4K HDR screen and the visual experience is the best you can get from a racing game on this console right now. If you're into racing games and want to experience competitive events on land, sea and air, this is what you should get.