ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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When I wrote about The Crew a few weeks ago, half of the comments were actually asking what this game was, that was coming out on PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360! It seems that Ubisoft really haven't done a great job of marketing this particular open world driving game, which is bizarre considering how great it looks!

The game boasts an enormous map, hours upon hours of a campaign, a wide variety of customisable options and enough room for a group of friends to go wild! Naturally, it's biggest competitor will be the highly acclaimed Forza Horizon 2, though this is only an Xbox exclusive. Therefore, those who enjoy a great open world racing game will surely be getting The Crew, as there really isn't any other game of this kind on the market.

But in saying that, let's take a look at why The Crew may even dissuade Xbox owners from buying or leaving Forza Horizon 2!

The Crew: NextGen Open World on Xbox One & PS4

The Crew
The Crew

The Map

This game boasts an incredibly large and dense world for the player to explore. Travel all the way across the USA, takes the player about 90 minutes from point to point. All along the way they will encounter a variety of side quests and beautiful cars! The freedom to roam in such an enormous environment is sure to excite all fans of driving games!

Cars and Customisation

Each car in The Crew is a 20 piece puzzle. With 11 swappable performance parts and 9 cosmetic parts, your car can take you where you want to go, especially when you factor in the 5 Vehicle Specs like Raid and Perf. Players can also build cars with a tie-in app for iOS and Android.

The Crew
The Crew

All in all, I feel that The Crew has enough individuality to compete against Forza. The game looks extremely beautiful and I can't wait to plough around the US for hours on end.

Want to know more about The Crew? Here is a great question and answer session that can answer a lot of the questions you may be having regarding Ubisoft's release!

Q: Will the open world of The Crew extend to almost all towns and cities in the USA, or only major cities and capitals?

A: Even though the map doesn’t include every city, we made sure to create a recognisable representation of the United States, with major cities, small towns, and all the different landscapes you can find in between.

Q: How do you earn different cars?

A: You can unlock all the cars in the game by earning Crew Credits, which you get by completing missions and challenges. Make sure to win a lot of credits, as we have a lot of cars for you to drive!

The Crew
The Crew

Q: Will we be able to unlock the same car twice and tune each one differently?

A: Absolutely. If you love a car and want to be able to use it for different types of missions, you can do that.

Q: Can we change individual parts on your car such as bumpers, side skirts, hoods, tail lights, etc…?

A: Totally! There will be a wide range of options for car customization. Some of the things you’ll be able to tweak include: Unique stickers, colors, liveries, rims, front/rear bumpers, skirts, rear wings, motor hoods, front/rear fenders, front/rear lights, and side mirrors.

Q: How many car models are going to be available?

A: We will be revealing more cars and models in the coming weeks, so make sure to regularly check our cars section of the official website:

The Crew
The Crew

Q: Is there an option to swap a car’s engine?

A: Yes, you will be able to swap the engine of every car depending on the type of performance you’re looking for.

Q: Will there be an option for manual transmission?

A: When playing with a wheel, yes!

Q: Regarding racing wheels, will it be possible to have 900° rotation?

A: For the PC version, yes. We should be able to give you more details about the console versions later.

Q: How realistic are the car sounds?

A: All the sounds have been captured from real cars.

The Crew
The Crew

Q: How long is the day/night cycle?

A: Right now the cycle is two hours long, with 1h30 of day light and 30 minutes of night. This was set to allow the players to enjoy different atmospheres and moods and keep the experience of the game at its best.

Q: As we all know, the game focuses on online play. How will the online features work?

A: When you’re online, that means your experience and the game are in constant evolution. You’re never alone and players as always passing by you, either free roaming like you, or in the middle of a challenge. When you’re offline, your friends and other players are setting new records to the missions and challenges you just accomplished the day before. It also means that at the end of the initial campaign missions, the game is far from being over and a new experience starts!

The Crew
The Crew

Q: What will be the limit of players online?

A: There is no limit on the number of players on the map. However, and in order to avoid permanent traffic jams and to improve the experience, every player will only see seven other players around him at any time in addition to the AI cars.

Q: How many hours, approximately, will be required to complete the missions?

A: Talking about the initial campaign, about 30 hours if you’re quick and don’t go roaming anywhere.

Q: Will The Crew be available on Steam?

A: Yes, it will.

The Crew
The Crew

Q: Regarding PC resolution, are we going to get a 60 FPS for this version of the game?

A: Yes, there will be a 60FPS resolution for PC.

Are you excited for The Crew? With all of these features, I really feel like it could rival Forza Horizon 2! What are your thoughts?


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