Ubisoft are all over the news as of late...well the gaming news anyway. With their ever continuing controversy surrounding Assassin's Creed Unity, Ubisoft have no opted to allow players to access all of the DLC for free for AC Unity, or if you've bought the season pass you can actually get the likes of Far Cry 4 for free!
While this is most definitely a cool idea, it's upsetting to see that Ubisoft is still getting away with this. I mean, if a game is broken, who's going to want the DLC so they can play it some more? Of course, the free game offer is excellent, but something like that should be available for those who are stuck with a broken game too. Ubisoft sold us out, and they shouldn't get off lightly.
But that's not the only game of there's that's been getting some attention. Of course, Far Cry 4 is awesome, and everyone is having a great time with it, but The Crew got some intriguing news a few days ago.
Ubisoft came out and discredited all reviews that go up before the initial release of the game. This sounds like awful news, like AC Unity all over again where a publisher desperately attempted to conceal how awfully unfinished their game was. Thankfully though, they appear to be doing it for all of the right reasons!
Ubisoft maintains that this game is meant to be experienced with the whole world playing it, not just a few devs and reviewers. Thousands of players zipping around their enormous map, that's the way The Crew is supposed to be played, and reviewers will be experiencing that first hand when we all go out and grab the game.
It's great that gamers get the chance to experience a game to its full potential at the same time as the likes of IGN! But how does this fair for Ubisoft's game in comparison with all of the other driving games we've had this year?
Forza Horizon 2 vs The Crew
When it comes to open world driving games, we demand two things: a massive map to explore and serious customisation. Thankfully, The Crew boasts both of these aspects. 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 map will take players a whopping 90 minutes to drive from east to west, and all along the way they will encounter side quests and races to take part in. But of course, Forza Horizon 2 has over 200 cars in the game and a massive world for players to explore too. So how will The Crew stand out and make its mark?
The game features a 30 hour campaign, an unlimited number of online players, sound effects recorded from the actual cars and an impressive day/night cycle (Right now the cycle is two hours long, with 1h30 of day light and 30 minutes of night).
I feel that we have a seriously great contender for top position this year with Ubisoft's The Crew. Forza Horizon 2 brought NextGen driving to the Xbox One, now let's hope that The Crew can bring it to the PS4 (DriveClub isn't that great). I feel like this game could be impressive enough to have players who own Forza on Xbox One to grab a copy of The Crew when it's released next week!
Here's just a short Q&A session that highlights some of this game's greatest features!
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: 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: 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!
Will you be grabbing The Crew next week? Let us know in the comments!