Ubisoft has had a very strange month in November. Looking back on it, it had some of their worst mistakes while demonstrating some of their greatest attributes. Assassin's Creed Unity has received no end of criticisms. Its glitches are abounding, its review embargo time was a disgrace and now Ubisoft is launching a campaign to give everyone Far Cry 4 for free if you bought AC Unity's season pass in order to apologise.
With this mess aside, we have Far Cry 4. This is a card that Ubisoft can only play once, as the game is essentially Far Cry 3 times ten. Far Cry 5 is going to have to expand upon everything we've seen in these games and give us something fresh and exciting. That being said, I can't get enough of the adventures in this campaign, and co-op is an insane delight. I highly recommend Far Cry 4!
Now that we've moved to December, Ubisoft is ready again to unleash their next game: The Crew for PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. Reviewers have been advised against reviewing the title until everyone is flying around this map at top speeds together on December 2nd. But we have an idea of what's in store, check it out!
The Crew Review on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 & PC
We've had a chance to fly around The Crew's enormous map for a while, and with all that it has in store, racers may be in for a treat. This game was due back in March of this year, yet, like Watch Dogs, it was hit with a delay and then yet another delay. All of these issues were due to its online functions, as managing that many players in one world is sure to be a challenge.
Unfortunately the same delay treatment wasn't given to Assassin's Creed Unity, so has it payed off in The Crew's favour?
For those of you that haven't had the opportunity to give the game a try at its beta testings, the game feels and looks fantastic. The controls are responsive and gave me, along with Forza Horizon 2, the closest feeling of control to Gran Turismo I've seen in a racing game.
Zipping around this map is a lot of fun, reviewers are sure to comment on the variety of pristine looking cars, the great crash simulations and the awesome sound effects. It's a game that looks and feels great. The graphics shine on the PS4 and Xbox One, but the PC is, as always, is in a realm of its own. It feels particularly great with a racing wheel on the PC as 900 degree rotation is possible.
The campaign in The Crew is over 30 hours long, and from what we've experienced, it's you regular driving campaign, as in there's nothing too interesting going on here. Though there is great variety in the mission types, from timed challenges to traditional races and the story isn't that bad!
Though there is plenty to do with regards to The Crew's campaign, we know that no one is going to be praising it in their review. Where the real magic lies, is out in that extraordinary map.
It takes you an incredible 90 minutes to get from east to west in The Crew, and in that time you drive through the entire day/night cycle. The sunsets are stunning, the rain is beautiful and the ever changing environments, from cities to deserts is always a pleasure. The map is dotted with mountains of quests for you to take as you travel its varied environments.
The map is populated with recognisable landmark locations, such as New York and other large cities, and then even small towns and canyons. It's an effective representation of the US landscape.
We know that reviewers are going to praise this world and its map. There is an endless degree of challenges laid out before you, and once the servers go live at 12 tonight, you can expect that this beautiful world will really come to life. Ubisoft know how to create a great map. With only a few devs and reviewers driving about at the moment, the sense of scale is sufficiently diminished, but I have no doubt that this will change.
Though Ubisoft has said that we'll only be able to see 7 players at a time, therefore this really is the big factor that we can't comment on yet, but we'll update the article once the reviews are out!
There really can't be any complaints in the car department in The Crew. With the option to create your own vehicle in the tie-in app for Android and Apple devices, you can expect that you'll never become bored with your car. This is only emphasised by the degree of customisation!
You can change you car's entire engine and the degree of additional options is endless, with the likes of unique stickers, colors, liveries, rims, front/rear bumpers, skirts, rear wings, motor hoods, front/rear fenders, front/rear lights, and side mirrors.
With all of this in mind, The Crew has shaped up to be a great driving game so far. Obviously we can't release our review yet, but there is certainly enough here for fans of driving games. Be sure to check back here as we update the article on the review roundup for Ubisoft's The Crew!