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    The Crew Preview Racing Across

    America

    http://www.gamebasin.com/news/the-crew-preview-racing-across-america

    WhatdoTheElderScrollsVsSkyrim,GrandTheftAutoVsLosSantos,RedDeadRedemptions

    WildWest,ForzaHorizonsColorado,NeedforSpeed:RivalsRedviewCountyandFarCry3sRook

    Islandshaveincommon?Theyrealltiny,minusculeplacesincomparisontoTheCrewsrecreation

    of theUnited StatesofAmerica.Ubisoftsupcoming,nextgen IvoryTowerdeveloped MMO

    CarPGmaynotcontainanexact,1to1representationoftheU.S.A,butwithover5,000sqkmof

    landmasstoexplore,eventhe largestoftheaforementioned worldscouldfit insideTheCrews

    mapalmost50timesover.Ittakesapproximately90minutesjusttodrivefromcoasttocoast,and

    thatswhilestickingtothestraightest,onroadpathavailable,inthefastestcaravailablewewere

    abletogohandsonwiththemammothracerforevenlonger(about2hours)andbarelyscratched

    the

    surface.

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    CharlyBourget,productmanageratIvoryTower,joinedtheplaysession,guidingusthroughthe

    insandoutsofthegamebeforeleadingthe(turbo)chargeinbothcompetitiveandcooperative4

    playerraces.Asalludedto,TheCrewidentifiesmoreso,inmanyrespects,asanMMORPGtitle

    thansimplyaopenworldracerwithfluidsocialintegration.AllFullStockcarsyouacquirehave

    uptoamaximumof5tuningspecsthatyoucancustomiseyourvehicletofitwithin.TheStreet

    Spec,DirtSpec,PerformanceSpecandCircuitSpecareselfexplanatory,butthenyouvealso

    gottheRaidSpec,whichfeaturesafullcrashcagechassis,upratedsuspensionandtransmission,

    skidplates,offroadtiresandmore,allowingyoutodrivepracticallyanywherewithcompetence.

    InRPGterms,considertheseyourclasses,witheachofferinguniquespecialitiesandadvantages.

    Specificpartstreatedlikelootthataresignifiedbylevelareeitherwon/earnedthroughlevelling

    up,orboughtwithingamecurrency.Around20elementsofyourcarsmakeupcanbecustomised,

    11 of which are performance based, falling under engine and chassis.

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    Withover40carsincludedinthegame,itdoesnotseemthatall5tuningspecswillbeaccessible

    foreverysingleautomobile,becausethetotalnumberofevolutions asCharlyevokesPokemon

    indescribingtoussitsataround120.However,providedthedepthofcustomisationwesampled,

    varietyshouldnotbeanissue.Andifyoureworriedaboutpotentiallyunfairmatchups,theteam

    havenullifiedsuchinsurmountablehandicapsthrough,notonlythelevelbasedmatchmaking,but

    alsobylevellockingupgrades;ergo,ifyoureatlevel30,youcantequipalevel35exhaust,instead

    being forced to send it toyourHQuponacquisition.This isespecially relieving for thosewith

    concernsabouttheinclusionofmicrotransactions.Onthetopicofmatchmaking,TheCrewutilises

    abackgroundsystemthatintelligentlycycles7otherplayersinandoutofyourgameworldatall

    times,keeping thetotalonlinepresenceat8playersconsistently,andassuringthattwowhole

    crewscanbeformedandcan interactwitheachotheratanygiventime.Priortoacceptingour

    Crewmasters invitationtopartyup,wewere introducedtothe510sastreetgangwhove

    madetheirdubiousreputationbysmugglingdrugsacrossborders,anddominatingDetroitillegal

    street racing scene.

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    Storymissionsfocusedontheplayersinfiltration,andeventualbustingofthe510s,tietogether

    theentireexperience andprovide aplot forwhy theplayer charactermust traverse theU.S.,

    starting intheMichigancapital,andendinginLosAngeles.Movingon,therewasonefinalstep

    beforegettingoutontheopenroaddesignatingpointstoPerks.AnotherRPGesquesystem,

    Perksenablebooststoamultitudeofdifferentaspectsinrespecttobothperformanceandrewards,

    e.g.,nitrouslasting2secondslonger,or5%morecashearnedfromwinningraces.Finally,were

    readytoventureontothestreetsofDetroitandbeyond.Charlyinviteseveryonetojoinhiscrew,

    whichisaseasyaspressingYatthepromptandconfirmingwithA.Fromthispoint,heisforall

    intentsandpurposes thehost,andwhateveractivityhemarkson themap,wearegiven the

    choicetoacceptonourrespectivescreens.HavingplayedTheCrewpreviouslyatEBExpo2013,

    itsclearaftermereminutesthatthecontrolshavesincebeentightenedupdramatically.Granted,

    everycarhasauniquefeel,butregardlessofthatfact,theoverallaccuracyandrealism intheir

    steering was lacking in that previous build.

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    InTheCrew,vehicleswillswervetododgeacrash,andifyoublocktheroad,theywillnotsimply

    stopandwaitforyoutomove,orscrapeagainstawallingettingpasttheobstructionyouhave

    caused.TheseA.I.citizensactuallycareabouttheirvehicles,rathermanoeuvringskillfullyinwhat

    isthebest,safestwayaround.Theirreflexesarefast,almostasifanotherplayeriscontrollingthem;

    itisextremelyimpressive.Pedestriansandanimalswillsimilarlyworktoevadeyourmetalmachine

    of destruction, although this tech has been seen inmany games past and present. Racing in

    multiplephysicalconditionsbrings theirownchallenges,but racingatnightalsoups theante,

    requiringmorefocusanddeftness.Intechnicalrespects,theresnotmuchTheCrewdoesthatisnt

    notable.WeproceededtomakeourwaydowntotheswampyBayou,beforespendingquiteabit

    oftimeinsunnyMiami.Alongthejourney,wepartookinafewofthe500skillchallengesstrewn

    throughout,comprisedof8kindsofskillgames,earningmedalsandlevellingupasweprogressed.

    Theskillgamesbreakupa longdriveeffectivelyandcanbecomearealdistraction intheirown

    right, being fun and varied.

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    Ifyougetcaughtupcompletingskillgames(asIdid)andyourcrewissickofwaitingforyouto

    arriveataracelocation,youcanalwaystacklethemsoloatyourownleisure.Theresneverreally

    any pressure to hurry, however,withmissions launchable from the invite overlay, and their

    locationsable tobeusedas fast travelpoints.Speakingof, theonly issuepresent is the level

    up/completionnoticeelementoftheU.I.,whichpopsupmidscreenwithoutpause,causingyou

    to effectively drive blindly behind it;wewere assured thiswas a temporary implementation.

    Althoughthereisplentycooperationtobehadwithevensomeskillgamesplayableintandem

    PvPandFreeForAllmissionskeepthecompetitiveedgehighamongstfriends.TheCrewcould

    revolutionisedrivinggamesforthefuture;itssocial/multiplayerfunctionalityisnonobtrusiveand

    fluidtoanunprecedentedlevelforagameofthistype,itsscopeisclearlyunmatchedand,most

    importantly,itisimmenselyfun.Wecanhardlywaitformoretimewiththetitle,andhopefora

    solidreleasedatewithinQ3tobeannouncedshortly.

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