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  • Summary: Engage in a relentless ride to infiltrate and subvert the 510s, a gang that has come to power around Detroit's illegal street racing scene. Your mission? Build up your reputation in the secret racing scene and sabotage their activities city-by-city all across an open world United States.Engage in a relentless ride to infiltrate and subvert the 510s, a gang that has come to power around Detroit's illegal street racing scene. Your mission? Build up your reputation in the secret racing scene and sabotage their activities city-by-city all across an open world United States. Maneuver through the crackling streets of New York City and Los Angeles, drive through sunny Miami Beach, or trek through the grand plateaus of Monument Valley. Each location comes with its own set of surprises and driving challenges to master. On your journey you will encounter other people on the road - all potentially worthy companions to crew up with, or future rivals to compete against. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Dec 8, 2014
    85
    Taking the good and weighing it against the few negatives or things I would've changed or added, The Crew carves a name for itself amongst the ranks of long standing racing series with one quick motion.
  2. Dec 15, 2014
    82
    The size of the world is stunning and it's a good racing game, but the controls and the little bit disappointing multiplayer mode are the reasons it's not a great game.
  3. Feb 7, 2015
    75
    Rating The Crew is problematic, because you can look at this game from two perspectives. In view of some simplifications and scripted moments it will not delight those in search of pure racing. Those who appreciate large open worlds however will be overjoyed. [01/2015, p.70]
  4. Dec 5, 2014
    70
    The Crew is a big sandbox with very good ideas, but it's a game wrapped up in issues. The driving is uncomfortable and the physics deceive your cars.
  5. Jan 14, 2015
    70
    The Crew is not without issues, but still offers a lot of fun: the pleasant driving model and huge world encourage exploration. It's during the free roaming that the game spreads its wings and offers real breadth.
  6. Dec 8, 2014
    70
    One of the most exciting racing game environments for years, unfortunately bound to a slew of dull races and superfluous story.
  7. Jan 5, 2015
    55
    It’s a fun distraction for the short term but unless this is the kind of meal you’d like to eat three times a day for the next twenty five years, you are going to find yourself not quite sated by what The Crew has to offer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 92
  2. Negative: 30 out of 92
  1. Dec 2, 2014
    10
    Epic. It's NFS Underground 2 on Steroids ! And MORE. Beautiful on PC.
    Solid effort from Ivory tower, a lot of time has gone into the cars
    Epic. It's NFS Underground 2 on Steroids ! And MORE. Beautiful on PC.
    Solid effort from Ivory tower, a lot of time has gone into the cars themselves. and adding or changing a part can really make all the difference in the world, the map is gigantic I mean really big, driving from city to city you can get the sense that every thing feels different depending where you are, Physics done right, Handling done Right, customization done Right, End Game Content done Right, Take My Money !
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  2. Dec 9, 2014
    10
    A mind blowing game. The likes to which i have never come across my entire life. The map is huge, probably the biggest so far in gamingA mind blowing game. The likes to which i have never come across my entire life. The map is huge, probably the biggest so far in gaming history. The game is so immersive that one does not feel like quitting. To be honest one can never get enough of the game. The detailing is spot on. The multi player is super fun. Every aspect of the game is stellar and awesome. A once in a lifetime experience and a must play for racing buffs, don't miss it for the world. Expand
  3. Dec 8, 2014
    9
    I played this game for about 20 hours already, 12 of them with XBOX360 Steering Wheel and i found that this game os more amazing than iI played this game for about 20 hours already, 12 of them with XBOX360 Steering Wheel and i found that this game os more amazing than i expected..

    You can choose if you ride to your destination or just teleport, good thing for those who doesn't want to waste time to race, just jump into action, but first you need to go near it so you can unlock in the map.

    Really nice graphics, the world is well made, kind of low amount of people on the streets but it's not even a bad thing, since it's a race game.

    For those who liked Test Drive Unlimited and Underground 2 or have a steering wheel, you should probably buy this game.
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  4. Apr 1, 2015
    7
    The Crew is a hard game to review for the sole reason that your enjoyment of it is based solely on what you're looking to get out of it. ItThe Crew is a hard game to review for the sole reason that your enjoyment of it is based solely on what you're looking to get out of it. It features one of the largest free-roam maps in any racing game with a drive straight through the middle taking a good hour to complete - not to mention a run around the perimeter! The map is scattered with mini-challenges called 'Skills' which you can enter seamlessly. These keep you busy, and are worth doing considering they offer fairly decent upgrades to your cars. Skills can be found just about anywhere, which is impressive considering how huge the map is. What's more impressive is that, despite the maps massive scale, the level of detail is consistently high right through. Not to mention just how pretty much of it is, which brings me to the visuals. I found The Crew ran very well on my system, Ultra detail at 1440p and 60fps with only a few drops - this is impressive, because The Crew is absolutely gorgeous. I likely spent more time with my jaw on the ground taking screenshots than I did actually playing the game. The games driving physics are fun, a fairly realistic driving model but still very accessible to casual players. There's also plenty of content to keep you busy, expect to be playing this for a while! Unfortunately, now we come to the low points. Firstly, the games story. The story itself isn't terrible, I found it somewhat reminiscent of NFS: Most Wanted. However, it made a few crucial mistakes. It's biggest issue is that it rushes through the opening scenes which set up the ENTIRE GAME in a matter of a few minutes. The story is, a dude named Shiv kills your brother who you knew for all of two minutes (In which he called you an **** and then frames you for it. You're going to spend the whole game getting revenge for that. Because the game fails to set itself up, it falls flat on it's face right off the start line and drags itself along for 10 hours or so trying to convince you to care. But you don't. And you won't. The plot serves it's purpose in keeping the game moving forward however, and it certainly does a great job of showing you the world in the timely manner, having you dart from place to place every few missions. As far as the plot goes however? Total failure. Another flaw is the games list of cars. A large amount of vehicles are locked away as paid DLC, and those that aren't are quite few. Without having counted them, I daresay there's around 30 - 40 cars included in the price of the game. Make no mistake however, the roster is a strong one, quality over quantity you could say, but even so, it's not a great amount to choose from. Above everything already stated, The Crew has one more flaw - the biggest flaw of all. That's that it lacks an Offline mode. Being able to play The Crew relies on having an internet connection. It also relies on The Crew's servers being online, which occasionally, they aren't. It also relies on uPlay's servers being online, which, to my surprise, are frequently down. In short, the planets need to align for you to be able to enjoy The Crew and when they do, it may not be for long. In addition to availability frustrations, the game lacks any kind of 'Private' mode. In short, if you're playing the game, everybody else can see you. Everybody else can ram you off the road. Everybody else can spam you with race and crew invites. And god forbid you have friends with the game, because they'll be hassling you to play with them regardless of whether you want to play with them or not. So really, there's no being antisocial with this game. Despite being able to complete the game without any interaction with other players whatsoever, the game will offer you no way out of having to put up with them anyway. This wouldn't be so much of a problem if the online features were good, but they're really not. They're very cookie cutter, 'seen-it-before' stuff. It more or less lifts Test Drive Unlimited's multiplayer features and does nothing to modernize or improve upon them. So in summary, the multiplayer isn't really all that new or fun, but you have no choice but to put up with it anyway. So, back to the first sentence of this review. The Crew is a hard one to rate because it largely depends on what you're wanting to get out of it as to how you're going to enjoy it. If you enjoy open world racing games with pretty and detailed scenery and lots of open road to cruise, you'll probably love The Crew. But if you're looking for a highly complex single or multiplayer driven racing game, or a highly realistic one for that matter, you're going to be disappointed. Put simply, The Crew is open world porn. The kind of game where you can drive for hours in with no real goal in sight. Beyond the open world appeal however, it can be somewhat lacking although not morbidly so. The Crew isn't a bad game, just some parts of it are mediocre. Some of the other parts however are simply exquisite, so don't discount The Crew because of it's luke-warm reviews! Expand
  5. Dec 6, 2014
    5
    The whole concept idea and the dream is real. But the is not optimized for PC. If you have a console buy it don't buy if for PC. A lot of bugsThe whole concept idea and the dream is real. But the is not optimized for PC. If you have a console buy it don't buy if for PC. A lot of bugs have to be fixed. This game requires support not because it need new content but to better what is already there. Expand
  6. Jan 17, 2015
    4

    The same as the most recent Ubisoft's titles, this game is also under-cooked. The game ends up being decent single player driving game.

    The same as the most recent Ubisoft's titles, this game is also under-cooked. The game ends up being decent single player driving game. Game is quite fun for a few 10 of hours, but don’t expect to have fun with late game multiplayer! Not worth 60 eur!
    A few cons and pros:



    + driving: sits nicely between simulation and arcade feel. Similar to older NFS titles, similar to CMR DIRT and a like improved TDU2.
    NOTE! Rocks are **** Very poorly coded! Imagine them as springs… yes you just fly ridiculously…
    NOTE! Nitro is stupid. It just spins your wheels. Does not matter in which gear you are. Very hard to control!



    + hardcore mode: you have to be constantly careful how you accelerate, so you don’t lose grip. Every bump in the road counts, which makes it feel nicely realistic.



    + roads: have a nice realistic feel to them. You can't really drive in a straight line all of the time. Different surface has different road quality, which gives you a bit of randomness when driving on them.



    + map: really big. From city corners, to curvy mountain snowy roads, to flat straight highways, jumps, etc… awesome!



    + FPS stability: on 60 with my gtx 970 and 3570K, all maxed out expect aliasing FXAA, other types are causing me frame drops.



    + graphics: overall nice. They have too much quality downscale when cars are far away and when you travel fast. “Pop-in” – you can see it all over, cars spawning in like 700m in front of you. Sometimes you see a lot of nothing “behind the scene” (over a building).



    + engine sounds



    + cinematics



    - story: decent at most, nothing really special



    - driving conditions: Day/Night cycle, no weather!!



    - vehicles: to few cars, probably reserved for DLCs…



    - Ubisoft’s “””cinematic look”””: You have to options: lock to 30 or 60 fps. You can not unlock it…



    - DLCs: no problem gamers, Ubisoft has you covered. As much DLCs as your wallet can handle! So you they can continue “develop” bank account their game.

    - multiplayer: unbalanced matchmaking, queue’s approx. 5min, you can’t really play then until you max your car. You can not queue for specific type of vehicle. You can race in P, C, S road vehicles or D, R offroad. Type is chosen by PvP lobby leader, which is chosen on random. Random driving conditions. Cars in multiplayer are ridiculously close with performance.



    - “skill” challenges: on its own they are fun, but when you add traffic it becomes a mess. Very luck based! You need “Platinum” level parts to level up your car, so you can compete in multiplayer. Luckily once unlocked, you can buy them straight from the shop for your new car.
    There are also leaderboards for this challenges, which combined with traffic is a bit ****
    When you retry a skill challenge, it spawns you too close to challenge start, which sometimes require you to go back for more speed.
    Ghosts for specific reward are sometimes broken.



    - racer car AI: AI is ridiculously horrible! They are crashing all the time. You can be glad if they don’t hit you and make you crash. Horrible! And how did developers compensate on this matter? They implemented “catch-up” system. So AI in short: Crash, catch up, crash, catch up, make you crash, AI wins.



    - cop car AI: OP as **** You can not outrun them. You are supposed to do as much turns as you can.



    - game UI: game shows you all of ten players on the map on your screen. You can also see those stupid names in the center of the screen….



    - traffic: minor compromise. Spawning in and out. Make a U turn and the car which just passed you is nowhere to be seen

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  7. Jan 23, 2015
    0
    The game is broken, there's no other way to put it. Devs aren't answering on the forums and no fixes are in effect. I couldn't've done thisThe game is broken, there's no other way to put it. Devs aren't answering on the forums and no fixes are in effect. I couldn't've done this more poorly if I was drunk and/or high. Expand

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