Posts Tagged ‘The Crew’

Hands On: The Crew

By Brendan Caldwell on September 25th, 2014.

The Crew will see players zooming around a huge map of the United States and teaming up with friends for various feats of speed-freakery. We sent Brendan to take an early look at Ubisoft’s ‘MMO racer’.

The open-world racer was perfected on PC in 2009. I’ll let John and Jim argue over whether it was Burnout Paradise or Fuel that holds the honour. In terms of videogame history debates, I’m happy just to get the date right. Ubisoft, on the other hand, are not a company to let such claims rest. In a couple of months they are releasing The Crew, an MMO racing game with 6000 miles of reconstructed USA to zoom around. The titular Crew is, in keeping with an emerging Ubi-trend, you and three pals, each sitting pretty in your souped up Ford Mustang, Ferrari, Lamborghini or Other.

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Overly Social Vrooms: The Crew

By Ben Barrett on September 18th, 2014.

I’ve been quietly excited about The Crew for a while. I’ve never been much into racers, preferring the arcade to the realistic and most other genres to either. Split/Second is the only one to truly capture my heart, and that love did not endure. Here, though, the combination of open world and the titular friend-clans making it easier to race with people I know are tempting. The latest trailer focuses on that aspect, going through what’s pitched as an average day in the game.

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The Crew Is Basically A Walking Simulator With Wheels

By Graham Smith on September 12th, 2014.

Oh it's set in a forest too GEEZ.

Get a load of this. In The Crew, you travel around a vast expanse of terrain for the shear joy of it, which means it’s not really a “game” at all. It’s one of those dumb ‘walking simulators’, only one in which you move quicker than in, say, Proteus. Still, Ubisoft continue to scrabble desperately to convince us that their artsy-exploration project is worth covering, most recently with this trailer touting its “social” features. Speedwalking with friends? Ugh.

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Paradise Cities: The Crew Has Lots Of Game Modes

By Graham Smith on August 22nd, 2014.

There’s a narrative arc to my interest in most racing games: at first they seem to support my interest in driving and exploration, and then slowly, bit by bit, these racing games reveal themselves to be dependent upon racing. So it is with this trailer for The Crew, Ubi’s looming open world racing game set in a shrunken, greatest-hits compilation of the entire United States. Open world! Exploration! Drive about and stuff! And then comes the missions, the modes, the multiplayer; joyful things for someone, but not for Sunday drivers like me.

Still, the game remains the one I’m most excited about, which is just straight up weird. Come watch the informative trailer.

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The Creed Of Speed: The Crew’s Closed Beta

By Adam Smith on July 23rd, 2014.

I’m not cruising around inside The Crew’s closed beta so I’m going to analyse the content based entirely on the video below. It’s the video that has finally pulled back the curtain for me, revealing the man yanking the levers that create the illusion of ‘open world driving’. What I’ve learned is that The Crew is very much in the Ubisoft open world mould, which means lots of icons scattered across a map, a thousand different tasks jostling for attention, and what looks like just enough connective tissue to tie focal points together. But is it a grander take on Burnout Paradise or something more akin to Assetto’s Creed?

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RPS Verdict: E3 2014 Day Zero, Winners And Losers

By Adam Smith on June 10th, 2014.

The triple A team of Alice, Alec and Adam have spent the last 24 hours absorbing every trailer and piece of footage that has emerged from E3. Now they gather together with Graham ‘G-Man’ Smith to discuss their findings. Does the imminent arrival of a GTA V port please them? Are any of them still wearing socks or has No Man’s Sky blown them clean off? Is Cuphead really the game of the show? And will Valiant Hearts’ dog-in-a-war bring tears to their eyes? Read on for answers to all of those questions, and remarkable insights into the Oculus Rift and much more besides.

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Road Trip: The Crew Launches Beta Sign-Ups, E3 Trailer

By Graham Smith on June 10th, 2014.

Blooming bloom.

Among all the sarc and snark that E3 inspires, it’s easy to forget the spark of excitement that causes us all to give a damn in the first place. A few games overcome that for me, and I’m as surprised as anyone to discover that The Crew is one of them. It’s an Ubisoft racing game developed by a team made up of former Test Drive Unlimited devs, and it aims to provide a contiguous, scaled-down version of the United States for players to drive across. For that ambition alone, I’m looking forward to it, and there’s an impressive new timelapse video of the game’s world below.

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Motley: Prepare To Accrue The Crew This Fall

By Nathan Grayson on April 9th, 2014.

Look for HIGH-OCTANE ACTION PARKING with friends on a FRIDAY NIGHT in a place where you DON'T REALLY KNOW YOUR WAY AROUND and you're sort of afraid that YOUR SWEET RIDE MIGHT GET BROKEN INTO if you leave it near all those WEIRD WAREHOUSES.

I’m sure Ubisoft’s enticingly open racer The Crew will provide oodles of entertainment if I can just make it past the title screen without face-planting into my steering wheel due to paralytic title-born boredom coma. The Crew sounds like the most generic thing in the world, and in some ways it looks the part too. The promise of having the entirety of the (truncated) United States open for traversal, however, is simply too tempting to resist. I am conflicted but hopeful. It’ll be out this fall, and there’s a new trailer below.

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Why The Crew Absolutely Depends On Multiplayer

By Rich Stanton on October 4th, 2013.


Although everyone likes to throw around genre tags, it’s occasionally worth stopping to acknowledge they don’t really tell us anything. Take The Crew, Ubisoft’s upcoming open-world driving game. ‘Open world’ in this case means a lot of interconnected roads that have mission boundaries placed atop, a much larger but less sexy version of Burnout’s Paradise City. And as for the driving, I can’t think of a single other racer that plays out in quite this fashion.

Forgive the pun, but The Crew’s in the title. Let’s explain that joke, in painful detail, below.

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The Crew Has Giant Cities, Deserts, Shinies

By Jim Rossignol on September 13th, 2013.


Ubisoft’s upcoming open-world racing game The Crew might not let me do a Fuel, but it nevertheless sings to the road-hungry part of my soul. But why? But because it looks slick as all hell. Evidence: Newshounds VG247 caught up with the downed pheasant of pre-release hype at Gamescom last month, and produced a video, which you can watch below.
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Skid Remarks: The Crew Trailer Is Pretty Neat

By Craig Pearson on August 21st, 2013.

Vroooooooooooooooooooooooom!
I spent a couple of hours playing FUEL with a friend last week. We hopped online, spawned some quad-bikes, and just drove across whatever part of America we were supposed to be in. It had nice trees. So I’m really interested in The Crew, Ubisoft’s open-world driving game set in a Frankenstein’s monster of America, particularly the ‘social driving’ features. I know ‘social’ isn’t a cool buzzword, but if all it means is I can see what a friend’s doing on a map of America and plonk my car down next to theirs, then I’m perfectly happy to do so. I hope it means I can plonk my car down in front, though. Mwahahaha. Mwahahahahaaa! MWHAHAHAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Hah!

An encouraging video of The Crew has just skidded into first place in my heart, and it is below.
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Ubisoft’s The Crew: Ultimate Road Trip Game?

By Alec Meer on June 11th, 2013.

Oh dear, did someone forget to put all their product managers in the same room at any point? Ubisoft have managed to announce both The Crew and The Division on the same day – confusionpocalypse is surely inevitable. Presumably The Local Ombudsman Committee is being saved for tomorrow.

If it helps you to keep track of which one’s which, The Division is prefixed with ‘Tom Clancy’s’ and is an RPGy thingy about shooting people, while The Crew has no prefix and is about driving across America. And sounds absolutely brilliant in concept. ROAD TRIP!
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