The Crew 2 is an arcade racing game that features a continuous open-world that spans across, a scaled down, contiguous United States. Players can take part in a variety of racing events featuring a diverse assortment of vehicles that will appeal to a wide range of motorsport fans.

The Crew 2 starts by letting the player pick either a male or female player character then provides a selection of pre-made character styles. Players begin as a relatively new, up and coming racer attempting to work their way through the various disciplines of gameplay. The game includes various storylines that are somewhat interwoven; however, most players will be content to skip the cut-scenes and get to the racing which is what The Crew 2 is primarily about.

Hit the Road Again

The Crew 2 features several modes of gameplay, all revolving around various types of motorsport, that the game refers to as disciplines. The disciplines consist of Street Racing which includes street races, drift challenges, drag racing and endurance events. The Off-road discipline, (surprisingly the most fun), includes rally raid, motocross and rallycross events. The Freestyle discipline hosts events where the player can devote time to aerobatics and monster trucks. The final discipline that players can enjoy is pro-racing which consists of boat racing, touring cars and grand-Prix racing. Ubisoft also included some side missions for players to have fun with such as photo hunts, hidden loot, slalom and escape skill challenges and finally the Live Xtreme Series which has the player switching vehicles mid-race.

All Terrain Fun

The game is of a continuous open-world environment of a scaled-down version of the 48 contiguous United States. Players have the freedom to drive across the various parts of the United States to find events to compete in or select events from the world map. As players drive around the map they will encounter other players as The Crew 2 is always online; however, Ubisoft deserves credit in allowing players a pause functionality, which is sorely lacking in a lot of online-only games. Unfortunately, The Crew 2 doesn’t have proper Player vs Player functionality, as it will be arriving later in the year though finding a player on a highway and spontaneous drag racing is still enjoyable.

The vehicle selection of The Crew 2 includes sports car, truck, and motorcycles from iconic real-world automotive brands for the street racing and off-roading sections of the game. Boats are also available to players for racing on rivers and the ocean along coastlines as well as planes for performing aerobatics. As players complete events, they will be given random loot which contains upgrades to their arsenal of vehicles.

Players of the Crew 2 will enjoy roaming the highways, rivers, and skies of the United States as they travel around the country looking for events to compete in and other racers to compete or group with. Driving around the map to each event allows players to take in the scenery, which despite some graphical disappointment, is still a wonderful looking game. Players will drive from the swamplands of Florida to the deserts of Nevada and all the major cities in between as they compete to increase their racing prestige. Players who may tire of having to drive to each individual event can use the world map to fast travel to their home base or any available motorsport event.

The Crew 2, like almost all racing games, has a rubber band AI, so if players get too far ahead in the race, the NPC cars will catch up, even if the player falls too far behind, they can catch up to the pack. In The Crew 2, the AI works a bit too well, so if the player does fall behind the pack, it doesn’t feel as if it requires any skill to catch up, on the other hand, it always feels no matter how well the player is doing the NPC’s are always one misstep behind.

Does This Car Make Me Look Fat?

The graphics of The Crew 2 are a mixed bag in the visuals department. Player character and NPC character models look decent; however, building, tree and other various background models can sometimes look quite mediocre and there is noticeable pop-in even when running the game on ultra-settings via the PC. The graphics are acceptable but will leave players wanting more especially when compared to the Need for Speed reboot of 2015 which has significantly better graphical fidelity.

The Crew 2 on the PC has a bevy of graphical options for players using a variety of hardware. Players can choose from, what has become the standard for PC gamers, resolution, ambient occlusion, anti-aliasing, shadows, and geometry detail. The Crew 2 also offers players the ability to modify volumetric effects, grass and terrain detail, as well as weather effects, which have a moderate to high-performance hit, depending on player hardware.

The controls for The Crew 2 are quite responsive whether players use a control pad, mouse, and keyboard or a racing wheel. Players can fully rebind keys on the keyboard and gamepad; however, players who opt for sequential gear shifting, on the aforementioned inputs, will notice slight input lag. The developers were able to blend arcade fun with the right amount of simulation racing to keep the handling of the cars tight but fun to appeal to a wide range of racing enthusiasts.

Overall

The Crew 2 is a fun arcade racer that gives the player a reasonable assortment of ways to relish in motorsport. The graphics of The Crew 2 are somewhat disappointing; however, they won’t take away how many fun players will have to compete in events, driving across the country and setting up spur of the moment races with other players. Ubisoft has plans to release updates to the game, which can only enhance the core concept at work in The Crew 2.

The Crew 2 Review
The Good
  • Fun & Responsive Controls
  • Gameplay Variety
  • Extremely Fun
The Bad
  • Graphics could be better
  • Lacking PvP
  • AI can be a hindrance
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Christopher T
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I'm an old timer that started in 1988 with Tempest at the Disney arcade; in 1989 I was given an NES with Contra and Super Contra, thus sealing my fate forever. I moved onto the Genesis, followed by the original PlayStation, PC (mainly just for DOOM) and the N64. I got a launch day PS2 settling for the PlayStation family of consoles until 2015 when I renewed my interest in the PC world. Outside of gaming, custom PC water cooling and car parts are life.