|System: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PC*|
|Dev: Ivory Tower|
|Release: December 2, 2014|
|Players: 1 (2+ Online)|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Language, Mild Blood, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence|
Another problem with The Crew is that it’s kind of buggy. I’ve had races and menus freeze on me, missions inexplicably end, and of course there’s the “always on connection” problem. Even if you are playing The Crew single-player you have to be connected to the internet. I have a pretty damn good connection, good enough to feed my fighting game habit, but The Crew still booted me off every so often. I don’t know if this is a problem with The Crew’s servers or what, but it is frustrating, and that’s just from a solo standpoint. If all the members of your crew were booted off, I could imagine steam coming out of your ears.
There are a lot of ways that The Crew lags behind other cars in the driving game race. Its models and environments aren’t nearly as pretty as, say, Forza’s are. Its sound design is all kind of generic. Its controls, while meant to be simulationist in nature, feel a bit too loose for my taste. These are all nitpicks though, as the game looks and controls competent enough.
The best thing about The Crew is that it really does appeal to the RPG fanatic in me. It’s something about watching numbers go up in order to watch other numbers go up quicker that just keeps me in the game. Even if I pretty much stick to one or two cars, there’s something that makes me continue racing so I can get more cash so I can get more missions, so I can get more cash, over and over, and over again. In fact, the open world dazzle of The Crew wore off pretty quickly for me, and it became all business within a few short hours.
For the short time that I have had with The Crew, I have had a lot of ups and downs. I certainly see the promise in this game, but I don’t have the patience or the social circle to really take advantage of it. Nonetheless, I just keep playing, interested in seeing what I can unlock next. Personally, I’d recommend The Crew to anyone who has a dedicated circle of friends who would play with them, who all have great internet connections. If you do, this game is pretty awesome, and possibly even a better format than a lot of other driving games out there. If you don’t, the game can get frustrating at times. This is a “your mileage may vary” sort of game, good, but really only appealing to a very specific type of gamer. I’ll let you know if my opinion changes with more time... and more friends.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: December 4, 2014