You guys know how excited I was for the second instalment of The Crew. I adored the first one so god damn much that I don’t think I stopped talking about how good it was for weeks. But, I’m feeling a little mixed about The Crew 2. It’s good, really good, but not the best.
The Crew 2 was released on Friday 29th June and has received a lot of mixed reviews. It’s developed by Ivory Tower and published by Ubisoft and since it’s debut at E3 2017, it made a lot of fans pretty excited for it’s release.
The Crew 2 starts off by dropping you straight into a race of cars, planes and boats. After this, you can choose which path you want to take, whether that’s soaring through the air or cutting waves on your boat, each path is just as interesting and fun as the last. After realising how terrible I was at piloting my own plane, I decided that street racing was my calling. Being able to choose which style of racing you want to do without having many restrictions is one of the best parts of The Crew 2 and one that I hope to see in future releases.
You’re also able to choose what kind of person you want to be, but you’re not able to do much customising. Sure, you can get new t-shirts, helmets and suits but you’re not able to make your character look however you want. To be honest with you, I felt that choosing my character was dull, as there’s only a small amount to choose from and there is no option to change the face, body type, hair etc. I feel that if you’re going to add in a level of customisation, there should be a way to make your character your own. I understand that it can be difficult to implement during development as it adds a lot of work, but I think that the small amount of customising you can do was definitely something that could have been left out and no one would have bat an eyelid. But, that doesn’t mean I didn’t fully enjoy the really, really cringey quotes that come up when you cycle through and choose your driver. That’s pretty fun.
The driving and overall control of your chosen vehicle has become a lot more realistic too. You’re more prone to spinning out or braking too hard and losing control. In comparison to The Crew, it’s much less forgiving. One little mistake and your race can be ruined, and the new found level of realism makes the game a lot more challenging and exciting. Knowing you’re in total control of your vehicle will play on your mind and one wrong move can change everything.
Whether you choose to focus on cars, planes or boats, each section adds new disciplines after every race you complete. This is a good feature but it did give me a little bit of frustration, because I felt like I had to compete in races I didn’t want to in order to unlock different parts of each section that I wanted to do. Due to the fact that one of the best points of The Crew 2 was that you weren’t *forced* into racing in events you didn’t want to, that kind of isn’t the case. For example, if you wanted to race MX style, you have to get to a certain level, unlock the MX races through competing in a certain type of race, buy your vehicle and then compete. You can’t just go into any style of racing. It may give you incentive to go and dip into different styles, but if you’re not into it, or find it really annoying, you have no choice but to finish it and unlock the next section if you want to compete in that discipline. I think this is just something that annoyed me a lot because there were certain races I am really terrible at and it takes my focus away from the game totally when I had to compete. Maybe that’s me just acting spoilt. It probably is. But, if you’re the type of person that wants to go into something head first, this isn’t the place to do it.
The way you unlock new types of races and styles is by raising your fame level. The Crew 2 really focuses on social media and growing your follower count in replacement of leveling up. I feel like The Crew did an excellent job of embracing your levels and finding new and exciting ways to level you up, but The Crew 2 has changed that slightly. Raising your fame level comes with winning races and doing challenges, but with some challenges you aren’t able to put your two cents in because your level is too low. Highly frustrating, but pretty sweet because it kinda feels like the game doesn’t allow you to go too far ahead too quickly. It’s like it chooses when you’re ready to proceed.
Overall, I feel The Crew 2 is a good sequel to the last. I miss the story of the first, but we can’t always have what we want in life. It’s fun and exciting, but there are some little teething problems that I had during my time with it. Regardless, I urge you to try it out if you’re into your racing games. Whether you’re a in the pro leagues or a casual player, it’s something that everyone can find enjoyment out of.