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The Crew 2: release date, hands-on preview, news and more

By reviews / 12. June 2018
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After receiving a mixed reception for its new racing seriesfirst instalment, Ubisoft is back with The Crew 2 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Its shaping up to be far more wild and ambitious with countless vehicles to control across a huge open world.

The game is set in a 2000 square-mile world based on the United States, called Motornation. Vehicles includebut arent limited tocars, dirtbikes, stunt planes, jet boats, speedboats and mental 4×4 buggies. Its completely batty, and not what we expected from a game that previously only focused on road-going vehicles. Environments include New York City, the Mississippi River and the Grand Canyon.

The Crew 2 release date

Ubisoft has announced that The Crew 2 will launch for PS4, Xbox One and PC on June 29, 2018, with a beta due to start on June 21st in case you want to try it out for yourself first.

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The Crew 2 gameplayHands-on impressions

My opinion of The Crew 2 hasnt changed since its E3 2017 reveal trailer. Theres a silly number of vehicles, impressively diverse environments and a huge amount of content weve not yet seen.

I still dont quite understand how its all supposed to fit together, though. I played the Live race that was demonstrated in the gameplay walkthrough trailer above, but it gave me no actual hint as to what was going on or how I could actually win the race at hand. I started driving a Porsche 911, then appeared in a stunt plane and ended up in a boat. I dont know how the three were related, or whether my actions in the previous segment of the race were relevant to the next.

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The whole Inception-style world-bending that takes you from event to event is very cool, actually. Is it happening in my mind, or just a nice artistic effect? Either way, its visually stunning.

Handling felt fine; the car had a nice driftiness to it, the plane felt weighty but quick. The speedboat was pretty dull to drive, but I challenge anybody to make an everyday speedboat feel exciting in a video game. The courses are suitably ridiculous, my road-going Porsche was soon taking to the air with massive jumps onto New York rooftops, which was certainly a surprise. I was a little dismayed that this legally-sanctioned street race still allowed pedestrians to walk onto the course. If the peds werent completely drive-thru-able, Id have taken quite a few with me to the finish line.

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After that experience, I was transported to Street Racing HQ, which is in Los Angeles. There, I was introduced to a dude who promised to help me climb the ranks, and even gave me a car. How generous! He informed me about the existence of a bloke called Tio, whos apparently really good at racing, and it will takeeverything you gotin order to beat him.

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In addition to street racing, theres also freestyle, pro racing and off road HQs, among others. The game is spread across the whole of the USA, with each city featuredincluding Miami, LA and NYCall blending into one another without any loading screens. Each discipline will likely have a similar story arc; beat the best racer to become the best yourself.

In each category, youll complete events to earn Cred, which can be used to unlock cars and upgrades. Thats about all there is to it right now. I assume therell me more features announced soon with regard to the shadowy Live organisation, and how we can all become the best racer in the States.

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The Crew 2

After a brief introduction to the campaign, I was whisked into free roaming. Its here things get super weird. You can quick travel to any point on the map, and spawn in a land vehicle. And then you can immediately transform into a plane, that miraculously appears in the street in the exact location where your car was. Take off, and perhaps youll fancy turning into a boat. I did just that and fell a thousand feet into the Hudson in my speedboat, which was interesting to say  the least.

In a persistent online multiplayer world, this sort of thing is probably very fun. In an offline demonstration, its just a bit baffling.

First Impressions

As you might be able to tell my the sporadic nature of my first impressions, I really dont have the foggiest how The Crew 2 is going to fit together. Early 2018 is the release date, so lets hope for a bit more information in the near future.

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