Ivory Tower returns with The Crew 2 to serve another piece of Sandbox Racing, and this time around Tame the roads, skies and rivers of its open world with the US But how well does The Crew 2 look on a PC and how does it work on a variety of rigs?
While planes, trains (alright, boats) and automobiles are on To be shouting, the sheer scale of his world means that visual compromises are to be expected, and what we find out here is how large these concessions are, while we also examine possible performance issues.
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In this performance test, we use a high-end rig with an Nvidia GTX 1
080 TI to drive Ubisoft's racers at 1080p and 4K across all graphics presets Because this machine was put together to run games at 2160p, we will test the game on a rig more in line with what most PC gamers will use later, based on the results of the Steam Hardware Survey ,
Have a look at PCGamesN early next week for a more complete understanding of Crew 2's performance on mid-range components. Let's put this picture-pervasive show on the road.
Although this has been said, the studio should spend a few minutes on the naughty move not to include a benchmarking tool. It is also disappointing that there is no support for unlocked frame rates, with the game persistently staying at an upper limit of 30 fps or 60 fps. When we do nitpick, it's a little annoying that the menu does not tell the performance cost of individual graphics settings. Although in the defense of the racer, any option can be changed immediately without reloading, with the game immediately implement your settings in a jiffy.
Tested on an Intel i7-8700K @ 3.70 GHz, 32 GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti, Windows 10
For our graphics analysis, we compare similar screenshots of the four default presets of Ultra, high, normal and low. As mentioned earlier, you can instantly switch between these settings, which saves a lot of time.
On the move, it can be damn hard to keep the ultra and high presets apart.Details around the world are impressive, and as you can see above, there is no immediately apparent waste of grass – or green fodder volume If you rock the clinical eyes of a Terminator, you may find that the shadows are a bit flatter. Of course, you're unlikely to bombard the streets of Miami at a speed of 75mph. 04] A quick word Warning: Crew 2's dynamic weather system can affect performance When the sky opens and either heavy rain or snow starts to fall, do not be surprised if you see drops of 10-12 fps. Boating up rivers (especially those that are surrounded by heavy forests) can also cause frame drops, sometimes up to the 40s if you play on the two highest presets.
Our benchmark tool averages 60 fps at 1080p, with a minimum of 59fps. As long as the weather is clear, our results at 4K are almost identical, with the game staying at 60fps most of the time. However, when the Ultra HD rain is shutting it down, we at 4K see 45fps in both high and ultra downs.
There's a party in our eyes … and everyone's getting blind. Drop crew 2 down to their low preset and the cutbacks will be clear. Without FXAA anti-aliasing, aggressive Jaggies appear on our car, especially around the frames of our windows and taillights. Even near trees and shrubs, it looks rough without an AA being present, while the falling of grass to a low level makes the adjacent park seem barren and the bushes become lumpy, lifeless blobs. Minus FXAA, the balconies on the tower block on the left are basically becoming barbed wire. Yes.
When we switch from medium to low, we get the same benchmark scores, with our 1080 Ti-PC averaging 1080p and 4K at 60 fps. It suggests that anti-aliasing causes very low performance costs, so we advise you to keep it if you have a custom preset.
If you consider that there are so few visual differences between high and Ultra, we would immediately for First Decide if you're running Ubi's Speedster at 1080p / 60fps would like to. If you own a mid-range PC that has something similar to an i5 CPU and a GTX 1060 GPU, you should be able to reach 60 fps (at least in good weather). As mentioned earlier, we will be testing these level components ourselves soon to get an even better picture of the performance of the game. If you're still experiencing frame rate drops, disable ambient occlusion, which is the biggest performance penalty.
When it comes to PC performance, The Crew 2 is never quite up to date, but it's still a more than acceptable port. With a variety of adjustable graphics options, anyone with a mid-range rig should be able to achieve a reasonably fluid 1080p / 60fps. Although not an eye-catcher, we've come a long way since the days of barely functioning Ubi PC ports – we're watching Watch Dogs.
Ivory Tower also has some thoughtful additions specifically for the PC market. Black bars in menus and some pre-cut cutscenes keep the game running on 21: 9 ultra-widescreen monitors. Extensive key-mapping is also welcome, although you could handle a controller or road bike much better – the control for the latter can also be customized in a separate menu tab. The Crew 2 offers decent performance on the PC, but even at 4K, this sprawling sandbox is unlikely to impress your viewers.
For a more complete coverage of The Crew 2's PC performance, check out the next week for a comprehensive report on the performance of four mid-range GPUs and our i5-powered test bench.