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"The Crew 2" wants to be good, but feels so empty



Driving, flying and (rarely) boating in the pseudo-American The Crew 2 is hard to ignore the omnipresent feeling of emptiness.

The name of the game in The Crew 2 is racing. Whether with cars, motorcycles, airplanes, speedboats, motorcycles or monster trucks, The Crew 2 is an endless stream of competitive games against AI, which, while it's fun for a while, becomes a little tiresome that this is the The only thing that exists apart from wandering aimlessly and doing unwise things like this:

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In many other racing games that would be fine, because the race is exciting and fun alone – be it because it's exciting and exaggerated (like burnout or Need for Speed ) or captivatingly realistic (such as Dirt or Forza ). Unfortunately, The Crew 2 seems to fit exactly between the two poles of the racing game, making it feel deficient.

The "story"

Unlike the first crew game of 2014, The crew 2 has almost no history. You choose your avatar straight away and begin your journey as an anonymous multi-talented person who winds his way through the event step by step, becoming a famous racing driver with many social media followers. Because that's what it's all about in 2018.

You will only be able to participate in some events by quickly moving from "anonymous" status to "rookie" status as you win events and win more followers and money. The more followers you get, the more events you can make and the more money you make and the more followers you get and the more events you can do, and it just keeps going until the end of time.

a story, there is none. You meet a few characters in different races, but they are so forgetful and irrelevant that they could not even have names or speakers.

  A random selection of wild animals.

A random selection of wild animals.

All events are in The Crew 2 's impressive replica of the United States, which includes most of the famous landmarks from the country (such as big cities, mountains, lakes and Mount Rushmore) and cuts When all the space around them is placed, create a map that looks largely like the US we all know and love, but can be crossed in less than half an hour. The only problem is that it feels so pointless and pretty meaningless.

During the journey, the screen will display the opportunity to take a picture of something that asks you to find a landmark or animal and take a picture of it in the easily accessible photo mode (on the left of the D-Pad ). Those plus the occasional speed trap (marks you drive through at high speeds) and the Aircraft Path are the only ones breaking up the monotonous, if beautiful, landscape.

  There it is.

There it is.

If you want to unlock more events and buy new vehicles, but it's worth much more time to drive quickly to the events. And if you're like me and want to unlock things like airplane racing, rally racing, and motorcycle racing, that 's the only option.

Events, Events, Events

The events in The Crew 2 are mostly fun, and you can not necessarily say that you absolutely have to do things like boat races when you're not tickling. If you just want to make airplane aerobatics, you can do these events to your heart's content. But it's nice to have the opportunity to mix it occasionally.

  Motocross races are the funniest.

Motocross races are the funniest.

As previously mentioned, The Crew 2 does not really master what makes racing games so fun. Handling many vehicles can be very frustrating at times, and the way collisions work is sometimes annoying.

In an off-road rally raid time trial through densely wooded areas, the smallest tree can stop you in the most unnatural way in the middle of the track. Vehicles are never damaged outside of short scratches, and sometimes you find your stuff stuck in random obstacles and watch the AI ​​run at you as you try to maneuver for 20 seconds and ultimately resume the race completely. [19659022] "data-fragment =" m! Fd41 "data-image =" https://i.amz.mshcdn.com/USLCCIfXQz_KkrrkCp5dypzeO8Y=/https%3A%2F%2Fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com % 2Fuploads% 2Fcard% 2Fimage% 2F802152% 2F66cb92f5-332d-45d8-9d47-67ef84944a86.png "data-micro =" 1 "/>

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The Crew 2 does a good job to keep races fresh by racing through tons of unique courses throughout the States, at least for land races.

The boat races are so boring, sometimes there are jumps and things to avoid, but in most cases it's just you , Your boat and very navigable waters.

The airplane events are not much better, you only start to be able to compete in aerobatic events, where you repeat the same moves over and over again by a certain number of times It's repetitive and fun only once or twice.

Oh, there was e in the road race sponsored by Papa Johns, where you drive in the founder's yellow car. I hated it every minute.

The Multiplayer

It seems to be part of the The Crew draw that you can build a team of players to fool around with. If only this feature was really good.

While I was driving around and flying around The Crew 2 I came across other players from time to time, which was exciting at first. Then I realized that you can not do anything with other players except beating each other or driving without direction.

In official races you can not compete against other players – at least not yet – which makes the barebone multiplayer component pretty pointless. The game could also have AI "players" who simply travel around.

  This game sometimes feels lonely.

This game sometimes feels lonely.

After a dozen hours in this game, I have no urge to go back. The world is not exciting enough to delve into it, the races are not fun enough to keep going, and there is no story that could help me move forward. But it was a fun time for a few hours.

The Crew 2 released June 29 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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