Title: The Crew 2
Format: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Price: $ 59.99
Developer: Ivory Tower
Reviews by ESRB: T (Teen)  Release date: June 29
The Crew 2 Haiku Review
By air, sea and land
Conquer your racing opponents
Capital "F" fun What? is it? In "The Crew 2", gamers experience American motor racing in a completely redesigned USA. The players compete against each other in four different motorsport groups ̵
Highlights: "The Crew 2" is a big, swanky racing game that should be fun. Unlike most race titles, there is no focus. Instead, conquer land, sea and air with more than 250 vehicles from 50 different manufacturers. "The Crew 2" is like a huge buffet, with a bit of fun in every racing discipline.
Players can explore the complete map for "The Crew 2," a representation of the United States, anytime. Whether it's a boat race along the California coast, road racing along the strip or flying over the Arizona desert located in Texas (the map in this game is not geographically accurate), it does not matter. You can explore the country at will. "The Crew 2" is about giving the players a choice. You decide what kind of race you want to do when.
You are not in the mood for a race and just want to explore it? You can do that too. Get in the vehicle of your choice and just start. Do not you like the vehicle you drive? Quickly switch from an airplane to a car or boat. And what a breathtaking looking world it is to immerse yourself in. "The Crew 2" is absolutely beautiful. Developer Ivory Tower has done a great job of discovering a beautiful world, especially considering the variety of terrain types and structures and its sheer size.
Lows: I found "The Crew 2's" menus counterintuitive. I was excited to get out and race, but I felt fumbled from one place to another. The menu is just too busy and offers too many things to do. If the map has an easy way to call for races based on your driver / pilot rank, I certainly could not find them.
Unlike some of his contemporaries, "The Crew 2" is not too serious. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because there are many race titles where the players should just have fun. However, this game moves between the desire to be a title with a higher final score such as "Forza" or "Gran Turismo", and yet playful as a "burnout" title. Unfortunately, it does not do this particular fence as well as it should. Not as carefree or as serious as it would like to be, "The Crew 2" exists in a separate area. Leave it in a strange gray zone, which might confuse some players about what kind of racer it wants to be.
The Grade (B): While this title is being played, the intention of developer Ivory Tower is clear – they wanted "Crew 2" to be as open and accessible as possible. On this front and some others they were absolutely successful. This title is BIG, has a lot of variety and a lot of racing fun. Although "The Crew 2" may not reach the heights of its competitors, it is a step in the right direction.
Gazette columnist Terry Terrones is a veteran video game journalist. He has authored numerous publications, including GamePro, GamesBeat, PC World, GameZone, and Official Xbox Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/terryterrones .