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The Crew 2 (Series) Review

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Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

The Crew is a series of open-world racing and exploration games set in a scaled down version of the United States. The emphasis is on enjoyable and exciting driving more than realism. It's a lot like Forza Horizon, although can be played on PlayStation and PC as well as Xbox.

Unlike most racing games, The Crew offers boats and planes as well as cars. You can instantly switch between them while you're exploring the map and race all 3 types of vehicles. You can also extensively customise their colour, livery and appearance (and share this with other players if you like).

In both the original and the second game you participate in races to earn money or explore the large map that spans forests, swamps, grasslands, mountains and cities. Here you will find skill-based mini-events (such as speed-traps and slaloms), loot boxes with upgrades to your vehicles and opportunities for photos which can earn you money.

You can play it at your own pace and in your own way. If you choose to race, your ultimate goal is to become the "King of Motornation", which you achieve by beating the game's racing progression. In the Crew 2, you can participate in the Live Summit events, which rank you against online players globally in a set of challenges for exclusive rewards that change weekly. You can also participate in the month long events called Motorpass, in which you complete quests for cars and customisation parts.

The Crew 2's racing progression is split into four categories:
  • Pro racing, where you drive touring cars, powerboats, air race planes and alpha Grand Prix F1 style cars.
  • Offroad, where you use motocross bikes, rally cross cars and rally raid cars.
  • Street race, where you drive street race cars, hypercars, drift cars and drag cars.
  • Freestyle, where you use Jetsprint boats, Monster trucks, demolition derby cars and aerobatics planes.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 02/12/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Racing

Developer: @IvoryTowerOffic

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 1 minute and 40 minutes to play a round of this game. The races vary greatly in length, with the longest taking up to 40 minutes, but the average race is about 3 minutes long. When exploring the map, you can spend hours discovering wild animals and other fun details. The game autosaves frequently, meaning you don't have to worry about losing your save data, although you always spawn at your house in Florida after restarting the game.
 
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 8 players online. You can create a crew of up to four people in the game, with whom you can complete a few challenges for extra rewards, as well as compete to get the best times in the races. There is also a multiplayer mode where you can race against 7 other players in races and compete for the number one spot. In the weekly "Summit" events, you compete against all other global players in a series of events for exclusive rewards such as cars and customisation items.

Cross-Play: You can play with people across Xbox, PlayStation and PC.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. The game comes in 3 versions: Standard, Deluxe and Gold. The Deluxe Edition includes 3 cars to get you started, which you can buy for in game money in the Standard Edition, and 3 outfits for your character. The Gold Edition includes the features of the Deluxe Edition and also a permanent discount on the car prices in the game as well 3 exclusive vehicles.

The game also offers in game purchases of "CC" the premium currency in the game, which can be used to buy cars and customisation parts. Although you can get it for free by completing missions, it is quite hard to come by. The price of this currency ranges from £4 to £40.

To join a crew or compete in multiplayer races, you will need a subscription such as Playstation Plus. To compete in the Summit events, however, no such subscription is needed.
 
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One.
 
You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4. This game is free with PlayStation Now.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 12 for Bad Language and Sex. One of the music tracks featured in the game features explicit sexual language. This game also contains use of the words ‘Sh*t’ and ‘B*tch’. In the first The Crew game (and the Ultimate Edition) there are some cinematic sequences containing minor violence, one of which shows a man trying to attack another using a wrench. He fails and is knocked to the ground in the process, the scene is very realistic but as both men are unhurt this would only be considered as minor assault.

Rated ESRB TEEN for Lyrics. Players compete in racing challenges across the United States in various disciplines (e.g., Motocross, Grand Prix, Street Racing) and vehicles (e.g., speed boats, planes, cars). Some song lyrics contain the word “sh*t” and references to sexual material; lyrics may also contain references to drugs (e.g., “Roll my blunts up,” “Smoking weed standing on the couch,” and “I'm slanging cds like this…is cocaine”). These songs can be turned off or skipped.


User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.

Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Adjustable Between Levels: You can adjust the difficulty between levels/rounds.

Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.

Assistance

Assistance With Direction: Indication of where to go next with arrows, cookie trail and the like.

View Game Map: View a map of the game world during play, with points of interest and missions highlighted throughout entire game.

Rubber Banding: Trailing players are dynamically given an advantage, or the game gets easier if you die frequently.

Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Some spoken content has subtitles: Some spoken content has subtitles.

All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.

System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Stadia offers some system accessibility features. Tandem enables you to use two controllers to play one character. This also enables you to connect other controllers like the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Ben Kendall


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