Ubisoft offers an article on how players will be able to blaze their own
trails in The Crew 2, their upcoming open world driving sequel. This includes
a video with gameplay
footage and developer interviews. If this gets your motor running, then you'll
be interested in
this post with details on closed beta testing that gets underway on May
31st, and how to get the chance to participate. Here's word:
The Crew 2
is giving players a chance to strap in for an adrenaline-fueled race across
America in its upcoming closed beta on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Those looking to
get behind the wheel ahead of the game's June 29 launch can sign up now for a
chance to access the closed beta – running from May 31 through June 3 – at
thecrewgame.com/beta. While access is
limited, all closed beta players will be able to invite up to three friends to
join them as they race by land, sea, and air throughout a fully redesigned,
USA-spanning game world.
Closed beta players will have access to all the content available within the
first level of the progression system, including four different race types:
Street Race, Rally Raid, Powerboat, and Aerobatics. Not only will the entire map
be open for players to explore, but they'll also have access to the full line-up
of vehicles available in The Crew 2 to unlock. Plus, all closed beta players
will be able to participate in an exclusive mission, the Motor Trend Classic
Challenge, a street race through New York City.
Finally, all closed beta participants will unlock an exclusive in-game leather
jacket for use in the final game.
I agree a lot of the driving was fun as the overall map was pretty damn good and really spectacular at some points. My major beef was how typically Ubisoft grindy it is. All the shit you have to do to upgrade parts on your ride, over, and over, and over again. Just let me do fun stuff and earn money and buy the shit already. I'm hoping they learned from that but I doubt it. This is Ubisoft after all and they are the king of formulaic grind games.
"I like oak myself, that's what's in my bedroom. How 'bout you Jimmie? You an oak man?"
I think I'm down. I never expected much out of the first Crew, got it for free on XBLive, and played it for like 60 or so hours. Most of the challenges are pretty fun, and the open map was fantastic.
My one big wish for this one was that the map would be bigger, and if they're saying it's 45 minutes flying in a straight line, it sure as hell is, because I think my fastest NY to LA time in a Pagani Huayra in the first was something like 42 minutes.
It looks a bit too arcadey (I really wish boats would show some sign of splashing down instead of just landing flat, that just looks awful), but I really only care about some fun challenges and a cool map to explore anyway.
Also, please, more snow. Drifting cars through the tiny snowy area in Crew 1 was a lot of fun.