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The Crew

 

 

SCORE: 58

The Crew 

 

The Crew is a video game with one foot in the past, and one foot in the future. Some of the technological achievements in this next gen video game are very impressive. Like mapping of certain cities. Getting to go to certain areas in the United States. The story and racing mechanics are definitely from the last console generation.

We are a get-a-way racer who also races those illegal street races. Our brother is the head of the 510 racing gang. He gets killed, and a FBI agent frames us. So we are enlisted to take down the dirty FBI agent, and eventually get our brothers killer. There are plenty of adult only moments and scenes in The Crew. This is sad since it excludes children from an interesting world.

Graphically The Crew looks okay. The cars look nice, the areas look nice. We have to deal with violence, blood, enticement to lust, and not that realistic looking people in the cut scenes. They look very computer generated with little emotional reaction. Every single new console generation we are told how realistic human characters are being made for these new games. Then we play the games and are supposed to forget all the hype company executives at Sony and Microsoft told us.

The Crew is one tough video game. Players are allowed all kinds of customization on their vehicles. Problem is, it won't matter. The NPC cars are good. No matter how good you are, the NPCs are always right there with you. So I would look for any advantage. Any chance to take a short cut. Here is where The Crew is nasty. Certain objects like chain link fences can be broken while racing. Others will spin you around. Crash twice on any mission and you can kiss your chances of victory goodbye. I replayed some missions deep into double digits.

There is a variety of music that plays while players are driving around The Crew. Speaking of players in The Crew, this game has other players around at the same time. The default setting is to invite them to race with you on missions. You also need an Internet connection to play The Crew. You can play by yourself, but you are always told when other players are nearby. Kind of creepy.

The bad language in The Crew is at the level of a Restricted (R rated) movie. I was shocked to hear it in this video game, and at such a high frequency. It really ruined the story mode for me. Some of the other missions were psycho too, like being told to go and kill someone.

One of the cool things in The Crew is little mini missions that are all over the place. Especially when you are going from location to location. Things like weave around these markers, run through these spots, jump these jumps, and more. They can help players stay engaged while traversing between locations.

The mapping in The Crew is not completely accurate to the real world. Like how Safeco Fields looks for example. There are real objects in this home console video game like the St Louis Arch. It can be cool to just drive around The Crew and see what all is in there. There are some strange graphical glitches here and there with The Crew.

Be careful about causing too much damage in the world of the The Crew. NPC characters will report you to the police, and they will chase you down. This can be things like running over poles, signs, driving through fields, hitting trains, hitting cows, hitting other cars, and more. Make sure you have a large enough Internet usage plan because The Crew uses up gigs quickly.
- Frank

 

Graphics: 60%
Sound: 50%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 60%
Family Friendly Factor: 40%

System: Playstation 4/Xbox One(tested)
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ivory Tower
Rating: ‘T' - Teen - THIRTEEN and OLDER ONLY {Language, Mild Blood, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence}
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