Motorsports Heaven – The Crew 2 Review | AIB
The Crew 2 has been able to respect the benefits of a first part that began hesitantly, but that evolved thanks to the constant updates and inclusion of new content significantly. This second installment has polished its gameplay with more precise control that adapts well to almost all restraints, finding now a vast variety of options by land, sea, and air.
All this has allowed the title to have a new self and become a remarkable driving arcade. Undoubtedly, it is better than its predecessor and, although it prioritizes quantity over quality and its narrative is very lackluster, its vast open world that recreates the entire United States traps us from the start.
Driving Without Limits
The great innovation is that now we have competitions by land, sea, and air, a new approach that brings excellent variety and endows the title with personality. Within these three categories, we will have many methods such as motocross, drift, rally cross, drag race, competitions in circuits, stunts or, for example, racing with boats. Each of them has a very differentiated approach. In general, they are fun, some modalities have an irregular design, which ends up unbalancing the experience.
Another great improvement is the addition of a dynamic vehicle change system that allows us to choose between one of the three available categories. It can be activated at any time during free travel, something that dramatically speeds up the constant journeys through this gigantic open world. The system is very intuitive and works without problems, although sometimes we will suffer some mishap with the change, and it is easy to relocate correctly.
The control is precise, enjoying acceptable physics and a style of purely arcade game that allows us to fly at speeds of infarct, crash against rivals, skid and sink the button of the turbo. Besides, it is not necessary to always respect the limits of the track, so it is possible to take alternative routes and perform spectacular jumps to obtain better rewards.
For its part, the artificial intelligence of the rivals is not very high and blatantly uses the resource of approaching or waiting for the races to be exciting until the last second, a design element widely used in this type of video game, but that It has been poorly implemented.
Free to Drive
The progression system offers enormous freedom since from the first moment we will have all of the United States at our disposal. This massive open world can be traversed by any vehicle or using the fast trip so we will be the ones who decide how we want to play. If we choose to use free travel we find a multitude of additional tests to get experience, which is a small incentive to spend some time on this task.
However, with the passing of the hours, covering these enormous distances becomes very tedious and dramatically reduces the progression, since the challenges and rewards are not enough reasons to continue traveling. Without a doubt, it is a pity that there are no more incentives to explore this vast open world considering we enjoy a faithful recreation of the country and a brilliant visual finish of cities like Las Vegas, Chicago, Detroit and New York.
Different Game Modes
In this vast map, we find four different game modes: off-road, street racing, professional racing, and freestyle. Each of them offers different tests, and we can specialize in the ones we like the most, the ultimate goal is to complete at least 70% of the challenges of each mode to face the big boss and get a unique vehicle. This system, which Ubisoft has already used in recent titles such as Ghost Recon: Wildlands or Far Cry 5, proves to be very efficient and gives us enormous freedom.
All these competitions can be enjoyed alone, although inexplicably we will need a permanent internet connection to play, an unnecessary decision considering the playable approach of the proposal. It is also possible to create teams with up to four players to travel and accomplish missions on online. This slope has been very well designed, with quick matches and no falls. Also, the notification system streamlines the joining process and makes the online experience the most attractive approach.
The video game also has special tests called Live Xtrem Series, which have a more dynamic and fun style. Here we will change between different vehicles, enjoying a more careful design and small narrative elements that provide some context. The downside is that they are too few and we can only run them alone, so we would have liked to have more tests and the option to play them online with our friends. Finally, there are hundreds of challenges scattered throughout the map, such as reaching a maximum speed when passing through a radar, escaping from an area or performing a slalom.
The Crew 2 has a very successful progression system since we will be getting money and followers when completing the different tests. Thanks to the money we will buy vehicles and personalization elements, while followers are indispensable to unlock new modes. Also, it is also possible to acquire Crew Coin paying with real money, an economic injection that can be very useful to buy vehicles and all kinds of aesthetic objects. However, there is no need to worry, since the progress has been well measured, micropayments can speed up the experience, the truth is that the rewards are generous.
The most impressive element of the progression is the prize system that, in the purest RPG style, gives us objects of different oddities (green, blue and pink) that we will use to improve the performance of vehicles in aspects such as brakes, engine or, for example, tires. Thanks to these optimizations the level of the vehicle increases and its benefits increase, being the critical element of the progression when we begin to compete in the icon fame levels.
In this sense, the title has more than 250 vehicles of 50 real brands, some as prestigious as Harley Davidson, McLaren, Porsche, Ferrari and many more. All of them have been recreated with an enormous audiovisual fidelity and offer a performance adapted to their characteristics. There is also the option to change your visual appearance with new designs and pieces. For this purpose, an influential editor has been included, which can later upload or download all kinds of designs.
The Crew 2 has polished the gameplay and offers an enjoyable arcade driving experience. The great novelty is to have different types of races by land, sea, and air, as well as the possibility of changing vehicles in real time. The inclusion of the four different modes has been a real success, although the narrative has a little charm and not all modalities are equally compelling.
The online side with up to four players becomes the best way to play, although it seems inexplicable that a permanent connection to the internet is required to enjoy it alone. Despite this, The Crew 2 is a remarkable arcade driving title whose new playable approach has set it up very well.