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The Crew Preview

Scheduled release date:
Q1 2014
Ivory Tower
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Release Date:
Q1 2014

When doing research for The Crew , one game suddenly sprang to mind: Smugglers Run . Remember that launch title for the PS2? It was so unique; an open-world driving game that featured different vehicles, a few different landscapes, and a bunch of missions that involved madcap driving across all sorts of terrain. It was usually a race to the goods, and Ubisoft’s next-gen production sounds like a much deeper, bigger, more advanced version of that concept. And provided it doesn’t feel too much like an MMO, I think I’m gonna like it.

A street-racing gang called the 510s are king of the hill, and you must find a way to take ‘em down. This involves participating in high-octane point-to-point races as well as adrenaline-fueled Takedown-type challenges. Those who remember the iconic Takedowns in the Burnout series know exactly what I’m talking about; basically, you just have to eliminate the competition by whatever means necessary. And the insanity won’t be limited to roads, either, as off-road driving is a big part of the experience, so be prepared to break the boundaries of a standard racer. This is about driving domination on an ultra-grand scale, and it sounds like loads of fun.

You may have heard of Driveclub , the PS4 launch game that appears to be designed for car lovers. It’s mostly about living the high life and focusing on your ride, which would be similar to something like Test Drive Unlimited 2 . Developer Ivory Tower (a new team that features many former employees of Eden Games, which created the TDU titles) has created a vast landscape ripe for exploring. Team up with your pals, participate in the necessary customization and preparation, and tackle the competition. You can expect the cars to have a certain weight to them, as the gameplay should be a heady blend of arcade style and simulation elements.