There is no shortage of offerings in the racing genre in the proverbial sea of games coming out in the next couple months. Forza Horizon 2 comes out just next week, and games such as the crowd-funded Project CARS and the Sony exclusive Driveclub aren’t far behind. Amidst all these racers, Ubisoft and Ivory Tower’s The Crew stands out to me as the one with the most promise and the best chance to stand out. It is disappointing how low the overall hype appears to be for this game. Despite this, there are clearly plenty of reasons people should be more excited for the game’s release on November 11.
1. Driving Across the United States Looks Amazing
One thing that holds me back from being a fan of most racing games is how confined they usually feel. So many racing games trap you in set tracks, maybe with a barren open area supposedly representing a city tying each race together. Some of the best racing games I have played were the ones that were able to avoid the confined feeling. Open tracks, vibrant cities, and deep car customization (Midnight Club 3 comes to mind) are key elements in making any racing game special.
One of The Crew‘s biggest hooks is how free the game design is. The game sets you loose in a microcosmic version of the entire United States, with many of the country’s major cities being fairly presented. The idea of being able to drive nonstop from California to New York in a video game is extremely alluring. Cross country drives could be the biggest draw for The Crew if the game can provide a steady set of activities along the way.