The Crew Adds Boss Fights To Racing Games

The Crew Adds Boss Fights To Racing Games

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The next-gen racing game from Ivory Tower and Reflection takes place in a "persistent online world" the encompasses the entirety of the U.S.A.

Picture World of Warcraft meets Need for Speed. That's the kind of game you are looking at with Ivory Tower and Reflection's The Crew. The Crew is about building cars and driving across America. Across the entirety of America, Ubisoft announced at it's E3 press conference. It takes place within a "persistent online world" (industry speak for "MMO") where every other driver you encounter may be an AI, but also may be another human player. Oh, and there are boss fights. In a racing game.

"[The Crew's world has] more variety in a videogame world that is as big as has ever been created," boasts Ubisoft, telling us that players will "Seek to infiltrate and take over a criminal organization one city at a time." With a little help form your friends, of course. A live demo of the game at E3 showed four players in different parts of America all teaming up to take down a gang kingpin by ramming his car until it crashed. In other words - a boss fight.

Ubisoft explains that there is no lobby system for The Crew, as all interactions take place entirely in-game. Players can chat with their friends, form groups, join Crews, and tackle group missions all from an in-game interface.

Another key feature of The Crew is the insane level of vehicle customization. Ubisoft promises that you can strip down a car to the engine, and change individual engine performance parts. The demo showed all kinds of cars, from off-road monsters to street-bound speedsters, all with varying levels of customization.

Being an MMO, the game will of course have a competitive component to it. The demo stopped short of actually showing that, ending with two rival crews facing each other off, so we're not sure if it will encompass races, destruction derby's, or both.

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the entirety of the US? will I be able to go and run over my own house then? because if so I'm listening.

Since this is a racing game by Ubisoft and based on that mission on the demo I assume that this is being made by the guys that did Driver SF.

I get that the map is more of a small representation of USA (still a big map though) so it reminded me of GTA SA with its representation of LA, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Really liked it though, while I never went to Miami it kind of looked like the stuff you see on TV. And that beach looked great, nice to see that you can drive out of roads, Driver SF and Forza Horizon kind of failed in that area.

"[The Crew's world has] more variety in a videogame world that is as big as has ever been created."

Just Cause 2 called. They'd like a word with you about frivolous claims.

looks interesting, but not something I'm getting chills from. So far all three conference shown are kinda mediocre at best. Save us Nintendo!

The original NFS: Most Wanted had boss fights in a racing game. They were actually pretty interestingly done as well.

leet_x1337:
"[The Crew's world has] more variety in a videogame world that is as big as has ever been created."

Just Cause 2 called. They'd like a word with you about frivolous claims.

First off great avatar

Second I couldn't agree more about JC2 having such an amazing world, I'm still amazing they never considered offical mutiplayer so you do stuff like races on it's giant highway system (although odds are someone would be flying overhead trying to ram you with a 747)

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:
The original NFS: Most Wanted had boss fights in a racing game. They were actually pretty interestingly done as well.

That was my first thought too. "Need for Speed: Most Wanted (the original) called." I think it's the first racing game where you can "kill" a boss though.

This actually looks very, very good. Colour me interested Ubi, you have a bunch of games that I'm interested in. Please don't fuck me over and I'll love you long time. You and EA both, surprising and unreliable as that sounds.

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:
The original NFS: Most Wanted had boss fights in a racing game. They were actually pretty interestingly done as well.

I was focusing more the multiplayer aspect of the boss fights, almost like an MMO style group quest/raid/dungeon

Steven Bogos:

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:
The original NFS: Most Wanted had boss fights in a racing game. They were actually pretty interestingly done as well.

I was focusing more the multiplayer aspect of the boss fights, almost like an MMO style group quest/raid/dungeon

Lol, I just imagined an MMO-style raid group forming up in a best buy parking lot (a la the old NFS:U2 product placement). That's... interesting, haha.

 

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