‘The Crew’ Diary } First Impressions

For those who don’t know about The Crew just ignore this post and any posts that has the title from here on. But, you are following this game, should pretty much subscribe to this blog/RSS feed as I will be putting in a ton of material which help you with this game in long run.

For starters anyone who is thinking why do I need to put in stuff around a game in a blog.. because The Crew is a MMO and like any MMO every decision we have in the early stages will impact our gameplay in the long run and when it matters most you wont be to change it. Also, given this is a MMO if you have to restart, you cant just delete save files and start over. You are stuck with your game play and given the save file is linked to your PSN ID or XB1 ID; you may end up starting a new account of struggling in later stages of the game. So hook up to this feed..

TLDR;

This is the best racing game that I have played in a long time and when I thought racing genre was dying Crew came out and I was hooked from the day I saw the launch trailer back a few months. The game meets every expectation I had and even more. It’s pure simple amazing. I will give this game a 10/10. The only downside for me has been that UBISOFT and Sony hasnt been able to deliver my Gold Edition content for 3 days now. Apart from that – everything is just great. Well done Ivory Tower and UBISOFT and everyone who worked to make this game  such a huge success.

 

First of all it’s important to ensure that we get some basic understanding of the game as it is not your typical Racing game and from what I have read a lot of people don’t like this game because they don’t understand what it is. On this point, I think UBISOFT (Producer) and Ivory Tower (Developer) did not do a good job of informing people what it is all about. They said what it will do, but little they would know that the the a lot of gamers out there still are so naive.

This is not a simulation racing game.

And it’s important to understand that. If you are looking to get in a few cars and a new car every 3-4 races this wont happen. You have to get a couple of cars and look to level it up. Also, you wont find a car with most optimum handling and getting into an options screen and tweak how it drives. This is RPG or shall I say CaRPG. By design it’s meant to handle not very good at start. The levels start at 1 and go upto 1299 which means that your first car will handle 1/1299th than it would be when fully upgraded. It will slide and difficult to turn – this is by design and not a flaw.

You are free to go anywhere and do anything

And that too anywhere in US with 7 cities detailed out (of course at a scale). That is the level of freedom you get. If you can see it, you can go there – no invisible walls. Of course this comes at a price of not excellent graphics. But, the graphics are pretty good for the scale we get. I can get to these various landmarks and they look beautiful. The day-night cycle is great and night looks like night. Drive in NY at night and then take a trip outside the city and you wont see many cars. thats because this is how driving in US is at night. I am sure thay can do AC U graphics, but it was not needed for all of us. We wanted a beautiful game with lots of stuff and not something that is just as small as Europe with kick ass graphics. It’s a tradeoff – you like it or not; in the long haul you play to drive not to watch the graphics. As a matter of fact when you are driving an intense race you don’t even notice those smaller things.

Never Drive Alone

Just as the logo goes, this is right. (at least for me) there was always someone to see around of joining a session or do a co-op race. The only challenge I had was that for Story missions everyone is at different level and either I am too far ahead or too far behind. While I may be cruising in Miami, someone will ask me to do a missions in Detroit and if i accept after the missions I will be in Detroit and then I have to go back and travel to Miami again (no fast travel for me). Also, the other point is that I have been playing this game with objectives… next 2 hours I will be just hunting hidden parts or I will be leveling up my car and I dont like to be disturbed in doing something else so when I get an invite I struggle to accept it right away. Then the most disappointed part is that for faction missions, I get into a race and my crew quits on me because it’s very very long and I am forces out of the missions (I was not the crew master both times) and I sense that people have similar challenges too. So what everyone wants is a quick co-op mission for a good score or progress. Which needs me to find a permanent Crew – people I can trust and do stuff together. I am gonna find those 3 people and then i truly – Never Drive Alone.

Invest in Perks

Some perks are really valuable and you should definitely take time to get some on board. The ones I like are – braking and handling. Just max level them and if you need to buy a few with Crew Credits thats a very good investment. Also, the racing line one is a good one. Given this is a street race, you are not told of your route upfront and then suddenly you have to take a turn and you screw it up. For Faction missions it’s a lot of problem. Just 1 level of racing line is enough to give you a route and make predictable turns.

If you are gonna buy some cars, ensure you have that spec perk on as it will save you a lot of bucks. But be careful every reset doubles up the price (thanks to Florin Blaj). So chose them carefully.

Play how you want to play it

This game needs a long haul. The max player level is 50, but the game doesn’t stops there. Getting to 50 can be rewarding but how the story is progressing and I have been Level 14-17 for 2 days now i still have tons and tons to do. I personally want to go slow and if I level up my player it’s okay and if I dont thats okay too. I just want to get my cars very high level. I think getting to Level 20 and unlocking some new kits and Perf Specs is key to reach fast. after that this game needs to go a bit slow. Take the time to climb the leaderboard, redo some stuff and do some missions. Just running to Level 50 and finishing the story can get really challenging. The AI is tricky and Normal races can get hard. The problem you will have is you wont get Gold Parts and your car level will struggle a lot while you keep growing up and up. I still have to understand the progression and maybe car level catches up with higher parts, but i am not sure. So take is slow and enjoy the game.

Car Upgrades

this is very interesting and important to understand. When you get a car and install a spec kit – they are like 2 cars for you. Anything you do on a Street Spec Mustang will not be there on Dirt Spec Mustang. So let’s say I play with Street Spec (SS) Mustang and win Gold parts for all categories. I just can’t go to Mustang Dirt Spec (DS) and buy/quip those parts. I will have to do those missions again or win those Gold parts so that I can upgrade DS mustang again. The car you use to do a missions gets the part automatically, and the Spec you used will have that part unlocked. Any other Spec will not get the part. Let’s take an example

  • Use Mustang SS for Initiation mission and win a Differential Gold Part
  • Install DP on Mustang – Differential Gold Part is not available for Dirt Spec
  • Buy Shelby and install SS on Shelby
  • Buy and then Equip Differential Gold Part on Shelby immediately
  • Buy Charger and install Dirt Spec – Differential Gold part is not available
  • Switch to Charger and do the Initiation mission again – win ECU Grip Gold Part – auto quip on Charger
  • ECU Gold part if available for Mustang DS only (Shelby SS and Mustang SS wont have those parts)

Hope this makes sense; so you will have to use various specs if you want to level up. Just playing one single spec wont work. Remember CaRPG.

Also, remember the Parts have levels too. If you win a part which is applicable for a higher player level it will just wait for you in the Workshop and will unlock when you hit the level. Every missions (skill, story, faction) has a level and the higher you go the better part you will get. Sometimes you may have a Bronze part which is better than a Gold one as it higher level. The higher the level on mission, the higher the part, the more impact points you will get on car. This is where you I think car level should even out, but then if you climb too high you wont get a lot of Golds as missions get tougher.

 

Next thread will cover

  • Missions – various types and how to get most points
  • Tips for a starter