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The Crew, The Police and a bunch of Diamond Parts

A couple of weeks ago we announced a new expansion was coming the The Crew. Titled Calling All Units, the expansion would add law enforcement into the game and allow you to either run as part of your 510’s evading the cops or be the cops trying to shut down the illegal street racers. Well more information has now come to light on what the next expansion will include and just how you can get hold of it.

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Currently the game caps out at 50 and to be honest it won’t take long to reach that, but with the introduction of Calling All Units this has now been increased to 60. However it won’t just be the expansion players that can reach this new level, players of The Crew, The Crew Wild Run, and The Crew Calling All Units will have access to the new lvl 60 cap from the go.  Experience will be gained in the usual ways:

  • Missions
  • Skill Challenges
  • PvP
  • Exploration

But now with the addition of Police Chases thrown into the mix to add a little spice, mayhem and adventure there is even more ways to level up. The slight change comes when you hit level 51, as this is where you can start picking up Diamond Parts. Diamond parts will confer more than one bonus stat at the time, scaling from two bonuses at lvl 51 to all 4 (Acceleration, Top speed, Grip, Braking) bonuses at the same time at lvl 60. Therefore collecting and fitting these to your cars is essential if you want to achieve top performance.

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Finally there is smart loot, which has undergone some minor changes as described below;

  • Smart Loot will now be won at all levels.
  • As such, all Skill Challenges in the game can now be played by absolutely anyone – no matter their level. For example, a level 10 player can access any skill on the West Coast!
  • Players will only win parts that they can equip.
  • The drop will also vary according to the type of activity. The longer and more challenging the activity, the better the reward!

So that’s a brief summary of what to expect but the question is how do you get hold of it?

Players who don’t own The Crew will have the opportunity to grab the whole experience in one go, with The Crew Ultimate Edition. This includes The Crew, The Crew Wild Run and The Crew Calling All Units expansions, as well as all 19 cars from the Season Pass. You will be able to get it at your local store or online at the price of £39.99.

However, if you’re part of the 9 million players who already own The Crew, you can pick up The Crew Calling All Units expansion, available on all digital stores for the price of £19.99. This will come with The Crew Wild Run for free.

Finally for players that own the The Crew Wild Run already, when they pick up their copy of The Crew Calling All Units, you will automatically get the Nissan GT-R 2016 for free, which is a Calling All Units exclusive vehicle. This is available to anyone who has bought and played The Crew Wild Run before the release of The Crew Calling All Units expansion.

The Crew Calling All Units expansion is set for release on November 29th On PC and Xbox One. For further information about The Crew game check out the Official Website and at the same time why don’t you check out the announcement trailer below?

Cops take on street racers in The Crew’s next expansion

Today at Gamescom Ubisoft have announced the next expansion to their successful driving MMO The Crew, titled Calling All Units. As the title suggests Calling All Units puts players in the role of police officers tasked with shutting down the street racers and bringing them to justice.

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The Calling All Units expansion will bring with it a new 12 mission storyline where players will be able to develop tactics, collect new vehicles as well as the normal new cars parts and XP. With Supercars, SUV’s and motorbikes all decked out in police livery high speed pursuits can happen anytime, anywhere, and with players able to access both the police and the racers it’s going to be frantic. However it won’t be as easy as you think as the racers will be equipped with flashbangs, unlimited nitro, and other abilities to help them evade capture but the police will also have a few surprises up their sleeves.

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The Crew Calling All Units is set for release on November 29 on Xbox One and PC. However if you’re new to the game and looking to dive into the full experience The Crew Ultimate Edition will be released on the same day and this pack will include, The Crew Wild Run expansion, the Calling All Units expansion, and the Season Pass vehicles with their customization options.

If you are still not convinced then why don’t you try the free trial currently available to download for the PC and Xbox One which includes the core game and also The Wild Run expansion? This trial can be downloaded at the Xbox Store of from The Crew Official Website.

Take a Wild Run with The Crew

Ubisoft’s ambitious racer, The Crew, is about to get wild.

The Wild Run expansion is available to download now, and the Wild Run edition will be available in stores at the end of the week. To get the game ready for this exciting new expansion, the standard game has an update that will enhance graphics, introduce new lighting effects and a new weather system, plus adapt several areas of the games specifically for the new vehicles.

Check out the launch trailer below.

E3 Ubisoft Conference – round-up

The Ubisoft conference is the fourth press conference of this year’s E3 and expectations are for more information and footage of already announced games. However, will they have a few surprises up their sleeves? Aisha Tyler once again presents this year’s conference, with her genuine passion for the industry, charisma and skilful presenting helping to smooth over the sometimes awkward stage presence of developers. Mind you, our money’s on a “tall woman” joke hitting at some point during the show.

First up is a complete and wonderful surprise, a new South Park RPG is in the works, South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Smashing title by the way. Showing in-game footage the reveal trailer hints at a hilarious continuation of the previous game’s story and characters, this time, however, the South Park lad are playing super heroes rather than high fantasy. No release date yet, but colour us excited.

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Next up is another surprise, and a new IP at that, For Honor, a medieval melee-combat action game where you choose to be the heroes Viking, Knight, or Samurai in a 4 vs. 4 fight amongst a bustling battlefield. They’ll be multiple modes with different objectives, but the focus is on short, team combat scenarios. Proclamations are made of this being a new genre, we hope they’re referring to a new genre for Ubisoft, because there’s some striking similarities with the likes of Chivalry going on.

Next a new expansion is revealed for The Crew, The Crew: Wildrun, where monster trucks and dirt track vehicles seem to be the focus. Then a new expansion for Trails Fusion is revealed, Trails Fusion: Awesome Level Max, where you are a cat riding a fire breathing unicorn. We’re sold.

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A game we’ve been itching to see in action again is up next, The Division, the openworld action RPG revealed two years ago. Gameplay footage was shown of a team planning a raid on NPCs only for another player controlled team to come along. All seems friendly as the two player teams work together to take the NPC crew down, before a brilliant bout of betrayals cascades through the group to leave a lone player with all the loot. It look terrific, and we’ll finally be able to play it next year, first with a Beta, then on March the 8th it sees release.

Annon 2205 is revealed next. The popular PC building management game is now expanded so you can build off-planet on the moon as well as on terra firma.

The latest Just Dance iteration is up next, Just Dance 2016, introduced by “singer” Jason Derule whilst dancers boogie on down behind him. For the first time in the series’ history you won’t need a camera or motion devices to track you, you can instead use your phone, opening the series up to a much large audience. Additionally, a new optional subscription based streaming service can provide new tracks frequently for you to dance to.

Next comes singleplayer reveal footage of Rainbow Six Siege, showing off a story-based campaign and the return of everyone’s favourite multiplayer mode Terrohunt (terrorist hunt), allowing up to four players to team up and take out terrorist with the same permadeath consequences for mistakes. It was also revealed that everything is destructible, adding new ways to breach buildings and kill unsuspecting enemies. You can play the Beta from September the 24th.

Trackmania Turbo

Another surprise next as Trackmania Turbo is revealed for consoles. The popular PC title where you can build, share and race your own crazy, gravity defying custom tracks will be bringing that same experience to Xbox One; super-fast pace, ghost cars, online leaderboards, four player split screen, and VR support included.

Next came a new CG trailer for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, giving us all an idea of the trouble we can get up to when that’s released, as well as introducing the female protagonist, Evie Frye’s more psychotic, bloodthirsty side. She is indeed not to be trifled with.

Ghost Recond Wildlands

One last reveal remains and once again it is a total surprise. A huge openworld, beautiful visuals, violent military combat, multiple options on how a team can kill their targets: this is Ghost Recon Wildlands.

And that was the Ubisoft press conference. It was another great conference and it delivered far more surprises than we expected too, but no “tall woman” joke, disappointingly. Square Enix are next, like Bethesda this is their first E3 conference, can they reach the high bar set by everyone else so far? We’ll tell you all about it shortly.

The Crew gets new Speed Live update

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Ubisoft have announced details of the new content update and Speed Car Pack DLC that is available for their MMO Racer The Crew.

The new Speed Live update contains an assortment of goodies for us and includes new tuning specs for 6 cars and a bunch of new faction missions. The most exciting part of this update is the new PVP mode they are calling The Eliminator. This new mode will support two to eight players and each player has a number of lives. Each time the timer hits zero the last placed car looses a life forcing players to take risks to stay in first place.

The Speed Car Pack is the second DLC pack to be released for The Crew and brings three new cars, the Alfa Romeo 4C, the Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo and my favorite the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series.

Information on both the update and the Speed Car pack can be seen in official trailer below

You will be pleased to know that the Speed Live update is free for all users, and if you own the season pass you can also get the Speed Car Pack free of charge. Otherwise if you want these three lovely cars then you’ll have to pay for them.

The Crew has another patch on the way, online fixes and PvP inbound

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After it’s extremely rough launch late last year, Ubisoft are in the process of releasing yet another patch for The Crew which will hopefully fix a lot of the remaining issues that players are still facing.

As well as fixing a lot of problems, a brand new PvP mode is being introduced. The main goal? Eliminate everyone in the race on one of ten new tracks. Sounds interesting, at least.

You can find the full patch notes below.

New Content

  • New PvP mode
    The new PvP mode is an elimination race with 10 new tracks available.
  • New faction missions
    Four new faction missions will be released with the patch on Thursday, February 12.

Fixes and Updates

Online

  • The quick co-op feature has been improved, and several bugs related to joining sessions have been fixed.
  • PvP lobby improvements
    • Enabled browsing of players after selecting cars.
  • PvP session improvements
    • Matchmaking should now allow players to find more players quicker.

Statistics

  • Fixed the issue that was causing statistics to display incorrect data and/or simply reset the data.
    Previous data will not be restored, but new statistics should not be lost anymore.

Awards

  • Fixed an issue related to unlocking and tracking the progress of certain awards.

Challenges

  • Fixed an issue related to progression on challenges.

Frame rate

  • Improved frame rate in cockpit view.

UI

  • Fixed an issue when applying certain parts.

Friends

  • Fixed an issue related to a friend’s presence in game – their status will be set to offline when they quit the game.

Cars

  • Improvements and tweaking of several cars’ handling and speed.
    • Buggy’s grip has been improved in order for it to be able to climb hills as other Raid cars.
    • Fixed a bug where some cars were able to reach an extreme off-road top speed in reverse gear for:
      • Bentley Continental GT
      • Cadillac Escalade
      • Abarth 500
      • Alfa Romeo 4C
      • Hummer H1 Alpha
    • MINI Cooper S in Circuit Spec:
      • Toned down the nitro and grip for MINI Cooper S.
    • Lamborghini Murcielago in Circuit Spec:
      • Grip slightly improved when using nitro.

Missions

  • AI behavior in some missions improved.
  • AI and police car behavior in chase missions improved:
    • Opponent cars are now less aggressive, and they try more to follow players instead of taking them down.

Gameplay

  • Modifications applied to the friction on side barriers in order to avoid wall-riding exploit.

The Crew review

Ubisoft haven’t had the best 2014, sure they’ve released some great titles but some of them have been marred by game breaking bugs or poor connectivity in multiplayer. Now the dust has settled, how does Ubisoft’s MMO racer place on the starting grid and can it get a podium finish? Set in a fictional compressed version of Continental United States, the cities and countryside environments retain their identity but are not too large that you will have to spend hours driving from East to West/North to South.

Need for Speed used to release a yearly title with a storyline that would be right at home in a Fast and Furious film, now The Crew has taken on this mantle. You play as Alex Taylor, voiced by Troy Baker who voiced Pagan Min in Ubisoft’s open world shooter Far Cry 4. You are the brother of a car gangster who is killed by a rival gang member, the police arrive with you at the scene and put two and two together with the help of a crooked FBI agent leaving you in the frame. Five years later and the FBI come crawling to your cell to ask for your help to infiltrate your Brother’s old gang (The 5-10) and bring down the FBI agent that framed you – the story certainly won’t win any awards for originality!

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Ivory Tower are behind the wheel of The Crew so it’s no surprise that the developer brings with it influences from their past, which include Need for Speed and Test Drive Unlimited. It’s also no surprise then that the gameplay is firmly rooted in an arcade style of racing, it worked for Need for Speed so why not the Crew? Well, you need to get the AI right and unfortunately for The Crew the AI is its biggest problem. It swings from ruthless to stupid in a matter of seconds – escaping from thugs and police can be more luck than being a skilful driver and races are also strangely paced – at times you can be out in front but never gain much distance from the pack while other times you’ll crash and the other cars will slow down allowing you to catch up.

It makes the racing feel artificial and lack that ‘edge of your seat’ action. One mission in particular was especially annoying – no matter how hard I raced I was always overtaken at the same point. Not only was this frustrating but it also made the race feel terribly scripted and almost ruined the previous 12 hours I had played.

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You can tweak a variety of settings to help improve the way your car handles, both in the game settings and by upgrading as you level up your character and your car – your car is effectively a separate ‘character’ that can be leveled up with parts won from events and challenges. Unfortunately the ‘parts’ have a minimal effect on your attributes and are really only necessary to increase your level so that you can take part in certain missions. Each rank that your character gains will reward you with a point to invest in perks that help with driving, exploration and purchasing power – you gain a different set of perks from each of the crew members that you meet throughout the campaign.

It’s quite a novel idea to give an RPG-like XP system to both character and car but it does raise the question as to why you’d need to invest money into new vehicles when they are just atheistic! It’s a good job too because some vehicles are so highly priced that you’ll need to grind away for hours to make enough money or succumb to the dreaded micro-transactions to buy that ride you simply must have.

For me, the main technical brilliance of The Crew is the location it’s set in – save for the first loading screen the game streams in seamlessly and there’s plenty to see and do from exploring vast landscapes, hunting down hidden parts of a kit car to visiting hundreds of well-know landmarks or tackling one of the 573 skill challenges – you will certainly be kept busy for many hours to come, that is if you can stomach the arcade racing. The size of the world does mean that graphics are somewhat sacrificed – you can’t expect Forza graphics when the game is rendering the entirety of the Continental United States!

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Another stand out feature for me was the cockpit view. Apart from the rearview mirrors not rendering any reflections, it felt really natural. Instead of opting for a static viewpoint, your view moves naturally when you turn tight corners similar to Forza’s Kinect head tracking. It works really well and you will almost forget you are playing a rigid arcade racer, well until you crash into another vehicle. Crashing has that perfect arcade feel – you bounce right off other cars, or even go through them, unless of course you are travelling too fast or hit something far bigger than you, that rewards you with a Burnout inspired slow motion crash sequence!

The Crew is a real mixed bag – the play area of the game is really impressive and there’s plenty to keep you occupied but the AI and somewhat iffy arcade controls can really ruin the game experience at times. The campaign is a clever balance of story missions and skill challenges – you need to complete skill challenges in order to upgrade your car so that you can compete in the story missions. You can bypass this by playing a co-op game – if one of your ‘crew’ comes first then you will pass that mission. This in itself is a challenge though; despite The Crew being advertised as an MMO there were never more than a small handful of players available in my session and often none of them seemed bothered about joining my game.

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Thankfully the game can be completed purely in single player although because it’s an MMO you do need to have an Internet connection. Aside from Co-op there’s also PVP events and you can form your own crew with your friends or random players in your session. The main MMO element is the persistent ‘war’ between the 5-10 factions – you align yourself with one of them and at the end of each month the faction with the highest reputation points will receive bonus missions for its members that have special rewards.

The Crew lacks that intense racing spirit that Forza Horizon 2 created, instead it’s more like a leisurely Sunday drive, which is certainly no bad thing for when you just want to kick back and relax. It’s best to remember that at its heart The Crew is an arcade racer and shouldn’t be treated with any preconceptions you might have from playing other racing titles. While the MMO elements are rather dubious and the micro-transactions are just plain greedy, I had a great time racing my way across the United States visiting familiar landmarks and experiencing the open road, maybe next time The Crew will take a transatlantic road trip to Europe – I just hope it leaves its dodgy AI behind!

We bought our own copy of the game to bring you this review

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The Crew leaves the starting grid from Monday

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The Crew doesn’t officially launch until Dec 2 but Ubisoft will be switching on the servers to their brand new MMO racing game from Monday morning GMT. After taking to the European roads of Forza Horizon 2 with my friends, I’ve high hopes for The Crew to deliver the ultimate social driving experience.

Ubisoft have held review copies until the game world is fully populated – a bold move, although a sensible one, I hope it doesn’t damage any sales for this exciting new racer!