Tuesday, June 18, 2013

E3 2013: The Crew

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 2013, hit Los Angeles yet again with a ton of awesome gaming news. And although I wasn't in attendance, I kept up with some of the news and will be posting some of my favorite announcements.

First up is The Crew from Ubisoft Reflections and Ivory Tower. The racing genre has never been high on my list, but after watching this engaging trailer, this new IP is on my next-gen watch-list. The beautiful visuals set to an exciting score are the perfect combo. Get comfortable. You're going to want to watch this several times. All I'll say is: I've lost count.

We're only a week removed from its announcement and there's plenty to be excited about. I think the top reason you should keep an eye out for this game is being able to drive alongside three of your friends to complete missions. You can jump in and out of games at any time. I can already picture which Xbox Live friends I'll be driving with. The thought of taking our co-op antics on the road to Chicago or Los Angeles sounds pretty amazing.

The depth of customization, if maintained, is guaranteed to hook in car enthusiasts as well as provide less car savvy players with a nice learning opportunity. It was reported that players will be able to strip a car down completely and build it back up to tailor your vehicle to fit an upcoming mission. With iOS, Android tablets and the web, you can play with the specs of your vehicle away from your console and have it street-ready when you return.

The second video shown at E3 is a mission walk-through. It briefly shows how the customization works before the four players are sent out on their mission to take down an armored truck. The video ends with...well you probably want to see it yourself. So check it out.

The rides currently listed to be available are: Chevy Camaro RS 1969 and Camaro SS 2010, Ford Mustang GT 2011 and Focus RS 2010, Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) and 2013 370Z (Z34) and the RUF 3400 K.

The Crew is slated for a Q1 2014 release. It will be available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. For more information visit the game's site here.

What do you think of The Crew? Are you a racing game fan? If not, is the gameplay seen here enough to warrant a test drive? What kinds of vehicles would you like to see in this next-gen racer? Sound off in the comments.

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