Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
May 6, 2015
Photos By: Courtesy of Ubisoft

When you think about it, most of us haven’t really grown up. We have diecast cars (that the wife calls “toys”), some of us still build plastic models, or perhaps you’re into R/C cars like I am. However, if you’re under 50 years-old you’ve most likely played video games a time or two in your life. From the earliest pixelated versions on an Atari 2600 console to the latest high-quality HD graphics of today’s games, I’ve seen and played them all. As a youth I’d feed game machines in the arcade until my parents screamed “no mas” and dragged me home. Today I have a killer gaming PC I custom built myself to play all manner of games with two video cards, a ton of memory, and more; so when we got wind that Ubisoft was working on a major driving game that would allow you to drive clear across the United States through real world scenery, driving fully licensed vehicles, and with the ability to race your friends online, we had to check into it. The Crew launched at the end of 2014 and over the last few months has been gaining an ever-growing audience of players, so we had to check it out.

The Crew is an online game, where your car is your “avatar” and you have an expansive map to enjoy, looking for people to crew up with, or rivals to compete against in many action-driving challenges on and off road. Join a faction, tune your car, buy and sell cars, complete missions, and just generally have a lot of fun with your friends. All throughout you have the opportunity to collect performance parts and body upgrades to make your ride more responsive, handle off-road racing, and more for each terrain you’ll encounter. There are also many perks to add to your vehicle. Like any racing game, however, the real fun is in the licensed cars. Driving some red sports car that sort-of looks like a Mustang just doesn’t cut it with us. Thankfully, Ubisoft worked with Ford and several Ford-licensed custom builders to give us Blue Oval fans a garage full of dream rides.

For the first time in a racing game you can literally travel from California to New York to Miami, and many points in between, collecting points and completing missions along the way.
Joining a faction means you have faction missions to complete, raising your faction rank and making you more money to buy upgrades for your car.
Like the ’67 G.T. 500, which is technically listed under Shelby, the Saleen S7 Twin Turbo is listed under Saleen vehicles, but we all know they’re Ford powered and would love to have them in our personal collections.

The official list of rides includes:

1967 Shelby G.T. 500
2013 Shelby GT500
2011 Mustang GT
2010 Focus RS
F150 SVT Raptor
Ford GT Supercar
Saleen S7 Twin Turbo
2015 Mustang

There’s not a car on that list that we wouldn’t give an arm (and a leg!) to have in our garage. Check out the screen shots below for more on The Crew and see www.ubisoft.com too. The Crew is available now on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.

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