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Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
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  1. Jul 4, 2018
    90
    In all, The Crew 2 is a big step forward for the series and does its best to right the wrongs of the original. Take the time to learn the ins and outs here and you will have a game that gives you hours and hours of enjoyment.
  2. Jul 13, 2018
    88
    I'll be the first to admit that I was not a fan of the original Crew racing game, but Ubisoft's team went to work and developed a racing game that is so addictive that it should be considered a controlled substance. Despite some flaws and hiccups along the way, The Crew 2 is poised to cement itself as the definitive arcade racing experience on any platform.
  3. Jul 1, 2018
    85
    The Crew 2 transforms America into a high speed sandbox with unmatched variety. Terrorize New York’s West Side Highway? Check. Buzz the Pentagon in a prop plane? Check. Leave tread marks in New Mexico desert? Check. There’s a lot to do here, and it feels great to do it, particularly for casual racing fans, while sim fans who want to just chill out and go fast in their home city will also enjoy themselves. The Crew 2’s minor flaws could easily be ironed out with a few quality of life patches.
  4. Jun 29, 2018
    82
    The Crew 2 repeats its formula to expand the limits to new opportunities. Now we can travel across United States by land, sea or air, offering many activities, races and ways to live and enjoy the speed. It's not perfect because of its physics and technical issues on Xbox One. Regardless, it gives you the experience you need in each moment.
  5. Jul 10, 2018
    80
    The crew 2 outshines its predecessor with a remarkable arcade-ish nature, that is not necessarily very unique or original. The new cars and variety of events blends to make it a very enjoyable and fun game that will drive us around the entire United States for a while.
  6. Jul 5, 2018
    80
    Whatever you decide to do, it’s easy to just hop into the game and have a spin - or a splash or a woosh! What comes to the comparison I presented in the beginning, Forza Horizon 3 (and not to mention its upcoming sequel) might be clinically prettier but it lacks something The Crew 2 has; charisma. Overly serious big games don’t often allow having much fun nowadays, so it’s refreshing to see a title that is built around it.
  7. Jul 3, 2018
    80
    The racing itself is reasonably good as are the graphics – despite them having a lot of little flaws. The sound design is solid, but the soundtrack lacks any soul and that holds true for the voice work. Still, it’s a fun time and fans of many kinds of racing will find something to enjoy.
  8. Jul 2, 2018
    80
    Basically, no matter what floats your boat, there’s a good chance that The Crew 2 has it. And that’s why I can’t help but love it. Warts and all.
  9. Jul 1, 2018
    80
    The Crew 2 is much bigger and much better than its predecessor. It’s not perfect by any means, but it does tick many of the boxes that it desperately needed to, nevertheless. Issues with the lack of map engagement and the T-800 AI to the side, The Crew 2 offers a robust and gorgeously detailed racing experience. It’s accessible, fairly deep, well rounded and thoroughly entertaining, for the most part.
  10. Jul 6, 2018
    76
    As an arcade racer you’ll get quite a bit of fun out of The Crew 2, thanks to plenty of vehicles and the various race types as well as challenges. The open world on the other hand is only little more than an empty shell.
  11. Jul 18, 2018
    75
    Taking an American muscle car at 300 km/h along a gorge, falling hopelessly into the void and ending up maneuvering gracefully an aircraft in an instant is a pleasant driving experience that is rarely seen in the racing genre; but it's just one of the many activities that The Crew 2 has prepared. It’s a game you either love or hate; while fun and accessible, not all of its elements shine as it could.
  12. Jul 5, 2018
    75
    The Crew 2 is a two-sided experience: on one side we've got a lot of events with unique situations in the racer landscape and a huge open world, while on the other we've got a game lacking sense of challenge and progression, with shoddy characters and cut-scenes. Our hopes for the game reside in an hopefully strong post-launch support.
  13. Jul 2, 2018
    75
    The Crew 2 won’t be seen as a game that defines the genre, but it’s definitely one that adds fun and variety to it, and even if you’re not a hardcore racing fan. It’s worth checking out.
  14. Jun 30, 2018
    75
    The Crew 2 invents nothing, and excels at nothing. But it’s a huge mix of many fun and cool things to do, served by an amazingly big open-world turned into a sandbox for grown-up kids.
  15. Jun 29, 2018
    75
    Quotation forthcoming.
  16. Jun 29, 2018
    75
    A better game than The Crew was but still a few steps behind the Horizon Series, despite its variety of vehicles.
  17. Jul 3, 2018
    74
    In the end the fact that most of the different disciplines are fun to play, outweigh the shortcomings. Which makes The Crew 2 a fun, scrappy, but not all that essential arcade racer. If it could somehow reign in the insanity and shortcomings, while providing a real reason to drive around and explore the impressive open-world U.S.A. - especially in co-op – then it could become something special.
  18. Jul 6, 2018
    73
    The Crew 2 is a fun arcade racer, but it covers too much, lacking quality in some aspects related to gameplay and variety.
  19. Jul 29, 2018
    70
    The Crew 2 did a good job on improving the original game. It's a little bit more of everything, and the new road/sea/air feature offers a lot of fun and variety. Some new race categories are much better than others however (the bike races are particularly bad), and the driving controls are still basic compared to what we can expect from a 2018 racing game.
  20. Jul 17, 2018
    70
    The racing on offer in The Crew 2 is fun and there are a wide variety of different events and vehicles that will keep you entertained. For some genre fans, that may be enough, but sadly, it’s a game that feels like a jack of all trades and a master of none. Throw in some odd design choices, a dull story, and lukewarm presentation and The Crew 2 is an ambitious game that doesn’t achieve its potential, nor does it approach the standard of some other open-world racers available today.
  21. Jul 10, 2018
    70
    The Crew 2 is an ambitious undertaking that puts over-the-top arcade racing front and center. Though it makes large strides in the right direction over its predecessor, it suffers from odd game design choices, a lack of PvP, and a lackluster presentation that puts it squarely in the rearview mirror of its competition.
  22. Jun 29, 2018
    70
    Ubisoft should be rewarded for its ambition, but ultimately ambition has translated into an overly busy experience that's got a little too much going on.
  23. Jun 29, 2018
    70
    The Crew 2 is big, confident, and stuffed with arcade racing action – land, sea, and air. There’s undoubtedly something still charming about a racing game that lets us drive an F1 car across the Golden Gate bridge, fly a Spitfire through the Grand Canyon, and crash a monster truck through Central Park, but its uneven presentation, lack of events that use its best features, and absent PvP is a bummer.
  24. Jul 11, 2018
    65
    In a way The Crew 2 is a better game from the old, but in another way, it is also very much the same flawed racer. There is a lot of good here: open world, four racing types, huge customization, and tons of races. However, as a racing game, you’d do better with Mario Kart.
  25. Jul 3, 2018
    65
    The Crew 2 has a lot of potential, but its great graphics and sound design don’t make up for its lack of content, lack of online multiplayer and weak AI. Maybe it’ll get better via monthly updates as the previous version did, but at the moment, The Crew 2 is not so superior to its predecessor.
  26. 65
    The Crew 2 feels like a missed opportunity for Ubisoft after what was a decent start for the franchise in 2014. It’s a racing game with some interesting ideas, but the new main additions frankly aren’t entertaining enough and there’s too much of a focus on quantity over quality.
  27. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Aug 18, 2018
    60
    An ambitious but watered-down racing experience that rarely satisfies. [Sept 2018, p.92]
  28. Jul 2, 2018
    60
    The Crew 2 lacks its own purpose and identity, as though it’s magpie’d many excellent features but stitched them together in a way that doesn’t yet make sense...Despite the bolstered vehicular options and the novelty of beaching a boat in Central Park, sadly there’s just not enough here to keep you on the starting grid.
  29. Jun 29, 2018
    60
    Other than brief moments, no part of The Crew 2 is captivating enough, including the rubberband-based gameplay, the events themselves, and the overall setup of the open world.
  30. Jun 27, 2018
    60
    I found myself struggling to “get” it, worried I was some degree of incompetent or something. But the more I thought about it, the more I feel like The Crew 2 doesn’t get itself, either. It wants so desperately to be an open world experience that can seamlessly become race-like events in a games as service-like multiplayer setting. But we just aren’t there yet, so the races exist in pocket universes where you and some friends can battle the computer or you can go it alone. Either way, you’re just grinding for the sake of it.
  31. 60
    Jack of all trades, master of none. The Crew 2 is ultimately a more enjoyable experience than the first game, but one that also buckles under its own ambition.
  32. Jul 6, 2018
    58
    The Crew 2 offers a wealth of varied content to undertake in a huge open world, but the entire experience is shackled by too many gameplay and design annoyances, with hastily borrowed mechanics that never really come together.
  33. Jul 23, 2018
    55
    Even though it makes some steps forward, The Crew 2 doesn’t offer much beyond wandering aimlessly and stumbling across landmarks. The variety of vehicle types removes any barriers on where you can go, and the creative racing scenarios keep things somewhat interesting. However, these strengths are overpowered by the annoying dialogue, pointless features, and considerable lack of challenge. Stats are king of the road in The Crew 2. Racing skill is supplanted by thoughtless RPG mechanics, and before long, it all just feels like going through the motions.
  34. Jul 5, 2018
    55
    Is The Crew 2 an improvement on the original? Without a doubt, yes. Should Forza Horizon be worried? Nope. The improvements made to this sequel and its unique take on racing are let down by lack of improvements where it counts, and some design choices that left me scratching my head. Thankfully, Ubisoft have really set their stall out when it comes to supporting their games over long periods of time, so there may still be some hope. If you are looking for something to tide you over while you wait for Forza Horizon 4, sure you do worse than pick this game up. But I would recommend waiting on a price cut first.
  35. Jun 29, 2018
    50
    It’s not bad, but it lacks imagination outside of the singular gimmick that you can change vehicles at any time, and ends up just being rather average.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 53
  2. Negative: 25 out of 53
  1. Jul 8, 2018
    7
    The Crew didn’t do well with the critics back in 2014 and none of my friends were a massive fan of the game either. I found this to be a shameThe Crew didn’t do well with the critics back in 2014 and none of my friends were a massive fan of the game either. I found this to be a shame because I actually quite enjoyed it despite its shortcomings. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t the best racing game I’ve ever experienced before but The Crew did offer a few unique features and these unique features caused me to sink quite a few enjoyable hours into the game. As you can imagine then I’m probably one of the few that was looking forward to The Crew 2, and I’m pleased to say that The Crew 2 is definitely an improvement over the original and I’m hoping that the improvements will bring the people who disliked the game back to the table. The first thing you will notice about the game is how much you can do. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the content available to you will keep you satisfied for months to come and the best thing is that you won’t become bored of the content either because it has variety dotted throughout. To accompany the vast amount of content then you also have an absolutely massive world in which the game takes place in. This world is gigantic and driving around it never gets boring because there’s always something different for you to do. If you like multiple vehicles to drive in this gigantic world then you’ll be pleased to know that there’s something for everybody. Each vehicle feels completely different and by them doing this it gives the game even more replayability because in the end you’re eager to try out each different vehicle. There is also a good progression system put into place that allows you to improve your vehicle quite considerably and on the whole this system has been done well, but I did find it a little grindy when trying to get the best results for the vehicle I had at the time. If you played the first game then you’ll recall that the game suffered with quite a few technichal issues, but you’ll be pleased to know that these technichal issues don’t resurface in The Crew 2, in fact technically the game holds up really well throughout your time with the game and you don’t bump into many problems at all, which is great. Something The Crew did get right last time around though was its presentation and once again they get it spot on here. Visually the game can look absolutely stunning at times and the sound design that accompanies it is equally as good which without a doubt gives the game a nice creative edge to it. At the end of the day The Crew 2 is a game that I’ll be enjoying for ages and I’m pleased to see that they’ve improved certain areas and for that reason I definitely recommend that you give this game a try even if you didn’t like the first game that much. Full Review »
  2. Jun 26, 2018
    2
    While the map is huge, the graphics are above average and the game is mostly polished, Crew 2 is severely misguided as to what makes an openWhile the map is huge, the graphics are above average and the game is mostly polished, Crew 2 is severely misguided as to what makes an open world racer feel good. Making a huge open world is fine and it is quite impressive but the world feels dead, sure the environments look decent enough but who cares when it lacks character and any trace of civilisation or incentive to explore this barren open world.

    World physics are horrendous, I don't know why but gravity in this game is totally messed up, it feels like you fall straight down like there is a magnet attracting it and that's weird and honestly horrible. There's zero suspension physics so jumps are kinda retarded in this game.

    Next the weather, there's next to none in this game. Again the world feels empty and lacks character because of this shallow weather implementation. Horrible.

    I don't really mind physics all that much but I guess when there's a standard set by Forza Horizon 2/3 you start to understand just how important car physics are. Cars in the Crew 2 are like GTA or Watch Dogs cars, there's very little that differentiates one from the other beyond speed. Cars don't feel different enough and the physics are kinda trash. Very shallow physics and just really bad for a racer. There's also not a lot of details on cars, again FH3 made every car look beautiful, filled to the brim with details. Car damage is again very shallow.

    Races are really dumb in this game, there's way too many jumps. I don't get why, it looks stupid and feels like you're playing Asphalt 8. Way too many jumps it just doesn't make you feel like you control the car. And honestly you don't need to because the wall will do it for you. Wall riding is faster than taking a racing line, yes we've got retarded game design. I know this is catered to kids and casuals but there's a limit.

    Other vehichles are worse to play with. Boats feel like you're playing the boat game on wii sports resort but it's still infinitely worse. Physics are again superficial and there is zero interactivity with the waves. Even a decade old game made waves an integral part of boat racing.

    Driving planes put me to sleep, I don't know why it's there, but it's there and it's boring. Everything about this game screams generic, superficial and it feels like everything in this game is an after thought except for the large open world but even there they stopped after rendering the environments.

    Graphics are above average but still pretty bad, cars lack detail, pop in is everywhere. Very superficial modelling.

    This game is bad, don't buy it, it has nothing to offer as a racer but if you want to see averagely rendered American landmarks buy it when it's 10 euros... Wait for Forza Horizon 4, I know it's a gruelling wait but it'll be worth it. It looks like FH4 is going to yet again set the standard for an open world racer.
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  3. Jul 1, 2018
    4
    A reboot of the first game that functions worse. Horrendous rubberbanding that artificially increases difficulty. The ability to fast travelA reboot of the first game that functions worse. Horrendous rubberbanding that artificially increases difficulty. The ability to fast travel everywhere immediately therefore removing any incentive to explore making the giant map rather redundant. No PvP until DECEMBER! Mind you this is an online only racing game where the core mechanic is racing with friends yet there's no competitive modes whatsoever where as the first game had it right out the gate. The plane sections are no more than time trials, same as the off-road raids (which weren't in the first game). Cops are advertised but absent. Having said all that it does look pretty on the XB1X at 1800p. Yay! Though after watching comparison videos there are sections of the game that actually received a visual downgrade when viewed side by side with the original. Oh and the follower progression system is a blatant rip-off of Forza Horizon 3's system which this game clearly strives to be but falls woefully short. Full Review »