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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Crew is a racing game that focuses on some illegal driving activity. Players will drive recklessly through U.S. cities and the countryside, evade the police, and cause vehicles to crash with regularity. The game also features a violent flashback sequence wherein someone is fatally shot. There's suggestive dialogue, with multiple sexual references and camera close-ups on women. There's also some profanity in dialogue sequences, including the word "s--t." Parents also should be aware that multiplayer is unmoderated, which could expose players to uncomfortable commentary from others.
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What's it about?
THE CREW is a story-driven open-world racing game that stars you as Alex, a driver out to avenge the murder of his brother. Over a number of missions across the U.S. -- through towns, cities, and the countryside -- you'll race with and against others, evade authorities, customize your ride (with an advanced tuning system), and expose those responsible for his brother's murder. The game features dozens of cars to unlock and tweak as well as a focus on online multiplayer missions.
Is it any good?
The Crew attempts to be a compelling open-world racing game. There are a lot of missions, customizable vehicles, and varied environments to take advantage of during play. But, although it tries to break new ground, the game barely hovers above mediocrity for a couple of reasons. For one, the game requires an Internet connection, even when playing solo missions. Unfortunately, its servers were frequently down upon review, making it unplayable. Other technical issues plagued the game, ranging from graphics problems and physics issues on the road to questionable artificial intelligence. Plus, although it's somewhat easy to control, the user interface between missions and the HUD (heads-up display) isn't as clean or informative as it could be.
The Crew isn't horrible -- there's a lot of ground to cover with a huge variety in locations and cars, along with some intense missions to tackle -- but the game's many issues plague the experience overall. Perhaps with a few more months of testing it could've been one of the more memorable titles of 2014. But, as it stands now, it's an average game at best.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the hazards of reckless driving. Do teens understand that this high-speed racing is fictional, or would some be tempted to drive like this in real life? Is the driving similar to that in a movie franchise such as The Fast and the Furious or is it worse because players actually control the vehicles?
Talk about the mature content within the game. Could the story exist without the profanity and sexual content, or would the characters engaging in this behavior seem less realistic?
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