A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Promotes street-racing culture, glamorizes gangs who hold little regard for pedestrians they endanger.
Positive Role Models
Primary character is an antihero, a criminal who -- though innocent of murder, for which he was convicted -- engages in illegal activities such as street races.
Ease of Play
Simple controls are easy to learn, but online play pits players against some very skilled human opponents who can only be beaten by a mix of experience, skill.
Violence & Scariness
Vehicles ram each other; pedestrians get struck by speeding cars. A noninteractive story sequence depicts a person murdered by a gunshot.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Suggestive comments about women's bodies, but nothing explicit.
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Infrequent and moderate; includes "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
Branding includes authentic cars from real manufacturers, including Nissan, Ferrari.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Crew: Wild Run is an expansion to the existing street-racing game The Crew, which is required to play. Players take on the role of a street racer looking to clear his name of a murder. He may be innocent of that crime, but in trying to prove it, he proceeds to engage in some very illegal activities, including street races. He frequently puts the lives of pedestrians in danger, traveling at speeds of up to 300 miles per hour down populated streets, sometimes striking pedestrians trying to leap out of his way. The narrative includes occasional sexual references and infrequent coarse language. Several cars featured in the game are authentic and carry real-world brands such as Nissan and Ferrari.
Is It Any Good?
This expansion pack makes Ubisoft's racer -- middling when originally released -- noticeably better. The graphical improvements don't quite bring it up to the bar-setting standards of contemporary competitors such as Need for Speed, but they'll likely be appreciated by anyone who played the original. The new vehicle specs are a lot of fun. Drag racing -- mostly just a series of well-timed button taps -- is a bit of a one-trick pony, but monster truck events are a blast. And drifting takes advantage of The Crew's unusually wide roads to let players swing skillfully around even right-angle turns. Motorcycles are a little stiff, but they open up new possibilities when you're zipping through busy streets. And the Summit is a great way to keep luring players back on a regular basis to pit their skills against the rest of the community.
The real question is whether it's worth the price. The expansion alone is $25, which is a bit steep for what you get -- especially since the visual updates are free for all existing users. That makes it hard to recommend. But you can now purchase both the game and the expansion together in The Crew: Wild Run Edition for only $40, which is a great deal for open-world racing fans who haven't yet picked it up. It's proof that waffling on whether to buy a game sometimes pay off.
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