rivals even the perfect Forza sport by way of graphics, spectacular particulars throughout the board. The vastness simply isn’t there however whether or not it’s an enchancment or not will rely upon what you look to open world racers for: choose a scaled down strategy? Then

will likely be your bag – however these left harkening for the times of a full-scale journey throughout america will likely be left wanting.

The playlists funnel you right into a loaned automotive which you should use to finish them and you may solely actually play with a unique automotive by means of these playlists when you’ve accomplished them. For many who favour enjoying with one sort of automotive it’s a setback however one benefit that

has by doing this strategy is you get to discover the big variety of vehicles that the sport has to supply with out a lot grinding required: early on you play as a Lamborghini if you wish to, for instance – and I discovered this a a lot wanted change of tempo. There’s a way more effort put into the range of how the vehicles drive and really feel like this day out versus The Crew 2, the understeering and the oversteering actually makes all of the distinction if you’re going across the nook and the drifting is straightforward to be taught, troublesome to grasp. The burden of the stability of the automotive is felt and the dealing with overhaul is sort of in every single place and significantly better for the sport – particularly if you’re crashing headlong down a winding street on a wet night; however you’ll be able to counter-steer and stability it extra simply. Except after all – you occur to be flying a aircraft – which hasn’t had the improve required.

 There isn’t a lot to be finished with the boats different than simply level theme within the water within the route the place you need go and scream energy! – however I discovered much less of a necessity to make use of them than earlier than; though the planes acquired me to locations faster I discovered myself driving by means of the dense island of Hawaii greater than most – even when it takes solely fifteen minutes to drive throughout the map; versus greater than an hour in some instances within the final one. The water physics are nonetheless a thrill that mentioned – and every part actually has its personal strengths.

Donut Media, Drifting and Made in Japan are the preliminary 3 playlists that you just get to expertise and the chaotic vitality of the Donut Media one makes it by far probably the most interesting; though the nightlife of Made in Japan is a thrill. I discovered the drifting most formulaic and fully just like each different racing sport in its strategy; and the raised buildings felt extra like a Grand Theft Auto V mode gotten massively out of hand early on. You’ve got the entire island of Hawaii to play by means of and if you happen to’re within the first hour or so of the sport you’re already creating faux megastructures what does that need to say in regards to the map that you just’ve chosen?

Moreover, quick journey is locked and you must wait till a major growth later within the sport to play it – 10 playlists later when it must be a fundamental function for these eager to get right into a race.

The grind feels all of the extra damning if you’re contemplating the funnelling that the sport tries to construct you in direction of its on-line transactions: the payout for finishing races is small, but it directs you to spend cash to get previous the grind. Not a difficulty for me although; as I used to be in a position to acknowledge the sport for what it was and have a number of enjoyable with the loaned vehicles, utilizing my starter automotive as a option to get between races and nothing extra. As soon as within the races I saved discovering myself eager to return to this sport; it had the magnetic enchantment to maintain me coming again for brief bursts of time in more and more addictive methods.

One of many downsides is the restrictive handholding early on within the sport: The Crew: Motorfest performs an excessive amount of of a guiding hand early on; which is an actual draw back when the arcade physics are an excessive amount of enjoyable to play with. It’s nearly good at getting the stability proper – and it’s a step up more often than not from the second sport; and feels extra managed – but there can’t assist however be a weak spot that attracts it again.

The visuals are among the many finest a part of The Crew: Motorfest and the sport seems to be totally unbelievable; the most effective visible open world racers that we’ve ever had. It’s appropriately gorgeous and in-depth at capturing Hawaii throughout the board; the slick thrills of driving within the rain match up with the chaos of the climate. Up within the sky the cracks begin to seem zoom in on the aircraft and there’s loads of shadow popping in, so it’s not fairly a continuing match; and it doesn’t assist that the map itself feels fairly lifeless – though the density of the surroundings makes it look gorgeous.

There aren’t any folks; and light-weight site visitors – don’t count on to get caught in a roadblock. Then once more, it is smart given the context of a complete island racing competition: would you stick round to see vehicles race previous while staying on the streets? It comes a degree the place how a lot logic you wish to apply to the world of The Crew: Motorfest and simply have enjoyable. The opening competition hub resembles Forza Horizon nearly to a T making the comparisons nearly inevitable; however The Crew: Motorfest isn’t hiding them – the world is bulked up by AI racers darting by means of the streets making me suppose that I’d nearly stumbled into on-line play by mistake and needed to double verify my mode. A lot of the smaller structure and timber may be whizzed by means of with out collisions making life simpler; however there’s the odd roadblock that you just’ll encounter if you’ll realise hey, I can’t drive by means of that.

The vehicles are all extremely stylised and detailed; and look unbelievable. Visible customisation is unbelievable – you’ll be able to change to make one thing extra thrilling; color, aspect mirrors may be customised intimately. Even the inside of the automotive may be modified – a uncommon element that’s typically omitted of recent racing video games. There are touches of freedom right here; just a bit too sparse.

The sound of The Crew: Motorfest shines in two points; its vehicles and its soundtrack. The number of genres on the accompanying music playlist permits for a superb selection, oldies are accompanied by bands like Amyl and the Sniffers and Royal Blood, each glorious stay; I saved returning to them while dashing by means of Hawaii. However the extra vital factor is the sound of the vehicles themselves they usually sound extra reasonable than the second Crew, extra distinctive – each automotive sounds, feels completely different, some greater than others, not a direct one-to-one likeness, however the sport is an arcade racer in spite of everything, some liberties may be taken right here.

I discussed earlier within the visuals that if you’re flying above Hawaii, generally the sport itself can take a second to catch up – nevertheless, on the PS5 it runs extremely properly and with fast-load instances; capacity to maintain up with the excessive depth of the race and correct response to turning on the contact of the button, The Crew: Motorfest is likely one of the rarest of its sorts – a largely bug-free expertise at launch. There’s no obtrusive or apparent errors and the efficiency permits for a clean, uncontested expertise.

The issue of the races may be modified; and you may management the dealing with on the automotive to ease your experience – I’d advocate being extra lenient than regular as a result of it is a sport the place each contact issues; and also you need the complete help the sport can provide you. Subtitles may be largened and enhanced and every part that you just’d count on from a triple a racing sport is there to enhance your expertise. Auto steering and autobraking in PvP may very well be a fine addition for some; and the open world actually provides you the additional oomph to make your sport a smoother expertise. Moreover, the rewind function is a literal life-saver – the flexibility to show again time if you happen to make a final minute mistake on the finish of a race that you just’re successful, you’ll be able to erase that from historical past for one more go.


There are hours and hours of The Crew: Motorfest to maintain you entertained. It could maintain your hand at first however there’s the choice to return to accomplished playlists with new vehicles and discover the open world to your hearts content material, sure – not as huge as it’s your decision it to be, however there’s so much to like there all the identical – and the races themselves are a extremely enjoyable expertise. I reckon you might comfortably max out the hours spent into this sport to your hearts content material with out ever becoming bored of it.


Slowed down by its early sport handholding and funnelling in direction of microtransactions; The Crew: Motorfest makes up for its flaws by how enjoyable the races are to take part on, its drastically improved dealing with and the sheer enjoyable of an arcade open-world racer. I’d in all probability look ahead to a sale earlier than choosing this one up quite than dashing out to purchase it – however if you happen to appreciated The Crew 2 and are ready for extra of the identical, this one will likely be proper up your avenue.

Gameplay: 7/10

Visuals: 8/10

Sound: 8/10

Efficiency: 7/10

Replayability: 8/10

Total: 76/100