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This Video Game Will Satisfy Your Desire For Long Drives

The Crew 2 has been satisfying our desire for the open road. Explore a slightly shrunken version of the USA with this open world racing game.

Car enthusiasts have been stuck inside their homes for the longest time now. While most of the Philippines is transitioning from enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to general community quarantine (GCQ) or modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), it still does not give us the liberty to finally go on a road trip. Just like most of you, we are also craving for long road trips, but we can only do such activities virtually at times like these. Let us introduce to you a video game called The Crew 2.

The Crew 2 is the second installment of Ubisoft’s racing game series that gives players an online multiplayer environment with a persistent open world environment. You start off with a pretty nice car and motorbike selection–an Audi TT RS in our case, but if you want even nicer cars, you have to work your way up the ladder to gain money and in-game followers.

The Crew 2 adds a twist that is absent from the first installment, and that is the ability to use boats and planes. Though as car enthusiasts, we’re really simply more interested in the cars (and motorbikes) on offer. What makes this game satisfying for those craving for the open road is the map’s sheer size. Just how big? As big as the continental United States.

The Crew 2 Map

Well, not a one-to-one scale of the United States, but the game’s shrunken version of the United States is still so large, most players are experiencing a 40-50 minute travel time from California to Florida, and that’s if you are driving some of the faster hypercars in the game in absolute high speeds. Drive like a sensible person and stick to the 70-80 mph (113-129 kph) speed limit in US freeways, and the travel time gets even longer.

The Crew 2 BMW M4

Making virtual long drives even more exciting are the beautiful landscapes you get to see in each state you drive along. Savor the crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe or the iconic heritage brought by Mount Rushmore. You can even visit nature parks such as Yellowstone National Park, or set a speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

In terms of the game’s driving physics, it caters more towards the arcade side of things. It’s not as realistic as Gran Turismo, Assetto Corsa, Project Cars, or Forza, but it’s still good enough for gamers to feel immersed in the diverse open world that the game provides.

The best part about The Crew 2 is the list of cars. There’s a lot to choose from, and it’s also continually updated. Just recently, the developers of The Crew 2 added the 2020 Koenigsegg Jesko hypercar and the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500–the most powerful production Mustang ever. More updates along with new cars are expected to continually be added throughout the course of the game’s continued development.

If you want to satisfy your desire for a long road trip, you can purchase The Crew 2 online since brick-and-mortar stores like DataBlitz are still closed. The Crew 2 is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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