Honestly, when I read the announcement that “The Crew: Motorfest” was in development, it didn’t convince me that much. I played ‘The Crew’ and ‘The Crew 2’ and while I had much fun with it, “Forza Horizon” was just better.
And actually, I expected nothing more from the third installment of The Crew Motorfest than a job well done, which I put a few hours into only to put it down with a bored shrug and forget about it forever.
But I grossly miscalculated, because not only does Motorfest play great and has a satisfying driving model, it’s also damn addictive!
Welcome to Oahu:
The Crew Motorfest invites us to celebrate motoring in the tropical paradise of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Roughly 16 square kilometers of jungles, cities, pineapple plantations, volcanic fields, sandy beaches and jagged gorges become the ultimate racing ground and test of driving skills. Again, not only on land, but also on water and in the air.
And if the new part of the arcade really succeeded in something, it was to transfer the love of cars and racing culture to monitors and televisions. Although I’m personally more of a supporter of circuit simcades, where every kilo and newton meter counts, and slapping racing stickers on a Lamborghini is a capital crime, Motorfest manages to entertainingly present a more frantic, cheerful and colorful subculture, where drift is king and bodykits don’t go far .
The campaign is divided into playlists, i.e. themed packs of races that explore one particular aspect of motorsport or automotive engineering. It can be races in electric cars, drifting beasts from Japan, American classics, formulas or super-powerful boats. However, their allure does not end with the theme and catchy presentation of the playlists, as the rules of the individual races often change.
Sure, you’ll mostly be going from A to B and it will depend on your location. But sometimes it is necessary to finish with as few scratches and dents from collisions as possible, other times you recharge your batteries just by driving through special lanes on the road, sometimes you even change your means of transport several times during the race. And here and there you will come across complete craziness, such as passing between cones at increasing speed. No possibility to brake.
If there’s one thing I really can’t complain about with The Crew Motorfest , it’s the amount and variety of content. In addition to playlists, which can be considered a kind of story campaign, there are also weekly challenges with specific cars, excellent multiplayer (led by an original mode that mixes battle royale and destruction derby) and a flood of side quests, collectable items, treasures and photo contests.
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