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Huge open world and endless customization define The Crew photo
Huge open world and endless customization define The Crew
by Casey Baker

The developers of The Crew have an unusual take on their new IP that features fast cars, deep customization, and miles and miles of the United States to traverse across and race within. Ivory Tower and Ubisoft Reflections insist that despite its trappings that would suggest an open world racing game in the same vein as the latest in the Need for Speed series or Forza Horizons, The Crew is actually an MMO RPG.

When first presented with this concept at a recent Ubisoft event, I was a little skeptical that a racing game could be classified as such, given that it doesn't necessarily involve giant monsters and upgradeable weapons, and certainly bears no fantastical setting. However, after getting an hour long hands-on with the new game and witnessing the number of ways that this separates itself from its ilk, I could definitely see how it could be deserving of this different classification.

In The Crew, your vastly upgradeable and customizable car is your weapon. The giant monster you perpetually battle is the road, in several different kinds of events and spanning a seemingly large storyline across five enormous regions of the United States.

And like all MMO RPG's, The Crew is so much better with friends.

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6:00 PM on 04.05.2014

Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping

Way back in the day, most side-view took place on a single screen at a time, and often moving off the edge of one side caused the player to reappear on the other. (See: Joust, Asteroids, Mario Bros.) Then Super Mario Bros. c...

Darren Nakamura

1:30 PM on 04.03.2014

The Land of Eyas blends Super Meat Boy with VVVVVV

If you have ever been playing the spirit-breakingly difficult platformer Super Meat Boy, and thought to yourself, "You know what this game needs? A gravity switching mechanic," then The Land of Eyas might be just what you ha...

Darren Nakamura





7:00 PM on 04.02.2014

Tropico 5 hits PC in May with other versions to follow

Kalypso Media has nailed down a May 23, 2014 release date for the PC launch of its latest city-builder, Tropico 5, and launched a new website. Go on, El Presidente. Take a look. Next up, it's the Mac and Xbox 360 versions whi...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 04.01.2014

There are far worse places to die than The Long Dark's Pacific Northwest

Hinterland has come out with what it's calling the first in-game screenshots for its first-person survival game The Long Dark. If that's the case, what were those images we saw before, exactly? No matter. This is a game which...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 04.01.2014

First 4 Figures' Twilight Zelda can be yours for $349

First 4 Figures has revealed their next entry in their The Legend of Zelda figure line, this one based on Twilight Princess Zelda. The 1/4 scale figure comes in at 17 inches tall, is cast in a high quality polystone, hand pai...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

11:30 AM on 03.31.2014

Site tries to 'reveal' Nester for Smash Bros., nobody falls for it

Tomorrow is everybody's [least] favorite day on the Internet: April Fools' Day. It is the day where one cannot trust anything, and everybody would be better off just staying home and sleeping until it finishes. SmashBros.us d...

Darren Nakamura

8:00 PM on 03.27.2014

Revised Strike Suit Zero hits PS4, Xbox One in April

Born Ready Games isn't moving on from Strike Suit Zero just yet. The Director's Cut is set for a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launch slightly later than anticipated, on April 8, 2014 for $19.99. A developer diary, embedded abo...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 03.27.2014

These Batman: Arkham Knight screenshots are eye candy

The two big things to know about Batman: Arkham Knight are that you can drive the Batmobile, and there's a new villain -- the titular Arkham Knight -- created by Rocksteady, Geoff Johns, and Jim Lee. If you need more to go on...

Jordan Devore



Arkham Knight has the right playground for Batman's new toys photo
Arkham Knight has the right playground for Batman's new toys
by Brett Makedonski

Rocksteady Studios has found itself in a somewhat precarious position with Arkham Knight. The team's two previous installments in the series are so universally revered that it begs the question "What can it do to live up to, and surpass, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City?" Rocksteady's opted to take the path of increasing the scope of everything and changing the formulaic approach to some of the series' conventions. It remains to be seen how well it'll work.

Arkham Knight is the first in the "Rocksteady Trilogy" (this term kept coming up, presumably to distance themselves from Arkham Origins) to give Batman free rein of Gotham City. The plot device driving this iteration is that Scarecrow has threatened to release a fear toxin so the entirety of the city has been evacuated. Well, except for all the thugs, criminals, and super villains that refuse to leave. They'll be Batman's punching bags en route to finding Scarecrow.

If this version of Gotham City sounds like semi-familiar territory, that's because it kind of is. The cynically analytical might say this walled-off playground full of baddies smacks of Arkham City with skyscrapers. The optimist might suggest that this added verticality is a welcomed progression for the series.

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11:30 AM on 03.26.2014

Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism

Games are maturing, and not just in the sense that they feature a lot of sex and violence. Truly mature themes can be explored, like the loss of a loved one and a resulting downward spiral of addiction. Spate takes on those ...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 AM on 03.26.2014

Multiplayer fun with Mario Golf: World Tour

Mario Golf: World Tour features four player multiplayer via online, or local play with just a single cartridge. As it should, but you know the best part of all this? Everyone is playing simultaneously. You don't have to wait...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:00 PM on 03.25.2014

The Forest will be $14.99 when it hits Steam in May

Following the recent trailer for The Forest, Endnight Games has come out with a handful of new screenshots for its open-world survival horror title as well as expanded launch details. As stated before, this'll be hitting Stea...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 03.25.2014

No objections to Ace Attorney 123's updated graphics

Capcom has announced that Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection will be releasing for the 3DS on April 17 in Japan. Japanese site 4Gamer.net has taken the liberty to compare the original Game Boy Advance screens (left), the upda...

Darren Nakamura







This is Destructoid's ROBOT party photo
This is Destructoid's ROBOT party
by Niero Gonzalez

Destructoid loves to put on parties for our community, and our new event concept "ROBOT" was our biggest production ever! While we're working on the video from the party here's a gallery of the amazing people that rolled through. 

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1:15 PM on 03.20.2014

The amazing alternative controllers of the ALT.CTRL.GDC exhibit

A new alternative controller exhibit made its debut at GDC this year. Amazing selections from 14 independent teams were shown at ALT.CTRL.GDC on the GDC show floor yesterday, and every one of them had my imagination running. ...

Dale North