Filed under: Videos, Toys/Games After bringing you news of the new Ubisoft title The Crew on the first day of our E3 coverage, we're happy to report that we've had a chance to demo the title, too. The guys at Ivory Tower (a French studio under the auspices of Ubisoft) were kind enough to give us a brief walk-through with the game, followed by our running one "mission." The whole United States will be playable when the game launches next year. To start, the sheer scope of the open-world in The Crew is hugely impressive. We can now report that the whole of the United States will be playable when the game launches for both next-generation systems next year. You read that right. Guillaume Barry, a producer at Ivory Tower, told us that driving at full-tilt in a racecar from Los Angeles to New York would take roughly 45 minutes to an hour, depending, we suppose, on how good a driver you are. Now, we don't know exactly how densely mapped The Crew's version of the US will be, or how many cities and towns will be available to start, but the game world stacks up to be super impressive, nevertheless. Game play feels a lot like a mix between a very well done arcade style racer, and a mission-based title like Grand Theft Auto. Cars and trucks are constructed for different styles of driving and terrain, and goals are presented as you progress. We built ourselves an off-road-ready Ford Focus ST in our demo mission, and were asked to "take down" some joker driving through Miami in a crazily tuned Hummer H2. The cityscape, roads and beaches around this virtual Miami were completely open to drive over and through, with jumps, flips and crashes resulting from too much speed and too little care on unstable bits. It's a riot, with car handling more subtle than GTA and less detailed than any of the big racing sims. If the universe created by The Crew shows impressive use of Xbox One and PS4 hardware, the vehicle modeling is slightly less artful than some of the other new titles we sampled here in LA. Cars and environments looked slick in this pre-alpha version of the game, but not in the same league as arcade-style foe Need For Speed Rivals, for instance, and not quite as impressive as the game's launch trailer would have you believe. One final note: The Crew is going to offer some really neat functionality for your tablet and/or smartphone when it launches. During our demo we were able to seamlessly make modifications to the car we were driving in-game, with the iPad app, using the same 'garage' menu and graphics that are found in the game. Full parameters for mobile interaction aren't fully baked yet, but we're told that social interactions, notifications out to your smartphone and a whole lot more are in the works. Scroll down below to watch the trailer.Continue reading E3: We play The Crew demo and take down a Hummer [w/video]E3: We play The Crew demo and take down a Hummer [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Here at OKMagazine.com, we love nothing more than hanging out with amazing up-and-coming stars who are not only talented, but also super nice and cool and fun. And that's why MKTO, the R&B/pop duo who met on the set of the now defunct Nickelodeon show, Gigantic, are basically our new best friends. Here's them hangin' at our office!
And when they stopped by the OK! HQ last week, we asked the guys a few fun q's about everything from the first CD they ever bought (one of the guys is a closest boy band fan!) to the weirdest things about them. So check out the adorable answers Tony and Malcolm gave us below, but first take a listen to their new song with Simple Plan, "Summer Paradise," which is trending all over Twitter and is baaaasically the anthem of summer 2013. Go!
OK!: Who was your celebrity crush when you were a teenager?
Tony Oller: Topanga From Boy Meets World. She was definitely very sexy growing up.
Malcom Kelley: Gabrielle Union was one of mine. OK! Exclusive: Track Listing and Album Art for Emblem3's Nothing to Lose OK!: What is your worst nightmare? What is the worst thing that could possibly happen to you? MK: I guess the world ending. That’s scary to me.
TO: I’d say just having a really long, delayed flight.
MK: That’s the worst nightmare?
TO: Not an airport person. OK!: What's your favorite thing to do together when you guys have downtime? TO: Play video games. We started getting into the SIMS again because you can download all the expansion packs off of your computer at home and it makes it awesome if you’re lazy. So yeah, I’ve been into the Sims lately. OK! Exclusive: Win a Signed Copy of Big Time Rush's New Album! OK!: What is a talent you wish you had? TO: I wish I was badass BMX…motorcycles…MOTOCROSS!
MK: I’m mad I didn’t get into surfing. I was just scared of the water and sharks but it would’ve been cool to be on the wave just riding in the middle. OK!: What food would you eat every day if you could? TO: Oh my God. Shrimp, fish tacos. They’re not that bad for you, but…
MK: Benihana everyday. Texas Best BBQ. OK!: What is the first album you ever bought? MK: I think it was a Lil Bow Wow CD.
TO: Mine was probably BSB Millennium…I had that on tape though.
MK: I have the Michael Jackson Greatest Videos on VHS! OK! Who is the most embarrassing artist on your ipod? TO: Just one? I don’t know if it’s embarrassing, but I have a lot of girl Christian music.
MK: Beyonce has a couple of dope songs. OK!: Beyonce's not embarrassing! TO: Well yeah, but imagine a guy jamming out to "Single Ladies"… OK!: Are there celebrities that follow you on Twitter that you were really excited about? MK: Nick Lachey is cool…doesn’t he follow us? He’s cool. We’ve met him a couple times. OK!: Do you have any weird quirks that maybe your fans don't know about yet?
TO: I’m a pretty big clean freak and organized freak lately. I wasn’t always like that but definitely have been lately.
MK: I freeze my grapes. They’re so good. Photos: On-Set of Katy Perry's New Video! MKTO's debut EP is set to release later this year and you can follow them on Instagram HERE for more adorable pics like the ones above! What do you think of MKTO? Like their new song with Simple Plan? Tweet us @OKMagazine! Photo credit: Instagram
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