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Ubisoft's racing MMO The Crew won't get day-one reviews

  1. Ubisoft's upcoming open-world racing MMO The Crew won't be available to press outlets until the game has been publicly released next December 2nd, delaying access to reviews for people interested in a professional opinion before buying. In a blog post, Ubisoft stated:
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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,547   +2,346

    When I was a teenager, I thought games like this were pretty cool. After having accumulated thousands of hours behind an actual wheel, the whole concept of a game premised on driving everywhere in the country via expressway/interstate/blacktop/backroads is now completely unappealing to me.

    That said, if there is Snowpocalypse 2014 DLC on disk, I might buy a copy, just to see how they reconstruct that nightmare.
     
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,554   +2,894

    There shouldn't be early access reviews period. They only skew the true results of a final release.

    No one will know what to expect until the servers are loaded on or after the day of release. This is when the reviews should be written.
     
  4. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 752   +272

    They should be able to write a first impressions review, as long as it's stated that it's not a full review and isn't treated like one (with the full one coming after release).
     
  5. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Maniac Posts: 481   +159

    And they keep digging...

    While that's true, people are waiting for reviews these days at least to acknowledge technical problems like major bugs, glitches, performance issues, if their systems will be able to run it... and then on second term there's the opinion, which someone may choose to discard [because of differences in taste and expectations].

    For example: I can understand a reviewer not liking a driving game because he simply doesn't like driving games and you may like them; the reviewer at least can tell if it's playable or not at all, and that to me is more important before throwing money.
     
  6. Stika

    Stika TS Rookie

    As a PC gamer I've pretty much given up on Ubisoft, I really do NOt understand their strategy these days. It's like they go out of their way to ensure every PC game they create sells poorly.
     
  7. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 315   +114

    Except that because of this policy you still won't have players in your world.
     
  8. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,455   +606

    Even though IGN, Gamespot and other popular review sites say they aren't being paid their also not dropping scores like 3/10 on games anymore (or its not as common). Games that should be a 5/10 get a 6 or 7/10 out of courtesy so all partners are happy.
    I wish James and Mike from Cinemassacre would review more newer games, they give their honest opinion!
    There's a couple of decent guys on Youtube doing honest reviews (developers tried to complain about YouTube reviews and that it hurts their product, too god damn bad I want to know what I am spending $65 on) and I will look to them for advice.
    Watching a commercial advertise a game and show all the great reviews is like a hooker taking your money before she performed any service.
    For legit reviews I pretty much stay away from any major gaming or tech site, and I know of many others that do the same.
     
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  9. S_Brideau

    S_Brideau TS Rookie Posts: 65

    Another game that sounds fun from them, but I haven't been buying their games for a while, voting with my wallet for more quality from them, so I probably won't be buying it either, at least for now.

    It seems that more and more companies block reviews before the release date because they know they have technical issues with them, and with Ubisoft's history lately, where they did this with games that are poorly optimized and full of bugs, The Crew could have these issues as well but only time will tell when the game gets released. Let's not forget that the launch could have issues because of groups like lizard squad throwing a ddos attack on the servers thinking they are cool by doing so.
     
  10. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 350   +103

    The problem is their Steam page, which is basically filled with beta comments. Unless they feel like asking for a complete wipe, they should be flagged with a Beta marker or something. It's going to skew a lot of things, when there's the inevitable rage from people hating the game launch. Yes it lists dates on each post, but most people just skim over that and it's not going to help.
     
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  11. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,648   +521

    Easy solution, DON'T BUY IT ON LAUNCH, and instead wait for the reviews. Chances are they will still need a day one patch and the servers won't be able to handle it thus creating the usual cluster of fudge on the forums.

    "After having accumulated thousands of hours behind an actual wheel, the whole concept of a game premised on driving everywhere in the country via expressway/interstate/blacktop/backroads is now completely unappealing to me."

    Except there are rules on the road that make it mundane and unappealing, don't forget about traffic, video games take away those rules and say do it how you like and that's the appeal, if I simply wanted to drive a car around I would literally go outside, get in my car and drive.

    It's still not nearly as bad as having to physically mine virtual ore in a game for hours on end, that to me is worse than actually working, at least life pays you, virtual crap will always just be, virtual crap.
     
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  12. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,547   +2,346

    "Except there are rules on the road that make it mundane and unappealing, don't forget about traffic, video games take away those rules and say do it how you like and that's the appeal, if I simply wanted to drive a car around I would literally go outside, get in my car and drive."

    The differences between real driving and virtual driving do not escape me. Nevertheless, the three days of closed beta I played reminded me of driving a real car in traffic. Yes, there were police chases, races, and vehicular anarchy not to be had IRL. But it all felt every bit the drawn-out chore real driving is during rush hour. Ordinary driving is typically a mundane task; so is The Crew.
     
  13. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 828   +54

    Danger danger. Not preordering a game again. It's too suspicious now when they ask for reviewers to hold off. I know online games are a bit different but still, it's not like they never release buggy messes at full price is it.
     
  14. Mikymjr

    Mikymjr TS Enthusiast Posts: 121   +8

    I hope they don't screw it up just like EA does with NFS-world. I like racing, but NFS-world was riddled with flaws. The major one being to allow cheats being used. It defeats the purpose of racing; you need to win with skill or acquire skill to win or become the best at racing. That being said, NFS-world sucks single handedly because they allow cheats. It was so bad that when I manage to win a race through skill with a small car or a sleeper, I would be called a cheater (note: yes at every race I entered one time, there was someone using a cheat to either jump to finish, reaching speeds of 400km/h with mediocre car specs or making a car as heavy as a tank). Achievements also suck; first time I started racing, I could win random performance parts or unique stuff after 20 or 50 races.....now they changed the algorithm so much that maybe after 100-200 races I manage to win a performance part. Sorry for all that text. I dislike it when a good game is turned into a bad one
     
  15. I'm losing faith in UbiSoft, Far Cry 3 was a great game with good multiplayer but the issues were severe and never fully fixed. I spent good $ on Far Cry 4 hoping it would be better as far as the issues. They totally butchered the multiplayer, I even went to get the season pass praying it would be good. There is no competitive multiplayer in the game at all, it's all class based and totally different from what the Far Cry franchise had going for it. Then the buggy release of Assassins Creed and buggy Far Cry 4 straight off the shelf.

    They are beginning to pull the old ET move and will lose the majority of their fan base soon.
     
  16. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    ARCADE
     
  17. DAOWAce

    DAOWAce TS Booster Posts: 249   +30

    Everyone stopped pre-ordering games, right?
     

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