VIDEO | PC, PS4, Xbox One Thursday, August 28, 2014 | 1:40 AM

The Crew beta is back

The Crew beta is back

If you are into virtual road trips, you're not without knowing that a new PC beta for The Crew started a few days ago. Ubisoft gave away a good number of codes but if you haven't been able to get one or if you're waiting for the console beta in September, here are four videos we captured during an hour long free ride session with two unknown gentlemen drivers. Obviously, the game is not as visually and technically impressive as we'd hope, but aside from the technical flaws of this beta, the size of the map and its variety offer some great moments across this condensed version of the US. The world Ivory Tower created is very lively, with pedestrians, a lot of traffic in urban areas and wild animals, and this might be where the game will stand out when compared to other games of the genre. Most importantly, driving is fun, especially when you have a bunch of friends around, and it's nothing like the NFS series.

A few more things

• Videos were captured in hardcore mode with a 360 controller.

• The red Camaro is the full stock version of the car.

• We uncapped the beta's frame rate to enjoy some 60 fps smoothness to capture the videos but our computer sometimes had a hard time maintaining a perfectly steady frame rate because of Mirilis.

• Sound is 5.1 in the videos and always will be for all our PC captures from now on (should you choose to download our footage that is).

Making friends
Catching a train
Off-road fun
Cockpit

All comments

Commented on 2014-08-28 01:50:25
Why is there so much weird looking mist popping in right in front of you, even on a sunny day? It really pops-in suddenly in front of your car.
Commented on 2014-08-28 10:07:52
Yeah pop-in is prevalent in this but it is an ambitious open world so ill happily overlook it.
Anyone know when console beta starts? I registered ages ago but heard nothing since.
Commented on 2014-08-28 15:02:52 In reply to Executioner_UK
According to The Crew's website, it will start in late September.

http://thecrew-game.ubi.com/portal/en-us/beta/inde...

PS. I have 3 keys for The Crew Beta on PC if you or anyone else wants.
Commented on 2014-08-28 15:32:02
Yes please! :D
Commented on 2014-08-28 15:48:53
There still a bunch of keys here for people to get http://www.mmorpg.com/giveaways.cfm/offer/554/The-...
Commented on 2014-08-28 16:14:53
Just got one sent to me. Yay! :D
Commented on 2014-08-28 17:03:07
I'm enjoying the game so far. Yeah the handling is terrible at times but I'm getting used to it.

Here are two extra codes I have if somebody wants them...
Driver 1:
VTT9-3U4Y-XJCG-F3W3
Driver 1:
8MMX-8A93-D7GM-PQD3
Commented on 2014-08-28 17:06:40 In reply to codename6
Posted by codename6
Yeah the handling is terrible at times but I'm getting used to it.
Playing with the XB1 pad.. feels much better than TDU. It aint perfect, but after some upgrades, it plays okay. The game has a lot going for it, beyond the car handling. I have enjoyed the beta a lot. I'm mostly disappointed by the low level cap. I want more missions! :)
Commented on 2014-08-28 20:18:48 In reply to 2PintsOfInsulin
Posted by 2PintsOfInsulin
Just got one sent to me. Yay! :D
Sorry for not sending you a key code, thought you went with one of the over 12.000 keys at MMORPG in the link rayy posted.

Either way, here are my 3 keys:

Driver 1: TUBV-7CMW-CBPJ-LD63
Driver 2: KVN7-87AG-M3LE-JCDM
Driver 3: NAF6-4CXH-NLT3-NE43

Follow the instructions below in order to activate your entry into the game:

1. Download Uplay for PC from uplay.ubi.com and open Uplay.
2. Click on 'Games' in the upper left corner, then click 'Activate Product'.
3. Enter the activation code provided and press OK.
4. Click 'Go to My Games'.
5. Click 'The Crew game icon', download the game and play.

System requirements on the link below:

http://thecrew-game.ubi.com/portal/en-US/beta/inde...
Commented on 2014-08-29 10:42:40 In reply to Sdarts
Posted by Sdarts
Sorry for not sending you a key code, thought you went with one of the over 12.000 keys at MMORPG in the link rayy posted.

Either way, here are my 3 keys:

Driver 1: TUBV-7CMW-CBPJ-LD63
Driver 2: KVN7-87AG-M3LE-JCDM
Driver 3: CODE NOW USED.

Follow the instructions below in order to activate your entry into the game:

1. Download Uplay for PC from uplay.ubi.com and open Uplay.
2. Click on 'Games' in the upper left corner, then click 'Activate Product'.
3. Enter the activation code provided and press OK.
4. Click 'Go to My Games'.
5. Click 'The Crew game icon', download the game and play.

System requirements on the link below:

http://thecrew-game.ubi.com/portal/en-US/beta/inde...
thanks man, i entered the beta but did not receve a code but so wanted to try this, now i can, again can't thank you enough.
Commented on 2014-08-29 10:57:41
i don't know why these guys don't just use shadowplay, it barely hits the frame rate and the quality of the captures is really good, i use shadowplay all the time now (previously used MSI Afterburner).
Commented on 2014-08-29 13:40:54 In reply to Sdarts
Posted by Sdarts
Sorry for not sending you a key code, thought you went with one of the over 12.000 keys at MMORPG in the link rayy posted.
No worries, unfortunately that stupid site won't accept yahoo accounts, and I wasn't going to create a new one just for a key.

It was uncanny that I got a response the same day as this post, and that was from the first beta!!

Thanks dude :)
Commented on 2014-08-29 16:48:52 In reply to r3tr0gam3r1337
Posted by r3tr0gam3r1337
i don't know why these guys don't just use shadowplay, it barely hits the frame rate and the quality of the captures is really good, i use shadowplay all the time now (previously used MSI Afterburner).
It's better to capture with another device all together. Then there's no impact on performance. A lot of people have asked me why I don't record or broadcast in Battlefield, but I'm not willing to sacrifice any performance.
Commented on 2014-08-29 16:51:14
We might have a PC dedicated to capture in the future. It only depends on the money we have left.
Commented on 2014-08-29 17:06:28 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
We might have a PC dedicated to capture in the future. It only depends on the money we have left.
I wasn't being critical.. just offering a reason why one might not use shadowplay. Shadowplay does work pretty well for what it does. I imagine you guys want more control over codecs and compression anyway.

I'd love to set up a capture card on another PC, but I think I'd have refresh rate issues.
Commented on 2014-08-29 17:21:19 In reply to GriftGFX
Shadowplay is not good enough for our standards. Mirilis (or even Fraps) give better results (and oddly, smaller files in the end). The videos captured with Shadowplay don't do too well with the way we edit and encode videos either.
Commented on 2014-08-29 17:23:59
It just looks pretty neat, a tad disappointed by some of the visuals and the horrendous amount of pop-ins, considering this is PC. So I couldn't imagine what the Xbox/PS4 look like. I mean I'm still failing to see what's fun about this game and where's the goal, the objective, what's going to keep me playing? Look, Dave has that new car wooo dude. Chill out m8.
Commented on 2014-08-29 17:27:23 In reply to SayifDoit
There is a single player campaign with story missions (that can be played cooperatively) and tons of activities and challenges. Exploration is also a huge part of the game.
Commented on 2014-08-29 17:29:05
Structurally, it's very similar to other "sandbox" games, the online layer and size just expand on that.
Commented on 2014-08-29 21:58:56
ill take a key if anyone has an extra still!!
Commented on 2014-08-30 04:57:16
exploration would be nice if the beta would get past that black screen after choosing to continue, ive tried everything possible to get it working and now the beta is over surely the first thing that should have been fixed was this black screen issue, there are dozens of people having the same issue too, not a very nice way to repay people for pre-purchasing the game with an incentive that you gain access to the beta only to get held up by an issue that should have been fixed months ago from the first beta!

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