The Crew Motorfest: Welcome to Hawaii
The biggest change of The Crew Motorfest compared to its two predecessors has already been written about many times, so I’ll try to keep this part as short as possible. Instead of once again driving the majority of the US mainland, developer Ubisoft Ivory Tower is shipping its racing game series to perhaps one of the snappiest vacation spots in the world: the island of O’ahu, the third largest in the US state of Hawaii, which is also home to the capital city of Honolulu.
In addition to beaches that invite you to relax, dense jungle sections, environments marked by volcanic activity and, of course, many other sightseeing opportunities, The Crew Motorfest is one thing above all: wonderfully beautiful. If you’re finally looking for an extended summer vacation, you can live it out, at least virtually, with fast cars.
The Crew Motorfest is by no means small, despite the change of scenery. Although the number of square kilometers of the recreated O’ahu can’t keep up with the entire USA, a round trip still takes quite a few minutes.
If you have your own music playlist running in the background, you’ll hardly be able to stop grinning at the beginning. At least that’s how I felt during the test, because The Crew Motorfest is just pure fun in these moments. An escapism expressed in hundreds of horsepower, while you rush towards the sunset and drift perfectly into the nightlife of Honolulu.
If you want, you can also explore the part of the digital Hawaii by plane or boat, in case the roads get too boring. However, there are only a few extensive races by air or water.
There are no exceptions, which is why the two motor vehicle alternatives look like a leftover from The Crew 2. The bottom line is that they are more of a kind of exclusive means of transportation in the open game world, to get from A to B more or less faster.
The focus of The Crew Motorfest, on the other hand, is primarily on two- or four-wheelers and the culture associated with them. The basis is the eponymous festival, which attracts thousands of tourists and enthusiastic racers, while the local population probably soon fills out the exit application.
Everything is humid, colorful, loud and full of squeaky-clean fun, where people party, dance and, of course, race. If this sounds familiar, you’ve probably played at least one Forza Horizon in recent years.
Microsoft’s racing game series, which should come as little surprise considering the pictures and videos, was the inspiration for the third outing of The Crew. Whether it’s the presentation, staging, cutscenes or dialogs, everything reminds us over and over again of Forza Horizon 5 or one of its predecessors.
If you were to sit someone in front of the TV and show them a clip of each game, I’m almost certain that they wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two – not to mention the graphical and technical quality.
It’s party time: If you don’t like the humid teenage atmosphere, you’ll have a hard time.
apart. Forza Horizon 5 still looks a whole lot better than The Crew Motorsport, even though it’s been around for two years.
I don’t find the imitation on the part of Ubisoft really bad: Forza Horizon 5 and its predecessors are the genre leader. Who should we model ourselves on, if not these games?
What’s more, the developers take the template so well that it doesn’t look like a cheap attempt at all. In addition, the move is not so bad, because The Crew Motorfest is not only available on the PC and Xbox consoles, but also on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Two platforms that have to do without the Forza series and on which the gap of a party-heavy arcade racer can be well filled.