April 15, 2024

It’s uncommon {that a} online game map will make me excited. Hell, it’s uncommon that I even discover them, as most maps are serviceable and little extra. So earlier than taking part in just a few hours of Ubisoft’s open-world racing sport, The Crew Motorfest, I didn’t count on to be blown away by its in-game map. And but, I used to be. It could be the most effective and coolest online game map of 2023.

The Crew Motorfest, out at present by way of early entry, is the third sport in Ubisoft’s open-world racing franchise. However this time round, the builders have determined to cease attempting to recreate the complete United States and do one thing higher: Copy Forza Horizon. Okay, that’s a bit reductive, however Motorfest actually seems like Ubisoft’s stab at attempting to duplicate the enjoyable and thrilling vibes of Microsoft’s widespread Forza Horizon franchise. I’ll should play extra earlier than I can ship a closing verdict on how efficiently Motorfest pulls off the system, however I don’t must play extra to inform you that its map is superb.

After the thrilling and really Forza Horizon-like opening of Motorfest, I used to be plopped into Hawai’i and let free on its roads, ramps, and hills. However earlier than I hit the gasoline and flew out into the world, I popped open the map to get a lay of the land. After I did, the sport seamlessly zoomed out to point out a greater view of the island, which seemed fairly cool. Then, nevertheless, I found I might spin the totally 3D and extremely detailed map round whereas vehicles and planes continued to maneuver about it in real-time, which was much more spectacular. Nonetheless, it wasn’t till I zoomed in on the map extra that my thoughts was blown.

Pre-order The Crew Motorfest: Amazon | Finest Purchase | GameStop

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Generally, maps in video games characterize the world by way of easy traces that create a crude facsimile of the particular place you’re exploring. Even people who attempt to provide a extra visually detailed illustration of the setting usually don’t allow you to zoom in too near the motion. That’s not the case in The Crew Motorfest, nevertheless. As a substitute, after I zoomed into the map, I noticed all the main points of the sport world represented in real-time within the map viewer. And I might zoom into any a part of the big island and watch NPCs mill about or vehicles drive round.

I can’t stress sufficient how seamlessly and flawlessly this all works, too. Positive, you may poke at it and slowly zoom out and in to identify a number of the methods Ubisoft is pulling off to make this all work. However nonetheless, this is likely one of the coolest maps I’ve seen in a sport. I ended up taking part in round with the map for like 20 minutes after discovering how intently you may zoom in on any a part of the island. (The Crew 2 featured an analogous map, however this time round Ubisoft allows you to zoom in much more and it seems even higher.)

It’s particularly good to have a formidable and helpful map like this after taking part in a ton of Starfield just lately, which has a decidedly much less cool and really unhealthy in-game map. That “map” in Bethesda’s RPG hasn’t helped me in any respect. In the meantime, The Crew’s map not solely seems superior, nevertheless it truly offers helpful details about the place roads join, how buildings are formed, the place hills are positioned, and different geographical info.

Ubisoft, spin off this tech and make a sport about exploring maps and discovering assassins or hackers or no matter franchise greatest works with this concept. I’d play that. Till then, I’ll hold taking part in round with this depraved cool map. Oh, and I’ll play Motorfest, the precise sport it’s related to, as effectively. Finally…

Pre-order The Crew Motorfest: Amazon | Finest Purchase | GameStop

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