the crew

Official Site: The Crew
Studio: Ubisoft
Launch Date: December 2, 2014
Genre: Real-World Racing MMO
Business Model: B2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

The Stream Team: Having fun with Grand Theft Auto Online heists

Pulling off a heist in GTA Online is a whole lot more than just walking into a bank with a gun. MassivelyOP’s MJ and her friends must jump through multiple hoops in order to get all the necessary pieces before they can go for the big payout. Join the crew live at 12:00 p.m. as they move closer to collecting the cash.

What: Grand Theft Auto Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 8th, 2015

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The Stream Team: Facing a fire cave in ARK: Survival Evolved

After nearly freezing in ARK: Survival Evolved’s chilly caves, MassivelyOP’s MJ is looking forward to basking in the heat of a lava cave. Hopefully no one’s pets decide to go for a swim in the molten lakes as the crew fends of giant spiders, bats, and other monstrosities as they search for treasure! Join us live at 12:00 p.m. to see if they can survive the depths of the cave right in MOP village.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 8th, 2015

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Gamescom 2015: The Crew offers up a Wild Run trailer

Are you extreme enough to take part in The Crew‘s next big expansion? Wild Run sends players to The Summit, where apparently extreme racing rules. None of this namby-pamby normal racing on city streets with multi-ton souped-up machines that accelerate like a bullet as soon as you tap the gas pedal.

Sarcasm aside, the expansion will allow players access to a variety of new vehicles, vehicle types, and new customization options for things like dragsters and monster trucks. It also comes with a new graphics engine so that your extreme cars will look extremely pretty. Watch the trailer just below in the most extreme fashion possible.

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World of Tanks partners with Google for VR tank tours

World of Tanks players are quite familiar with their heavy armor — but what would it feel like to actually be inside those terrifying death machines?

Wargaming invites you to find out, as the studio has created virtual reality tours with the help of Google for Tankfest 2015. Google 360’s technology allows you to watch the videos as you would normally, except that you can control the camera angle to look all around you. If you view the videos with the help of Google’s cheap Cardboard device, then you have the makings of a full VR experience.

Check out the interactive videos (and that lovely Russian language) and let us know what you think!


Not So Massively: All the online gaming news from E3 2015

It’s been a big week for online gaming, with several high-profile reveals and announcements made at E3 2015. The latest version of MOBA-esque space dogfighter EVE: Valkyrie was playable on the event floor using the Crescent Bay Oculus Rift. MassivelyOP freelancer Andrew Ross also got some hands on time with newly announced MOBA Gigantic and picked developer David Braben‘s brains on Elite: Dangerous‘ recently announced Close Quarters Combat feature. Cory Jones discussed the history of online card game HEX, and Bethesda announced its own card game named The Elder Scrolls Legends.

Blizzard showed up at E3 this year to reveal the next character coming to Heroes of the Storm and demo the latest progress of its upcoming team-based shooter Overwatch. We also heard of online racing game The Crew‘s upcoming expansion that adds motorcycles and monster trucks, and H1Z1 revealed plans to let players build their own structures. The biggest news for online gaming is that we finally got to see gameplay footage of the highly anticipated Star Wars: Battlefront reboot, and the game got a firm release date of November 17th. The Division will be entering closed beta at the end of this year and releasing on March 8th 2016.

Read on for detailed breakdowns of the stories above and other news from the wider world of online gaming in this week’s Not So Massively, and don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS feed for weekly updates!

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E3 2015: The Crew announces ‘Wild Run’ expansion

The world of The Crew is getting a big upgrade later this year. Part of that is just a visual upgrade that’s coming along with the game’s new Wild Run expansion, but it also comes down to new driving options. The expansion will introduce three new types of vehicles – motorcycles, dragsters, and monster trucks, all of which will allow you to explore the world and take part in very different sorts of drives.

You don’t have to drive one of those new vehicles to get in on the game’s new Drift spec, which will happily allow you to sail through turns before gunning the gas like never before. Last but not least, the expansion’s preliminary feature list also includes a major event called The Summit, which brings drivers together from across the nation for all sorts of racing. Check out the trailer just below.

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E3 2015: SWTOR Knights of Fallen Empire rumors are true

BioWare teased that things would change for Star Wars: The Old Republic on June 15th. And it’s true. The rumors we reported on this weekend are all true. Producer Jeff Hickman stepped onto the E3 stage today to explain that BioWare is going back to its roots and producing a game where the choices that your character makes matter.

And on October 27th, all subscribers to SWTOR will be able to play the new expansion for free. The Knights of the Fallen Empire page on the official website reports that the game will start anew at level 60 with the level cap raised to 65. You will also get the option to create a brand-new character at level 60, starting the story fresh.

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Steam’s summer sale offers mad MMO deals [Updated Monday]

Prepare your wallets to go broke and your libraries to fill to the brim with games that you’ll never have time to play, for Steam’s summer sale is upon us once again! As part of Steam’s annual extravaganza, the platform is selling many MMOs and packages at a discount:

We’ve got even more deals for you after the jump!

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Perfect Ten: How to find the right MMO for you

A common question that I see posited around forums and Reddit is, “What MMO should I play?” If there is a more loaded question than that in this community, I haven’t heard it. What is usually being asked, by both newcomers and long-time players, is, “What MMO is right for me that I haven’t played yet?”

While I hear you and have been there, the truth is that there is no one universal answer to that question. There are just hundreds if not thousands of MMOs, big and small, out on the market, each with its own personality, feature set, and setting. Those have to be compared and matched up with the millions of people who all have their own unique preferences. It’s what makes recommending an MMO a difficult proposition.

I’m game for difficult! Today’s list won’t be “10 MMOs that I think you should play” but a rundown of how to sort through the important categories that are out there in the hopes of finding the game that’s right for you.

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The Crew publishes ‘Raid Live’ update video

Ubisoft has announced that a new update and new car DLC for its racing game The Crew are now live. The Raid Car Pack, “the last of four themed packs,” comes with exclusive cosmetic bits, livery, and three new cars: the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg NF, and the McLaren F1. Vroom.

Don’t want to buy DLC? You’ll still get something out of today’s update in the form of some new freebie turning specs and faction missions:

Four new faction missions are now available for all players, free of charge, with the Raid Live Update. Smash crates in Treasure Hunt, go back to America’s prehistoric past in Jurassic Raid, saddle up for a roller-coaster of a dirt race in the Black Hills and race against the clock in the harsh conditions of Let It Snow.

We’ve got the DLC’s new trailer below! More vroom!

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Jukebox Heroes: The Crew’s soundtrack

Sometimes the best soundtracks are hiding where you least expect them.

Though perhaps I shouldn’t be that surprised that The Crew has an impressive score. Racing games have always accented their non-stop driving with terrific OSTs, from Road Rash in the ’90s to the Wipeout franchise (heck, even Mario Kart!). But I suppose my disinterest in The Crew in general caused a general blindness toward its potential for a great soundtrack.

Fortunately, once I listened through Composer Joseph Trapanese’s (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) work, I came all the way around on this. The Crew is one of the best MMO scores I’ve heard in a while, full of vim and vigor. Don’t make the mistake I did of overlooking this gem; listen to the following six tracks and see if I can’t convince you that we’ve got a winner on our hands here.

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You can now try The Crew for free on consoles

If you’re still curious about Ubisoft’s online racer The Crew, I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is that if you’re a PC gamer, you’re out of luck. The good news is that if you fancy playing the game on a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One, you can now do so at no charge thanks to the new free trial.

You get two hours of free time, and any progress you make will carry over to the full game should you decide that it’s worth a purchase.

[Source: Free trial; thanks Dengar!]


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