There are several paths to immersion when it comes to video games. You could focus on details, like the layout of a room or the books you find on a shelf. Or, you could go with customizability, like transplanting your beautiful mug onto some in-game avatar. Or, you could do what The Crew does, and create a positively enormous open world to explore.

Open-world racers have been pretty popular lately, with games like Forza Horizon, Need for Speed, Burnout Paradise, and Midnight Club making noteworthy titles over the past few years. Now, Ubisoft hopes to stand out from the crowd with The Crew, which places players within the continental U.S. as an illegal street racer trying to make a name while infiltrating an organized crime syndicate. While the story is almost certainly a formula at best, no one will purchase this game hoping the plumber will actually fix that lady’s sink, if you know what we mean. The real draw will be the huge amount of content in store. IGN, for example is making an initial report that some missions can take as long as two-and-a-half-hours.

That means plenty of driving shenanigans stretched from sea to shining sea. However, anyone without an Internet connection will unfortunately miss out, as this world is classified as online persistent. That, of course, comes with its advantages, like lots of multiplayer possibilities between friends and strangers alike, but disadvantages as well, like dropped connections.

You can pick up your copy of The Crew today for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, or Xbox 360. You can also read the TopSpeed review of the beta build here.

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