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The Crew gameplay trailer teases a wealth of customization options

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You're cruising the streets of The Crew in your reasonably quick, off-the-lot Mustang, listening to your favorite Sammy Hagar cover band, when suddenly, from out of nowhere, you get smoked by some jerkwagon in a tuner. What's a self-respecting pony rider to do? Don't get mad: Get even. Get customized.

In truth this latest trailer doesn't dig into the nuts and bolts of The Crew's customization system, but it does illustrate the wide range of options available to digital gearheads. As usual, it's all about the right tools for the job, and taking a street racing machine onto a dirt track clearly isn't the best idea anyone's ever had. Fortunately, the 'Stang is a very flexible machine, and when you're done playing in the dirt you can even kit it out for the pro racing circuit.

Absence of detail notwithstanding, it makes the point: If you want to succeed on the street, you're going to have to spend some time in the garage. The Crew, Ubisoft's persistent world multiplayer racing game, comes out on December 2.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.