"Early days for The Crew weren't brilliant, with the game beset by server issues that made the experience highly frustrating and often a complete waste of time. Things have improved somewhat now, and the game has its hooks in me. This might not be the best racing game of all time, but it does some things very well.
No matter what you do, it all gets fed back into your XP, cash, and car performance. Level up and you'll earn perks to grant bonuses across various aspects of the game (from car handling to car dealership discounts), as well as across-the-board stat boosts to your garage of vehicles. Complete a mission or challenge and you'll earn extra car upgrade parts, gradually turning a fairly run of the mill motor into a high-end beast."