I finally managed to get The Crew going today. Did a few of the standard races to get into the game. I stick to car races, both tarmac and off road for now. leave the boats and planes for another time.
Without going into detail (NDA) i can say this about it;
The overall sense of speed, feel and vibe of the game has improved a lot, in comparison to Crew 1.
Game runs smoothly already at 60fps in Ultra settings.
Diversity and quality of textures has improved also. It feels more like actually driving on real roads.
I do recognize some of the layout of the roads, but it has different visuals, so it feels like a completely new game.
Things like reflections, the way Ai traffic drives and the placement of guardrails (or the lack of them) have been improved a lot. This makes driving at night better. No more lame driving between the traffic. You need to avoid it and that makes sense.
Cars sound a lot better as well. And i think they handle well, although i can not really say much about that, using an X360 controller now.
Also the "story", if there is any, is a lot less cheesy
And no more concrete Cactus
Reason why i probably could not get into the game earlier, was the native 4K resolution. Probably mandatory for the consoles now.