In addition to that, the High Life lifestyle element of TDU2 is more appealing than being an unshaved peon for an FBI cover operation to take down 5-10's.
Story lines always seem to be bad in open world racers but with this one you even start to miss the squabbles between Stuart and the Wilder Bros.
Maybe TDU2 felt more accessible because of that.
And The Crew still misses the real customizing options.
The original TDU was the benchmark for all open world games to come. And up to now it still has found no match.
If you take the original game, add the night-day cycles, weather, better physics, graphics and controller support, VR, Clubs, new cars and some gameplay options from TDU2 and The Crew, you have a winner.
The Crew has gone too much Kindergarten and TDU2 will soon vanish, never reaching its potential.