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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

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  • Summary: The game comprises of 12 stages each over 25km long. Multiple routes will allow the player to select the best path through the terrain on a journey across North Africa, from the jungle on the coast, through savannah and scrub to rolling sand dunes and the wonders of Egypt. [Acclaim]
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 5 out of 6
  1. Great course diversity and a choice of four vehicle classes should motivate players to ignore the initial frustration and get to the good stuff.
  2. I’d commend the scope of the design, but you that it’s let down by the execution. [Feb 2002, p.113]
  3. All the licenses and potential that Paris-Dakar Rally has as an enjoyable rally experience, however, go to waste in a game that makes the event it portrays seem more boring and dull than it should be.
  4. It takes some special effort to make a game so frustrating in all of its aspects that it seems to have been made by gaming sadists with the express intent to torture innocent gamers.
  5. Regardless of how passionate you are about rally racing, or just the ASO-sponsored event itself, it's doubtful that you'll tolerate Acclaim's mockery of the sport.
  6. 25
    It's a totally weak rally game through and through, with bad control, no real sense of rally driving (unless you like to feel completely out of control).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 5 out of 7
  1. ClarenceL.
    Mar 9, 2002
    I do not know the reason behind the hatred of this excellent game. The graphics are excellent and the gameplay is fantastic. I think the people who disagree with me are wrong and they should rethink their rating. I also think that it is pathetic to give this excellent and fantastic game a miserable 0. Giving it a 0 is very unthoughtful, and it is also a silly rating. No game in history has been rated a 0 before. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jan 28, 2002
    There's fun to be found if you look past its small quirks.
  3. Aug 8, 2013
    Yes, this game is based on the real-life Paris-Dakar Rally. The event is fun, but the game was not (even back in 2001). The controls are awful. There's no real challenge at all. The game offers four vehicle classes, SUVs, bikes, ATVs and buggies. Only one of each class is available from the start, and you don't unlock the rest until you beat the game. But when you do, you've had enough of the game. As I've said, the game was a joke even back then. Expand
  4. Duel
    Aug 21, 2004
    The game could have been a contender if it weren't for its touchy controls. Never mind the average graphics, it has long point to point courses, the only plus I can see in the game. Going back to the controls, the vehicles are a struggle just to keep on the road. Just one tap of the steering sends you to an overwhelming oversteer. Try to correct that oversteer with opposite lock steering & you end up spinning out of control! Expand
  5. BenN.
    Mar 15, 2003
    This game is hopeless, what on earth does anyone see in it, The graphics are bad to say the least and gameplay even worse, the cars handling is pathetic. Don't even think about buying this disappointment! Expand
  6. GabrielO.
    Nov 13, 2001
    It sucks!!!

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