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  • Summary: Dakar 18 is a simulation of the world-famous annual rally raid organized by Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) in South America, and features visuals and many vehicles including motorcycles, cars, trucks, quads and SxS.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Oct 1, 2018
    75
    Dakar 18 is a great way to understand what a rally raid is. It has some flaws, but it provides an experience no other game can offer.
  2. Oct 2, 2018
    71
    That's why it's all the more annoying that the game cannot decide what it wants to be in the end. For an Arcade racer with offroad attitude it is too complex, for a race simulation the physics are too exaggerated, the control too spongy and the navigation too imprecise.
  3. Oct 17, 2018
    67
    Praise to Bigmoon for the courage to take on this difficult to implement racing game genre. The small studio has also mastered the big task properly, especially the challenging navigation is authentically conveyed to the player. However, Dakar 18 weakens in one decisive discipline: driving physics. In times of a Dirt Rally 2.0, which will appear next February, racing fans expect more from a game with a simulation claim. Also the missing vehicle tuning as well as the spartan damage model should be offensive to simulation fans. But if you don't let this spoil the fun, you'll get an off-road game of a different kind, which also creates a Dakar atmosphere thanks to the pretty graphics and the authentic navigation system.
  4. Oct 3, 2018
    63
    A game only for hardcore players, and one with too many problems.
  5. Oct 8, 2018
    55
    Superficial both from a playful and technical point of view.
  6. Oct 8, 2018
    55
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Oct 15, 2018
    50
    There's some cross-country joy to be found in Dakar 18, but it could have been much more rewarding and successful considering the unique brand of rallying it represents. It is fun endlessly launching over sand dunes, hopping out of the car to be sporting by towing a competitor out of a jam, and finding one's way back on track after getting lost. Unfortunately, the fundamentals are out of whack.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Sep 26, 2018
    9
    Co-driver might be gay!

    Its an excellent game that I may buy if the developers make better use of physics. The terrain is stunning and
    Co-driver might be gay!

    Its an excellent game that I may buy if the developers make better use of physics.
    The terrain is stunning and remind me of travels in these regions (!). Very well recreated!

    The co-driver, however, is a bit of a payne. He whines in a high schrill voice if we as much as touch a rock. Endlessly chattering on' about how bu..hurt he is by the slightest bump in the road.

    Also: If you hit one of the many cacti on the plains... the car, not the cacti, get damaged. Go figure.
    Same goes for plastictape marking the course. Evidently its tougher than the Paris - Dakar cars.

    So, in summing up: This is one of the games I might end up bying if I get tempted to also try its multiplayer-content. Untill then I'm happy seeing if the devs. make some useful updates, and if the price drops to... oh say, around 30euro, I'll buy.

    Btw.: The V-Rally 4, released on the same day at same price, if far inferior. What laughable handling and subpar graphics. That one I'm un-installing soon and obviously not considering buying.
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  2. Sep 28, 2018
    5
    Intrseting stages cars everything here , but physics and gps are chaotic controls ,somewhat i dont feel driving looks lik e unfinished game.
  3. Oct 5, 2018
    5
    In a word, disappointing. This is my first review and I wish I could be positive. I have been waiting for this game for so long, ButIn a word, disappointing. This is my first review and I wish I could be positive. I have been waiting for this game for so long, But it’s just not finished.

    The bullet notes read like this,

    The co- driver doesn’t shut up, then he does and you don’t know where to go, Then he yells at you to get back to your last marker but he doesn’t give directions and there’s no map marker to follow.

    If you crash through a waypoint and it ends your race it gives you the option to start from last waypoint, so it starts you .2 seconds from your crash, So it actually never shows your car it goes straight from pressing A to withdrawal again in an endless loop.

    The bike handling is on rails but the two wheel drive car is totally uncontrollable at full throttle

    The strangest things cause massive damage but huge dune jumps don’t. It’s like you hit nothings in the world. If you want to know what nothings are play vanishing point for the ps1 and you’ll know what I mean

    It truly feels as though the game is unfinished, the visuals the map size and the navigation style all are so promising and the base of a good game is in here. But they sent it out half baked and so I can only give it a half score
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  4. Sep 26, 2018
    2
    beautiful graphics, hideous gameplay. The gameplay in g27 is poor, the gameplay is poor
  5. Oct 15, 2018
    1
    A broken mess of a game. It’s insulting to think this game is asking the same amount of money as some polished AAA releases. The developersA broken mess of a game. It’s insulting to think this game is asking the same amount of money as some polished AAA releases. The developers must have known how bad the game is before release as it took ages for any reviews to surface after the game’s release. The presentation isn’t bad, but the physica and handling are terrible beyond belief and the game is very bare bones. Modes like the treasure hunt seem barely an afterthought. The game map may be bigger than Fuel’s, but it’s far uglier and much less interesting. Avoid this game like the plague. Expand
  6. Sep 30, 2018
    1
    Great ideia, but hideous gameplay. The graphics are oki. The physics are the other bad aspect of the game. Didn't find to change the keys -Great ideia, but hideous gameplay. The graphics are oki. The physics are the other bad aspect of the game. Didn't find to change the keys - well the keys I want Expand

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