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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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  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Sep 29, 2018
    65
    Dakar 18 is a game that accurately depicts rallye-raid and it's focus on navigation rather than speed. It's highly recommended for fans of this genre of race, but feels incredibly tedious for regular gamers. moreover, the game lacks polish and has bugs in abundance. Proceed with caution.
  2. Oct 10, 2018
    60
    Dakar 18 is a curious creature. It absolutely delivers something truly distinct in the wider racing genre, and though the core gameplay isn’t immediately accessible, it can be greatly rewarding to those that take a chance on tackling it properly.
  3. Oct 17, 2018
    60
    Unlike most driving games, Dakar 18 is not an intense and action-packed experience, but a slow and more mindful fare. Its divergence from typical driving games may put off a lot of players, but the unique mechanics and beautiful world more than make up for this. Hopefully future Dakar games will capitalise on its highlights and eliminate its many problems.
  4. Oct 8, 2018
    55
    Dakar 18 was a promissing title that might had over-promissed. Its numerous technical flaws and its poor physics are too much to overcome, despite some good ideas, such as its navigation system.
  5. Oct 8, 2018
    55
    A very noble effort to translate the grueling Dakar rally into a videogame while staying true to the spirit of rally racing. Die hard rally fans can and surely will enjoy Dakar 18 but more casual racing fans less so. Navigating is a pain and the different types of vehicles don't all control very well. On top of that , the long load times that riddle the game when you attempt to restart from a checkpoint don't do the game any favors either.
  6. 50
    Dakar 18's execution is terrible. The considered navigation system finds itself undermined by a co-driver I have no faith in. Handling is stiff and the world around you is struggling to keep itself in focus. There are moments of fun to be had when you barrel through dunes and palm trees but they remain moments. It operates on a very thin line and, all too often, that line breaks.
  7. Oct 22, 2018
    30
    Dakar 18 is sadly a misjudged game that can feel refreshingly different to start with but ends up being incredibly frustrating, behind the pace and poorly implemented. With a focus on navigation and gruelling competition, refinement of crucial gameplay elements is sorely lacking. Some of the environments are truly epic, but the way the game fails to build upon them means they go to waste.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Sep 29, 2018
    10
    If everyone was stupid as a user of Rijoloco there would be no games! Because all the big studios once started as small and therefore deserveIf everyone was stupid as a user of Rijoloco there would be no games! Because all the big studios once started as small and therefore deserve support and even more so for a courageous step to the game of Dakar 18. Such a game was not 20 years old and as the first big game of this studio is the first part really great !! Of course, there is always something to improve, but the graphics are open to the super world and the gameplay is also good.Roadbook is great and nothing similar in the market is not !! Expand
  2. Sep 30, 2018
    9
    The guys from Bigmoon have ventured into the unknown and that's why they deserve our recognition. They are the first to have created a raidThe guys from Bigmoon have ventured into the unknown and that's why they deserve our recognition. They are the first to have created a raid videogame, with an open world of virtually unrivaled dimensions and with a professional navigation system that follows the rules of the FIA and ACO. The ambitious project, nevertheless, needs to polish several edges that do not enjoy the splendor of the landscapes and the challenge of navigation: steering wheel compatibility, vehicle physics and some naughty textures. Expand
  3. Oct 4, 2018
    7
    At about 3hrs into the game, I'm still enjoying it.

    It doesn't look great, the physics are questionable and it's a bit niche, but I'm still
    At about 3hrs into the game, I'm still enjoying it.

    It doesn't look great, the physics are questionable and it's a bit niche, but I'm still enjoying it. The main complaint that I have is that if halfway through a long stage you trash your vehicle, you can restart from the most recent populated checkpoint, but your vehicle is still wrecked, so there's no point restarting like that really.

    Also, as far as I can tell, there's no way to switch vehicle mid playthrough, so if you're halfway through the campaign and fancy switching to the truck, you'd have to do all the previous courses before getting to the one you've currently reached. I guess it's supposed to create the idea that your driver is one of a specific discipline, but it's kind of limiting in enjoyment that way.

    I'm not into rally or Dakar, I do really like driving games when they're a bit more long form. The Crew, The Crew 2 and Fuel (remember that?!) are all favourites for me, and if you enjoyed those, you might enjoy this.

    The Route Book idea has a bit of a learning curve, but is easy to use after a bit. The actual driving I think is fun, there are very long stages and you have to be on your toes to avoid wrecking after making an epic jump or clipping a rock. The co-driver is quite shouty and will probably get irritating after a while but he's ok for the time being.

    I would have given it a much higher score, only the price at the moment on the PSN is totally bonkers.
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  4. Oct 2, 2018
    2
    luigi801, first i am not stupid, maybe you are only a very rich guy, and maybe you can't read english, and in those big issues i can not helpluigi801, first i am not stupid, maybe you are only a very rich guy, and maybe you can't read english, and in those big issues i can not help you... sorry...
    Can you answer me? is it fair to pay a full price for a game like Dakar 18?
    Yes its true, its a new company, and we have to give them a chance, but its not paying a full price for a indie looked game.
    In fact i think if Dakar 18 was presented as a indie game or a lower priced game, maybe, we gamers give them a chance, instead that its a full priced game and a very low quality game.
    Sorry, its my opinion and if you want you get it has an advice, but you dont have to call anyone stupid when i am free to give my review.
    Maybe you are the stupid who pay for the game. sorry for that
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  5. Oct 15, 2018
    1
    This is a rushed, buggy and ultimately unpolished product. At first glance the initial presentation and visuals may lead you to believe thisThis is a rushed, buggy and ultimately unpolished product. At first glance the initial presentation and visuals may lead you to believe this is a polished AA or even AAA game, but once you start playing you’ll see it is not

    The vehicle handling is servicable, but can be very glitchy and at its worst the physics even resemble goat simulator. I can literally exit the vehicle on foot, let my driver take a run-off into the front of the car and knock it like a bowling pin - the game can be that bad!

    There are lots of amatuer oversights throughout the game such as a camera inversion option that only affects vehicles and not your onfoot driver, which can be very disorienting.

    The game overall lacks polish. There are all sorts of collision detection bugs, clipping issues and bad animations that simply should not be in a game in this price-range. This game was released before it was ready.

    I could live with many flaws if the fundamental gameplay were solid. I never expected the production values of a big publisher game, but what I did expect was excellent polished vehicle handling and good physics. In a driving/navigation game this element is essential and unfortunately the thing that lets this game down most.

    My advice is to either wait until the game’s major issues are fixed - not sure if this will ever happen - or if you must, wait for a dramatic price drop.
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