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DAKAR 18 Arrives Later This Year For PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC

DAKAR 18

DAKAR 18 Arrives Later This Year For PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC

DAKAR 18 is aiming to be one of the biggest open worlds ever made in a racing game, coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC platforms in 2018.

Based on the world famous annual rally raid organized by Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) in South America, DAKAR 18 is a realistic simulation of the biggest cross-country rally in the world and features a variety of vehicles, including motorcycles, cars, trucks, quads and SxS. Players will compete in fierce online multiplayer battles as well as playing offline to harness and grow racing skills.

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  1. As mentioned in the linked article, the "realistic simulation" part has me intrigued. If it ends up being too arcadey, I'm out.
    If they implement a good damage model system, then this is something I can get excited about. Ideally for me it would be a case where if you abuse your equipment too much, then there's a hefty toll to pay. (not only in repairs but loss of performance, and even break downs)
    And certainly a good physics engine is paramount.
    inkcil
    Reminds me of the first Motorstorm...no XB1 logo at the end of the trailer though.*

    It's coming to PC, Xbox One and PS4. That trailer just happens to be on the official PlayStation YouTube channel. I'll update the OP w/ the video from the official DAKAR YouTube channel now, to avoid confusion.
    inkcil
    Reminds me of the first Motorstorm...no XB1 logo at the end of the trailer though.*

    That's what I was thinking also. The first 2 Motostorm games were fantastic.
    kneebon5
    This might actually be pretty good. 180 times larger than GTA V, open world 2-3 hour stages if I heard him right.
    Will see, controls look like they need work but, it may be fun.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sQIRm3mNUY

    Very good video and developer interview- thanks for posting.
    I came away mostly encouraged, specifically at the repeated mention of these terms: simulation, navigation/exploration, tactical/strategy, damage, open-world.
    Very glad to hear the developer emphasize over and over that this is not a game where you stay full throttle. You have to take care of the vehicle, and as he said- your speed counts for nothing if you can't complete the stage. (paraphrasing)
    Other intriguing/positive tidbits- "map reading", fuel and tire damage simulation, saw the vehicle get stuck in mud and have to get pulled out.
    As to the comparisons to Motorstorm, now that we're getting a better look at what to expect, there seems to be very little in common here except for the large scale outdoor setting. (that's good news for me, maybe disappointing for others) Where Motorstorm is all-out arcade, this appears to be on the opposite end of the spectrum.
    As kneebon5 and the video mentions, there's work to be done in the control department, but if they can button that up, this is looking like a strong contender for me.
    Watched a video of actual game play in its current state right now, and I am no longer bought in on this game.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bmLAcBf9S8
    I get that its an early build, but polish won't fix the main issues like the absolutely annoying co driver. The free open world navigation really seems to be lacking too, I don't know if its just the annoying guy screaming the entire time, or this extremely short stage, but this does not look like what the devs described in the previous video.
    I have seen this all too often, big talk, and then terrible execution of it, or not even an attempt at it. I get that the graphics, and the movement of the vehicle can still be worked on, but the gameplay isn't going to change much, and its amazing how one guy screaming the same thing can ruin a game for me, NASCAR Heat 2 had the same issue with the constant repetitive call over and over for an hour.
    We will see, but not looking good for this title when seeing it in action.
    Graphics are pretty low on my priority list, but good Lord, this game is ugly. Lousy textures, and the car appears to float above the sand.
    As is the case to often Trailer looks amazing actual game looks like crap. I know it's an early build but they aren't even close to what the trailer showed. False advertising.
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