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.
Dakar 18 manages to capture the essence of the test sublime, reaching a level of realism almost sickly, but fails in everything else. The fans of the test will know how to forgive these defects and they will find an adventure along 14 impressive stages, in which to suffer (and enjoy) like a true Dakar rider.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Although I applaud Bigmoon for trying to bring this niche motorsport into video games properly, the end result is awkward and feels unfinished.
. If a better balance could be found, then there is great potential here, but sadly, at this moment, the title just can't reach its own lofty ambitions.
Dakar 18 has plenty of good ideas and has managed to capture what makes the interest of a rally raid like the Dakar. Unfortunately his deficient performance in terms of sensations is causing him great harm. This will only be bearable for true motorsport enthusiasts and this particular kind of event. The others will remain stucked on a rigid animation and a technical realization globally below the average.
Review in French | Read full review
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.
Dakar 18 for the hardcore racing fans that are up for a challenge, rather than someone trying to have some casual fun as the the gameplay is almost impossible to master due to the inconsistent vehicle handling
It's far from a perfect game, with many bugs and oftentimes boring gameplay, but when the game does come together it makes for a splendid experience.
With more modes, tighter controls and more accessibility options, Dakar 18 could have been a really good game. But as it is, it's both horrendous and decent depending on which vehicle type you choose to play with and on what difficulty.
Not very friendly realistic simulation of the biggest cross-country rally, but it is real challenge for roughest drivers.
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