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Dakar 18 Cheats

Dakar 18

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Submitted by: David K.

Navigation Guide:
Written by Brother Victor

Hey, you! Tired of hearing your annoying co-driver shout over your shoulder about
how lost you are? These tips will help you vanish him out of existence and become
a true Dakar navigator, which is much more simple than it looks. Straight ahead!!

In real life Dakar, co-drivers are crucial. Their interpretation of the roadbook
must be precise and fluid to aid the main driver to the finish line in the shortest
time possible.

But in this game, the guy has won the scorn of many. He shouts too much, overreacts
to everything you do, and will simply annoy you with comments about your driving and
how lost you are without actually helping.

Fortunately, you can apply a virtual tape to close his mouth shut in the form of
voice level, so with these tips you can learn how to navigate while being fast and
concentrated. After all, if bikers can do this, you can too.

-=The Basics=-
Assuming you’ve watched the tutorial already, then you may have a grasp of how to
read the Road Book. I won’t explain it here (that’s not what this guide is for),
but it doesn’t hurt to give a second look.

Simple, huh? Well, not really. You see, the Road Book is detailed but not flawless.
It gives you an idea of the best route to take to the next waypoint. Here´s some
important advice before dealing with navigation:

1. Learn your symbols! The briefing provides a glossary of all the terms,
abbreviations and symbols. Some are rare to find, but others are crucial, like
knowing the difference between on and off-road arrows, and anticipating how dangerous
the path is before you take it at full speed.

2. Don’t rely on the CAP alone! The Cap number is your compass, but when you start
a stage, you need to identify where are the four cardinal points in relation to
the environment. This isn’t strictly necessary, but it provides additional references
(like the Sun) when looking for an specific direction. Remember that…

North (N): 0° = 360°
Northeast (NE), 45°
East (E): 90°
Southeast (SE), 135°
South (S): 180°
Southwest (SW), 225°
West (W): 270°
Northwest (NW), 315°

3. Don’t be afraid to scroll the book manually! While the game does help you by
scrolling to the next note automatically as soon as you reach the previous one, you
can scroll back and forth for reviewing or anticipation. If you’re driving in a
straight, open course, checking a few panels ahead can give you an idea of when to
turn and how fast, saving you precious seconds. If you’re lost, you can review
previous notes to return to a point you remember passing. You are in control.

4. Be quick, but also be patient! This won’t be easy at first, and you’ll get better
with practice, but it’s better to go slow and steady with a good sense of where you
are going, than smashing the gas hoping for the best. Don’t forget: When in doubt,
stop, take a look around, review your course, confirm your direction and off you go.

5. DON’T WITHDRAW! Don’t be a quitter. The penalty for returning to the last waypoint
automatically is insane. Believe it or not, returning to it by yourself and restarting
from there can take you 5-10 minutes, in contrast of the 20 you get. Again, take a
breath, return and start over.

-=Still with me? Good, here comes the fun part…=-

-=Navigation for Dummies=-
So now that you got the basics, let’s see how it works, shall we?

Here we got a simple map with a few landmarks. We need to reach the finish line,
plain and simple, but we need to check the waypoints first. Where they are? We have
to find out. I won’t create a roadbook out of this, but I will tell you the key
elements that you need to consider when using one:

1. Align the cap, ride the distance, change cap, repeat
This is how the roadbook should be read: As soon as you start, head to the CAP
assigned (the number next to the arrow at the right) and align to it. Keep it straight
until the odometer reaches the Estimated Distance Number (let’s call it EDN, the number
at the left). The note should be passed automatically, so slow down, check the next CAP,
turn to it, and ride there while checking the odometer. Repeat until the end. Keep in
mind that the odometer resets to the EDN assigned to the waypoint as soon as you reach
it, so no need to worry if you took additional kilometers in your route. (Note: The
roadbook illustrated here isn’t from the game, but it’s an idea of the numbers you need
to pay attention to.)

2. The route between two waypoints is always a straight line (with a few exceptions),
so take it accordingly
As obvious as this statement is, it’s crucial to consider this at all times. Now, it’s d
amn hard to keep the vehicle stable, sure: The terrain is rough, traction is not always
at hand, and a few slip here and there can cause a spin, but you need to keep your
direction to CAP as straight as possible.Take the environment in consideration: If a
dune is very steep and you need to take it sideways, if you slip down to the bottom you
need to find a way to reconnect to the imaginary line. If there’s a sand trap in your
route, circle it, but as soon as you’re on the other side, retake the line as if you
drove straight. Now, all of this doesn’t have to be exact. If you need CAP 88, as long
as you’re between 82-94, you’re fine, but always try to compensate for 88. If your
roadbook says to take a defined road, just follow it, but be alert for changes in

3. The direction and speed at which you take the waypoint is critical
Since the route between waypoints is an ideal line, the changes in direction are supposed
to be taken at exactly the same place the WP was checked. Let’s suppose the first waypoint
was located at the top of a large bump. You take it at full speed, the WP is checked while
in the air, you land and brake hard…and THEN you turn to the corresponding CAP. Here’s
the problem: Since you added so many meters to your change of direction, when you head to
the next WP, your line is way off the ideal line and so you encounter either a different
landmark your roadbook dictates, or absolutely nothing. Remember: Unless the next CAP is
straight ahead or a few degrees off, it’s always a good idea to slow down as you reach
the current one. This varies from vehicle to vehicle, as I will point out next.

4. Consider how fast your vehicle can turn
The nimble bikes can slow down fast, switch directions and accelerate with outstanding
precision, which makes them ideal to follow ideal straight routes. Bigger vehicles like
trucks have a hard time turning, so when switching to another cap, you need to consider
the amount of distance required to turn in relation to the previous point. Cars also
require a bit of this, but they can drift, so no problems here (unless you’re at the
side of a steep dune)

I’m lost! Help!
If you ever get lost, DON’T PANIC! There are a few tricks that can get you back on track

1. A fellow competitor is also your friend

One of the beautiful mechanics of Dakar 18 is that you can rely on other competitors to
save you from being completely lost. If you don’t know where to go, go to the highest
place available nearby and wait. If you see a fellow racer, go to him, but it’s always a
good idea to check FROM WHERE he comes from. If you ever miss a waypoint, the trail left
behind by the other guy might tell you where it is.
2. substract 180 and turn around

Ok, this may be a bit too technical for some, but hey, it’s fun! If you got a calculator
near you, it can be a neat gizmo to help you recover your route. If you ever get lost,
instead of turning around blindly, just halt, check the CAP you’re heading, substract 180
and head in that direction. Eg. CAP 287 – 180 = CAP 107. With practice, you could do the
entire route in reverse! (I haven’t done this, so the challenge is open).
3. Remember a landmark every few waypoints and return to it when in doubt

Self explanatory. If there’s a particular rock or house you can remember, use it as a
reference and start from there.

Again, I definitely recommend finding a missed waypoint by yourself instead of let the
game do it for you while taking a penalty. Not only it’s exciting, but it’s real training
that will sharpen your navigation skills.

If ALL hope is lost, though, just restart. It’s a game, after all!

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