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Back of Case - PlayStation 2 (UK):

    YOU COULD LOSE MORE
    THAN JUST THE RACE

    Dakar 2 takes the official license to the next level in this all out arcade version of the most radical endurance rally in the world.

    Featuring town stages in France, Spain and Morocco and progressing onto the more traditional Desert landscapes, Dakar 2 offers a unique and exciting alternative to standard rally games.

    Featuring unique GPS navigational levels where you must race across the open desert to reach stage checkpoints with nothing to guide you but your GPS!

    GAME FEATURES
    • Fully licensed cars, trucks and bikes - updated for 2003!
    • Over 12 unique tracks spanning a huge variety of terrains and environments
    • Full damage on vehicles, visible and physical - Broken windshields, buckled wheels, smashed chassis and burnt engines etc.
    • Race cars vs. trucks vs. bikes in a 6000km race from Paris to Dakar

    Contributed by TechSmurfy (918) on May 18, 2012.

www.xbox.com:
    The world’s most insane off-road rally race returns with Dakar 2: The World's Ultimate Rally! Choose from a vast assortment of fully licensed trucks, cars, and motorcycles as you wage full-blown vehicular warfare against man and nature alike in this no-holds-barred quest for world rally supremacy.

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (22263) on Jun 25, 2010.

www.nintendo.com:

    Turn left at the sand dune and go 3,000 miles.



    The forces of nature dish out punishing conditions for cars, trucks and motorcycles in the Dakar Rally and now you can test your driving skills in the ultimate off-road challenge.

    Are You Scared of the Dakar?

    Rally racing is wildly popular in Europe and Japan, but something of a mystery stateside. Instead of racing directly against other opponents, you race against the clock and the elements. It may take some getting used to, but you will find that this (mostly) off-road race doesn't lack a bit of excitement.

    The thrill comes in the form of risk-reward opportunities such as a shortcut that could either rocket you into first place or land you on your hood. Your ability to adapt to shifting circumstances and keep your vehicle in one piece is vital to becoming a champion.

    First run in the 1970s, Dakar is the pinnacle of rally racing. Starting in Paris, drivers wind through southern France, then cross the Mediterranean for the ultimate driving challenge: crossing the Sahara, the world's biggest desert. Man (or woman) and machine roar on for 6,500 grueling miles to Dakar, Senegal.

    In Dakar 2, you can get behind the wheel of many licensed vehicles from the 2003 race, some of which must be unlocked. Your garage includes four-wheel drive speedsters like the Mitsubishi Pajero and Toyota Hilux; massive workhorses like the Hino and Tatra; and speedy motorcycles from Honda, Kawasaki and more.

    Tuning your ride for the conditions, whether it's wet tarmac or bone-dry dirt, can shave precious seconds off your stage time. Before each stage you can adjust tire pressure, gear ratio, suspension and more.

    Adaptation

    You will cross 12 different landscapes from northern France to the heart of Africa. To win this grueling contest you will have to adapt your driving style to the local terrain.

    The well-worn roads in France require plenty of quick turns and fast acceleration. As you approach the Mediterranean, rain is always a possibility. Man-made obstacles such as blind curves will keep you on your toes.

    On the other end of the spectrum are the stages in the African desert. These endurance runs give you a starting point and a finish line with few checkpoints in-between. The lack of road means you'll have to navigate the steep dunes while avoiding the rocky outcrops that threaten to demolish your vehicle.

    Graphics

    Spectators, villas, wild animals and other authentic details dot the landscape. Particle effects like rain and dust bring life to the environment and complement the detailed car models.

    Vehicle damage is impressively authentic. Bumpers fall off, windows crack and hoods bend. If you take too many spills you will also notice diminished performance from your vehicle. A glowing icon indicates which parts are damaged.

    Whether you prefer two wheels or four, Dakar 2: Special Stages delivers a healthy amount of gritty off-road action. The variety of environments is impressive and the physics are solid. It's hard to resist having a few intentional collisions just to witness the realistic car damage.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66692) on May 12, 2005.