Dakar Desert Rally Review

Dakar Desert Rally is the biggest off-road racing adventure ever developed, from arcade gameplay to a full simulation mode. Or in my case, from extreme fun to sweaty races developed by Bigmoon Entertainment, Saber Interactive Porto.

Dakar Desert Rally is a highly anticipated Rally game with one of the biggest Rally events on earth. There are talks of this game that will become an open-world rally game with the Saudi Arabian desert mirrored for the game but shrank to 1/5’s for the game, but for now, let’s focus on what is currently available and the game’s current state.

Absolutely gorgeous environment, the environment alone is enough to make one fall in love with the game and come back to it every day, although the AI can send it like a pig from time to time I can’t say I am not guilty of the same! Along with the beautiful graphics in the game, dynamic weather gives each race an interesting and often scary twist, ranging from Thunderstorms at night, to blizzards hitting you and sandstorms causing impaired vision and causes a sense of fear in one’s soul because if you damage your car/bike/truck you have to fix it with your currency.

Furthermore, the Devs ensured that they have game modes to suit all players’ needs by providing us with a Sport, Professional, and Simulation mode, each unlocked at a certain Level except for Sport:

Sport – a more arcade version of the game, able to see the checkpoints and start on a grid in between AI

Professional – this game mode is a bit more focused on the real experience where you drive solo and have to follow the roadbook and co-driver instructions to reach each checkpoint

Simulation – the most authentic experience as if you are stepping into the driving seat yourself.

While so far everything sounds amazing, some points need a bit of attention to make the experience even better, mostly the co-driver. The co-driver might not always be clear with the instructions on the roadbook which means that you sometimes listen and look at the roadbook more than you should, which is not too bad although not everyone would appreciate it, it would be helpful if the co-driver could start directing you sooner to the correct path if you do go off the route instead of saying “keep an eye on your CAP” for 5km.

Further than this we really enjoyed that you could tune your vehicle, this makes a massive difference in the handling and overall times for the stages/events. When you complete and win events you will have a spin the wheel to select either a new vehicle or currency, once you have driven all 5 classes for a specific event you will then unlock an iconic rally vehicle.

Now for the interesting part of all of this, Controller/Keyboard vs Steering wheel.

What we have experienced is that majority of the vehicles are driveable and enjoyable with the steering wheel, but unfortunately we tested it out across PS5 and PC and found that the force feedback could use more work on the PS5 version of the game. ATVs and Motorbikes though, just don’t try the steering wheel, the game recommends the controller/keyboard for these 2 classes for a reason!

Final Thoughts: Beautiful game with great music providing us dynamic weather leading to snow storms, blizzards, and thunderstorms making one fall in love with the game, some players might have preferred having more of a story for career mode and PS5 players might feel that the Force feedback of their steering wheels could be improved with possible future updates, all in all, a game worth enjoying and investing a lot of time into.

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Dakar Desert Rally (PS5)


Dakar Desert Rally is now available from the following local retailers:

Dakar Desert Rally (PS5) – Game 4U

Koodoo – R749

Nexus Hub – R755

Game4u – R749




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  • Game modes suit to fit every player's needs
  • Beautiful environment


  • FFB on Console is not on par with the PC version
  • Some players might find the co-driver frustrating when not providing clear instructions
  • Not much of a story in career mode


Graphics - 8
Audio - 9
Gameplay - 5
Replayability - 7
Lover of MOBAs and FPS type games, very competitive type player who enjoys games that also has some complexity added to them, would spend hours on end farming on a game such as Warframe, BDO, Elite Dangerous or any other game in that line.

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