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#1 Old Simmer

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Posted Sep 30 2017 - 03:11 PM

I've searched all the in-game menus, Steam menus, etc, and I have yet to find a "manual" for Dirt Rally. Surely there are keyboard commands that would be helpful to know. IF there is no "manual" for Dirt Rally, then perhaps this thread can help those that would like to better understand DR. If there IS a manual, then if I can be enlightened as to what menu/folder to find it, it would be very much appreciated.

My first question is:

How do you change the driving view? I've tried tapping various keys (F keys, number keys) on the keyboard while in the car, and so far I've not found the "key". (Get it? That's a pun!)  Any input that you can share? It would be much appreciated.

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Posted Sep 30 2017 - 04:04 PM

You should be able to assign any button for changing the driving view in the options menu. I believe there even is a fov slider in the pause menu.

Edited by Millennium, Sep 30 2017 - 04:04 PM.


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Posted Sep 30 2017 - 11:05 PM

Thanks Millennium.  I'll try that next time I'm playing DR.

I guess Codemaster's just assume that smarter people than I am will play DR!! :lol:

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Posted Sep 30 2017 - 11:49 PM

A good manual for a game is hard to come by these days. Best I could find for DIRT Rally is a 9 page "tome" but it contains the key asignments. C changes the camera view.

In general you can find the manual by right clicking on the name of the game in question in the list in Steams games listing. See this image

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Posted Oct 01 2017 - 09:47 AM

Always try 'C' for Camera first. It is usually the default camera button.

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Posted Oct 01 2017 - 01:56 PM

The C key!

Thank you very much guys.

I find that I have better forward peripheral visibility using the dashboard camera instead of the default cockpit camera... but it seems as if might come with a small cost in the terms of visual lag at times.

Still in my first "Open" Championship series running the Mini-Cooper. I think there's a couple of events to go still. Currently in 3rd place in the series. Finland and Germany are a blast to drive.  B)  Monte Carlo not so much! :P

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Posted Oct 01 2017 - 08:12 PM

At the last rally of the above mentioned Championship, I had a bad stage... slipped to 4th overall for the Championship. :angry:

Went and hired me some better Engineers. I've started my second Championship and am currently in 3rd after two rallies. (My new Engineers can repair the car a lot faster!)

Does the AI increase their speed as you increase in speed? I'm running faster than I have in the past, and I still can't seem to do better than 3rd. Try harder, I guess.

I'm still driving the Mini-Cooper and it's saved my butt more times than I can count.  :lol:  However, it may be time to start thinking about a more powerful car. What would you DR vets suggest for my second vehicle?

All fer now.

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Posted Oct 02 2017 - 01:34 AM

Yes, the AI speed will be adjusted to your own speed. But you'll have to win or lose a championship first, if you just restart races the AI dificulty isn't adjusted.

In the lowest class the Renault Alpine is by far the fastest car, a lot faster than the Mini. And this may sound strange, but I would try a Group B 4WD car (Lancia Delta or Audi Quattro are easy to drive) as your second car.
For some reason the AI is much less competitive in Group B, even though the cars are harder to control. In easy cars like the modern WRC, the AI is very fast.

Edited by Millennium, Oct 02 2017 - 01:41 AM.


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Posted Oct 02 2017 - 03:35 AM

Hello Andre (Old Simmer),

This might also be of interest for you:

DiRT Rally Guides @ Steam Community
https://steamcommuni.../310560/guides/


Car Comparison Guide
https://steamcommuni...s/?id=462311586


Personally I love the Fiat 131 Abarth of the 1970s RWD cars. It is a blast do drive. :)
My early attemps here :D : https://www.youtube....h?v=yIv27lsD1Nk


Of the Group B 4WD cars the MG Metro 6R4 does not have to most horse power, but even so it is competitive and great to drive.
And as Millenium already wrote, the AI is much less competitive in Group B. You just need to stay on the road. :)
The Peugeot 205 T16 Evo II is also brilliant to drive and of course the Audi Sport Quattro Rallye.

Well actually all cars are great. :D Hard to make a choice.

Make sure you do the Daily and Weekly Events to earn good money.


Here I found a car list, even so it does not seem up to date it is a nice overview anyway (I striked through the cars I remember that are not in the game, some seem to be mod cars of the fan community).

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Dirt Rally Car List:

1960s:
Mini Cooper S
Lancia Fulvia HF
Saab 96/V4
Renault Alpine A110


1970s:
Fiat 131 Abarth
Lancia Stratos
Ford Escort Mk II
Opel Kadett

1980s RWD:
BMW M3 E30 Evo Rally
Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
Renault 5 Turbo
Opel Ascona 400


Group B 4WD:
MG Metro 6R4
Audi Sport Quattro Rallye
Ford RS200
Peugeot 205 T16 Evo II
Lancia Delta S4

Group B RWD:
Lancia 037
Mazda RX7
Opel Manta 400
Renault 5 Maxi Turbo


Group A:
Ford Escort RS Cosworth
Subaru Impreza 1995
Lancia Delta HF Integrale
Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205 (addon mod car)

Rally F2:
Vauxhall Astra Kit Car
Peugeot 306 Maxi
Renault Megane Maxi
Seat Ibiza Kit Car Evo

WRC 2000s:
Ford Focus RS WRC (2001-)
Subaru Impreza WRC2002
Citroen Xsara WRC (2003-)
Skoda Fabia WRC
Peugeot 307cc WRC (2004-)


WRC 2010s:
Mini Countryman Rally
Ford Fiesta RS Rally
Ford Focus RS WRC
Citroen C4 WRC


Rally R1-R3:
Citroen DS3 R3T
Ford Fiesta R1
Ford Fiesta R2

Rally R4:
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
Subaru Impreza WRX STi (N14)
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX

Rally R5:
Ford Fiesta R5
Peugeot 208 T16 R5
Citroen DS3 R5

Rally WRC 2015:
Citroen DS3 WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
VW Polo R WRC
Hyundai i20 WRC

Hill Climb Classic Unlimited:

Audi Quattro Pikes Peak S1
Peugeot 405 T16
Peugeot 205 T16
Millenworks Toyota Tacoma
Rod Millen Toyota Celica

Hill Climb Modern Unlimited:
Ford Fiesta Olsbergs MSE
Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak
Suzuki SX4 Monster Sport
Millen Hyundai PM580
Doran Ford RS200

World RallyX/GRC:
Citroen DS3
Ford Fiesta
Peugeot 208
Volkswagen Beetle
Skoda Fabia
Subaru Impreza Hatchback
Mini Countryman
Ford Fiesta GRC Lite


Source: https://www.gtplanet...ishlist.327657/

Edited by Stefan Roess, Oct 02 2017 - 03:37 AM.


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Posted Oct 02 2017 - 03:45 PM

Mill:

Thanks for the input!  I suspected the AI adjusted to the player's times. Darn. As for my next car: I will spend some time driving all of the suggested cars before laying out the chronas for my next one. :)

Stefan:

Thanks for the links and input!  Viewing your video you linked: You're much better than I am at DR!  However, how do you understand that foreign language??  :P

Speaking of the Bavarian region: I have a very good (off road motorcycling) friend that was born and raised in Germany, having moved to Canada in his early married life. He and his wife have spent time with my wife and I here at our home in Oklahoma USA. We hope to go to Dundas, Ontario to visit them September 2018. While visiting with us a few years ago, Helmut's wife, Hannalore, introduced my wife and I to German cuisine. It is fabulous! Since then we have been steady customers at a German cuisine restaurant in a nearby city. We love jaeger schnitzel, red cabbage, REAL sauerkraut (much better than the US canned type) German potatoes, spitzel noodles, rouladan, and more. And the desserts are superb! Only thing I haven't really loved is sauer brat ten... but I love brat wurst! I have some German in my lineage, but since our friendship with Helmut and Hannalore, and learning more about Germany, to this day the wife and I would love to go to there to see the Bavarian Alps and visit and lodge in small Bavarian towns.

Daily/Weekly events? I have not discovered that aspect yet. I will explore the in-game menus more thoroughly. I have not even opened the online menu.

All fer now!

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Posted Oct 04 2017 - 09:16 AM

View PostOld Simmer, on Oct 02 2017 - 03:45 PM, said:

Speaking of the Bavarian region: I have a very good (off road motorcycling) friend that was born and raised in Germany, having moved to Canada in his early married life. He and his wife have spent time with my wife and I here at our home in Oklahoma USA. We hope to go to Dundas, Ontario to visit them September 2018. While visiting with us a few years ago, Helmut's wife, Hannalore, introduced my wife and I to German cuisine. It is fabulous! Since then we have been steady customers at a German cuisine restaurant in a nearby city. We love jaeger schnitzel, red cabbage, REAL sauerkraut (much better than the US canned type) German potatoes, spitzel noodles, rouladan, and more. And the desserts are superb! Only thing I haven't really loved is sauer brat ten... but I love brat wurst! I have some German in my lineage, but since our friendship with Helmut and Hannalore, and learning more about Germany, to this day the wife and I would love to go to there to see the Bavarian Alps and visit and lodge in small Bavarian towns.

That is really nice that you know and like the German cuisine :thumbup:
If you should ever manage to come to Bavaria contact me. :)


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Daily/Weekly events? I have not discovered that aspect yet. I will explore the in-game menus more thoroughly. I have not even opened the online menu.

Yes, you can find them at the online events.

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Posted Oct 05 2017 - 03:25 AM

Should I open a dedicated Dirt Rally section of the forum?

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Posted Oct 05 2017 - 05:30 PM

ginetto:

That decision is ultimately up to those that moderate or own this site. As for me, I'm perfectly fine in discussing Dirt Rally, or Rally sims right here in this "other sims" forum.

Stefan:

Thank you very much for your hospitable offer.  Since I typed the above, the wife and I have gotten more serious about trying to visit the Bavarian Alps, possibly some time in 2019. We are thinking to fly to the nearest large airport, then take a train to the target town. We're hoping to find a town that would be a good choice to experience:

* Bavarian Alp scenery. (Short bus tours would be fine, but we do not think we want to rent an auto.)

* Small-medium sized town. (We do not want to stay in a large City, such as Munich.) Ideally, our lodging would be somewhat centrally located so that we can take short walks to restaurants, shops, and such.

* Lots of classic/traditional Bavarian architecture.

* Live performances of traditional Bavarian music, dance, complete with attire.

* Locals that are receptive to American tourists. (Americans are not very popular in Europe, I hear.) Hopefully, a location where many of the merchants speak English.

Basically, we want to experience a bit of the culture that our friends Helmut and Hannelore experienced as children growing up in the region.

At this point, we're interested in learning more about Berchtesgaten.

However, Austria has also been suggested by a fellow at work that has spent significant time in the Bavarian region. On that recommendation, Hallstat, Austria looks very interesting to us, too.

So much to learn before we can make a firm decision.  Any input you could share would be greatly appreciated. A Private Message might be more in order for additional discussions concerning such a trip.

All fer now!

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Posted Oct 07 2017 - 06:14 AM

The whole area is tiny compared by American standards, all three places you mentioned are 2 hours apart from each other. So picking a central location and daytripping around is certainly possible. Given that the area is a big tourist destination English comprehension shouldn't be a problem. I can mostly speak to the Austrian side but it should be similar enough for the Bavarian side I'd imagine.

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Posted Oct 07 2017 - 08:21 AM

Thank you Michov for your info.

It appears that Berchtesgaten is looking to be the target town for lodging.  However, much more to learn, and we will also need to determine how much $$$/Euro's to make it happen!

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