Gear up and get ready, cause this is rough and tumble, off-road racing at its grittiest.
You'll start by choosing from four tortuous courses. Brave the rugged Baja. Belt through the sweltering Death Valley. Go bogging in the mud-flats of Georgia. Or take on the treachery of Michigan in the winter.
Once you've settled on a course, you pick your rig. Choose between a big American beast, a classic pick-up, a Japanese import or a British military vehicle. Your choice MIGHT be determined by the terrain you're going to be travelling through. But then again, it might not.
Once you get your new 4x4 out of the showroom, bring it over to AUTOPARTS row. It;s here that you'll make it ALL YOURS. Give it bigger and better tires. Build in more power. And equip it with all the extras you'll need to get past the finish line.
Finally - when you're sure that it's all just perfect - you're ready to put your 4x4 to the true test: The Race. But it won't be all that easy.
There'll be armies of obstacles along the way. Dodge 'em Or use 'em to make your rig airborne. There'll be rivers to cross. Ice patches to manoeuvre and quick-sinking mud to worm your way out of. Plus there's the competition: the other racers. And some of them are downright impolite - and that's putting it politely.
So get it in gear, bud. And get your 4x4 on the off-road. To victory.
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TIPS AND TRICKS
* Hot Tips for Beating 'em Cold (from the official manual):
- Remember to pace yourself. The faster you go, the more fuel you'll burn. And it's a long, long way to the finish line.
- You know those irksome obstacles you're always trying to avoid? Well, they DO come in handy sometimes. Use them to jump over rivers and mud bogs.
- CHECKPOINTS are great: IF you can afford the time. So don't make repairs unless it's absolutely necessary.