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    Ten Tips And Tricks to put you on top of the Driveclub Podium

    The first rule of Driveclub is ‘Don't talk about Driveclub’. Dodgy movie reference aside, it’s a damn good idea to join a club as some of the game’s content only becomes available once you’ve teamed together with your mates, or a bunch of online randoms. Your club’s level will give you access to certain cars and liveries otherwise unavailable in solo play so, if you truly want to complete Driveclub you're going to have to buddy up and do it as a team.

    At the moment, there is a dearth of PS4 compatible steering wheels.This isn't a problem, though, as the handling is so damn fun with the DualShock 4.To eke out those extra tenths of a second you need to be a demon on the brakes, something made easier by thelatest pad’s much improved triggers. Some cars will require you to hit the stoppers hard before tapering off, while others favour a more gradual approach. Either way, you’ll need a deft trigger finger.

    In time trials, circuit races and point to point events, you will be faced with numerous tasks, where you have to best another player’s average speed, drift score, or racing line total. Initially, it is all too easy to just ignore these extra challenges and solely smash your opposition on the track but, make sure you try to beat each one. Successfully completing the Faceoffs earns you more Fame, meaning that the next shiny supercar will be available sooner than you think.

    Especially relevant online (no one likes a douchebag), try and avoid contact with other racers, and barriers, when competing. Panel-bashing with the AI or the scenery knocks Fame off your total for each event, while racing a clean sector or lap is rewarded with extra points. If you smash into stuff with enough force you'll incur a penalty, limiting your car’s speed for a few seconds. This could be the difference between winning and losing, so play nice.

    Driveclub may not be the most beautiful game from a third-person perspective but, head inside the cockpit and you will find the graphics and the gameplay grow exponentially. Interior details are excellent, with the syncing of the gear shift animation to your actual button press surprisingly swift. What's more, when faced with a windscreen, Driveclub outstanding lighting truly comes to life. It’s an astounding, immersive experience.

    Without any mechanical tuning, liveries are the only form of personalisation available to you in Driveclub.You’ll gradually unlock different designs as you progress through the game turning your garage into a space for artistic expression. Liveries don't bring any performance benefits, but you will need to create one to earn a Bronze Trophy, plus a distinctive colour scheme could loom large in your opponents’mirrors should you become an infamous online racer.

    If you're looking for 100 per cent completion, you are going to have to max out your driver accolades for every manufacturer, location and event in Driveclub. This is a significant grind (name a recent racing game that doesn't involve at least a little bit) but is something that can be speeded up if you are a master at each type of event. Levelling up in each event is linked to your success so make sure you are always winning to minimise your grind time.

    Driveclub encourages you to accept challenges and challenge other players (there are even a few Trophies linked to this element). Heading the table at the end of the challenge will bring you a significant amount of Fame but,most importantly, by using the ghost ofthe fastest player, you can master a range of tracks. While the challenge’s ability to show you where other racers are faster sounds demoralising, it’s a really useful and addictive tool for honing your own driving skill.

    Unlike some racing games, Evolution didn't alter Driveclub's handling for the drift challenges. You’ll have to figure out your preferred method for going sideways but, bizarrely, hitting the barriers mid-drift or spinning out doesn’t negate the points scored in that sector. We found the best way of scoring pinball-esque totals was to barrel into each corner with monumental speed before tapping the handbrake as we turned in. Hold onto the slide for as long as possible.

    You could use the mirrors but, like all racing games, they’re not great.Instead, use your right analogue stick to look around and gauge where your competitors are. It’s not a revolutionary feature but, especially when racing in cockpit view, it will help you avoid contact with the AI or online racers. It may be difficult but getting the big picture during race starts is definitely a key skill when the AI seems to discard the ‘I’, making panel-bashing a regular occurrence.

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