This guide is aimed to get yourself settled in the game, thus allowing you to earn both free and car experience without any difficulty, as well as helping casual players tune their cars a bit without having to be hardcore at car tuning knowledge. Therefore, if you are aiming to be a competitive pro player, this guide might not be for you.
1. Getting Started
You just started up the game; congratulations! Now you're a part of Peak Angle community. You get a free GT86 (and 500.000 Credit (Cr)), which is a nice starter car. The problem here is the car has only enough power to slide.
The lack of power means you need to make your car slide more easily using other means. This will be discussed in the next section.
2. Tuning for Beginners/Casual Players
It is highly recommended for players to fine tune their own cars. Why? Simply because each player has their own style and preference. Fine tuning can be affected by a few factors:
- The car's base performance/stats
Each car in Peak Angle has its own characteristics. Some cars have already enough power to slide while others don't, thus making it relatively unnecessary to alter some fine tune aspects of the car. some are twitchy while others are delicate.
- The player's preference
Some players may prefer to have a twitchy handling over a delicate one, or the other way around.
- The player's means for controlling the car
While it is recommended for players to use a controller or even a steering wheel set, not all players have those. If you are playing using keyboard, you might prefer having a more delicate handling.
- Braking power distribution: make the rear brakes more powerful to make your car slide more easily upon braking.
- Suspension stiffness: similar to braking power distribution; make the rear ones stiffer.
- Weight distribution: I usually make the front a little bit heavy, making the rear end loose a bit.
- Spoiler downforce: I usually fine tune this after doing the first three. If not enough grip is gained, set the downforce to a higher amount.
3. Part Upgrade Decisions
I usually ask myself these two questions before upgrading my car:
- Which parts should I focus on?
- How far should I focus on the parts I choose?
Here are the answers:
- Focus on the parts the car needs. If a car doesn't have enough power, focus on the engine upgrades. If it feels too heavy, focus on weight reduction. If the car doesn't turn sharply enough, focus on steering upgrades.
- This depends on your capabilities of controlling the car. For example, stop upgrading the engine if you feel the car has enough power (you can check this by testing the car after every engine upgrade). Try not to go beyond your limit since there is no downgrade feature (yet) in this game.
4. Dollar ($) and Experience Farming (FE & CE)
FE = Free Experience (used to research new cars)
CE = Car Experience (used to research new parts; a car's CE is separated from the other cars')
Farming Dollar ($) is relatively easy even for a beginner. Simply play the game, gain drift points, and bank it. You earn $ based on the drift points you bank in a match.
Similar to $, you earn FE and CE based on the drift points you bank in a match.
Not earning big enough? This is where the Bonus Cards come in really handy.
I highly recommend getting the highest possible Bonus Cards that can be bought using $.
But, how do I gain lots of drift points? This will be discussed in the next section.
5. "Ooh, POINTS!"
Several factors determine how much drift points you can gain:
- How fast you drift.
- The angle of your drift.
- How many active multiplier you have.
Let me provide some tips that will help you get more drift points in a single match:
- Know your way around the track; don't drift aimlessly. Find a route around the track, and identify which clipping points are worth hitting. If you can form a circuit route around the track with the most clipping points available, stay consistent with that route and keep going in that 'circle'.
- Find long and shallow corners to rack up points. At those corners, drift at a higher speed with more angle.
- Not all clipping points are worth hitting. Of course, it's always better going around corners with 3 or 4 clipping points instead of wasting time sliding a corner that has only 1, right?
- Banking your points is always better than hitting a wall and losing all of them. If you feel like you're gonna hit a wall, just brake hard and stop your car; don't risk losing your points if your aim is to farm Dollar and EXPs.
Last but not least, practice makes perfect!
That is all I can provide you so far, and I hope this guide helps, especially for beginners and casual players! Pardon me if there are some grammatical errors, other mistakes, or things like that. This small guide is written based on my own experience, so if you don't feel like this is a guide, think of it as tips and suggestions. Thank you!