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11 Feb 2009
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Red Bull Air Race: Quick-Start Guide

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Hey Folks -

 

Welcome to our overview of the Red Bull Air Race game in PlayStation®Home.

How to Get There

You'll find the Red Bull Air Race on the World Map, which you can access from within Home by pressing [Start] on your controller then selecting “Locations” and “World Map”.

Once loaded into the space you’ll see the planes to your right. To play the game you simply face the planes and press [X] on your controller when you see "Red Bull Air Race" appear on your screen.

Handy hint: When the space is busy you may find that other players’ names are more likely to pop up than the Air Race. The solution to this is to press [X] when highlighting another user’s name and then press left or right on the D-Pad until Red Bull Air Race appears. The development team are working on a better solution but this tip will get you up and flying quickly.

Controls

Use the Left Analogue Stick as the joystick to control flight - left, right, up and down.
The Right Analogue Stick controls speed: pull it back to go slower and push forward to go faster.
Some gates require you to go through on a Knife Edge, either left or right, and the controls for these are L1 and R1 respectively.
Once you have the hang of the controls it’s relatively simple to fly the course but difficult to master every corner!

Leaderboards

You'll find a large billboard by the planes, which alternatively shows the two leader boards:

  • "Current Best Scores" shows the fastest times in the last 24 hours
  • "Friends' Best Scores" shows the fastest times of all your PSN Friends and this is not limited to 24 hours. This, obviously, is perfect for bragging rights with your Friends. It’s not your fault they took the scenic route, right?
Penalties

As you fly around you'll notice your score for each gate is marked in the top left of the screen in small circles. A green circle indicates a clean gate but there are 3 levels of penalties that add time to your overall attempt:
  • 3 seconds is given for an incorrect Knife Edge
  • 3 seconds is given for flying too high over a gate
  • 10 Seconds is given for hitting a marker balloon at a gate
  • 15 seconds is given for hitting a marker balloon and an incorrect Knife Edge at the same time
  • 15 seconds is given for flying around the wrong side of a marker balloon
Your goal is obviously a completely clear round!

Some tips for better times
  • The green circles are there to indicate which side of the gates you should fly around. You do not need to fly through the circles themselves. In fact, to achieve the best times you will have to learn how to get as close as you can to the gates to cut the corner as much as possible.
  • Fly at maximum speed all the time. Push the Right Analogue Stick on your controller forward as soon as you start and leave it there.
  • Try not to climb. Every vertical foot you gain is a little extra distance to travel overall.
  • Learn the route! It's much easier when you know what's coming after the current gate.
  • The best virtual pilots out there are flying the course in under 50 seconds and the current record holder managed it in 47.88 seconds. Well done Peppignolo! New best time set by milnerant - 47.78 47.75!




Message Edited by MusterBuster on 11-02-2009 11:07 AM
Message Edited by TedTheDog on 12-02-2009 03:00 PM
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Thanks for tha MB, a very useful guide indeed:)
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Thanks Muster, would be great to see this in-game also.  fantastic job.  Not sure whether to 'out' my red bull video which is set to private on youtube.  Then its giving away my secrets ;)
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Thanks to Ted_The_Dog - he wrote it :)

 

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MusterBuster wrote:

Thanks to Ted_The_Dog - he wrote it :)

 

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:O You stole it :Lol:

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They should port Wii Sports to PS3!!
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MusterBuster wrote:

Thanks to Ted_The_Dog - he wrote it :)

 

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"It’s not your fault they took the scenic route, right?"  

 

I did notice that line

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great, im always waiting about looking for a spot then it gets taken :(. if the little game window comes up, but says the game isnt available, will it auto update if we keep the window open or do we have to come in and out of it hoping to get a game?
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Here we go again...  this is my revised Red Bull run since the latest Red Bull leaderboards inclusion...  Slight amendments to the run, but watch carefully!  (What am i doing? arrrr)  And its obviously 48.08.  I will try and get a 47 second vid, when Im 'in the zone', but for now it will do to show my runs to get in the 47's.........

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFsITTfLkb8
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Fantastic guide Muster for everyone interested in the Red Bull Air Race.

 

I have just one question you could possibly take away with you. What is happening with the decking? It just seems a little empty. Is something going to go here, or is it for show? How about a small activity to do?

 

Cheers Muster.

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The lag annoys me too much to play this =\
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I can't see what I'm doing wrong! I'm betting I have a slower speed due to running on wireless.

Do all the best timers have cables straight in, or am i just making excuses?

Incidently, it makes no difference to me how many people are around, I've been in the space with TWO other people and can't improve my time!

 

Nice guide though, you'd think peeps would read the messsage at the start up instead of getting there and "how to play? How to play?" all the time!

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Grinneranwaffer wrote:

I can't see what I'm doing wrong! I'm betting I have a slower speed due to running on wireless.

Do all the best timers have cables straight in, or am i just making excuses?

Incidently, it makes no difference to me how many people are around, I've been in the space with TWO other people and can't improve my time!

 

Nice guide though, you'd think peeps would read the messsage at the start up instead of getting there and "how to play? How to play?" all the time!


Wired connections i hear helps.  Tbh i dont understand why the red bull game isnt run entirely off the hardrive to make it fair.  Being in a very quiet (and I mean, two people) helps a lot with lag.  However you have to hang around in a server for ages for people to leave.  Doing this at 2am every day is the way to go.  I find though being in a server with around 15 people doesnt make a difference to my times.

 

Being in servers where people are dancing, bubble abusing and text chatting around you slows the game tonnes.  I turn off text comms and it sorts some of the lag out.

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Cheers Milnerant, you're right, speech bubbles don't help, will have to get a long ethernet cable and try harder!

 

Blast! Why couldn't I have waited, cable company have offered optical t'interweb :( just signed on another year with beetie. Bet that will reduce times further!

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Key Tips

 

  • Despite what people think, turning using the roll around normal gates slow you down as it drags the plane downwards (which when you roll and turn, its basically moving you slightly outwards) So try and avoid this where possible and only do the rolls at the roll gates
  • Try to stay high rather than near the water, you can use the tops of the cones to line yourself up and turn easier and avoid getting a time penalty. Once you master this, you will be able to do the exact same run over and over consistently without errors.
  • Keep your eye on the top right timer, this is most important to see where you can improve
  • Be in a quieter server where not many people can distract you when text talking. Also quieter servers i find have an impact on your times
  • Dont give up
  • Try and keep the plane level as much as you can, it keeps the server running smoother.
  • Also go wide on occasions, rather than keeping close to the cones, another mistake people make.
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We're not worthy!

 

Cheers again, will try some of those when I (ahem) finish work!

 

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Thanx MB - Ted... am crap at this game :P

hopfully this will help hehe ty :)

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where iv been going wrong then turning nearly at every corner why im not getting faster than 59 secs thanks milnerant
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where iv been going wrong then turning nearly at every corner why im not getting faster than 59 secs thanks milnerant
 Well it seems to work for me anyway.  I just beat Peppignolo's time
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il try dowt it will happen soz u beat him that was a fast time to well done
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Updated the guide with your time milnerant, nice going. I think we're going to have to install the Anti Aircraft missile battery mod to slow you down for everyone else. I've asked the team to update the other language versions too.

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How about you just give Mil my Red Bull space bug so he can not longer play like me :p
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