After a while, even the most entertaining game can become stale. For whatever reason, the fun of simply connecting a controller and pressing a button to make a car go may lose its appeal. Luckily for racing game fans, the creators of CTR never get tired of coming up with new challenges and twists, which keep the game interesting and engaging. One of the most recent twists involves the sewers of New York City. If you’re unfamiliar, the Seawall was originally built for military purposes during World War II. Today, the complex network of tunnels serves as a fast lane in the Big Apple. Unfortunately for our brave drivers, most New Yorkers aren’t exactly fans of cars that drive on feet. So this changes the game completely. Let’s take a look at how to best traverse the sewers in your mobile vehicle.
Don’t Be Fooled By The Name
You’ll see many videos on YouTube of people getting killed by cars in New York City. Although these vehicles are running on the road, they aren’t actually in the road. When a car enters the tunnels, it becomes a part of the track, temporarily losing its tires and stopping. In some cases, people have even been pinned between two vehicles. If that doesn’t send a chill down your spine, nothing will. Just remember that until a traffic cop clears the way, you’re technically still in the tunnels. Therefore, obey all posted speed limits and stay aware of your surroundings.
Get Familiar With The Routes
There are a few different routes you can take in the game. While some will have you driving on the surface streets above ground, others will have you diving into the sewers. You can also choose between searching for hidden shortcuts or taking the long way and being extra careful not to hit any traffic or other obstructions. Take your time familiarizing yourself with all the different routes and how they work. Sometimes it’s not the route that’s the problem, but rather the fact that you don’t know how to use it properly. Once you have the hang of it, you can find your way around New York easily enough and use the different shortcuts to your advantage.
Shortcuts Are Key
In many ways, the sewers aren’t that different from the rest of New York City. There are cars, some roads, and lots of people walking and biking. To keep things interesting, the game uses a number of shortcuts throughout the city. In most cases, these shortcuts will only be visible on certain maps, so you’ll need to find those hidden routes to take advantage of them. While it’s fun to simply follow the main roads above ground, it’s a whole other ballgame down there. You can lose a lot of time if you aren’t paying attention or don’t know where you are going. Plus, you never know what kind of trouble you might get into, so it’s best to avoid those places when you can.
Just remember that even though some parts of the city may look familiar, the layout and positioning of certain buildings and landmarks may be completely different down there. In some places, there will only be one way to go, so you’ll have to find your way around manually. In other places, there will be many different routes you can take, and you may have to search for signs or ask locals for help. Always use your phone’s GPS when in unfamiliar areas, as it can quickly tell you the shortest and most efficient route to your destination.
Be Careful What You Eat
One of the challenges of the sewers is that you’ll have to watch out for a lot of trash along the way. To give you an idea of what to look out for, let’s just say that some of the junk you’ll encounter includes tires, bottles, cardboard, plastic bags, and more. While it’s not always dangerous, it certainly is annoying to have to watch your step every second. You don’t need a HazMat suit to take this on. Just be careful what you eat and drink. Some items may be out of place down there, and it’s best not to risk it.
Carry Spare Clothes And Equipment
You’ll never know when you might get stuck somewhere and have to spend the night. To save you from getting hypothermia, you’ll need to keep yourself warm, something that won’t be easy in cramped quarters with little or no room for movement. One way to keep warm is by using spare clothes and equipment. For instance, you can use a sleeping bag or quilt, while other items include a space blanket, down jacket, or raincoat. All of these can help you stay relatively warm during the night. Even better, some of these items are also equipped with hand warmers, so you’ll feel the difference even when the temperatures are freezing outside. As strange as it might sound, being trapped in a confined space with no warmth is one of the most dangerous situations you could find yourself in. The last thing you want to do is rush in to get your phone out to call for help. That will probably end badly. Always be prepared for the unexpected and understand that until you are, you can’t assume what conditions you’ll be in.
Know When To Stop
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to keep driving when you aren’t supposed to. In many cases, the game will indicate whether or not it’s safe to continue driving on a particular route. In most places, there will be a yellow police line on the road, and vehicles will be allowed to pass only when there’s a clear view of the street ahead. When you hit a red light, it means it’s not safe to continue driving. So, stop when you see one of those lights and prepare to stop safely. In many cases, there will also be pedestrians and cyclists dressed in orange, the color representing them. While it might be tempting to keep going and see how far you can get, in most cases that won’t end well. It’s always better to stop and find a new route. That way, you have the option of taking a longer route home, which might be more peaceful and allow you to sleep. Better to stop when you’re supposed to than to keep going when you’re not. Those who live by the rules and stop when they’re supposed to have a much smoother ride than those who don’t and keep going when they shouldn’t. You’ll notice that when you stop at a red light, people tend to move out of your way more quickly. So, while it might not always be safe to do so, you may have the luxury of being in a hurry when you are going somewhere. That’s probably because it’s usually not safe to stop when you’re not supposed to. The last thing you want to do is run into a dead end or some other type of obstruction that may cause you damage. So, try to time your stop so that it’s done when the light turns green. That way, you can quickly move on before anything happens.
Check For Ice
Another danger you’ll have to watch out for in the sewers is ice. Even if you stay on a well-maintained pathway, there will be times when the ground becomes icy, making it treacherous to walk or drive on. Sometimes the ice will be floating on top of the water, making it even more dangerous. It’s not unusual for there to be ice in the summer, so be careful when driving in the winter. You may want to avoid driving in the winter altogether if you live in a region where it gets cold. The last thing you want to do is slide on the ice and end up in the ditch, stuck. Always be prepared for the unexpected and know that ice may appear out of nowhere, so you can never be too careful.
Watch Out For Animals
Unfortunately, not all wildlife will be friendly towards you. There are always a few animals that may decide to take a bite out of you if you aren’t careful. It’s always best to be on the lookout for animals and know what kinds of precautions you should take in case of an attack. Many creatures, such as rats and bats, will try to attack any moving object. That’s because they see it as a source of food, so you’ll need to be careful when driving at night or in areas where there are a lot of rats. In some regions, there are also bears and mountain lions that may see your car as a tasty treat. It’s not only dangerous because they may attack you, but it’s also against the law to drive on foot in some areas. If you are caught, you may face hefty fines or even jail time. So, be careful around bears and other dangerous animals!