- Estimated achievement difficulty: 7/10 [Achievement Difficulty Rating]
- Offline: 40 
- Online: 9 
- Approximate amount of time to 1000: 80-100 hours [Estimated Time to 100%]
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1 overall playthrough of the career
- Missable achievements: 0
- Does difficulty affect achievements: No, you can play on the easiest settings but this is automatically increased for Championships and World Championships
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: 0
- Extra equipment needed: Xbox Live Gold
V-Rally 4 is a simulation rally racer made by Kylotonn Games who also make the WRC (World Rally Championship) titles.
This is slightly more arcadey than WRC but do not be fooled as this game ramps up in difficulty when it comes to World Championships. Be aware, there is no racing line, rewinds or auto brake settings on the game, so if you rely on these to get you through racers, this game may not be for you.
There are three areas of the main menu you will be utilising and these will be separate for the purpose of this walkthrough. These are V-Rally mode, Online and Quick Race.
This is the mode you will be playing the most. I will say this now, obtaining the World Championships are completely random in terms of when they pop up on your map. You could do 20 races or 200 in a certain disciple and it still may not pop up. So as you can see you will be looking at doing around 400-500 races for the career mode.
Start with any disciple you like. You will notice that races have a star based system which starts at one star all the way to four stars. These stars mainly determine how long the event will last in terms of amount and length overall in terms of days. The day length is important as this determines which upgrades become available for your car. You can only upgrade the car you have been using and you will have to use a car for a while to upgrade it fully. Therefore, it would be worth using only one car per disciple. The ones I used were:
- VW Polo RS - Rally
- Ford Fiesta ST - RallyX
- Buggy SMG - Buggy
- Mitsubishi Evo - Extreme Khana
- Mitsubishi Electric - Hillclimb
You will earn money from pretty much anything in the game including online races. This is required for the "Trader", "Banker" and "Collector" achievements. "Banker" requires you to have 1 million in your account at once. I highly recommend doing the online trial races in the career mode where you compete against online players for a set amount of money. You can potentially earn 100-150k per event; however, it should be noted that the game does not always give you the money you have earned. I recommend saving up for the five cars above and then saving up after this. You will require 6.4 million to purchase all cars in the game.
You will eventually get some Championships pop up for the disciples you are working on. With these, you cannot lower the difficulty which is preset at ‘100’, you can only raise it. A big issue with both Championships and World Championships is that difficulty ramps up big time. The A.I. are very aggressive but can be inconsistent which makes this very much doable for a semi-decent racer. On the other hand, the times on some tracks for Rally and Hillclimb races can be really fast such as Kenya for Rally and China Downhill for Hillclimb. I usually just took the loss on these as long as i was within 2-5 seconds so i could still get points towards the Championships and World Championships.
Try to maintain from using manual respawn as you will get a time penalty. It makes more sense to restart the race.
You will obtain most achievements in the game just playing through the career.
You will need at least one other person for the online boosting. You don't have to win races which is great as that means you can just play at your own leisure and not take it seriously.
There are 9 achievements relating to the online mode and you can also make progress to the miscellaneous V-Rally achievements.
Play your first online racer for "First Try". Take turns to obtain "And Then There Was One". Now win 3 races in a row for "Hat Trick".
Finish 25 events in each disciple for:
- All Terrain
- Hot Rod
I would also recommend trying to get "Well Played, McCloud" during the Buggy races. Play on Siberia on the figure-8 track and roll it on the halfpipe and bumps on the stretch leading to the final corner. If you roll it 5 times this will unlock.
You will need an additional 75 races for "Stakhanovist". It is recommended you find the shortest rally stage, 2km on Japan and just do that over and over. Progress towards "Rally Fan" will also count for this which is a long achievement in itself.
At this stage, it is likely that you will require "Beam me up, Scotty" and "Rally Fan". Load up Quick Race, Rally and Japan. You will have to select random and keep scrolling through to get the short 2km stage. Once it loads up, just keep holding for a manual respawn, once you get 100, complete the stage. Instead of going back to the menu, at the winners screen just press to restart and continue until you get 500 stage done. This will take at least 15 hours, just watch a series or film on Netflix or Prime Video as it is really boring.
In conclusion, you are in for a long and somewhat frustrating ride to the 1000 but it is worth it in the end!
[XBA would like to thank Hawkings for this Roadmap]