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Colin McRae Rally

User Reviews

Great in it's time but it is out 2 years late! Windows Matthew Bailey (1143)
Rally game no longer state of the art Windows Kasey Chang (3654)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 22 3.7
Windows 30 3.7
Combined MobyScore 52 3.7


The Press Says

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100
WindowsGame industry News (GiN)
I gave Colin McRae Rally a total of 5 GiN Gems because it is quite an impressive title in the racing genre. The graphics are very good despite a few drawbacks in terms of environment details. The sound is awe inspiring to say the least and the gameplay is definitely a key winning characteristic for this game as well. The sound and gameplay make up for Codemasters’ mistakes in the graphics department and prompt me to award this game a perfect score. It is a definite must-have for anyone who wants to try some intense racing! Have fun and keep on gaming!
93
PlayStationSuper Play
Codemasters har hittat rätt. Känslan finns här. Och dessutom mycket av allt det andra. Läckra bilar. Massor av varierade banor. Snabb och smidig grafik. Originella funktioner och spelformer. Och dessutom en bra grundidé. En rallysimulator som verkligen bygger på hur riktiga rallymästerskap genomförs. Och med näst intill perfekt kontroll och körkänsla, som blir ännu bättre med Dual Shock. Att de dessutom har stoppat in ett alldeles ypperligt Two Player Mode gör ju inte saken sämre. Colin McRae Rally är det bästa rallyspel som har släppts till PlayStation. Det enda som gör mig lite besviken är att jag inte lyckats få syn på en enda liten älg i Värmlandsskogarna...
92
WindowsPower Unlimited
CMR heeft naar mijn mening de nummer-1 positie in rally-gamesland ingenomen. Superrealistisch, super gelikt en super agressief. Dit is rally zoals rally hoort te zijn.
92
WindowsSvenska PC Gamer
Colin McRae Rally ät tveklöst ännu en triumf för Codemasters. Det är en avgjort annorlunda upplevelse jämfört med TOCA, men det är lika spännande. Det är lika svårt och skoningslöst som TOCA, men det underlättar att man kan få hjälp av självaste McRae.
91
WindowsGame Captain
Colin McRae Rally bietet ein excellentes Fahrgefühl. Es macht unglaublichen Spaß, seinen Wagen um die Ecken zu scheuchen. Nur wer gerne Gegner auf der Strecke hat, kommt nicht auf seine Kosten, alle anderen Renn-Fans sollten unbedingt zugreifen.
90
PlayStationEdge
Blessed with over 50 tracks, a reasonable two-player mode, watchable Gran Turismo-style replays and its fine handling, CMR provides the ultimate in rallying reproduction. It is more simulation than arcade title, such is the level of its authenticity. There are occasional chinks in the armour, including a sometimes-reluctant handbrake and graphical glitches, and a stronger engine and exhaust note would have been welcome. But these are not enough to detract from the fact that Colin McRae Rally is the most comprehensive – and playable – game of its genre seen to date.
90
WindowsEdge
Blessed with over 50 tracks, a reasonable two-player mode, watchable Gran Turismo-style replays and its fine handling, CMR provides the ultimate in rallying reproduction. It is more simulation than arcade title, such is the level of its authenticity. There are occasional chinks in the armour, including a sometimes-reluctant handbrake and graphical glitches, and a stronger engine and exhaust note would have been welcome. But these are not enough to detract from the fact that Colin McRae Rally is the most comprehensive – and playable – game of its genre seen to date.
90
PlayStationPSM
There is a downside, however, mainly due to the game's age. The graphics look a bit dated by now and while this doesn't detract from the game much at all, PlayStation owners should justifiably expect sharper graphics from new releases this late in the console's life. Surely it's not too much to ask to expect a little extra over the Japanese and European versions after all this time? It hurts to do it, because otherwise Colin McRae Rally is THE quintessential rally game out there, but this oversight alone warrants a docking of at least half a point from the score.
90
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation
From all of the set up options available on your cars, to the realism in the control and handling this title just screams "QUALITY". I know that I have said this before, but I am thrilled that Codemasters games are finding their way over to the states. There is a certain "completeness" that always accompanies their games and you just get the feeling that the developers went that extra mile to deliver something special. This game is a perfect example.
90
PlayStationPower Unlimited
Een heerlijke rallygame. Realisme in optima forma met voortreffelijk sturende wagens en een aanbod van 48 verschillende circuits.
90
PlayStationIGN
Closer to a sim than any other rally racer on the system, Colin McRae Rally is a skill based game that's deep, challenging, and varied, but still not as annoying as most sims. It beats GT2's rally racing in pure depth, with the exception of perhaps not in the amount of cars offered (well, GT2 beats every other racer that way).
88
WindowsImperium Gier
Gra Colin McRae Rally jest w tej chwili jedynym dobrym tytułem wartym polecenia wszystkim fanom rajdów samochodowych. Patrząc na półkę z tej dziedziny sportu na pewno lepiej opracowany graficznie jest V-Rally 2 stworzony przy współpracy z innym kierowcą rajdowym. Jednak biorąc pod uwagę zachowanie samochodów w VR2 nie dorównuje ono CMR. Colin McRae Rally na pewno nie jest grą dla tych z Was, którzy nie lubią dynamicznej akcji i migotania drzew za szybami. Tacy lepiej niech zasiądą w bolidzie Nascar lub Indy i pojeżdżą w kółko.
87
WindowsPower Play
Schleudertrauma, Prellungen. Karosserie und Getriebe im Eimer, und alles nur wegen dieser rutschigen England- Strecken. Nur, ich ärgere mich höchstens über meinen Fahrstil, nicht über dieses faszinierende Spiel. YEAH! Colin rules! So viel Spaß, Realismus und Augenschmaus in einem Rennspiel, darauf habe ich gewartet! Aber keine Zeit für mehr. Ich will jetzt endlich diese schwedischen Schneestrecken schaffen, und das mit ein paar Blessuren weniger. Three, Two, One, Go!
87
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Mit Höchstgeschwindigkeit über australische Staubpisten und verwinkelte Alpenpässe zu schrubben, kommt meinem Piloten-Naturell sehr entgegen. Faszinierend, wie motiviert ich die gleiche Etappe auch zum 128. Mal angehe, um noch mal ein paar Zehntel rauszuholen. Ich kenne kein anderes Rennspiel, bei dem gute Zeiten wirklich einzig und allein vom Können am Volant abhängen. Einen kleinen Dämpfer haben mir nur ein paar technische Mängel versetzt: Die (sehr wichtige) Vegetation abseits der Strecke könnte schöner sein, und die Hardware- Anforderungen scheinen mir etwas hoch. Ein Pentium II samt anständiger 3D-Karte sollte es nämlich schon sein.
87
WindowsGry OnLine
Rok 1998 był dla fanów wszelkiego rodzaju „samochodówek” rokiem bardzo udanym – wydano m.in. Need for Speed III i długo oczekiwanego na PC Colina McRae Rally. Część graczy miała do Codemasters spore pretensje o traktowanie ich platformy trochę po macoszemu (wersja PC ukazała się z kilkumiesięcznym opóźnieniem w stosunku do playstation), ale kiedy gra się już ukazała i mieli okazję ją uruchomić, to bardzo szybko zapomnieli o wszelkich urazach!
87
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Der Unterschied von Colin McRae Rally zu International Rally Championship besteht eigentlich nur in der geringfügig besseren Grafik des Codemasters-Produkts. In puncto Abwechslungsreichtum, Ausstattung und Streckengestaltung schenken sich die beiden Konkurrenten nicht viel. Dies muß sich vor allem Colin McRae Rally zum Vorwurf machen lassen, da das neuere Spiel auf Erfahrungen mit der Konkurrenz hätte zurückgreifen können. Entscheidend für die Qualität eines Rennspiels ist jedoch der Spielspaß. Und der stimmt bei Colin McRae Rally auch noch nach vielen, vielen Stunden.
86
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation
I thought that more could have been made out of the Rally School feature which effectively is little more than a practice mode. It has more similarities to Micro Machines Driving School than GT's License mode and should be taken as purely a fun event. Strangely enough, when racing you soon forget that there are no other cars on the road because one lapse of concentration and you will undoubtedly veer from the course and loose valuable time. However, I eventually began to feel quite lonely and would gladly have swapped my record lap time for a slight glimpse of a vehicle in front. Even if it was the imaginary car whose stage time I had just passed. Sadly, no such luck!
85
WindowsGamesmania
Ausschlaggebend für den Gamesmania-Award ist aber weniger die Grafik, als vielmehr der Fahrspaß. Die Strecken sind gut designt, enthalten viele Schikanen, Hügel, Brücken, Abhänge, eben viel Abwechslung. Da stört es weniger, daß das Drumherum eher unspannend wirkt - um die spektakulärste Grafik kämpfen schließlich nur die Arcade-Racer wie Need For Speed 3 oder Nice 2.
85
WindowsGamezilla
This is a very complete and well thought out rally car simulation with 48 stages, eight countries, 12 cars, full crash damage effects, eight player LAN support, and changeable car and set-up. This game wasn’t hard for me to play, unlike other comprehensive driving games (see NASCAR). It’s got a lot of detail and realism if you’re into that, but it also succeeds as a fun off road rally game for the rest of us who just want to jump in and kick up some dirt. The graphics for the cars and backgrounds are crisp and detailed, the game engine was smooth, the levels were long and varied, and the replays are phenomenal.
84
PlayStationPSX Extreme
Rally fans and racing fans should definitely pick this one up, if you are one of those people who has been waiting for Colin McRae Rally you better run to the nearest videogame retail store and pick a copy up for yourself. Mixing, an excellent amount of tracks to be raced on, 11 cars, a very intuitive Rally School Mode and many more Colin McRae is one for the record books.
82
WindowsPC Joker
So oder so begeistern die einwandfreie Steuerung und das wirklichkeitsnahe Fahrverhalten der Soliden. Insbesondere mit einem analogen Lenkrad und/oder Force Feedback meint man, die verschiedenen Bodenbeläge förmlich zu spüren; Digi-Pad oder gar Tastatur können für die schweißtreibenden Lenkmanöver nur zweite Wahl sein. Rein optisch ist das Spiel zwar kein Vorbild an Abwechslungsreichtum, doch auf Effekte wie Lensflares oder transparente Scheiben muß dank geforderter 3D-Beschleunigung ebensowenig verzichtet werden wie auf fünf Sichtperspektiven: Cockpit, Helmkamera sowie zwei Außenansichten nebst direktem Blick auf die Straßen. Einzig die hochtourige Geräuschkulisse läßt trotz gesprochener Hinweise vom Co-Piloten zu wünschen übrig.
82
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Ist der erste Rausch verflogen, muß sich das Rallyespiel aber auch Kritik gefallen lasen. Die Grafik ist für ein 3D-Karten-only-Spiel enttäuschend: weder schön anzusehen noch von übertriebener Rasanz. Einige zusätzliche Soundeffekte (johlendes Publikum, mehr unterschiedliche Motorengeräusche) hätten ebenfalls nicht geschadet. Doch will ich nich kleinlich sein: Wen stört das schon, wenn man sich mitten im schönsten Drift befindet.
80
WindowsAttack Games
Colin McRae Rally är ett mycket roligt spel som inte riskerar att bli ett i mängden. Utvecklaren Codemasters har lyckats med den ädla konsten att förena spelkänsla med snabbhet och tjusig grafik och det är utan tvekan ett av de allra bästa rallyspelen som har kommit de senaste åren.
78
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Als het u alleen om de kick en de sensatie te doen is, gelieve dit spel te laten voor wat het is. Als u zich echter wil vergewissen van het feit of u al dan niet een onverbeterlijke zondagschauffeur bent, schaf het dan gerust aan.
75
PlayStationGame Revolution
Colin McRae Rally rocks. In ye olde words above there be much criticism, but keep ye in mind, that CMR’s flaws are like toilet paper on the shoe of the sexiest high-school vixen. On a trashy, repugnant woman, such a display of sloppiness would hardly stand out. But, in a game like CMR, toilet paper has absolutely no place. Wait, no. Dammit. That’s not quite what I meant. At any rate, CMR is an awesome racer that is tarnished by some sloppy design flaws. While CMR’s flaws are irritating and seem horribly out of place, it is nevertheless an oddly great game.
67
WindowsIGN
When you think of racing games, you think of fast paced action with lots of twists and screeching turns, extreme speed and tight controls. You also think of other players. Rally racing is different however, as you do not have any physical opponents on the track with you at one time. Instead, it is a race to see who can get the fastest time on an isolated course. Sure it's different but it doesn't offer the same kind of excitement that's found in more traditional American racing games.
66
WindowsGameSpot
As much fun as Colin McRae Rally can be, it's still disappointing that Codemasters decided to hide so much of what the game has to offer. Colin McRae Rally might be enough to satisfy fans that are moderately interested in rallying, but for those with an appetite for the real thing, it'll only leave them hungry for more.
56
PlayStationGameSpot
Perhaps the best sign this game is merely a tad above average: If it were truly awe-inspiring, Sony would've brought it to North America much sooner. (In fact, according to the developer's web site, a sequel is expected to be released in Europe in March 2000 - a month after the game is released here!) Regardless of whether Colin McRae Rally is dated or not, it plays well enough - but its cookie-cutter formula won't sustain casual gamers' long-term interest. Only die-hard rally fans need bother.
50
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Colin McRae Rally was an excellent game when it first was released, and its deficiencies today are in large part a testimony to how rapidly standards of excellence are advancing in computer gaming. While it takes a definite second place to Mobil 1 Rally Championship, at least the basic driving physics in Colin McRae Rally still hold up well. There are rumors in Europe of a sequel emerging, Colin McRae Rally 2, adding 4-wheel independent suspension, vastly improved graphics, better damage effects, as well as more courses and countries. The American audience might well be best served to wait for that one.