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Colin McRae Rally 04 (PlayStation 2)

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Description

Colin McRae is no longer with Ford and Nicky Grist is no longer Colin’s co-driver. Things have moved on in the rally-driving world, as they have with this, the fourth title in the series. This time the player is in the vehicle of their choice.

While the game features improved graphics over the older titles in the series the biggest improvement is the handling in the game, which is now based on real-world physics. Where the previous titles' handling of the cars made use of one pivot point, the new physics engine has four pivot points, each wheel interacting independently of the others.

There are four championships modes: 2WD, 4WD, Group B and Expert. 2WD is for beginners. 4WD is the next step up, offering an intermediate challenge. Group B features cars from the '80s that were banned in 1986, as they were unrestricted and capable of extreme acceleration. And finally, Expert is for those that finish 4WD in advanced mode, upon which they are presented with Expert mode where one drives with cockpit view only, and with the highest damage setting.

There are 8 national rallies in which to race, including USA, Australia, UK, Finland, Japan and Greece. There are also over 20 cars to unlock, including the Team Ford Transit van.

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There are 18 other screenshots on file for other versions of this game.


Alternate Titles

  • "科林麦克雷拉力04" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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The Press Says

Imperium Gier Sep 15, 2003 9.4 out of 10 94
allaboutgames.co.uk Mar 14, 2004 9 out of 10 90
GameCell UK 2003 9 out of 10 90
Gamesdog Oct 07, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Gamers Europe Dec 02, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Futuregamez.net Dec 20, 2003 90 out of 100 90
PSW (Playstation World Magazine UK) Aug, 2003 9 out of 10 90
PSX Extreme Oct 09, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamer 2.0 Sep 16, 2005 7.7 out of 10 77
Boomtown Oct 14, 2003 7 out of 10 70

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Development

Six by Nine Studios handled the PC port, but faced a lack of access to the entire source code base of the Xbox version to optimise the game for the PC platform. Therefore, they focused on the weather and particle effects. By splitting the loops for the weather, they added snow and rain effects which seemed to appear both close and further away. The PC version therefore has a more realistic weather system.

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Macintrash (2514) added Colin McRae Rally 04 (PlayStation 2) on Sep 23, 2003
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