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Colin McRae Rally (Windows)

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5 point score based on user ratings.

Advertising Blurbs

Back of Jewel Case (UK-Platinum):
    COLIN McRAE RALLY Exclusively licensed by world class rally driver Colin McRae

    "THE GREATEST RALLY GAME OF ALL TIME" PLAYSTATION PLUS MAGAZINE

    AUDIO NAVIGATION BY MCRAE'S REAL-LIFE CO-DRIVER NICKY GRIST

    RALLY OVER 8 COUNTRIES WITH 52 UNIQUE INTERNATIONAL STAGES

    "THE MOST REALISTIC HANDLING YET"
    PLAYSTATION POWER MAGAZINE

    12 LASER MODELLED WORLD RALLY CARS

    CHALLENGING EVENTS: CHAMPIONSHIP, RALLY AND TIME TRIAL


    DRIVE MAJOR RALLY CARE - 4WD, 2WD WHICH WILL EVEN GET MUDDY!

    5 CAMERA VIEWS INCLUDING HEADCAM

    CHAMPIONSHIP, RALLY, TIME TRIAL MODES & RALLY SCHOOL OPTION

    ICE, SNOW, GRAVEL, TARMAC, & MUD SURFACES

    SUPER-SPECIAL STAGES FOR EXCITING DOUBLE LOOP HEAD-TO-HEAD RALLIES

    REAL-TIME CRASH DAMAGE & SETUP/REPAIR OPTIONS

    2 PLAYER SPLIT SCREEN OPTION

    Contributed by UkCollector (2221) on Sep 08, 2010.

Magazine advertisement:
    Face it: 02:57 Now break it...

    • Full crash damage, batters car body and performance

    • 48 unique point-to-point stages

    • Super special stages for head-to-head races

    • Learn to drive rally-style, with full tuition from Colin McRae

    OFFICIAL PLAYSTATION MAGAZINE 9/10: "...takes the off-roader to...dizzying heights of realism and fun!"

    PLAYSTATION PLUS 95%: "Easily the best rally game in the world...ever!"

    TOTAL PLAYSTATION 93%: "It's just brilliant...Pure class. Miss it, miss out!"

    Contributed by Apogee IV (2336) on Dec 29, 2005.

Atari Australia website - Windows:
    DESCRIPTION:
    Every second counts. Every bend, every power slide, every handbrake turn can save you valuable time. Stop for repairs, let the mud, the snow, the rain slow you down and you’ve lost it. It’s you, your co-driver shouting in your ear and your car driving 52 stages, across 8 countries. Against everyone else. Against the clock.

    Minimum Requirements
    Max resolution 320 x 240
    Windows 95 or 98
    Direct X 6.0
    Intel Pentium 166MHz CPU
    16Mb RAM
    50Mb free Hard-Disk space
    Direct X 6.0 supported 3D Graphics Card (PCI/AGP) with 2Mb RAM *
    4X Speed CD-ROM
    DirectX 6.0 supported Sound Card

    GAME FEATURES:
  • Rally over 8 countries with 52 unique International Stages
  • 12 Laser modelled world rally cars
  • Challenge events: Championship, Rally, Time Trial & Network
  • Extensive Co-Driver Voice messages from Nicky Grist (Colin McRae’s Real-Life Co-Driver)
  • A rally championship covers a whole season of rallying in 8 different countries with varying weather conditions and time of day.
  • All countries have 6 Stages and 4 of the countries have an extra Super-Special Stage
  • Time Trial allows you to play any stage of a rally with 1 or 2 players. There are no repair options available in this mode.
  • The Rally option allows you to rally all of the stages in just one country. You can play against either the computer or a friend, in 2 Player mode
  • You are allotted a certain amount of time to perform these Set-up and Repair operations - this may lead to you having to prioritise the essential with the non essential tasks
  • The Rally HeadCamTM allows you to rally from the perspective of a real Rally driver. The forces that operate on a real driver are simulated as you rally around the stage.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66242) on May 17, 2004.

Atari Australia Press Quotes - PlayStation:
    “...the most realistic, challenging, and I dare say best rally game to PlayStation in the system's five-year stint.”

    “Colin McRae Rally beats them all. It is surely the most well rounded, skilled-based, and authentic of them all.”

    “It's also as close to a simulation as they come…”

    “Should you buy it? Yes. For anyone who loves to drive cars, and especially rally cars, this is a must-have game that encompasses the sport of rally racing better than any other game yet.”

    “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…”

    Contributed by Xoleras (66242) on May 11, 2004.

Atari Australia website - PlayStation:
    DESCRIPTION:

    Former World Champion Driver Colin McRae, known to die-hard fans around the globe as 'The Flying Scotsman', power slides his way into the Value Series for the high octane drive of a lifetime. It's just you and your car racing against the clock in conditions that would make wimpier drivers rush back to the safety of predictable tracks - and equally predictable opponents. Grab it now at the great value price!

    GAME FEATURES:
  • Race over 52 unique courses in 8 countries
  • 12 authentic laser-modelled world rally cars
  • Multiple modes of play, including championship or head-to-head split screen multi-player
  • Rallying tips from the man himself and full in-game audio from co-driver Nicky Grist
  • Real-time crash damage - from mud splatters that obscure your view to bumps and dents that seriously jeopardize performance
  • 5 camera views, including 'Headcam' through the windshield

    Contributed by Xoleras (66242) on May 07, 2004.

From uk.playstation.com:
    When Codemasters - the people behind TOCA Touring Car Championship - release a rally game featuring the former world champion Colin McRae, it's time for all racing fanatics to start getting excited.

    Colin McRae Rally, developed using similar technology to its hit touring car game, is an accurate rallying simulation that recreates all the realism of the sport whilst maintaining frantic gameplay as you try to shave that last thousandth of a second off your nearest rival's time.

    Power drive the greatest world rally cars, achieving winning times and drive point-to-point stages across the toughest terrains and tracks around the world. With Individual Stages, 8 International Rallies or the entire Championship, Colin McRae Rally takes handling to the edge.

    With precisely modelled cars, and the specs in the physics model taken straight from the manufacturers, you'll need all of co-driver Nicky Grist's instructions and tuition from the master himself in the rally school if your going to make it to the stage finish without a prang.

    As your driving ability improves, and the car is set up for optimal performance depending on the conditions and nature of the stage, power-sliding and handbrake turns become second nature. The handling and crashes are impressive (especially with Dual Shock compatibility). And with damage battering the car body and affecting handling (not to mention making the car dirty), it's best to keep on the track as much as possible. Don't worry too much though, there is a repair option in the car setup.

    Colin McRae Rally - all the fun and realism of world rallying in one superb package.




    Contributed by Grant McLellan (545) on Sep 12, 2001.

Unknown Source:
    Every second counts. Every bend, every power slide, every handbrake turn can save you valuable time. Stop for repairs, let the mud, the snow, the rain slow you down and you’ve lost it. It’s you, your co-driver shouting in your ear and your car driving 52 stages, across 8 countries. Against everyone else. Against the clock.

    Features

    Championship, rally, time trial modes
    Drive major rally cars – 4wd, 2wd which will even get muddy
    Real-time crash damage & setup/repair options
    Ice, snow, gravel, tarmac, & mud surfaces
    2 player split screen option
    Definitive setup & repair options
    5 camera views including headcam
    Learn to drive rally-style with full rally school tuition from Colin McRae
    Super-special stages for exciting double loop head-to-head rallies
    Rally over 8 countries with 52 unique international stages
    12 laser modeled world rally cars
    challenging events: championship; rally; time trial & network play
    Extensive co-driver voice messages from Nicky Grist Colin McRae’s real-life co-driver

    Contributed by Matthew Bailey (1143) on Jun 18, 2000.