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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.

Screenshots

Colin McRae Rally 04 Windows Ford focus looks extremely boring, too much blue
Colin McRae Rally 04 Windows I missed the right moment, can i have another one?
Colin McRae Rally 04 Windows Graphics options
Colin McRae Rally 04 Windows Loading stage - those dots are showing progress

Promo Images

Colin McRae Rally 04 Other This was taken from a catalogue included with the PS2 game <i>Liverpool FC Club Football 2003/2004 Season </i>
Colin McRae Rally 04 Other This was taken from a catalogue included with the PS2 game <i>Arsenal Club Football 2005 Season</i>, review scores have now been added

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Deaf Gamers PlayStation 2 2003 9.2 out of 10 92
allaboutgames.co.uk Windows Apr 26, 2004 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de Xbox Sep 27, 2003 89 out of 100 89
4Players.de PlayStation 2 Sep 27, 2003 89 out of 100 89
GameSpot Windows May 20, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
PC Games (Germany) Windows Mar 23, 2004 88 out of 100 88
IGN Xbox Mar 15, 2004 8.7 out of 10 87
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Mar 31, 2004 86 out of 100 86
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Oct 09, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
PlayDevil Xbox Sep 15, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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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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