Hit the dirt in Colin McRae Rally - the classic off-road racing experience.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (407 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 30, 2014

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Hit the dirt in Colin McRae Rally - the classic off-road racing experience

Colin McRae Rally features the car and track list from last year’s top selling mobile title and features THIRTY amazing rally stages in three environments taken from the PlayStation classic Colin McRae 2.0. for this PC and Mac edition. With a combined distance of over 130km, go flat out through the dirt and the dust of the Australian outback, take on dramatic climbs through the mountains of Greece and get sideways on the tight and twisty roads of Corsica.

THE CARS
Get behind the wheel of four legendary rally cars, the Subaru Impreza, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI, Lancia Stratos and Colin McRae’s Ford Focus. Pace notes read by professional rally co-driver Nicky Grist help you fully commit through each and every stage.

THE CONTROL
Feel the thrill of putting pedal to metal across different surface types and blast through beautiful, challenging environments. Race with a range of pads, including Xbox 360 and PS3 controllers.

THE CHALLENGE
Take on different game modes including quick races, full rallies and Championships, post your best time to the leaderboards and unlock achievements.

COLIN MCRAE RALLY – THE CLASSIC RALLY EXPERIENCE RACES ONTO PC AND MAC

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 1.6 GHz or AMD Equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 6800 or ATI X1300 or Intel HD3000
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Device
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista 64 bit, Windows 7 64 bit or Windows 8 64 bit
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4 or AMD Equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTS240 or AMD HD5570 or Intel HD5200
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X compatible soundcard
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6.8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.0
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon X1600 256Mb
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.8.5
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GT120
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
[UPDATE]
I've reverted to a No. Don't buy this game. It's clear the game has seen little to no effort put into it by Codemasters, and there are just too many games better than this to waste your time with it. Even once I'd adjusted the setup of controls to make it more playable, I found I just coudn't be bothered. It's uninspiring and dull, and the menus are about as slick as a car stuck in mud.
Play one of the Dirt series or even Xpand Rally before this. Don't give Codemasters the idea that their ports of mobile titles are acceptable.
New score: 3, and game deleted, even if it doesn't take up much space.

[original review]
I've gone for a tentative Yes here, despite me kind of only half liking it. If you buy it and try it, you're getting a useful insight into mobile gaming ported to PC. You're also getting one of a few sparse rally games available for PC these days, and for that, it does hold some value. Just make sure you buy it cheap!
I had already bought this on Android and it didn't last long before I deleted it. In hindsight I do wonder if I'd merely missed a config screen allowing you to adjust sensitivity, and in the case of PC, dead zone too. For my first couple of goes on PC, it was horrible with a 50% deadzone meter and maximum sensitivity. The car would barely turn for most of the stick's travel, then suddeny lurch, makign it twitchy an unresponsive at the same time. Wholly unpleasant. However, step the deadzone down to a few notches off minimum, and reduce the sensitivity to about 35% and it's a different animal; it feels to control much better.
There are still issues mind... such as the controller being useless in some menu screens so that you can't actually select the Proceed button; or when up becomes down and vice versa.
Once or twice too when driving what appeared to be a rock and incident free stretch of track, the car would flip like it'd hit a big rock, causing confusion and delay as you roll the car and often end up facing the wrong way.
If I was to rate this game out of 10, I'd go for a 6. Which kind of puts it just above average and worth a go. Though I cannot stress enough: ONLY IF IT IS CHEAP.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
utter ♥♥♥♥ game
whatever you do, don't spend your money on this
I'd rather shoot myself in the head but luckily I did not spend any of own money in this crap
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
If you want a nostalgic rally game, or something to fill in time between DiRT releases, this is defintely a good buy. Otherwise, don't buy it and you might as well stop reading here.

As a whole game, it barely stands up with a few glitches in places, and some very repetitive rally stages (I've only found there to be 3 different countries so far). But the experience from this game is more of a reason to buy it.

Essentially it feels like the rally games from 10 years ago (partly because it is) but the touch-ups in the remake allow it to feel and look how it does in your memory. This game does what it sets out to perfectly, it lets you relive the old games, without too many of the hassles involved in installing and setting up to work with controllers.

As for the actual gameplay, the difficulty level is fairly easy and all the competitors times are pre-determined. The stage progress bar up the top (straight from the old rally games) bears no reference to whats happening on the track for your competitors, and only shows average speed of the lead CPU (Colin Mcrae in every race).

When driving, you get the familar pace notes, although they are mostly accurate, relying on them too heavily will cause an accident. Things like sudden hairpins, jumps immediately before corners, and the pace notes only being 30-70m ahead of you make for some very reaction oriented driving (especially in Australia...).

Damage is taken fairly easily in the cars, with even crash free stages short causing quite severe damage by the time you get in for repairs, making the 30 minutes for repairs quite strategic. When you crash (you will), the damage to power and suspension is the most noticeable, followed by the wheels, making you have to dynamically change driving styles mid-race (momentum is key with a ruined engine.)

If you're expecting a fully fledged game, that will give you an engaging storyline, or even a new experience, don't buy this game. If you're after a relaxed drive down memory lane, and this game is on sale, I highly recommend it.

Pros -
Takes you back to the rally games of ten years ago.
Works flawlessly with Xbox 360 Controller.
More emphasis on better driving, rather than speed.
Damage and repairs is a nice change.

Cons -
Invisible walls just of the edge of the track in some places.
Pace notes not always accurate or timely.
I crashed in the middle of the road, into the road at one point.
Rolling the car doesn't result in immediate car reset.
Not much variety in rally stages.

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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Colin McRae Rally (2014) would have been a somewhat acceptable rally game in 1996. Graphics might have been decent in early 2000s. Sadly it came out in 2014, meaning that it is not somewhat acceptable nor decent.

This is NOT a remake of original Colin McRae Rally, no matter what the game's store page implies. Instead it is a mobile game by the same name ported to PC. It looks like a mobile game, it sounds like a mobile game, it definitely feels like a mobile game, and it has the complexity and realism of a mobile game. So it is a mobile game. And not a very good one either.

I especially "like" how the game engine has trouble handling jumps. Weird things often happen when your car becomes airborne. Like your car attempting to do an aileron roll for no apparent reason, or being stopped by an invisible obstacle when landing. Though I would say that the game engine has trouble not just with jumps, but with pretty much everything related to driving. Controls are unresponsive and most of the time playing feels like you are driving a brick around. A somewhat weirdly behaving brick.

And I absolutely "love" the fact that most of the objects you see on the road are completely static, which means that either they are sprites and you go through them without any physical reaction from either the car or the object, or they seem to weigh couple of metric tons regardless of size or material, stopping the car instantly. That is so 1990s. I guess you could call that retro.

Also the amount of content is minimal with just few different rallies, and there is no replay value at all. Really.

Very much NOT recommended.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Crappy mobile port, damn near impossible to map my G27 to controlls
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
10/10. Would get all the achievementz and stop playing again.
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
55.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Great game
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6 of 24 people (25%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
I Collin McRate this game 6/10.
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Cheap port which is a shame since the Colin McRae Rally games for the PC didn't look this bad. I recommend it but only 6/10. Sorry. The managment.
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1,108 of 1,174 people (94%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Do not buy this game, it is a port of the Mobile version of the game and it is absolutly terrible. There should be a warning stating that its the mobile version. This game is a waste of money.
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496 of 523 people (95%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
TLDR: half-♥♥♥♥♥ cash-in with no redeeming qualities, 1/10, do not buy, Codemasters should be ashamed.

I really don't understand how Codemasters managed to screw this one up.
Sure, they definitely indulge in milking old franchises (Worms, anyone?), but this game claims to be "based" on Colin McRae Rally 2.0. CMR 2 was/is an AMAZING game, a benchmark for rally games at its time that has aged exceptionally well. How hard could it possibly be? Take that game, port it to a modern engine, maybe nix a car or two and replace decals if you can't get hold of the same licensing deals, and you've got a great game, done!

But no...
This game manages to be so basic, so stripped down, that it barely even qualifies as a racing game, let alone something that should be mentioned in the same breath as CMR 2.

Cars: CMR 2 had over 20 different cars. This game has 4. Yes, four.

Courses: CMR 2 had 8 countries/courses. This game has 3. Yes, three... To make things worse, the Australia and Greece courses are basically the same gravel track. The Corsica Course is 100% tarmac. That's it. All races are in daylight, no rain. Compare that to CMR 2, where you had rain stages, night stages, snow courses, mud courses, hardpack and loose gravel courses, etc...

Controls/physics: Pretty much any jump will send you into a barrel roll. There's a glitch that appears pretty often where while climbing, the car will suddenly "snag" onto the track like it's a piece of fabric, and lose all momentum. Wonder how many hours has been put into playtesting...

More problems:
- The cockpit view. MY GOD. You'll have to see this one for yourself... I'm dead serious, the Sega Daytona USA arcade machines had more detailed cockpit graphics! CMR 2 for PC came out in 2000 and it had a fully detailed cockpit for each car, what the hell happened here?
- If you look at actual PC (not console) screenshots of CMR 2, this game does not look better in any regard, it actually looks worse... much worse. Much worse than a game from 2000...
- Absolutely no pre-race tuning, which was a major part of CMR 2 and was pretty much obligatory to get good times at courses. But I guess it wouldn't be neccessary in a game like this anyway, where the courses are as varied as peas in a can.
- At this point mentioning the lack of replays, additional game modes etc is pointless. This game would still be a steaming turd, with or without more content.

Multiplayer: nope.

Controller support: if you have anything more exotic than a 360 pad, you're out of luck as there are no remapping options.

Please, DON'T repeat my mistake and buy this.
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566 of 607 people (93%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
It's not the same.
This game is some sort of horrible ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ child of one of the all-time great rally games, and a decimated, simplified for idiots, version for iphones. Why they couldn't just release the original is beyond me.
The old menu is gone, instead you have the standard iphone menus, which are all the same. There is no way to choose your tires, or set suspension firmness or any of that, you wouldn't want to waste time on that would you?!, you want to click, and click and play! Because you're a dumbass who plays on iphones. Repairing your car is also a farce. And on top, to add the final touch, they've decided to throw out loads of stages. Why not?! Who wants to rally in the UK, or Sweden, or New Zealand anway? You also have less cars to choose from, just in case too many cars confuses you.

It's still more rally than Dirt 2, 3 and Showdown though.
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337 of 356 people (95%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
This is clearly a port of the Colin McRae mobile game. If you have fond memories of the Colin McRae games of the PS2/Xbox era you will not enjoy this game.
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413 of 446 people (93%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
CMR 2.0 was one of my favourite games, that's why I decided to buy this 'renewed version' now.

I don't know what happened, but this is not the same game anymore. The feel of speed is non existent, menus suck and are unresponsive, loader refuses to remember my graphical settings, so I have to set them every time I run the damn game...

The game itself has it's own problems. Physics giving up shockingly often (the silliest example - I jumped really high in the air and when I landed my car stopped on the ground like it hit a concrete wall), cars feel like wagons filled with coal, fixing your car between stages is dumbed down beyond belief to please the average Joe consumer from America...

3/10, for nostalgia sake :/
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122 of 132 people (92%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
(Traducción al español abajo)

How to drown a good game into disgrace.

Having the original Colin McRae Rally 2.0 since it came out, all I expected was to be able to play it fully in my actual machine without learning rocket science. Well, I have to recognize that has been achieved. You can play it... at least the parts you can...

Megabazillion tracks... errr nope: The original game brings us 9 countries, (Kenia, Finland, UK, Sweden, Australia, Japan, Corsica, Greece and Italy) each with twelve stages. This rip only brings Australia, Corsica and Italy. By now, The game duration's been cut to a third.

Megabazillion rally cars... errr neither: The original game places us behind the wheel of 24 rally cars, counting WRC, B group and various paint schemes. Here there are ONLY FOUR STINKY CARS. Content reduced to a fifth.

Then, the controls. I'll agree Colin McRae wasn't the most realistic rally game in history (we have RBR for that), but at least you can figure out what is driving a WRC. Here, the controls are almost random. The car cuts gas in the middle of a straight without any reason at all, and the turns are divided into two: you did it or you didn't (There's no way to negotiate a drift)... Basically, I found out that I can't drive the car as I want (as in the original), but instead I have to learn how the game wants me to drive it.

And then, the graphics... well, even worse than the original (the internal view is worth a shot, don't miss it), plus the scenary has been cut to a size that looks more like you're playing Gran Turismo 1.

In a nutshell, don't set your hopes any high: It's an awful port, ripped everywhere, and almost unplayable.

(Traducción al español)

Como desgraciar un buen juego:

Teniendo el Colin McRae Rally 2.0 original de la época, lo que esperaba era poder jugarlo completo en el PC que tengo ahora sin tener que andar haciendo experimentos. Bueno, hay que reconocer que eso si se ha logrado, Jugarse, se puede jugar. Lo que se puede jugar...

Pistas a go-go... pues nó: El juego original nos permitía correr por Kenia, Finlandia, UK, Suecia, Australia, Japón, Corcega, Grecia e italia. Este rip no trae mas que Australia, Corcega y Grecia. De momento, la duración del juego se ha reducido una tercera parte.

Coches de rally a go-go... pues tampoco: El juego original nos pone a los mandos de 24 coches, entre WRC, Grupo B y esquemas de pintura variados. Aquí no hay mas que CUATRO APESTOSOS COCHES. El contenido se reduce a una quinta parte.

Luego ya está la cosa de los controles. De acuerdo que Colin McRae no era el juego de rallies mas realista de la historia (para eso está el RBR), pero por lo menos te podías hacer una idea. Aquí los controles son prácticamente aleatorios. El coche deja de acelerar de forma incomprensible en medio de una recta, los giros son una de dos: o entras o no entras (no hay posibilidad de negociar un derrape)... En resumen: me he encontrado con que, en lugar de conducir como yo quiero, tengo que aprender a conducir como el juego quiere.

Y los gráficos... pues muy justitos. Comparados con el original son incluso peores (la vista interna del coche es digna de ver), y encima han restado profundidad al escenario de una manera que parece que estés jugando en gran turismo 1.

En resumidas cuentas, no te hagas ilusiones: Es un port horroroso, recortado por todas partes, y prácticamente injugable.
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114 of 123 people (93%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
I don't often post reviews here but I thought I better with this one.

This is NOT the original game, it is a cheap iOS and Android port that is missing half the features of the original game. There are missing stages, cars, replays, multiplayer, car setup, championship, missing menus, and they somehow removed cockpit cam from the game and put something that resembles a cockpit.

The championships are non existant and the championship you play depends on difficulty, with only Australia, Greece and Corsica to choose from. They've removed Finland, New Zealand and UK/Wales.

They have the original CMR 2.0 on PC already running on DX6-ish, why is it so much of a task for them to update to DX11 or lower and improve the textures/resolution? You're better off fishing the original out the cupboard or wherever and playing that.
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115 of 127 people (91%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
This game is far from original CMR 2.0 and feels like a mobile port. Everything that made the original CMR 2.0 good is missing here. Don't waste your time and money on this.
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111 of 129 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Colin McRae Rally

You hear that name and instantly awesome true Rally experiences come to mind. Harsh terrain, realistic and believable damage to your car as you make stupid mistakes, and a fairly competitive AI that makes it a nice challenge all-in-all.

That isn't this game. This game is a mobile port. It isn't (at all) what it tries to advertise itself as. Handling is simplified, damage is merely cosmetic at best, the terrain looks horrible. Remastered is a term many low-resolution games use these days to try and bring these experiences to the modern PC, but Colin McRae Rally doesn't manage to do any of it.

It lacks features that previous games in the series. You can't customize your car's behavior before a stage. Repairs are fairly unneeded as they don't impact gameplay, and fixing the "engine" costs the same amount of time as fixing the "suspension" or "wheels".

There isn't much else to say. This game was trading on good memories of the Colin McRae series and it's just a cash grab. It's lame, it doesn't feel like a rally game, and overall it's a perfect example of what is happening to Steam's storefront where publishers and developers have no shame about what they try to do with their advertising.
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83 of 91 people (91%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
So if you want an "HD remake" of Colin McRae Rally, you are out of luck. Description is kind of misleading, but read it carefully. It's like a mobile version with only four cars that you can play in HD. You can't change any car settings, and even the driving physics are bad.I bought this thinking it was the original game. I messed up real bad.
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85 of 98 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Steering wheel support is non existant and difficult to impoosible to set up with no obvios FFB, would not reccomend.
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