Hit the dirt in Colin McRae Rally - the classic off-road racing experience.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (455 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
550 of 578 people (95%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2014
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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362 of 382 people (95%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2014
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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131 of 141 people (93%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2014
(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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123 of 135 people (91%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2014
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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117 of 135 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2014
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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88 of 96 people (92%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
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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90 of 104 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2014
Steering wheel support is non existant and difficult to impoosible to set up with no obvios FFB, would not reccomend.
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80 of 94 people (85%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
Possibly the worst release of 2014.

Only bought it because it's so bad it could get removed from Steam. I just played it for a few minutes and I'm already 30% done the game. There's only 4 cars to unlock! You could potentially 100% the game before all the cards drop.

At least it's affordably priced, but even at $7.. there's not much here.
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65 of 72 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
Bad mobile port...
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73 of 84 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
It's a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ mobile port to PC. False advertised as an HD version of the original game. It is not the same game.
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61 of 71 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2014
Just absolutely terrible. Controls with the G25 incredibly delayed. Setting up the controls is asinin- its not possible while in the game. Worst $6.99 Ive ever spent.
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48 of 51 people (94%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
A poor port of a mobile game

Not Colin McRae Rally
Not Colin McRae Rally 2.0

In my opinion NOT AS ADVERTISED
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51 of 56 people (91%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
What a ripoff! I thought that I was buying remastered CMR as trailer told me. But it was just a dream - a hoax. There are couple of elements from original CMR, for example Nicky Grist and couple of cars. Graphics are better than back in the days, and car handling seems gotten better. But where are all the tracks? Sweden, Finland etc..? Just single player without split-screen, that's huge disappointment and takes half of the fun away! Now we got achievements, three maps and four cars. No real championship, just tournaments. That is a ripoff, and shame to original series. I understand that this is just ported from mobile version to PC, but if I could get my money back, I would take that.

Colin McRae will be kicking in the grave when he hears about this piece of skit.
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42 of 47 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
I own Colin Mcrae rally 2.0 for PS1 and this is not it!

The UI is terrible and will only use the D-pad for navigation.

The graphics are on par with iPad and the gameplay is slop as hell with way too much oversteer going on.

Purchased this thinking it was going to play like the Dirt series and there is no way this game is finished passed a Beta standpoint..

AVOID!
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130 of 188 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
Best thing about this game is the part when you uninstall the game.

-69/10
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33 of 35 people (94%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
Like many others, I bought this game expecting a re-released version of the original with some graphics updates and without the hassle of getting an old copy to run on modern hardware. This is not that game.

What we have instead is a stripped-down version with less cars, fewer stages and fewer set-up/repair options which was previously released for mobile devices. Between purchase and writing this review the store description has been updated to reflect this, but it still leaves a faint glimmer of hope that this might be something better. Don't be under any illusions - you're paying to play the mobile version with better controls on a bigger screen.

In fairness to Codemasters, this is at least a competent driving game. The cars handle at least as well as in the original, with noticeable changes between surfaces. Car damage does affect performance, but the scaled-back repair interface takes away most of the decisions in choosing what to fix between stages. There are only four cars available to drive (three of which must be unlocked by completing events), but they recreated as well as possible in the engine.

Ultimately though, I can't recommend this. It may only be £4.99, but that still feels expensive for a cut-down version of a ten-year-old game. You would be better-off spending your money on a copy of the original on ebay and taking the time to get it working
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37 of 42 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
Oh boy

I sure do love "HD" remakes of old games that have marginally less pixilated graphics and take out well over half the content of the original game.

Get it for $1 or less if on offer, if you're okay with 2-3 hours of mild entertainment at most.
Beyond that, don't bother with this.
It's a port of a phone game based on the original. Mildly reminiscent of the 1998 game, but not enough to be deserving of the same name by any stretch of the imagination.

LIST THING LIKE WHAT YOU PEOPLE LIKE:
+The handling is pretty decent with a controller
+The system of car damage and how that effects performance seems to be fairly solid
++gives an enjoyable sense of speed, exhilarating near misses and etc
++++Ever wondered what it would be like to play 3 of the 1998 version's locations without a ridiculously low draw distance? Well you're in luck.
+threw enough bloom and nice looking static backdrops at it until it looked marginally better than the 16 year old original. Lets give a big hand to all the hard working artists at Codemasters.
+sound is adequate, though the co-driver's commentary would perhaps be more annoying if I wasn't blinded by nostalgia
+still fun gameplay, but in a way that doesn't keep you from feeling disappointed about how minimal an effort was put into this

-most of the positives are inherited from the original
--this is a port of a phone game port of the original
-Apparently steering wheels aren't very easy to set up for it
---5 less locations than the 1998 original
-all the stages within each location are all a bit samey (to be fair, also inherited)
-not having 8 less cars than the 1998 original would have cost codemasters too much
-no online leaderboards, no online anything
---------no split screen multiplayer either
----------------------no cheats for turning your car into a hovercraft
-I don't know how they took all those touched up screenshots to have a camera angle that isn't straight ahead, because I sure couldn't move the camera at all.
-I've played for 2 hours, already unlocked half the game content
-what I haven't unlocked consists of 2 other cars and three rallys comprising of locations and stages that I have already played, but this time with the abritrary "this is where the computer car would be" icon that scrolls along a bar at the top of the screen moving a bit faster
-----------doesn't play the playstation startup tune when the game is first loading (unforgivable oversight)
-doesn't fetch the newspaper for you
-It's not 1998 anymore
-I'm getting old
-you're getting old
-you used to be beautiful
-I'm just not feeling it anymore, alright?
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
Shocking. Complete port from mobile. Amusing on occasion, but if you like Rally games for the Rally experience avoid this like the plague.
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41 of 51 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
Crap!!! do not buy.
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34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2014
I played Colin Mcrae Rally 2.0 on the original PS1 back in the day, and it is still to this day my favorite racing game EVER! But this game is NOT a HD-remake, its all just a ♥♥♥♥ing lie!! Don't Buy this! Its a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ Iphone Game. This game shows how much respect Codemasters has for Colin Mcrae (who has sadly passed away in 2007). All the customisation is gone and even the UI is horrible and not even changed for the 'PC version'. Its maybe worth it at 1 or 2 dollar just for the nostalgia.
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