Hit the dirt in Colin McRae Rally - the classic off-road racing experience.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (456 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
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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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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132 of 190 people (69%) found this review helpful
3 people 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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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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34 of 36 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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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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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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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2014
Was described as being a remaster of Colin McRae rally 2 for the ps1. Bought it to relive some childhood memorys and got this pile of crap in return. Steaming pile of turd, direct port of a mobile phone game. AVOID!
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2014
This is a terrible game, I thought it would be a good remake of the original classic that I used to play as a Child but it was nothing but a port of the mobile version with cut down features. Somehow Steam had a refund option for it in my purchase history, not something I've ever seen before but may be something to do with how bad this game is
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2014
This is a poorly ported cell phone game. Waste of money.

Edit: codemasters offering a refund is pretty cool.
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2014
i can get mobile phone games on my phone and they only cost £3, this is the worst £5 i have ever spent. it comes with a controller setting that is completely unprogramable, and when you do manage to program 1 command, it doesn't even remember that. codemasters owes me and anyone else unfamiliar with this peice of crap that existed for phones £5 off a colin mcrae rally 2 should it ever come to steam.
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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
How did this even get on steam.

Codemasters let everyone down again!

DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY I GOT THIS GAME FOR £2 AND STILL FEEL I WASTED IT!
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
Didn't read the name correctly and thought I was going to buy the original Colin McRea Rally. I now have cancer.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
[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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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
I don't seem to understand why codemasters advertised this game as a HD remake of the CMR 2.0 as it clearly is NOT a remake of it, it's a mobile port

and why say that "based on the 90%-metacritic game" when this is based on the mobile CMR which has a metacritic score of under 70%

I don't know, but if you are planning to buy this game, which i highly doubt, I recommend you to really think twice, because the chances are, you are going to regret your purchase...
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2014
I don't really understand the purpose of this release, there's obviously better rally games and this is not a remastered edition of the original titles, I understand it's a port from the mobile version but I just don't see the point of this on PC, the resources used to port this could have been used for better purposes, either way I got it because of collection purposes as I own every CM racing game on steam.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Codemasters must be either running out of cash or just be plain stupid to remake this game. Sure, if they hadn't lazed out and just strapped on some "better" looking textures and cleaned up the audio I could have digged it. But this? No, just no! If you're gonna remake a classic game in this day of age, at least make sure to give it proper controls! It can be played with a 360 gamepad, with DIGITAL input only! That's just so stupid I have no nice words for it. Stay FAR AWAY from this even if it should be on sale, especially if you as me grew up playing the Colin McRae series of games, you'll just end up being sad and frustrated over this piece of garbage!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
When this came out I thought it was going to be awesome but I got it, played it and I hated it, its just the mobile version of the game nothing new. I wish they would of at least brought back the first two games as downloads but no. It's not the worst racing game I've played but its up there lucky the only best thing to come out of this game is that I got refunded.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2014
Terrible game. Feels like they just hit the export button in Unity3D to launch their mobile 'rally' game for desktop. Should've read the reviews but trusted the good name Colin McRae still had in my mind.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
Where to start with this? First of all, despite all the buzzwords you are fed about it being a "HD Reboot" and "Based on Colin McRae Rally 2.0", DO NOT BE FOOLED. It is not the original, nor is it 2.0. It is simply a port of the mobile version, generously referred to as a "Reboot".

Expect: Bare-bones graphics, dismal damage engine that is somehow worse than the orignal CMR on PS1, forward-facing sprites, indestructible shrubbery (Robert the Shrubber would be proud), a draw distance that gives the impression that somebody is physically drawing the terrain slowly with a blunt pencil, handling that makes you think that you are in fact driving on retextured damp tarmac, A bad taste in your mouth as the money leaves your account, Nicky Grist.

DO NOT EXPECT: Fun, a wide variety of cars/locales (FOUR, that's right FOUR cars and FOUR countries...), HD Graphics, a game worthy of the name, a feeling of accomplishment, willingness to continue playing past ten minutes.

Do not treat this title as a true PC release, as the description and media samples on the store page try so hard to portray, but as what it is; a port of a mobile game that wasn't even that spectacular as a mobile game. Save your money, or not. It's your funeral. Personally I'd rather just dig through my decades-old CDs and try to make the originals work - it's much less irritating, and you haven't actually lost any money.

AVOID.
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