The world of rally driving is an interesting one. Get a car that is virtually the same as a standard road-going vehicle, and then drive it as fast as you can along a dirt track with hairpin bends, fjords, and basically terrain that the car wouldn't take too kindly to. Sounds like fun, you say. Colin McRae Rally 2.0 from Codemasters tries to re-create that sense of fun.
Coming into a field that is already jam-packed with great titles like V-Rally 2 and the original Colin McRae, 2.0 has somehow managed to produce the goods within the genre, but also introduces new ideas to what is a rather staid format. Every little detail has been taken care of, whether it's the presentation of the Wipeout 3-looking option screens, or the dents on your car as you hurtle around the courses.
Twelve different cars and more than 80 new rally tracks in eight countries to choose from will keep you busy. If this doesn't satisfy, then perhaps the inclusion of a large multiplayer section within the game, where you have the option to race six people in a tag-team scenario, will.
Colin McRae Rally 2.0 advances the original Colin McRae Rally. Improved graphics and better, more realistic gameplay has allowed this game to be among the greats when it comes to quality rally driving. If you're a rally fan, then it's well worth the investment. If, however, you believe that once you've played one rally game, you've played them all, it's probably best to steer clear of this one and stick to the one you've already got. --Stuart Miles -- Amazon.co.uk