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Colin McRae Rally (Playstation, 2000)

by Sony
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  • ASIN: B00004R9ID
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 5 inches
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,936 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Sony delivers one of the best-looking, best-playing rally car games for the PlayStation with the Codemasters-developed Colin McRae Rally.

Players must pick from 11 world rally cars and play for the best times on 48 courses in 8 countries, including New Zealand, Greece, and the United Kingdom. Racers encounter mud, snow, and gravel--all of which collects on cars as each race goes on. The elements can also inflict damage on your vehicle, which adds to the challenge.

A British codriver guides players through runs, while the rally school can help beginners with their skills. There's even a two-player option that can be used with single rally, championship, and time-trial modes.

Control in this game is great, despite the varying track surfaces and weather conditions, and players even have to manage courses at night. Luckily, gear ratios, tires, brakes, and suspension can be modified to suit any and all changes. While we won't go as far as to say this game beats the classic Gran Turismo, we do believe that McRae ultimately gives GT a run for the money. --Robb Guido


  • Amazing weather and damage effects
  • Great audio and controls
  • Cars race against the clock, but not each other


Does the name Colin McRae ring a bell? The majority of readers probably envision the following: kilt wearers with hairy legs, Willie the school groundskeeper from The Simpsons, or a really bad Saturday Night Live skit. However, if the name sounds familiar - because you know he's a famous rally-car driver - then the game that bears his name will likely make for an enjoyable, if uninspiring, off-road racing experience. For the rest, this game's lack of originality won't give players much to get excited about. A port of the slightly dated PC and PlayStation games for the European market, Colin McRae Rally boasts at least 12 real-life rally cars and eight stages, which range from the dry dirt roads of Australia to the mountainous snows of Monte Carlo. Each stage has six tracks. Placing well overall in a stage unlocks bonus tracks on which you can win bonus cars. In addition, a two-player split-screen mode lets players compete side-by-side as either real cars or ghost cars (which disables collisions). Before even picking up a controller, you must appreciate the nature of rally racing to enjoy this game: Cars compete against one another purely for the best time, so there's never bumper-to-bumper jostling (except in the two-player mode). Driving on different surfaces puts the emphasis on proper car configuration and the ability to maintain control via proper braking and sliding techniques. In terms of control, Colin McRae fires on all cylinders. The ability to slide comes very naturally - whether digital or analog - and experienced off-road gamers will find themselves in the top half of the field right off the bat. The minimal controls (brake, hand brake, acceleration, and gear shifts) gear this racer toward arcade fans. The simple-to-use car modification menus cover only the basics (tires, brakes, suspension, acceleration/top speed, steering, and repairs), but they weigh heavily toward improving (or degrading) car control. Unlike in some other off-road titles, the physics model lets cars drive on two wheels or flip over, spicing up the action a bit. The tracks, for the most part, offer enough variety despite having a bit of a plain look in many spots. All tracks have road conditions that vary from checkpoint to checkpoint: Adjustments have to be made as road surfaces change. The graphics look decent, and, more importantly, they don't hamper the frame rate or feel out of sync with the controls. This is one of the few PlayStation racers to attempt an in-the-car racing view (one of five, total) that shows the driver steering and shifting gears. Although it's a noble attempt, the view cuts off too much of the screen and appears too generically shaded to make it worthwhile. A unique bonus is a special widescreen mode - but only those with compatible TVs can take advantage of it. The night-driving stages also get good marks: Not only are the lighting effects well done, but the darkness makes for a tougher challenge. The main problem arises from cracks between polygons, which make for annoying flicker, especially in the snow stages. On a side note, the sparse sound effects work well with this type of game, with only the engine noise and the navigator's warnings of upcoming turns and obstacles to guide players. Overall, the presentation winds up comparable to a good chunk of other PlayStation racers out there: good enough to play but hardly anything new to look at. Too many other off-road titles have tread on the same ground that this game covers, and aside from McRae's name and voice, there's neither enough originality nor personality to separate this game from the pack. Some other complaints put a damper on the final score. The Rally School mode has too few lessons and little incentive for completing it. Also, bonus cars can't be used until the game's expert difficulty setting has been unlocked, which stinks for those who merely want to give these cars a spin. Perhaps the best sign this game is merely a tad above average: If it were truly awe-inspiring, Sony would've brought it to North America much sooner. (In fact, according to the developer's web site, a sequel is expected to be released in Europe in March 2000 - a month after the game is released here!) Regardless of whether Colin McRae Rally is dated or not, it plays well enough - but its cookie-cutter formula won't sustain casual gamers' long-term interest. Only die-hard rally fans need bother. --Nelson Taruc
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Poopy-load" of FUN December 15, 2000
By J. Moro
This is a great game. One of the best for Rally driving/racing fun. I also have GT2 and even though the tracks and myriad of cars is incredible, the rally portion of the game isn't. If you want to play in the dirt, this is the game to own.
Outstanding all the way - even with the sounds of crinkling glass as you slide into the trees.
Love every moment of it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mcrae rally March 14, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I purchased the game 3/13/00 and was slightly disappointed but the game is fun and there is a schooling session wich will teach you how to handle the track instead of trying to full throttle it and get frustrated. Graphics are poor with lots of dark areas which make it difficult to see the track even in daylight racing.Also you cannot race computer driven cars, only a second player. Remember rally driving is against the clock. Car control is realistic as it gets.You cannot compare this game to gt2.. gt2 is much better and offers rally courses plus so much more.. mcrae rally is best for hardcore rally only fans only...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very realistic March 25, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought the game a year ago and addicted to it.Tried many other auto games but could not find a better one.Car's reactions to a controller are very realistic.If you get into snow ,car slows down like in a real world or if you dive into mud near the roadside ,that side of wheel pulls that side etc. Unbelievable. But remember that Americans do not used to rally.You don't race against others at the same time,you race against time.So ,buy it you won't regret.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Rally Game for the PS-1 April 3, 2014
Once you get your expert license you can do the time trials and try to beat your own records using any of the cars on any of the tracks and, unlike some rally games, you can pick specifically which (or all) of the eight stages there are in any given course. The weather and traction effects are very realistic, right down to the falling snow and rain on the windshield. Mud does not handle like dirt or gravel, and definitely does not handle like deep snow and ice. On mud you slide, and slide and slide with little acceleration, whereas in deep snow you need constant input (and patience). Not quite as much fun as V-Rally 2 or 3, but still very fun to play and you don't have to go through arduous license qualifications like you do in Gran Turismo. A lot of locations without overkill and not too much going on in the background (like lens flare) which can be distracting. There is no head-to-head split screen, but that's okay, because Gran Turismo has that covered. I'd rather have Colin McRae (RIP brother) rally just the way it is, focused, and tuned specifically to the art of off-road racing without being cheesy or infantile. Highly recommended. Sometimes older games are funner and more enjoyable than the newer ones.

Between Colin McRae Rally, V-Rally 2 and Michelin Rally Masters, all three of them have features the other ones don't and together you get every possible aspect of rally racing on the PS-1. Colin McRae Rally does not let you tweak the environmental conditions like you can on Michelin Rally Masters or V-Rally 2, but Colin McRae Rally 2 has somewhat more of an authentic racing feel about it.

As far as rally/championship mode, you're not going to win unless you do not make one single mistake. The times are unrealistic.
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