Take one map-reading talkaholic, one deserted, treacherous country road, one super-charged super car and put a looney like you in the driving seat. Insane? Not half, but that's what rally's all about. Take to the dirt, ice and tarmac tracks in a selection of powerful motors as unlike previous CMR outings you can race whichever mean machine takes your fancy. The choice doesn't end there as an entire glove compartment full of game options tumble out the moment you pop the disk in your PS2. It may have only been a year since his last virtual outing, but Colin McRae's back - bigger and better than ever.
Rally games can be summed up quite quickly - drive fast down narrow lanes against the clock... repeat. What sets them apart from each other is their ability to deliver realism, instinctive handling and speed, lots of speed. Colin has all these optional extras and more besides. On the realism front, all the stages have been beautifully realised, from Sweden to the US, from Greece to the UK but don't let looks deceive you, these tracks are deadly.
The handling has been greatly improved over previous CMR outings meaning the car pivots and twists like its real world counterpart and various road surfaces (gravel, tarmac, snow) affect the handling just like they would in reality. Lastly, the speed is here, oh yes. In fact CMR04 is so blisteringly fast, you won't have time to look at the stunning courses and you'll be going so fast you could care less about the subtle differences between driving on grass or the road. All you'll care about is staying on the course, avoiding those solid looking trees and shaving another one hundredth of a second off your stage time.
Colin McRae Rally has always stood for quality when it comes to motorsport sims and CMR04 is no exception. As always, Codemasters has done the unbelievable and improved the handling, graphics, speed and gameplay modes. Add in the fact that you no longer have to stick behind the wheel of Colin's Ford Focus (he's moved to Citroen anyway) and can choose from a huge number of two-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles, and CMR04 is on track for greatness.
- Eight international rally locations including Japan, Finland, Spain and Australia
- Over 20 authentic and not-so-authentic rally cars including Citroen Xsara, Ford Focus, Audi Sport Quattro and a 2CV
- Multiple game modes for up to four players such as Championship, Rally and Quick Race
- For Rally purists, unlock the Extreme mode for the closest thing to real rally driving