Colin is back in the latest edition of his rally racing franchise, boasting
more cars, more stages, more challenges and now online play.
COLIN MCRAE RALLY 2005
Format: Xbox; PS2
Genre: Rally driving
Certainly, the Colin McRae Rally series has been seen as the last word in
dirt-track action over the past few years.
And in a market where new racing games zoom round the corner every other
day, the bankability of yet another McRae sequel is testament to its
However, CMR 2005 faces some stiff competition this time around in the form
of the arguably more exciting Rallisport Challenge 2 on the Xbox and PC.
You also have to wonder if someone has CMR 2004, are they going to splash out another 40 quid on this year's version?
Don't get me wrong, the 2005 edition is a rollicking good ride, with plenty
to keep even the most hardcore rally aficionado happy.
The game has 23 rally events and more than 300 stages of mud-sliding,
As usual, Codemasters have spared no attention to detail, from lush forests
in Finland to the drizzle in Japan as you race around trying to beat the
There are also other features such as challenges, championships, and cups
that reward you with new cars, as well as new prototype test parts.
Though not particularly hard, the gameplay feels realistic, and the
differing heights of certain sections of routes, as well as the surface and
weather conditions, give the gamer plenty to think about.
One main difference to previous CMR games is the opportunity to play up to
eight other people online.
It is a welcome addition if you have a Playstation 2, but Xbox users have
already been spoiled with Rallisport 2, which months ago established the way
to go with online rally-driving.
Microsoft's slick rally racer has a more fun, arcadey feel - and your engine never cuts out.
That said, CMR has little to prove - having been there, done that and got the overalls - and it is heaps better than the Richard Burns licensed game.
Colin may be struggling to get a drive in the real world, but in virtual land he's still as reliable as your favourite pair of slippers.