Have you heard about the problems that caused Codemasters to themselves? About that the people awaited remastered version of original Colin McRae Rally and they got instead the last year’s mobile game made for PC and Mac? So these issues inspired me to write down this post about Colin McRae and his Colin McRae Rally.
First of all let’s start with Colin McRae as many of you maybe do not know who this Scottish rally driver was. In short he was an exceptional driver, who won WRC drivers’ title in 1995 and helped Subaru to win the WRC constructors’ title three times in a row – 1995, 1996 and 1997. He was also driving for Ford and Citroen. Unfortunately he died in a helicopter crash in 2007 – that helicopter was piloted by himself.
Sad, but we have a lot of heritage after him – like the series Colin McRae Rally, which is still being developed till these times. In any case the first game named after Colin McRae was released in 1998 – simply Colin McRae Rally. Then in 2000 it was Colin McRae Rally 2.0 and in 2002 Colin McRae Rally 3.0. Then it was released twice in a two years – Colin McRae Rally 4.0 in 2003 and newly named Colin McRae Rally 2005 in 2004. From the next games there was three times Dirt, one Mac conversion and then just Dirt: Showdown, but without his name.
So first one came out in 1998, but just in Europe, US had to wait another 2 years until 2000, which was probably given that Rally is not much popular in US. In Europe it is very popular on the other hand. In any case the reviews very very positive, average points were 8/10. This game is rally simulation and the cars were modeled using laser-modeling. There are 12 cars (4 as a bonus) and 7 official and 1 unofficial rally. All the 8 cars and raly were as in 1998 WRC season (Indonesia was in plan, but was canceled), but all the stages are fictional.
All of this is nice, but what was the game like? The game was and is a prototype of the fun and excellent driving experience in the rally simulations. The graphics was very nice and the cars were modeled as originals. Don’t forget it was licensed so the developers has access to the cars and plans. In UK it was also bestseller And there was one thing which was really pleasant and competing The split screen driving with your friend on one computer. The first game of this series is also special, because all the drivers were the real rally drivers like Richard Burns, Didier Auriol, Carlos Sainz and many more. This never happened in any other game till today. Give this game a try and maybe you will find out that you are the rally driver fan!