Colin McRae Rally 2 from Codemasters on the PC continues on from the success of the Playstation version, and apart from a few tweaks here and there on the graphical side of things recreates the same sense of fun. Coming into a field that is already jam-packed with great titles like Mobil Championship Rally and the original Colin McRaeit has somehow managed to produce the goods not only in the form of a game that does what it does well, but one that 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 Wipeout3-looking option screens, or the dents and smashes on your car as you hurtle around the courses. Twelve different cars and over 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 be one of eight other people in a tag team scenario, will.
Colin McRae Rally 2.0 advances the original Colin McRae Rally. Improved graphics for the PC dealing with Trilinear, Mapping qualities and other such niceties are all present and better. More realistic gameplay has allowed this game to be among the greats when it comes to quality rally driving.
If you are 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
Delivering heart-racing rally action, Colin McRae Rally 2.0 has already been a massive hit on PlayStation since its launch in June. It was the summer's hottest property and now Codemasters is extending the original design of Colin McRae Rally 2.0 to include network and online play for PC gamers.
Starring McRae's Ford Focus as one of the 12 rally cars accurately recreated in the game, Colin McRae Rally 2.0 delivers all the speed, all the thrills and looks, and feels better than ever imaginable.
In addition to the high-end rally-driving action and unparalleled car handling the brand is famous for, Colin McRae Rally 2.0 introduces a riotous arcade game mode. The arcade mode has all the power of a simulator yet has the multi-player challenge of a coin-op game. Offering six cars racing head-to-head over eight unique looped circuits, it delivers an all-out, all-action rough-and-ready race.
Colin McRae Rally 2.0 wows with jaw-dropping visuals and combines incredibly detailed car and scenery graphics to deliver exhilarating rally courses across the world. Drive hard, contend with the constantly changing weather and take the cars to the edge of control; but go over the edge and you will soon discover the out-of-control damage effects.
Spoilers can crack, the back bumper can break off from one corner so that it drags along the ground, windscreens can shatter... Created with close attention to detail, all the effects add greatly to the realism of the game.
It's man and machine against the elements--weather effects vary through each track and are randomly generated, appropriate to each country. Race a country and you will experience one set of weather conditions, race it again and experience another completely different set of conditions.
Colin McRae Rally 2.0 offers players five dynamic camera angles to view the action from, including the in-car driver's "Head Cam" view which, with its constant jogging, simulates the relentless--often unforgiving--road surface's effect on the car with dramatic effect.