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Colin McRae Rally 3 (PS2)

by Codemasters
PlayStation2
 Ages 3 and Over
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Authentic high-performance rally cars recreated under license
  • Cars include Mitsubishi Evo 7, Subaru Impreza 44S and Ford Focus RS WRC
  • 56 stages in 8 countries including UK, Australia, Finland and Japan
  • Full environmental graphics
  • Destructible car body with fully operable component parts
  • Drive for the record against your friends in multiplayer rally championship
  • Improved physics and AI bring racers closer to the action
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B000069L71
  • Release Date: 25 Oct 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,730 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

There are rally games and there are rally games and then there's Colin McRae Rally 3 on the PlayStation 2. It's difficult to know where to start the review on the third instalment of this hugely successful franchise--the eye-wateringly sharp graphics might do, the easy-to-get-to-grips-with gameplay would be a winner, or the understated but superbly well-done commentary and sound would also do the job. In the end, it's probably easier to start with "just buy it".

As you'd expect from a top flight rally sim, everything about the vehicles on offer can be customised and tinkering under the bonnet between stages really produces a difference. If you're a really bad driver you can also see the difference, as tearing the bonnet, side panels or windows out mid stage reveals an astonishing level of detail within the car. Engine parts move, suspension arms judder and Mr McRae himself bounces around the car's cockpit in full 3-D--the level of detail is amazing.

With a variety of gameplay modes ranging from races over individual stages to a simulated three-season tour of duty as McRae himself, there's plenty of bang for your buck here--and believe us, by the time you've cannoned off the scenery for the umpteenth time you'll know what bangs are all about.

Thankfully, Codemasters have resisted the temptation to fill Colin McRae 3 with discordant music tracks, relegating the score to intro and menu screens and leaving the in-game sound to co-driver commentary and a multitude of engine sounds--a pleasant change in an age where licensed soundtracks are king. Perhaps the strongest element of CM3, though, is in the gameplay. The car handling is spot on and in wild weather (snow, rain, fog and more) guiding a speeding Ford Focus around sharp bends is a real art form.

The PlayStation 2 has a wide range of good games and a handful of true AAA titles; Colin McRae 3 falls into the latter category as a real must-have. --Chris Russell

Product Description

In Colin McRae Rally 3 players take on the role of McRae himself at the beginning of a three-year contract to win a series of championships for the Ford Rallye Sport team. The heart of the game is its Championship mode, where the pressure is on in rallies over eight global locations. Between the adrenaline-rushing rally driving, the game is seamlessly blended with stage start, stage checkpoint, end stage and service area sequences. Each rally begins with the 2002 Ford Focus RS in the service area where the team's engineers perform the set-up requirements, adjusting the suspension, engine, chassis and other key parts to practically optimum settings. However, should you want to make an inspection of their work there's an opportunity to check the configuration and make manual adjustments. As always, unpredictable weather conditions can make all the difference when every second counts, and tarmac, gravel, dirt and rain-soaked terrain add yet more edge.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a sim, not a sunday drive 30 Nov 2002
Format:Video Game
I really think some people are missing the point of this AMAZING game. It's a full blown sim. It's called 'Colin McRae Rally' not 'Colin & Friends'. Thats why you can only play AS Colin, in champ mode. Now the game is quite hard, and quite unforgiving. Not unlike Colin himself. At first you may think that the car is hard to control, fishtailing all over the place. But when you give it some time you will find that the sensitivity of the steering is SPOT ON. It gives you total control. Playing this game remindes me of the first game on PS1, or the first wipeout game. Both of these games were very hard to control at first, but with some practice you find both were amazing games. Thats what Colin McRae 3 feels like. I think we are so used to the same old stuff, when a game gives a new challenge, some of us just say 'this is crap' and don't give it a chance. Games like this take some getting used to. If you don't want a new challenge, then go buy one of the old games and remain stuck in the past. As for the rest of the game, the graphics are stunning. None of the old problems like tape at the edge of the track being solid. Now it even flaps in the wind when you snap it. The attention to detail is stunning. And the game has been tested to perfection. The pace notes are all spot on, and the sheer atmosphere of the rally is there in spades. If you don't want such a 'sim' rally game, then try the new WRC 2 Extreme. It is not quite as good as McRae, but is more arcadey in nature and still a very good game. But the hardcore rally freak will love this new McRae release. It has the x-factor. AAA stuff.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Colin McRae Rally 3 21 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
excellent graphics with realistic car damage: windows smash, wheels fly off and doors are ripped off. Accurately modelled rally cars, the focus, lancer, citreon saxo, ford puma, imprezza and fiat punto to name a few- you unlock more as you progress through the game. the stages were modelled nicely too, as your slide around a hairpin, small stones fly up into the air. Cars drive along a motorway in spain as you speed over it.
The only thing i didn't like was you can only enter championship mode in a Focus-I know its Colin Mcrae rally and thats his team , but still.
All in all though a very realistic rallying experience and if you like this game genre, this is definitely worth adding to your PS2 game collection
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Game 3 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
The real Colin McRae has not had the happiest season, but the third incarnation of the game that bears his name is in fine fettle. Despite a bewildering flurry of new rivals this year, it remains the best rallying game.
Initially, the graphics and attention to detail grab your attention, but as soon as you get past the preliminaries and down to some serious tail-out action, those become secondary to the feel of the car's handling and its startling impression of behind-the-wheel realism.
Colin McRae Rally 3 may cheat - by making the cars easier to handle than real rally cars - but it does not feel as though it does. Version 3 has, perhaps, gained a tiny amount of accessibility - the car setup, for example, has been simplified and has lost some of its fine control - but its most important constituent parts have received attention.
The damage model is convincing (although, if you crash in what would be a terminal manner, your car is merely returned to the road), the weather modelling is true to life, and the different surfaces (all of which are represented) demand different approaches.
Touches such as the way the plastic tape at the side of stages react to being run over provide an inordinate amount of joy, although not as much as nailing a tricky hairpin just like the professionals. Every boy-racer's dream
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Rally Racer Yet 29 Oct 2002
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
This game is truely the best yet in the Colin Mcrae series in my view and sets a new bench mark for the rally genre, while leaving the others curently available standing in it's tyre tracks.
Firstly the menus and graphics are very slick and well thought out. The menus alone are cause for praise, with very good graphics involving 3 rotating cubes - it has to be seen to be believed!
The game focuses mainly on Colin Mcrae, unsurprisingly, and you are required to rally round 7 stages (and a shake down stage) in 6 rallyies for three seasons. In total there are 8 countries, and everyone is beautifully represented. Each stage has it's own unique charactor, a unique trait of the Colin McRae Rally series, including stages with Quarries, train depots and even a stage with a village which you could believe is real!
For the championship, as you are required to be Colin, you have to drive the Ford Focus. But this doesn't really pose a problem. If anything, it allows you to develop your skill with one particular car. Other cars are also available, but only in time trial mode. Although there is no Peugoet 206 WRC, which annoys some rally fans, most people will be none the wiser, and the amount of cars availble is more than adequate. The include the WRC cars, F2 rally cars (such as the Citreon Saxo), and various bonus cars.
Each car is stunningly well recreated. Altough not up to Gran Turismo standards at first glance, once you start playing the game the level of detail becomes really apparent. The engine noise is fantastic, and unique to every car, and every body panel imagineable can be ripped off the car. The crash damage is so good, you can even shred the tyres and run on the wheel rims or rip the wheel off completly and let it roll away!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Turned up when it said and plays perfectly spend many hours playing wasting time in front of the TV brilliant
Published 5 months ago by R S BULLEN
5.0 out of 5 stars rally at its best
i had this game years ago and lost it, so glad i found it on amazon, great price, turned up early and is a dream to play
Published 16 months ago by paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I've played a fair few car games in the past, but none of them are as good as Colin Mcrae! The stages are fun, especially in Japan, and the handling is realistic and not painfully... Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2010 by Ms. Jennifer Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Racing Game Ever Made
Without a doubt this is the best rally ever produced and the ONLY RACING SIMULATOR in my opinion.
Graphics are excellent, and most importantly the control of the car is very... Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2003 by Nikolas Simonovikis
2.0 out of 5 stars What a waste...
A lot has been said about this game but still I have decided to post my opinion, so here it goes and I hope it is helpfull to anyone. Read more
Published on 15 April 2003 by "theverveone"
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money...
This really isn't very good! The graphics are fine, the car choices... a punto... strange! The handling is like jelly (too much roll)... Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2003 by Jason
1.0 out of 5 stars 4th time lucky i hope
In short, I think this is the most irritating, frustrating, infuriating driving game I have ever played, and I have to say I now wish I'd bought WRC2 instead. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2003 by A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Well I love it...!
Reading some of these reviews I do wonder if a) The person actually has the game and b) they have persevered with it at all. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Colin Mcrae
Colin Mcrae is one hell of a great game. You know you are have got a top title when you look at who made the game, in Codemasters. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2003 by Amazon River Review
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Sim, not an easy ride!!
This is a very difficult game to master quickly. The controls and the setups are easy to get to grips with. Graphics are razor sharp and very fluid. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2003 by Mr Arundale
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