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Colin McRae Rally 2.0 (GBA)

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      01.05.2009 02:17
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      "Colin McRae Rally 2.0" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2002 by Ubisoft. It is a racing game with off road rally driving being represented. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      Gameplay reflects a typical racing release. In it, players select from a wide variety of rally vehicles which each bear their own special distinctions such as a higher top speed or acceleration rate. There is a sense of realism in this title as in between each race the player is to complete a "timed" pit stop which allows crucial repairs from the often bumpy, rocky courses which take a toll on the vehicle. There is also quite a large number of jumps which can further damage the player's car. The pit stops involve reading through areas for repair and their required time. Each pit stop must be completed under a certain time limit, so selecting the most crucial of areas is essential to keep the player's vehicle in running order. Considerable damage to the vehicle will result in a loss or speed or disqualification from the race due to engine failure or similar fault. The game overall is of moderate difficulty and could present a considerable challenge to those who are not familiar with racing titles.

      The graphics are rendered in a full 3D environment which allows excellent visuals. The cars and the background environment is particularly well detailed with great features such as trees and other fauna. The soundtrack of this title also shows a clear preference to the sound effects. A co-pilot will accompany the player on each race and will give prompts to the player through digital voice snippets which are well compressed and implemented. There is also the typical engine noise heard on most racing games.

      Overall, I would recommend Rally 2.0 to prospective buyers. It is a great game for its visual implementation alone and would likely be a good hit amongst fans of the racing genre.

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