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Codemasters always produce the best in racing games on any system; TOCA, Micro Machines, Colin McRae etc. All the games have set the standard for racing games. The Colin McRae games have defiantly set the standard in rallying games. The first Colin McRae game was brilliant the physics were spot on, the rally cars slid in the mud around every corner perfectly like no other rally game. The 3D graphics were also brilliant for the time, utilising the original voodoo 1 technology, on the pc, but didn?t look too bad even on the ps1. Not a massive amount of cars and tracks but the graphics and the physics of the cars made up for it. 2 years on and Colin McRae 2.0 is released; Again after playing the game the handling of the rally cars is beautiful, its like playing a video when you watch the replays. The tracks are the same; France, Italy Great Britain, Finland, Australia, Sweden, Kenya, Greece. But now all look that little bit better. The crash physics are the biggest improvement every tree causes damage, and every bit of damage is recorded on the car e.g. bouncing bonnet boot opening. Essential it?s the same game as Colin McRae rally the original, but if you?re a big fan of rallying this game is a must. It?s a good game, not an innovation; not quite. There's just nothing that?s that new, apart form the graphics. The playstation 1 version of this game separates it?s self by being graphically the worse (Either the PS1 or PC version). Graphics are very poor compared to the PC, but compared with other driving games on the PS1 there some of the best seen. The PS1 controller makes for a much easier drive than would the say the PC keyboard, but a PC coupled with a good quality searing wheel with force feedback would be the best all-round combination. If you?re still undecided, get the demo at the Codemasters website (pc version, there being a PS1 dem
o on a back issues of ?Official Playstation magazine?.. Thanks for your time.
I found out about Colin McRae Rally by a review on DooYoo last month so because everyone thought it was good I went out to virgin and got it. I started playing it that day and found it quite addictive because it was so good! The graphics for the game are superb, the scrolling of the game and scenery is really smooth, the control and reaction time is almost perfect, and the sound effects do nothing but add to the game and realism! With the game, you have the choice of cars, and the settings of your machine can be catered to suit the driver and the conditions of the course - and believe me, it's important to do so! Before you can progress better cars, in bigger and better rallys, you have to get through the Rally School to obtain higher driver status. This can prove difficult and sometimes annoying, but practise definitely makes perfect. As with most games, the more you play, the more you learn, and the better you do! Both digital and analogue controllers are supported by this game; joysticks, joypads and steering wheels you can play a network game with only one copy of the CD being required. You can play up to 8 players. Overall just a great game
The Scotsman, Colin McRae is back in his new game Colin McRae Rally 2.0. Colin McRae Rally 2.0 is better than the first Colin McRae Rally only, gave players racing alone against only a set of section times on each course- the lack of distinct course layouts and absence of onscreen opponents disappointed Colin McRae fans somewhat. Coupled with laughably poor visuals, it was a game that only true rally fans could enjoy. More of an update than a sequel, Colin McRae Rally 2.0 delivers the same authentic rally experience while it improves upon the shortcomings of the first game. The result is a game that looks smoother, plays better, and offers more variety than its predecessor - even if it doesn't ultimately feel like a brand new racing experience. Colin McRae Rally 2.0 features the same basic racing action from the first McRae, but with quite a few new additions. Just like its predecessor, McRae 2.0 has exactly 13 cars, some the same some new so some have gone, which range from mainstays such as the Subaru Impreza, Mitsubishi Lancer, and Lancia Integrale to Colin McRae's own hallmark vehicle, the Ford Focus. Where McRae 2.0 deviates from the original, however, is in its track selection. In all, there are eight locations, including Finland, Greece, France, Sweden, Australia, Kenya, Italy, and the United Kingdom, each of which has ten or 11 unique stages in rally mode and a single stage in arcade mode upon which to race. That's 92 tracks! Regardless of which option you choose, rally or arcade, each offers the same championship, single race, as well as time trial options you've come to expect from modern racing games; but, unlike the first Colin McRae Rally, each option also supports two-player simultaneous racing via the game's split-screen feature. Improvement - that's the spirit that Colin McRae Rally 2.0 embodies.
This is an incredible racing game. It's beautifully done, has an excellent racing engine, challenging game play, gorgeous scenery, and a degree of realism that has totally grabbed me, though I was never into rally games before. Colin McRae II is as polished and addictive as GT2, though in a slightly different way. The only thing I don't understand is its relationship to the also excellent original Colin McRae. Both games are excellent, but they have a different look, are by different publishers, and there wasn't much time between the release of #1 and #2. In Rally mode you pick one of a relatively small number of cars, then begin your campaign that takes you through rallies in different countries. Each country has eight rallies (and sometimes a ninth, a time trial against an opponent). Racing feels incredibly realistic and makes Sega Rally on the Dreamcast look and feel primitive. Championships are at three different levels. At the Novice level you can get used to the game. Intermediate is where you'll spend most of your time in. You need to finish a country in sixth place or better to advance to the next country, and that can be challenging. Getting to the adanced mode is next to impossible as you have to finish first at the end of all rallies. In a game named after Colin McRae, that's not easy... The only frustrating aspect of the game is that there are some spots where the car can get caught in spots where it's almost impossible to get out of, thus jeopardizing your entire campaign. All you can do then is quit the game and run that leg again. One huge advantage over the original game is that there's no longer a pop-up that shows you your position in the race. No matter how hard I tried not to look at it in the first game, I always did, and wham... acident. A big improvement over CMR 1 is that cars incur damage and then must be repaired. It really pays to take care of the car as too much da
mage can't all be fixed between legs, and that'll rob you of any chance to win. One weird thing: In CMR 1 a tight curve was a "5." Now the system is the other way around and a "1" is tight. Confusing. The landscape and graphics are gorgous. It's a visual treat to simply motor along and enjoy the scenery. Unike in GT2, there is almost no repetition. As far as visuals go, CMR 2 is among the very best games, period. Amazingly, though, some of the scenery actually looked even more real in the original CMR. The cars themselves are well done, though nowhere near what you see in GT2. And, amazingly, some of the graphics in CMR 2 look downright tacky compared to the more subdued CMR 1. There's good news and bad news. McRae's clear, concise directions as a co-driver have given way to much less intelligible audio. Sound, especially engine sound, is mediocre, though the backfiring sounds nice, and also the sound the car makes going over different road surfaces. You can literally hear the spikes grabbing at an icy road surface in Sweden. This game is really great i deffinately recommend you to go straight out and buy it because its worth the money!!
When Colin McRae Rally 2.0 made its way into the shops I snapped it up, expecting to be buying a good racing game. I couldn't be more wrong. This isn’t a good game, this is an amazing racing game. The first thing that hits you is the simplicity of the menus. Configuring the game and setting up the controllers is easy, and selecting a game mode, car and track couldn't be easier. The setup screen is just as easy to navigate, and you'll find yourself tinkering with your car and studying weather forecasts within seconds. You have a number of things to tweak-tyres, gear ratios, suspension, brakes etc. In a championship you get to repair your car every 2 stages, as well as change your car setup for the next 2. The graphics are stunning. Simply amazing. Car exhausts flame and crackle, aerials bend and flex as you turn a corner, wheels spin and kick up dirt and dust from underneath them. The powder trails are brilliant, puffing and blowing away behind the car. The detail is beyond anything ever seen before. Only the trees and crowd look slightly dodgy and 2D. The damage model is also worthy of mention. It's the most detailed and realistic ever seen. Windows will first crack, then holes will appear followed by a collapse inwards and then shattering. Bumpers and spoilers flap, lights shatter, even arials will snap off. The sound effects are great too. The exhaust crackles and tyres squeal, the car scrapes along the ground and windows make a lovely crisp sound when they shatter. You can hear the different engine sounds too, not just all the same noises. The weather effects are fabulous. Rain, snow, fog, thunder, clouds and sun all appear at some point. You can see the lights reflect off the tarmac when it rains, which is great eye-candy. The car handling is incredibly realistic. Tweaked to perfection with help from the Ford Racing team the cars handle like they really should. You can perform effor
tless powerslides and handbrake turns. There are 2 different game modes - Rally and Arcade. Rally consists of Championship, which is self-explanatory, Single Rally, in which you race the stages from only 1 country, Single Stage, which is also self-explanatory, Time Trial, and Challenge, where you race the super special, looped stages. Arcade mode offers Championship, Single Race and Time Trial options. Arcade pits you against 5 cars, which makes driving more difficult. This game is unfortunately very hard. At the beginning of the game only Finland and Greece are available to race across. This is not so bad as you unlock new cars and tracks as you go along. You have to finish in the top 6 to move on to the next rally. The AI is very good in both rally and arcade modes. The cars available are quite varied - Ford Focus, Peugeot 206, Mitsubishi Lancer, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla, Seat Cordoba, Lancia Stratos, MG Metro, Ford Racing Puma, Mini Cooper and many more. All handle slightly differently which adds variety. The tracks are spread across a variety of countries - Kenya, Finland, Sweden, France, Italy, and even wet and windy Britain. All look great and are suitably varied. On the whole this is the best rallying game I have ever played and I would recommend it to anyone. 5 Stars.
Rallying is one of the world's most exciting sporting speticles - other motor sport offers its fans such a close-up view of thier heros at work. Theres being there. And then theres experiencing it. Colin Macrae 2 gives people a chance to touch on the excitement and adreneline rushing through you as you work with your Ford Focus all the way to the finish line. Stage by Stage after repairing your car numerous times you make your way competing in a Rallying Championship into several completely different countries - and enviroments. This game gets quite addictive if you are a person who really wants to win. I recommend it for most people, espeacially Grannies on steroids!!
Who would have thought that after all this time that great games would still appear on the Playstation? Let’s face it, Sega have had two consoles in the same time whilst the Playstation is still receiving support and new games. When the original Colin McRae was released on the PS and PC it was welcomed with open arms by the vast majority of reviewers. Great graphics, realistic handling and gameplay that wasn’t too clinical made this an instant hit with those that played it. Even those people who weren’t that fond of driving games were snapping it up to beat their friends on during post pub games. Several years later McRae is back. The Subaru has gone, the Ford Focus is in its place and with navigator Grist at his side, Colin McRae once again blasts onto the Playstation. Everything that was good about the original game has remained (thankfully). The featured cars are all from the official World Rally Championship, you still get voice instructions from your co-driver/navigator and the courses are still excellent and varied. Visuals: I originally purchased the PC version of this title and I have to say that it looked absolutely gorgeous even on my slightly dated Voodoo 3. The courses looked fantastic, the cars were beautifully recreated and the whole thing had an ‘all improved’ feel about it. Of course the Playstation version was never going to be able to compete with the PC version in the looks department but all things considered it’s not bad at all. Especially considering the age of the poor PS! The cars look good with nice reflections, the courses are detailed enough and the frame rate is great, no visible slowdown at any point. Sound: This is probably a stronger point than the visual side. Nicky Grist is back with his navigation instructions and they’re absolutely spot on and sound just like the real thing (if you’ve ever watched the Rally you’ll know that it sou
nds realistic). The cars sound fantastic, a little bit of misfiring every now and then as back off the throttle, good collision sounds and brilliant tyre screeching as you tear around those hairpin corners on tarmac surfaces. All together the sound is superb and really adds a decent level of realism to what was already a perfectly good sound system. Gameplay: This is definitely the most important part of any racing game and you can rest assured that Codemasters have done a great job as they always seem to. They’ve had one McRae to practice on as well as three TOCA games and if you’ve played any of them you’ll already know that the handling in those games is just right. It is a simulation so don’t expect you're car to drive like it’s on rails but at the same time it’s not insanely difficult to master. As you progress through the game you will find that some courses are harder to drive on than others but on the whole you’ll get used to this over time. Features: Loads of cars including of course the Ford Focus but also the Mitsubishi Evo along with Peugeot 206 and a selection of extra cars, which are earned as you progress. You’ll only have six to start with but I believe there are thirteen in total so get driving! Shed loads of tracks (more than 90!) that are based throughout the world in countries including UK, Finland, France and Australia which of course means different road surfaces and weather conditions. You can race in Arcade mode, where you choose various specific settings and there is the full-on Rally mode too where you take part in the full rally championship. There is also a multiplayer option so you can get out there and take on your mates in a split screen racing match. Overall Colin McRae 2 is a superb game that is a must for any racing fan. Because it’s not too clinical it means that casual racing gamers can pick this up too and now it’s avai
lable on Platinum for less than £20 there really is no excuse not to get this. MR.COATES
The first colin mcrae was a good game that suffered from poor handling and limited scope. This they have fixed, and so much more... This is probably the finest rally simulator on the playstation. I use the term simulator rather than game, as its a fully fledged beast of a game, that is programmed in such a way as to make u think about how you would approach a course in real life. The game is very in depth with many different driving modes, from arcade style, where you pick a car and go race, or rally championship style where u get extra options to play with, like altering all the car setting, and repairing damage (which there will be a lot of). the game engine itself is excellent. The car handling is superb, with realistic collisions, real time damage, good computer oponents, and reasonably good graphical detail. There are about 15 cars to play with (half of which you unlock as you progress), and about 80 tracks, so theres plenty to give it longevity. ok, now the bad points, ummm, weeell if i was gonna be picky i'd say the menu system is a little overdone, and the difficuly curve gets a bit steep at the end (that could just be my driving), but these are just quibbles, its a bloody great game, and a worthy addition to anyones collection.
Overall I think it is a great game but I do find the graphics a little disappointing as often trees and other items just appear in front of you without previously being shown in the distance. The sound and colours on the game are very good; with a very natural feel to the grass and the trees this gives a good feel to the game. There is a good choice of weather conditions that include cloudy, bright or drizzle and this helps to make good races. When you chose drizzle for a rally, if your car goes onto the grass then mud appears on your car. There is a good choice of the views you can have whilst driving with behind the car, in front of the car and in the cockpit being the main ones. My own preference is for the cockpit view. I particularly like all of the little details that have been added to this game like the smoke that comes from the exhaust and if you crash the car the damage is shown such as the windows smash, the lights go out on the side you crash, the boot can fly open and so on. I know these do not affect the actual game but they are a nice touch that adds to the enjoyment. There are a large number of cars to choose from and if you progress well in the game you can unlock further cars. There are two choices when you start the game and these are the arcade version or a rally. In the arcade version you can race other cars or just participate in a rally. Before both the arcade version and the rally you can take a time trial. In a rally you can have up to four players and in an arcade version you can have two players. This game is easy to navigate your way around and I find it very enjoyable. I think it is probably the best rally game out. I am eagerly awaiting the release of Colin McRae Rally 3 to see what new features will be included to an already very good game.
General/Summary: Have you yearned for a "TRUE" rally game as I have? Have you gotten down on you're knees and prayed? Well your prayers have been answered with the best rally game on any system anytime and it very well may be one of the top games on the playstation. This is an awesome game, all I can tell you is that it is fan-foo-goo-tastic. Gameplay: This is real rally racing here, make no mistake about it, there isn't a speck of arcadiness to it. The gameplay on the first Colin Mcrae was pretty great but they have actually tweeked it and improved it. There are a lot more setup options for your car, the way you're car feels on different road surfaces is perfect. You better be ready for it, this is no V-Rally, this is intense true rallying at its finest. If you don't want a true rally racing game then re-consider because this game is brilliant. If you still don't want a true rally racing game then go back to V-Rally because this game is for men, not boys. Having a clean race is exceedly important, and setup is even more important, you can have a great run but if you have the wrong setup you won't be first, if you like realism this is for you. It is a very challenging game, but not impossible like Mobile Rally 1, it's the greatest sense of accomplishment when you power drift around a hairpin turn with your handbrake. Put together a nice fast and clean stage and it's a great feeling. Graphics: The graphics are much much much improved, they have pushed the playstation to its maximum potential, these are the best looking cars I've ever seen, even better the Gran Turismo 2!. The stages are nice and long, filled with detail. The backgrounds and weather effects are beautiful and the screen is filled tree's and rocks and all manner of things depending on the rally, they didn't cut back or cheat at all. And of course codemasters are dead brilliant with the amount of detain they put into damage. Oh yes and th
is time there is an in-car view, give it a try if you've got some courage. Sound: The engine noises have been taken from the real cars, you can hear the exhaust crackle and pop and can hear you tires strain to get traction through mud, close your eyes and its just like the sounds if you were at a real rally race, they are that good.
This is the sequel to the original Colin McRae Rally game by Codemasters - although I think you might have been able to guess that just from the name of the game. Anyway, the original game was an excellent racing game. This sequel has definately improved on the original, improving everything about the game without managing to break anything in the process. The graphics are much better than the original. They seem to be sharper and faster, but they still manage to keep the long range that means you can see corners approaching from a long distance away. The sound has been improved, and this was one of the weakest points of the original game. The sound is still not the best you`ll ever see in a racing game, but it makes you feel a lot more involved in the action. The gameplay and the game engine itself are still as good as the original, maybe even slightly better. This means that it is one of the best racing games you`ll get to play for a long time. If you enjoyed the original game then consider part-exchanging it for the newer game. Don`t buy both games because the second game is just an improvment on the original, and not worth spending money on if you already own the first. Otherwise you`d be well advised to buy this game, as it is one of the best, if not THE best racing game I`ve played.
This is one of the best out and out racing games on any platform today! The graphics are amazing - especially when you think that it is only a playstation throwing the graphics about. The game itself is a fairly standard rally game - you race through check-points and get tmies. There are a few extra options like an arcade mode with looping tracks and things like that, but they are only little extras tacked onto the side of the main game. I can`t quite put my finger on what it is that makes this game so good, it just IS! The graphics are great and the sound is quite good, but that shouldn`t be enough. I think it is just that the games feels real and fun at the same time - you realise that this is the closest you will ever get to racing in a real rally car.
When WWF Attitude came out it was the best wrestling game unchallenged. Even now its Create-a-Wrestler mode is far superior to that of any other wrestling game. The wrestling game that followed Attitude, WWF Smackdown, lacked two important features that Attitude has. Firstly, a good Creat-a-Wrestler mode. On Smackdown there is hardly any selection available, and you can only select head, top and bottom instead of being able to select hair, facial features, hats, T-Shirts, vests, belts, trousers, shorts, boots, shoes, etc etc. And also Smackdown lacks commentary. One of Attitude's strongest points is that is has commentating.
Name Effect OPENROADS Enable all tracks and 'Super Special' in time trial mode. SHOEBOXES To unlock the 4 bonus cars in time trial mode. SKCART Reverse tracks. (Start race at finish line and end race at start line) WHITEBUNNY Mirror tracks, Driver also on right side during cockpit view. BLANCMANGE Drive a 'Green Jelly' car BUTTONBASH Accelerate by pushing X, O alternately. DIDDYCARS 'Micro-Machines mode', Drive with small cars and overhead view. FORKLIFT Drive cars with rear wheel steering. HELIUMNICK Drive with high-pitched commentary. HOVERCRAFT Drive hover cars. KITCAR Enable 'turbo jumps', Press select to jump, when the bar turns green. MOONWALK Drive with low gravity enabled. MOREOOMPH Turbo Mode, (game runs faster). NIGHTRIDER Enable 'Night' mode. PEASOUPER Enable 'Fog' mode. SILKYSMOOTH Increase the games frame rate, (particles are disabled). TINFOILED Drive metallic cars.
This game is pretty much the complete reaching game, and does push the Playstation hardware further than anyone thought the hardware could cope. The graphics are simply stunning, and the backdrops are incredibly realistic. The gameplay though, really sets this apart fro the rest. It handles so true to life, you feel as though you are driving the rally car yourself, its immersive in its handling, and something that can rarely be said about a rally game. If you own a Playstation, then this is one game that should be on your Christmas list to Santa...a top class game, probably the best on the Playstation to date!