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I didn?t think I was into rally racing until my friend bought me this game. The graphics are amazing and the gameplay is fantastic. I am certain that any fan of just computer games will appreciate this game as it is truly wonderful just to admire the graphics. You don?t race against others but you race against the clock and this is always an interesting challenge. This is a flawless game at a good price and I suggest every one should go out and buy it now.
Colin Mcrae Rally 3.0 was the first rally game I had played on either the playstation or the Playstation 2, it was also the first Colin Mcrae game I have ever played, and to sum it all up in 3 word?s, I?m VERY impressed? I got this as part of my wonderfull Christmas presents this year. This has got to be my second best playstation 2 game so far, next to the number 1 slot of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. I love games that are realistic, I hate games where you car drive a car into a wall at 100mph and not even scratch it?s shiny metallic paint (Gran Turismo, take note). This is why I love Colin Mcrae rally so much, it?s just so realistic, and too the words of OPM2 (whoever they are) ? closer than anything else to the physical and mental demands of the sport?. Needless to say, it?s a damn good, and damn realistic game. As Colin Mcrae, you get to rally your way through 64 stages with your co-driver Nicky Grist. Codemasters have bought us a game that really doe?s make you sit up and take notice, really doe?s give you that on the edge feeling when you end up in a tree, and really doe?s bring you back for more. THE GAME You have 2 choices in this game, to play under the championship mode or to play the single stages mode. The single stages mode allows you to rally in any country and try out any of the ?standard? cars that you are given at the start of the game, it?s an excellent way to tune up your skills and a very good way of getting to know the countries unique differences. Racing around the woods and fields of the UK, to the rocky mountains of Spain, the dusty roads of Australia and the snow filled tracks of Sweden, you really will have a different feel to the game presented to you in each country you race in. The championship mode is the better of the two modes in my view, and really gives you a sense of achievement when you make your way through the stages. In this mode you have to race through each country. The countries
comprise of 6 tracks each, with a pit stop between each 3. The pit stops allow your men to work on your car, repairing any damage you have inflicted on your car in the previous 3 stages. Slow down though, don?t think you can go through each stage hitting every tree around, you only carry one spare wheel and that has got to last you through the 3 stages, and you only have an allotted amount of time that your workmen are allowed to spend on the car. They will work on what they consider to be the most critical damage and leave the rest if they don?t have time. So if you have a wheel missing and a damaged exhaust, your wheel might get fixed, but you?ll have to battle through the next 3 stages of the country with a damaged old noisy exhaust. You can play around with your car, tune it up if you like aswell, creating your own little car or you can just carry on through the game with the default settings tailored to that race. It depends on whether you agree with your workmen and their tuning of your car or if you want to dice with death (and failure!) and tune your car up yourself. Once your making your way through the championship mode and through the countries, your rewarded at the end of each country with a new tyre type, or something new for the car, and if you do really well, you?ll be rewarded with a whole new car to play around with in the stages mode of the game, and of the two cars I have been rewarded with at the moment, I have found the metro to be the most fun since one of those big bouncy things we all used to have as kids which we used to sit on, hold on to, bounce twice, get tired and then go back to it later, only to do the same again (you all know what I?m talking about, they used to have faces on them and ears which you held on to!)?anyyyywayyy, back to the game! With you at all times you will have Nicky Grist warning you of the corners and dangers lying ahead of you in the game. You tend to ignore him at first, but on the oth
er hand, you tend to fail miserably and end up with just a chassis left at the end of the stage if you do ignore him. Once your playing the game to win, you?ll find him not only helpful, but invaluable to the game and the aim of the game, to win! This game really does provide you with the best realism I?ll challenge you to find in any game, I?m still slapping myself with a wet leek trying to get over how realistic this game actually is. For a start, you have the damage. Damage is a factor of rallying, there is no way of getting away with it and completing a stage without damaging your car. Even if you have been extra careful around all those nasty corners, you will still have wear, weather it be your wheels, shocks or exhaust and these will all be repaired for you in your services, but can affect how your car performs. Then you have the real damage, the fun damage as I like to call it! This is the damage incurred by you for going way to fast round those corners or running yourself off a cliff! The detail of the damage is good, from broken windows, broken doors, no doors, bumpers falling off?.infact, it?s so realistic that when your bumper falls half way off and is blocking your exhaust pipe, the sound of the exhaust will change! Then theres the weather, and this will effect you in all manor of ways, from the rain coming down making it slippy on the road and making your screen blurry as your wipers go, just like it would in the rain. Then you have snow, which is as you would expect, pretty hard to drive on and to see, then you have the hot deserts making your car slip and slide over the dusty tracks. The stages as you go through the game get harder, the roads get narrower, tree?s get closer to the tracks, and you find yourself trying to rally through even harder weather conditions, plus, your competitors in the race get faster, making it much harder for you to achieve your number 1 position, which is pretty easy in the
first few stages once you have got used to the car. 2 Player Mode makes things a bit more competitive. The game gives you the option of playing one at a time, or in split screen mode. I find split screen a lot more fun as it gives you more of an incentive to win. There is a downside though, you wi;; only have 2 views, the bonnet and outside of the car (whereas you have 3 in one player mode). Playing with split screen enables you to see your progress and also your opponents progress on the side of the screen, marked as distance markers throughout the track. It?s nice to win! And it?s nice to see your opponent get upset when they are struggling to get to the finish and your already there! All in all this is one classy game which keeps you engrossed in what your playing and doesn?t let you get to sleep at night as your always wanting to get this stage over, and the next, and the next, oooo, and then theres the added bonus of the bonuses at the end of the country, so you just want to get that over aswell! Would I recommend it? Highly!!! Price: Around £39.99
~ ~ What’s this?? A game review from the ‘mad cabbie’?! Well, the hot news is that I got a lovely new Playstation 2 for Christmas. Oh, sorry, I tell you a lie! My wee lass got a lovely new Playstation 2 for Christmas. (heh, heh. Sneaky, or what) Along with the Playstation 2 itself, I got two brand new games thrown in. Grand Theft Auto (Vice City) and Colin McRae Rally 3, as well as a 8Mb memory card and a second analogue controller. (But that’s another review) ~ ~ A glance through my opinion list here at dooyoo will reveal that I haven’t exactly been prolific when it comes to writing game reviews in the past, but this is now likely to change in 2003. My gaming experience up to now has mostly consisted of messing about from time to time with the ‘Age of Empires’ games from Microsoft on my PC. But my PC hasn’t got the top of the range graphics and sound cards required to make gaming a memorable experience. This situation has now changed with the acquisition of the Playstation, and Colin McRae 3 has to be one of the most exciting games currently on the market. Anyways, on with the opinion. ~ ~ Colin McRae Rally 3 builds on the considerable kudos that developers ‘Codemasters’ have already collected for the first two games in the Colin McRae series, the original game and Colin McRae Rally 2. Both were considered excellent, (according to all the reviews I’ve read) but both pale in comparison to the new Colin McRae Rally 3. Most car racing fans will have heard of Colin McRae, who has been dubbed the ‘Flying Scotsman’ for his now almost legendary feats in the rallying world. What this game does is quite literally let you step into his shoes, or more accurately into his Ford Focus RS WRC rally car, and to compete in the World Rally Championship. ~ ~ Setting the game up on the Playstation is simplicity itself. You simply insert the DVD, and
within seconds you’re ready to rock. The game menu is uncluttered and uncomplicated, so even complete novices to the gaming scene (like myself) should have no difficulty or experience any frustration. Just plug it in, and start revving up that engine! There are two different modes that you can choose from. ‘Stages’ or ‘Championship’. Unless you’re already experienced at this sort of game, you’re best bet is to start of in Stages mode, as this allows you to practice and get used to all the different tracks and to get the hang of controlling the car with the analogue controller. My first few attempts were somewhat pitiful, (to say the least) and I spent most of my time crashing into rocks and crash barriers, extricating myself from rivers and woods, and annihilating dozens of poor innocent spectators. (I wonder how much rally car insurance costs!!) ~ ~ In the Stages mode, you can choose from any one of six stages from six different countries, and as well as Colin McRae’s famous Ford Focus, you can elect to drive any one of seven other rally cars. These include a highly impressive Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, a flying Fiat Punto, (I didn’t know they COULD fly, heh, heh) and a MG ZR Rally Car. You can play in single or multiplayer mode, and race against the clock, either trying to beat your own best time for the stage, or competing against another player. Initially, my wee lass (11-year-old) was beating me hands down, and I was choking in the dust from her rear wheels. (Very embarrassing for a professional driver like myself!) But I quickly got the hang of things, and now we compete on more level terms. (I sometimes even win!) ~ ~ When you feel competent enough, you can then move on to the ‘Championship’ mode, where you race as Colin McRae himself in the World Rally Championship, moving progressively through all the six stages in each separate country, and hopefully collecting po
ints along the way to improve your position in the driver’s ratings. 20 points if you win a stage, 14 points for second, and so on, down to a measly one point for tenth place. Each different country that you race in sets its own particular challenges, from the wet and slippery fields and hedgerows of the UK, the sandy deserts of Australia, the icy roads of Sweden, to the dangerous mountainous curves and bends of Spain. ~ ~ What makes the game such a pleasure to play (and SO addictive) are the totally amazing graphics and sound, and the absolutely authentic gameplay. You can actually believe that you are sitting behind the wheel of Colin’s Ford Focus, as you scream through the very detailed landscapes. It’s all there; the sound of the growling, spitting engine, the judders and shocks as you hit an obstacle like a tree or rock, (and you actually FEEL the shock through your controller) and the exhilaration that you experience as you drive a highly tuned performance car to its absolute limit. The tyres screech and squeal as you throw the car into the curves, and the damage you incur when you hit an obstacle is “real” and immediate, and will affect the car’s performance straight away. Bonnets fly off, tyres are damaged and punctured, glass breaks, doors fly open, suspensions are wrecked, and your steering begins to pull you left and right. (I had to finish one stage with only three wheels!) You can alter the view from the car, choosing from three different viewpoints. A bonnet camera, an in-car camera, or 3rd person. I personally prefer the ‘3rd person’ view, where you can see the whole car, but this is purely a matter of personal choice. Weather conditions also play an important role in this game. When it’s dry and dusty (as in Australia) then you kick up enormous amounts of dust and grit from your wheels. When it’s icy and snowing (as in Sweden) then you slip and slide all over th
e place. And when it’s wet and pouring rain, then your vision through the windscreen is obscured and streaky, just as in real life. ~ ~ What will make the game even more interesting for true motor racing aficionados is the ability to actually change the ‘set up’ of your car between stages. To begin with, this facility is locked, but as you begin to improve and rack up Championship points, you gradually get to tinker with all the different settings. So you can change the way your brakes perform, or the way your suspension copes with the different terrain and road conditions. You can tweak your steering, or change your gearbox ratios, and the game even allows you the choice of running a few ‘practice’ stages to test out your new settings, and a diagnostic chart at the end to see how the car’s performance stands up. At the end of each day of the Championship, (three stages) your car is taken into the service pit for a complete overhaul. Up until then, the mechanics will decide at the end of each individual stage what damage is most critical, and repair it for you. But their time is limited, and so you might find yourself carrying damage from the last stage into the next one. It makes life very interesting when, for example, your suspension is totally shot, and you are jumping and bouncing all over the track! ~ ~ You also get a constant commentary from Nicky Grist, Colin McRae’s real life navigator, who will read from his comprehensive notes on each individual stage, telling you in advance what hazards, twists and turns to expect. To begin with, I tended to ignore his advice, as I was so totally engrossed with simply keeping the car on the road. But as you become more used to the game, you realise that his advice is totally invaluable, and you begin to tailor your driving style according to what information he is giving you. So if he tells you to slow down to 50mph for a fierce curve, you would be
well advised to heed his warning, otherwise you will most likely end up crashing in spectacular fashion. At the end of each stage, you’re updated on how you faired out in that particular race, and what your overall position is in the Championship. ~ ~ I had a good look around on the Web to see if I could discover any ‘cheats’ for this game, but didn’t manage to discover any. No doubt they already exist though, and as more people acquire the game, no doubt they will be posted. Anyways, I’m enjoying the game itself so much at the moment, that finding cheats would most likely spoil the experience for me. There’s a help line telephone number for both the UK and Ireland included with the game manual, which costs €1.27 a minute here in the Republic. This will give you the codes for what they call “secrets”, (which I presume are cheats) which gives you bonus vehicles like a jet fighter, hovercraft, and a baja buggy. (what’s that??) You can also get the codes to allow you immediate access to all the different stages, countries, and upgraded cars, without having to go through the gruelling process of actually earning that privilege. (Don’t think I’ll bother, at least for now) ~ ~ This game is currently retailing here in Ireland for €60, but is on sale in Xtravision (video chain store) at only €50 in their current after Christmas sale. The best price I could find on the Web (Sterling) was £34.99. But I personally think that it’s great value at that price, as I’m sure I’m going to get years of pleasure from playing Colin McRae 3. Not to mention the pleasure my wee lass will get. (She’s sitting playing it right at this moment) Highly, highly recommended by the mad cabbie. (who is now a Playstation 2 addict) ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Copyright KenJ December 2002 ~~~~~~~~~~~~
Be part of the Rallye Sport Team, make strategic decisions and live the life of a world beating really driver. Experience authentic high-performance rally cars including Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 7, Subaru Impreza WRX (44S), Citroen Saxo Kit Car and of course Ford Focus RS WRC. Race against the clock through 56 stages in 8 countries including UK, USA and Finland. Change the landscape ? your surroundings respond dynamically to collision; potholes, surface conditions and obstacles affect handling. Real, visible, destructible car body with fully operable components parts-crumple your chassis, batter your body panels and shatter your suspension. McRae vs. McRae ? drive for the record against your finds in multiplayer rally championship. Phenomenal graphical quality and object detail create and extremely impressive experience.