Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 91
    It requires a distinct sense of focus. And once you delve into it and get the feel of the game, you'll feel yourself riding along with a particular sense of rhythm and with a distinct sense of flow that is unlike any other game I've played.
  2. One of the best-looking and certainly best-playing rally games ever. You will be astounded by the car models and amaze to the incredibly realistic way they take damage, right down to paint being flicked off. [Nov 2004, p.56]
  3. 90
    My wish list for future iterations includes night racing, variable per-stage weather, working in-car gauges, and crowds that aren't 2D pancakes, but I can't say I've played a more satisfying racing game all year.
  4. Yes, Colin is king, but when your only real competition turns out to be your previous release, it affects the effort and growth of the series - this is not the next evolutionary step fans had been hanging for.
  5. Plays just as well as its console cousin, with the additional advantage of some gorgeous graphics.
  6. The difference would appear to be in the detail, and it's not merely cosmetic, with a new hard steer function lessening the reliance on the handbrake.
  7. Glossy, engrossing, and still fun, but just not nearly as essential as it used to be.
  8. Simulation fans won't go wild for it, but this is perfect for everyone else to go fast through the countryside. [Jan 2005, p.72]
  9. The crappy force-feedback effects and poor controller support (both my FF joysticks proved useless for playing the game) are sharp reminders of CMR 2005's console roots. [Holiday 2004, p.96]
  10. That rock is the rocking arcade rally game "Rallisport Challenge 2," which offers better visuals, a more tangible driving sensation and arguably the best online support ever seen in a racing game. That hard place is "Richard Burns Rally," which has established itself as easily the most realistic (not to mention difficult) rally game. In the wake of these two triple-A titles, Colin McRae 2005 comes off feeling a little too tired to remain the pinnacle of rally gaming.
  11. The fifth in the Colin McRae series is still a fine game if - and here's the major caveat - you didn't play last year's update. Those who did will get more fun out of playing spot the difference. [Nov 2004, p.107]
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. RichardBurns
    Sep 30, 2004
    4
    Bloody awful is all i can say... The sound effects are terrible, the sound of the engine really starts to get on your nerves and sounds Bloody awful is all i can say... The sound effects are terrible, the sound of the engine really starts to get on your nerves and sounds nothing like a rally car... sure the graphics look nice but the replays make the car look like its floating. The handling is also very unrealistic and just dosent seem to look right. IMHO colin mcrae 2005 is a step in the wrong direction.. come on guys, if we're shelling out hard earned cash then at least put some effort into making the game. 29.99 i dont think so 17.99 not even close. i'd give in 10/10 if it was a fiver. BIG THUMBS DOWN Full Review »
  2. Cam
    Mar 24, 2007
    2
    Wow.. just wow, I had no idea just how bad this game was. I had no idea people still made games this bad. Seriously CM1 is more realistic and Wow.. just wow, I had no idea just how bad this game was. I had no idea people still made games this bad. Seriously CM1 is more realistic and fun. As for the physics, I'm sure they haven't modelled ANY suspension at all, because I can feel the polygons under the 'car'. The car slids and recovers in totally unrealistic ways and even in a fun way. Even gravity seems to be canned if that's possible, I mean GRAVITY isn't even realistic... I think I'm going explode. The sound is truly awful and clips to your framerate. I can only assume the '10' reviews are rigged because no sane person could think this is good. Seriously Need for Speed feels more realistic and I NEVER thought I'd say that about any game. My god I'm still reeling.. just buy Richard Burns Rally for the love of god, get good at it, watch a REAL rally crash compilation if you think it's too easy to crash and roll and you'll be happy. Full Review »
  3. Cyberwalker
    Jun 3, 2006
    10
    I had Colin McRae 2003 and it was great, but I was always having to fight to get a smooth frame rate.With Colin McRae 2005 after a few tweeks I had Colin McRae 2003 and it was great, but I was always having to fight to get a smooth frame rate.With Colin McRae 2005 after a few tweeks the game looked and ran better then 2003. I could also drive more cars and control weather. Normally when I get the latest version of a game I need to get a better video card to make it run, but not this time. This game actually scared me when I flew off a jump out of control into the forest on an Austalia stage. Try this game with a good pair of headphones in a stage with rain in it. Full Review »