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  • Summary: The all-new Career Challenge is the steering wheel-gripping heart of Colin McRae Rally 2005 and has players hurtling through over 20 different classes of rally events including Challenges, Cups, SuperCups, Shields and Championships, earning the right to compete against the very best.The all-new Career Challenge is the steering wheel-gripping heart of Colin McRae Rally 2005 and has players hurtling through over 20 different classes of rally events including Challenges, Cups, SuperCups, Shields and Championships, earning the right to compete against the very best. Offering real progression and the most diverse selection of rally cars to choose from, drivers will be pummeled through a staggering 300+ stages driving cars from 4-wheel drive, 2-wheel drive, 4-wheel Classics, Super 2-wheel, Rear Wheel, Distinctive and 4x4 classics. Beyond the Career Challenge, there’s even more adrenaline-fuelled rally gaming with the title’s 4WD Championship, Rally, Stages and Online gaming modes. Also features the new bonnet-cam and an improved chase cam gives a real sensation of speed and undulation. Enhanced damage and scenery visuals include new individual damage models for every car and should you crash into a tree, it’ll shudder and even drop leaves. 30+ featured cars include the Volkswagen Golf MK5, Toyota Celica GT-FOUR, Lancia Stratos, Alfa Romeo 147 GTA, Alfetta GTV Turbodelta, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII, Peugeot 206, 205 T16 Evo2 and the distinctive VW Beetle RSi. 9 international locations (new German rally joins events through UK, Sweden, USA, Finland, Australia, Spain, Greece, and Japan), in Rally game mode, each with 8 stages. Large, animated spectator crowds cheer you on through the stages. [Codemasters] Expand
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. 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]
  5. 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.
  6. Glossy, engrossing, and still fun, but just not nearly as essential as it used to be.
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. JigglesM.
    Jul 14, 2005
    10
    AWSOME racing game. One of the best series on the PC. All the rest of the PC titles are arcade racers, usually with no damage modeling. We AWSOME racing game. One of the best series on the PC. All the rest of the PC titles are arcade racers, usually with no damage modeling. We get nothing like GT from the Playstation, even though our hardware could make the PS version look like 5 year old gamming. BTW, whoever said this sucks, you NEED a wheel to play. You don't really, but when was the last time you played a GOOD racing game with a keyboard? Yep. never. Expand
  2. RohithB.
    Oct 18, 2005
    10
    Awesome Game. Watching the replays feels like i'm watching the WRC highlights on TV. And for those of you who feel that RICHARD BURNS Awesome Game. Watching the replays feels like i'm watching the WRC highlights on TV. And for those of you who feel that RICHARD BURNS CRAP has good physics then you should just bang a rock and see what happens. The car just flips up into the air and turns maybe a HUNDRED times before falling. As for graphics, its CMR05 PC all the way. It beats all the competition on any platform. Expand
  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. Expand
  4. ChrisS.
    Dec 24, 2004
    9
    Very nice graphics, accessible physics model, lots of tracks and play modes, adjustable weather and smooth frame rates. Compared to last Very nice graphics, accessible physics model, lots of tracks and play modes, adjustable weather and smooth frame rates. Compared to last years version not a lot of difference. But it is a good game at a very good price. If you like this sort of thing you really cant go wrong. Expand
  5. 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 Expand
  6. chis
    Dec 28, 2004
    2
    sure this game has good graphics but the physics engine sux crap! the car seems to float off the ground and turn at the slightest touch! evensure this game has good graphics but the physics engine sux crap! the car seems to float off the ground and turn at the slightest touch! even on tarmac the car slides uncontrollable not from side to side, but like IT WUZ SPINNING AROUND FROM ONE POINT IN THE CENTER! AWFUL GAME=( O WELL DIDNT WASTE NE MONEY DOWNLOADED IT OFF OF ULTIMA =p
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  7. 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. Expand

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