Colin McRae Rally 3 PlayStation 2

User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
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  1. ArranAKAB.A.M
    Jan 4, 2003
    10
    Best rally sim ever....even better than the rallying area on GT3. Its all bollocks about the cars on it handling realistically...on the tarmac races there close to perfect but on the rallying part they dont slide or skid how a real car would. Where as CMR3 is perfect.
  2. WillV.
    Feb 23, 2003
    10
    Exellent detail in the cars and scenery will keep you staring at it for days. Everything said about bad handling is rubbish, it's called REALISTIC! I wonder if the people who comment on the bad handling have ever actually driven.
  3. DannyG.
    Feb 7, 2003
    9
    Apart from the fact that you have to be Colin Mcrae in championship mode, this game has it all. I can't stop playing it.
  4. Kendo
    Jan 12, 2003
    9
    Apart frm those damn trees that keep getting in my way and breaking my car i love this game.
  5. ChrisLloyd
    Feb 16, 2003
    8
    Great graphics but playability not up top CMR 2. You don't know what position you are in- very frustrating!
  6. LeeH.
    Feb 16, 2003
    8
    This game is cool!
  7. HenningH.
    Feb 9, 2003
    8
    This is not a game - it´s pure realism and may be frustrating to some users - those who love real rally action will love cmr3
  8. AndyS.
    Feb 8, 2003
    7
    It's OK but WRC2 is much better.
  9. NeilW.
    Aug 27, 2004
    7
    Good game, Don't think its the best.. WRC is probably better.. its hard to comare the two.. thought they were very similar..
  10. MattL.
    Dec 1, 2002
    6
    A Disapointment GT3 has the right feeling and car handling for rallying, CM3 doesn't have it at all... Sadly:-(
  11. PaulW.
    Dec 5, 2002
    6
    Good but not Great, mulitplayer is really poor!
  12. Speed
    Dec 26, 2002
    6
    Alright, but the lack of cars and modes screw this up. You can only be the ford focus which SUCKS and the only other mode is single rally. (By the way, GT3 rally is not as fun as proper rally sims)
  13. LG
    Oct 25, 2003
    5
    Codemasters really dropped the ball on this one. While the game features gorgeous graphics, it is brought down by a depth of features that comes close to free magazine demo disks. No multiplayer rallies, the ability to be only McRae and ONLY drive the Focus really make this game a rental-only, as you won't have anything to do once you complete it. Shame, Codemasters.
  14. JohnM.
    Jun 23, 2005
    5
    I think this entire series is overrated. The cars handle as if there is a single pivot point in the center. Not realistic, and not fun compared to many other rally racers where the cars behave in a more believable manner. As Gran Turismo proved almost a decade ago, handling is of the utmost importance.
  15. PaulB.
    Nov 12, 2002
    4
    Compare driving the cars in CMR3 to the rally cars in GT3, and see which game feels realistic - Gran Turismo wins hands down! The cars in CMR3 have no apparent mass and turn in very strange ways. There really is very little feeling of the cars' physics, and the views are a let down - it is very hard to place the wings (fenders) in relation to the terrain when you choose any of the Compare driving the cars in CMR3 to the rally cars in GT3, and see which game feels realistic - Gran Turismo wins hands down! The cars in CMR3 have no apparent mass and turn in very strange ways. There really is very little feeling of the cars' physics, and the views are a let down - it is very hard to place the wings (fenders) in relation to the terrain when you choose any of the "inside-looking-out" view modes. To summarise, this game was a BIG disappointment! Expand

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#86 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#87 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Codies made too many changes from CMR2 (the front end and in-service menus) and not enough (the graphics!) at the same time.
  2. 89
    The physics, sense of speed, handling and graphics are dazzling, top-notch effects that rocket this game to the top of the heap. On the other hand, the sheer lack of game modes is disturbing.
  3. That, combined with the absorbing way the game draws you into the season, through neat animations and an impossibly stylish menu system, makes this the motor sport title to own - for purists and weekend drivers alike.