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  • Summary: This year's installment in the Colin McRae Rally series features new championships, new single- and multiplayer modes, and different car-part-testing challenges. You can drive any car from the start in the Open Championship mode; you can compete in a full rally season; or you can specialize in a 4- or 2-wheel-drive championship. You can also put together your favorite or themed stages, which can include straights, jumps, or hills. More than 20 vehicles, which exhibit improved physics and handling, are available for play, including the Citroen Xsara, Mitsubishi EVO 7, and Subaru Impreza. Expand
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. The best Rally game on the market, bar none.
  2. It boasts so many new gameplay modes that any review is in danger of reading like a press release.
  3. Minus the online racing, Colin McRae 04 is a flawless video game replication of rally racing. The graphics, car physics and attention to detail are on par with any console racer currently on store shelves.
  4. Along with top-notch handling and car physics, you'll find a meaty championship mode, wicked terrain, and dazzling weather effects (tackling the Japan course during a torrential downpour is especially impressive) under McRae's hood. [Apr 2004, p.122]
  5. Car handling and physics are spot-on, and real-time damage has been enhanced to the point where you wince every time you hit a rock or other obstacle, as the dents and dings rack up.
  6. For under twenty bucks, it's the best racing game, ever, in its price range. The gameplay is balanced in such a way that the game feels like a sim but is as easy to control as an arcade racer.
  7. Fun while it lasts and good for people who want a challenging and realistic rally game. Rent it. Experience it. Move on to bigger things.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. [Anonymous]
    Sep 26, 2003
    Cool game going back to Colin McRae style which was the best easy to learn to be up there with the best enjoy.
  2. VictorH.
    Dec 11, 2003
    Se sale.
  3. DanielL.
    Feb 15, 2004
    This game is excellent and makes the world of rally driving look like the place to be. codemasters have done a great job on the series.
  4. SteveE.
    Nov 28, 2003
    More of the same from the codemasters crew!
  5. Uter
    Jun 18, 2004
    This would be an awesome game if Rallisport Challenge didn't exist. But with such stiff competition, it doesn't hold up all that well. Still, it's a great deal for 30$ cdn. Expand
  6. Wes
    Mar 5, 2004
    Certainly worth $20 ... but not much more.
  7. JaceN.
    Dec 7, 2005
    Near impossible thanks to everything in sight being locked until youve progressed through the game. How am I supossed to beat the worlds best rally drivers...first time...on tracks they know like the backs of their hands...while I cant practice any? Add to that...cheats you have to PAY FOR...and a unique code system where your purchased cheats wont work for anyone ese...or theirs for you...and youve got one big, hard slap in the face. Expand

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