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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