Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. The best Rally game on the market, bar none.
  2. The truly amazing thing here is that the game is only $19.99, a ridiculously low price for such a solid game.
  3. As a standalone product it’s wonderful and offers (save for an official license) everything a rally fan would desire: brilliant handling, sumptuous visuals, deformable cars and much more besides. But if you’ve played the last game to death there may not be enough of a difference to make you want to buy it.
  4. 90
    With high frame rates that won't quit, 52 stages set across eight different countries, an impressive array of environmental effects, multiplayer options in every mode, and all of the strengths of past installments of this series, Colin McRae Rally 04 is a worthwhile pick for any avid Xbox racing enthusiast.
  5. It boasts so many new gameplay modes that any review is in danger of reading like a press release.
  6. 90
    Visually, Rally 04 looks much better than previous versions. [May 2004, p.67]
  7. Quite possibly the best rally racing game available for the Xbox thus far, Colin McRae Rally 04 is the game to buy if you’re looking for rally racing done right.
  8. Simply a great pickup if you like rally racing games or racing games in general. The only huge blunders are no music and the lack of Live online play.
  9. 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.
  10. You musn't let the budget price tag fool you into thinking the game is in any way lackluster. Colin McRae Rally 04 is every bit as good as its most recent predecessor, and in many ways, it's quite a bit better.
  11. The car selection is by far not as spectacular as the one in games like "Gran Turismo 3," but I can say for sure that the car feel is awesome, even with a regular controller.
  12. 87
    Everyting we've always loved about the series, stunning graphics and marvelous physics, is still there and worth the price of admission. It's not as feature-rich as the upcoming "Rallisport Challenge 2," but you're getting a well-made and entertaining game for the price.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Dec 3, 2014
    10
    This is one of my favorite racing games, and no doubt one of the best games i played when i was younger.
    I hope there will come a game like
    This is one of my favorite racing games, and no doubt one of the best games i played when i was younger.
    I hope there will come a game like this or a racing game that is innovative like this one does.
    Makes me want to play this again on the Original Xbox.
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  2. JaceN.
    Dec 7, 2005
    4
    Near impossible thanks to everything in sight being locked until youve progressed through the game. How am I supossed to beat the worlds best 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. Full Review »
  3. Uter
    Jun 18, 2004
    7
    This would be an awesome game if Rallisport Challenge didn't exist. But with such stiff competition, it doesn't hold up all that 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. Full Review »