Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. The most complete rally racing game you'll find on the Xbox. This is the Colin McRae Rally game that defines the very essence of the sport and thus making this the Must Have title to own.
  2. 91
    The reorganization of the career mode produces a superb effect, the range of cars and courses is wonderfully overwhelming, and the overall feel is one of having just bought a treasure chest of rallying racing. Also, heck, for $29.99? What an unbelievable steal.
  3. 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]
  4. The graphics are a night-and-day improvement. [Dec 2004, p.92]
  5. The one addition that has really made Colin McRae Rally 2005 a whole lot more fun then before is the Xbox Live support. I have found that all of my games have been lag free and all have been quite competitive.
  6. Far above average car handling physics combined with true rally-style online racing allows CMR 05 to dominate last year's game. It's a tough game to beat for thirty bones. Some may complain about the floaty physics.
  7. Though not particularly hard, the gameplay feels realistic, and the differing heights of certain sections of routes, as well as the surface and weather conditions, give the gamer plenty to think about.
  8. Despite the fact that "Colin Mcrae3" was (and still is) a brilliant accomplishment by Codemasters, Colin Mcrae 2005 is even better.
  9. 90
    Has the best true rally experience, with better braking, accelerating, and steering, perfect for serious players than any other game within the genre.
  10. 90
    The tight, intuitive controls, thankfully, help you carve the curves with smooth precision in this year's Rally. [Nov 2004, p.108]
  11. You can really never go wrong with Colin McRae Racing, and now with online gameplay it's even better. Now if we can just find out what actually happened to Colin!
  12. Arguably the best rally game money can buy.
  13. Ups the ante--if only a bit--with improved online play, an interesting career mode, and the same solid driving model fans of the series have come to love.
  14. The cars are difficult to control, and the paths of terrain they travel through are not much wider than the car itself. Any mistake made can be the difference between first and last place, as well as how much damage to the car is taken.
  15. With its greater depth, online play, and the same extraordinary realism, fans will find this release a worthy purchase.[Nov 2004, p.88]
  16. For more casual players, the simple repair and customization interfaces serve up a crash course in the intricacies of the sport, but many may find the inability to race against computer generated opponents a drawback.
  17. CMR 2005 may not be as visually impressive as the Rallisport titles but it does deliver in terms of gameplay the most playable and fun authentic rally experience of any of the available rally titles.
  18. Yes, Colin is king, but when your only real competition turns out to be your previous release, it affects the effort and growth of the series - this is not the next evolutionary step fans had been hanging for.
  19. Colin once again manages to strap you in tight and take you to the edge in back in one thrilling ride. [Oct 2004, p.139]
  20. Ultimately Colin McRae still remains an infuriating game for the novice rally driver and we really see no reason why this should change. Practice, as ever, brings rewards and when you finally succeed nothing feels as good especially when you take into consideration that the game has always been geared towards a simulation rather than a quick arcade blaster.
  21. If you found "RalliSport 2" addictive, think of Colin 2005 as the same game with the difficulty switched over to "realistic." [Jan 2005, p.100]
  22. The online play is a very welcome addition (although not really the full monty), the campaign is enormous and there's no doubt at all that in isolation the game is a solid, enjoyable experience with immense longevity, but some may correctly observe that this is the game "CMR3" should have been in the first place.
  23. If you've already got the 04 version, then all you're really paying £40 for is the online mode, and whether that's worth it is debatable. If you're new to the series, then by all means spend the money on what is a superb rally game.
  24. Approach it as a simulation of a complex sport and Colin McRae Rally 2005 will serve you perfectly as the best rally simulation game to date.
  25. 80
    Even with its somewhat anemic multiplayer, Colin McRae Rally 2005 is one of the best rally games on the market. Anyone who enjoys the idea of frantic racing in harsh conditions owes it to themselves to check it out.
  26. The controls are some of the best you'll find in a rally racer, the online experience adds smooth replay value, and the visuals are above par.
  27. It introduces a lot of new content and modes of play in its single player mode and the introduction support for multiplayer action via Xbox Live means that there's plenty of replay value.
  28. The game's technical aspects and challenge may turn off those eager to just kick up some mud and have a good time. But those in search of a game that offers a realistic rally experience will find themselves hard-pressed to pass up this awesome piece of work.
  29. One of the best looking Rally games around.
  30. It's all just a question of whether you like to take corners slowly, having someone talking about the corners and then getting angry at yourself because you messed up. So take you pick of the three: "Burnout 3," Colin, "RalliSport 2" - which is more fun? "Burnout 3"? Yep.
  31. CMR2005 is a competant and at times exciting game, but it has two better rivals in "Rallisport Challenge 2" for Xbox owners and the excellent "WRC4" on PlayStation 2.
  32. That rock is the rocking arcade rally game "Rallisport Challenge 2," which offers better visuals, a more tangible driving sensation and arguably the best online support ever seen in a racing game. That hard place is "Richard Burns Rally," which has established itself as easily the most realistic (not to mention difficult) rally game. In the wake of these two triple-A titles, Colin McRae 2005 comes off feeling a little too tired to remain the pinnacle of rally gaming.
  33. 65
    Except for the cuts that play during the menu screens, the game features absolutely no music. Now that's hardcore, baby!
  34. 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]
  35. Sitting uncomfortably between "Rallisport Challenge 2" and "Richard Burns Rally," in terms of visuals, game length and handling integrity, Colin McRae 05 is too fussy to be an arcade game yet far too simplistic to be classed as a true simulator.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. FanY.
    Jul 20, 2005
    I think this game is great, brings me a lots of fun about rally, I love rally so I love this game.
  2. Mar 27, 2013
    Absolutely addictive and I love this game, I also play Colin Mcrae Rally on the Ps1 which is also a really good game and I'm sure this onesAbsolutely addictive and I love this game, I also play Colin Mcrae Rally on the Ps1 which is also a really good game and I'm sure this ones harder. The cars are great, you get car options, gameplay and driving options are fantastic and you can even control the weather which surprises me and plays a role in gameplay. Countries include UK, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Finland (I wish Norway was there), US, Spain and others. Full Review »
  3. MartijnvanS.(Holland)
    Oct 1, 2004
    CM4 was Great! I really liked it! But...When I played this one yesterdag I was really really let down!! Sure, the graphics are very very CM4 was Great! I really liked it! But...When I played this one yesterdag I was really really let down!! Sure, the graphics are very very nice. But... It feels unrealistic light and where the hell is the engine sound in the outside view! It totally nonsense that they tuned down the engine noise! Nope, this game is not for me. Full Review »