Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Car models are practically flawless and the best we've ever seen in a driving sim. Enough races and challenges to keep you occupied for some time. Good AI. Topnotch physics.
  2. If you are a rally fan then the addictive gameplay coupled with the sight of the perfectly recreated cars racing around official tracks should be enough to overlook any rough edges.
  3. The 1-900 telephone number that has to be called in order for the secrets to be unlocked. What the heck was Codemasters thinking?
  4. You won't find a better offroad racing simulation anywhere. [Jan 2003, p.194]
  5. 90
    As always with the McRae series, the sublime handling of your car is what makes this game so appealing.
  6. From the superb modeling of the interior and exterior of the vehicles, the realism of its courses, and the precision of its control, McRae looks and feels just like the real thing. [Jan 2003, p.75]
  7. CMR3 without hesitation is the purest virtual representation of rally racing ever created and you should know that before going in.
  8. 89
    The physics, sense of speed, handling and graphics are dazzling, top-notch effects that rocket this game to the top of the heap, in those regards. On the other hand, the sheer lack of game modes is disturbing.
  9. A must have for die-hard rally enthusiasts who enjoy the feel of a real driving simulation. Its lack of extra features will alienate casual racing fans, but the game is designed for gamers who appreciate the true racing feel that CMR3 brings to the Xbox.
  10. Simply the best rally game out there, bar none. [Dec 2002, p.144]
  11. It's focused tightly on perfectly re-creating the atmosphere and physics of Rally driving, without any arcade-y distractions. [Jan 2003, p.69]
  12. Offers some of the most enjoyable and realistic rally racing on any platform to date--it's just a shame that the game's options are so limiting.
  13. It would appear the true fans, a small niche of the general gaming population, will truly appreciate it. But when it comes to sheer variety, an easier learning curve and exotic game modes, I’d pop in something else other than Rally 3.
  14. 85
    To be honest, CMR3 can't hold a candle to "Rallisport Challenge" graphically, but betters it with phenomenal collision detection and handling.
  15. As good as the game is, hopefully the company will add even more features and bring back the ability to drive as yourself in the next installment. Absolutely recommended.
  16. I had a lot of fun with this game, I just wish I could have chosen a different car than the Escort.
  17. As far as realism, physics, and attention to detail, Colin blows away the competition. Other racing fans, especially casual fans, will pass on Colin for its difficulty and lack of modes.
  18. The major components are very’s the small things that seem duct-taped on as an afterthought. Interface, options, and a schizophrenic driving model just kept it from greatness.
  19. If you're looking for a flawlessly executed version of one of the coolest motor sports on earth, this is well worth checking out. [Feb/Mar 2003, p.85]
  20. It’s handling, damage system, and realistic feel [are] untouchable, without ever allowing it to get in the way of being a fun game. If it weren’t for the lacklustre visuals, this would get an even more enthusiastic response.
  21. A carefully crafted and outstanding racing experience.
  22. The gameplay itself and the controls are great. I found the game to be a little more forgiving than "Rallisport Challenge" and it seemed like I had better control.
  23. Updated, upgraded, and pushed into the new generation. With a large amount of tracks, addictive and absorbing gameplay this is the perfect game for fans of Rally...period. Just don't expect your Xbox to break a sweat.
  24. CM3 has only a fraction of the features of "CM2" and fails to add significant upgrades. While the sound, driving, and stages are excellent, the game ultimately comes up short.
  25. 76
    Bad points aside, if you are looking for one of the most realistic racing games available.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. AndrewW.
    Aug 12, 2003
    Staffan K... driving a rally car is not at all like driving a real car... it is not just more powerful or whatever you said... that's like saying four wheel is like driving rear wheel... get your facts right before you criticize a game for being too hard because its too real. Full Review »
  2. JugsterJam
    May 13, 2003
    Welcome to the age of powerfull hardware. Colin Mcrae is not there yet. Junk and Jaggie is all you get. If you want to sell the game better add couple more weeks to develop a game with better graphics. We all have to wait for PS3 to come out so the xbox hardware can be used to the max. Full Review »
  3. JoeM.
    Apr 28, 2003
    This game is completely absorbing if you're really, truly after a rally simulation. If you're after the fun of running a bunch of different cars, this ain't your game. Same if you're after the coolest graphics and replays (not that these are bad). But if you're really into the driving feel and the challenge of driving like a madman through country settings, then there is simply no better game, and I've played 'em all extensively. Full Review »