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]
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 »