McRae Rally 3
Developed by Codemasters
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: Out Now
what seems like an age Colin McRae Rally finally appears on the
PlayStation 2. Since the last game appeared on the PlayStation there
have been quite a few rally titles released on both the PlayStation
and the PlayStation 2. Of course to many gamers these in-between
rally titles have simply been 'time fillers' whilst they awaited
the third in the Colin McRae Rally series. Well it's finally arrived
so without any delay, let's take a look at one of the most anticipated
driving games of all time.
when we are describing the contents of a new game, particularly
a sequel, there is usually a whole list of features to mention.
With Colin McRae 3 however the whole thing has been streamlined.
There is no arcade mode, in which you raced wheel-to-wheel against
other AI opposition, which is a shame, this time around. The only
modes you can select are Stages, which lets you either, take part
in a time trial single player or two player race (which can be played
as a split screen or alternate mode) on a stage and country of your
choice (although initially you'll only have access to the first
stage of each country) and Championship. The heart of the game is
undoubtedly the Championship mode.
mode puts you in the shoes of Colin himself, no literally it does
because you can't choose to set yourself up as an individual. For
those who have played previous CM Rally titles you'll notice some
key differences here too. First of all the whole proceedings have
been given a more professional edge. It won't be game over if you
fail to make the top places after a few rallies. You don't get the
chance to decide what repairs are made to your vehicles when you
come into the service stages in a rally. Some gamers may be upset
by this but I suppose in real life Colin is a driver, not the works
mechanic. You still get to set the car up as you like though but
be warned if you decide to tinker the effects of wrongly setting
the car up, something I have been known to do, are more pronounced
than in virtually any other rally game I've played. Each rally you
participate in has six stages and a super special stage in which
you go head to head with another driver. This super special stage
offers a great way to finish off a rally and it is good to be able
to race wheel-to-wheel as opposed to point-to-point for a change.
course, the visuals were always going to be a significant leap from
the last CM Rally game and they do not disappoint. The textures
and detail in the cars and environments (and environmental effects
too such as rain) are fantastic and will please those that have
waited a long time for this game. The damage model is also impressive.
It looks very impressive indeed when parts of your car fly off as
a result of a bang, it doesn't give you much confidence but looks
great. The framerate is excellent too and there doesn't appear to
be any slowdown at all. In case you were wondering there is some
pop-up but in the normal stages this is minimal. In the super special
stages however the pop-up is more obvious, it's not a problem though.
course you can probably guess that the co-drivers comments are not
subtitled. The visual pace notes are colour coded though to highlight
the severity of the turns which is very useful. A white background
indicates a fairly safe turn whilst a red background indicates a
right pig of turn. All other information is shown visually though
and the game is absolutely fine for deaf gamers.
McRae Rally 3 sees the series become a serious simulation and yet
it still retains it's excellent gameplay. Some people might be upset
at the withdrawal of the arcade mode and the ability to decide what
parts of the car are repaired etc. but at the end of the day Colin
McRae Rally 3 sees the series becoming more realistic and these
features shouldn't really feature in such a game.
Game Rating: 9.4/10 Colin
McRae Rally 3 is the state of the art when it comes to the rally
No problems for deaf gamers.