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Video Game: Colin McRae Rally

A series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful rally racing Simulation Games, created and published by British game developer Codemasters. Named after famous 1990s Scottish rally driver Colin "The Flying Scotsman" McRae, the legendary winner of the 1995 World Rally Championship. McRae personally provided feedback and technical know-how to the developers. His co-drivers, Nicky Grist and Derek Ringer, provided voice acting of themselves for the entire series.

Each game is a semi-realistic rally simulator, so though there are some arcade-ish elements, the general tone of the games requires players to beat rally stages using a relatively professional driving style. The series is notable for pioneering a destruction and physics model in racing games. Damage received in a race is taken into account and players have to repair their rally car regularly in a service area, after every two stages. In addition, service areas also offer a generous array of options for tuning a car's technical specs, to give better performance on upcoming stages. Weather conditions are also an important factor, and at least two of the installments featured randomly generated and dynamically changing weather.

The series currently spans 5 games :

  • Colin McRae Rally (1998)
  • Colin McRae Rally 2.0 (2000)
  • Colin McRae Rally 3 (2003)
  • Colin McRae Rally 04 (2004)
  • Colin McRae Rally 2005 (2005)

For the spinoff series, see DiRT.


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Colin Mc Rae Rally