Colin McRae Rally 2.0 (also known as Colin McRae Rally 2 or CMR2 for short) is the second rally game of Colin McRae Rally series released in 2001 developed and published by Codemasters. In 2013, Codemasters has released a remake of Colin McRae Rally 2.0 for Android,iOS and steam.
The game offers several modes including arcade (rallycross racing) and simulation, and new countries featured including Finland, Kenya and Italy. The player is able to enter the name and birth date to create new drivers or playing as existing drivers or guest. In championship mode for Novice has 4 stage per rally, Intermediate has 8 and Expert has all stages for all rallies.
Dirt and Dirt Rally (stylized as DiRT and DiRT Rally, formerly known as Colin McRae Rally), also known as EA Sports Rally, is a rally racing video game series developed by Codemasters and published by Electronic Arts under its EA Sports label. In 2022, the franchise was rebranded as EA Sports Rally with both Dirt and Dirt Rally games being released under the brand. As a result, Codemasters had acquired the exclusive license to the World Rally Championship series in June 2020, which will begin as a five-year deal in 2023.
Started in 1998, the franchise has been a critical and commercial success and is generally acknowledged as a pioneer of realistic rally sports racing games. The series is named after the World Rally Championship driver Colin McRae, who provided extensive technical advice during development.
The first Colin McRae game released for the Xbox, as well as the PlayStation 2. It features rally cars from the 2002 World Rally Championship. A GameCube version was announced but it was cancelled. It uses an autosave feature. IGN ranked it as the 91st best PlayStation 2 game. The staff praised its improvement and technology.
Dirt Rally is a racing video game focused on rallying. It was announced on 27 April 2015, and was released into Steam's early access that day and seeing its full release on 7 December 2015. Versions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were released in April 2016.
The good news is that whilst the Finland stages were good, most of the other stages in the game are simply superb. Australia's slippery gravel stages require just as much flat-out rallying, whilst the mountainous asphalt events in France and Italy set the scene for some of the most technical and intense driving you'll ever do on a PC. The remaining events in Greece, Kenya and Sweden are all about applying good driving technique, but it's a pity that the excellent Monte Carlo and Indonesian events from the original have been dropped.
For the most part, the rest of the in-game audio is also very good. All the usual suspects, such as the tyre squeals, exhaust backfires and sumpguards grounding out have been included. In addition, the engine sounds have been realistically sampled, so you'll be able to pick out the deep rush of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo's turbo kicking in, and the high-pitched whine of the Peugeot 206 WRC. But strangely the Ford Focus -- the car that the game is centered on (seeing as it's been the mount of choice for Colin McRae for the past two seasons) -- sounds awful. It lacks any sense of power and ruins all feeling of being strapped into a rally car.
Where the original really paid off though was in the brilliant car handling, giving us cars that could slide freely at a time when all other rally games made theirs run on rails. CMR2 has thankfully retained this and tweaked it in order to enhance the effects of different setups and road conditions. It's a real pleasure to powerslide and generally throw these cars around. However, these being World Rally Cars, you need to remember that there is a lot of power on demand, and letting the car slide out wildly on the narrower stages will not get you far. Success in CMR2 only comes once you've learnt the arts of left-foot braking (split axes are supported), lift-off oversteer, the good ol' lever-steering (translation: yanking the handbrake) and any other method you can think of to get the car to make the corners in a fast but controlled way.
Another nice option is the Challenge mode, where players can race head-to-head in a series of elimination heats on the double-looped Super-Specials. This worked well in Rally Masters and it works better here. It's a great idea to help bring rallying into favour with the masses, but the bulk of the gameplay in CMR2 is securely locked away in the Simulation mode. However Codemasters have made it easy to set up multiplayer games in most of the simulation modes, so two or more people can race on a single stage and keep track of the other person via a ghost car. CMR2 hasn't been optimised for internet play, but if you have a LAN then you're in for a treat.
Everything in the game builds up (as it did in the original) to the United Kingdom stages, the toughest in the game and a real testing ground that shows up the gaps remaining in your newfound skills. The first stage is a fiddly treat with a tight autotest-style section in front of a large stately home, and contains at least five corners that willcatch you out on your first attempt (just wait and see). The next few then carry you through a series of hills and villages set in the countryside before the rally dives into the forests Rally Championship -style, providing a set of fast flowing gravel tracks that are the staple diet of your average British rally driver.
CMR2 is not the perfect rally game, but then nothing else currently is either. But it is the most absorbing and thrilling rally game you'll currently find. CMR was my game of 1998. Rally Championship was my game of 1999. Does CMR2 make it as my game for 2000 Almost.
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With four seasons of content since launch, DiRT Rally 2.0 is the ultimate racing experience celebrating the best of rally and rallycross. Players will take on the most authentic point to point rally game combined with the thrilling, fast-paced action of the Official FIA World Rallycross Championship: a traditional track-based race over multiple laps featuring six cars.
Soon, though, you acquire more difficult cars and using a steering wheel instead of a keyboard becomes a really good idea. Trying to tame, for example, the brutal Lancia Stratos with only your keyboard arrows is a scary task. Besides the Italian rallying legend, the game offers a wide array of other cars that try their best to make your life hell in the turns: the Ford Escort Mk1, the Fiat 600 Abarth, the Opel Kadett, the Ford Cortina, the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA, the Volvo Amazon and, last but not the least, the Alpine A110.
The game has few shortcomings, but the tracks are one of them. Together with the difficult controls, they were considered a problem by contemporary reviewers and may well have cost the game the title for the best racing game of the year, which went to a NASCAR simulation instead. The game offers five locations: Russia, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and Kenya. Although they have varying weather and a large number of tracks (six stages for every rally besides Russia, which has eight), they come are rather monotonous, lacking interesting turns and varied profiles. Only the Switzerland location comes close to really being an exciting rally stage.
The game is still playable even on modern computers and remains one of the few proper simulations of historic rallying. If you have some spare time in your evenings, it might be worth your while to give Rally Trophy a try.
And if you like classic ŠKODA rally cars, you can even download a mod that adds them into the game, creating a unique opportunity to try out a rear-engined cars like 1000 MB, 120 S or 130 RS in the virtual world!
The new cars you will be playing these rallies with are the Subaru Legacy RS and the Subaru Impreza S4. I believe there is nothing more iconic in rallying than the distinctive sound emanating from a Legacy whilst thundering across the UK moorland. To have the virtual opportunity to drive this car with that unique, bellowing, engine noise is some kind of motorsport nirvana for me. Meanwhile, the Impreza S4 is iconic as the car that adorned the front cover of the original CMR game 22 years ago.
These new vehicles are used alongside existing cars in the game that Colin drove, now with suitable liveries applied. Think the MG Metro 6R4, Ford Focus RS Rally 2001 and Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 alongside a few others.
Clearly, this is coming from a mega rally fan and a Colin McRae disciple. But even so, Flat Out is not without flaws. Chiefly, this is to do with the post-release DLC strategy for Dirt Rally 2.0. After launching with a somewhat paltry number of environments, there have been four seasons of post-release DLC before this latest addition. Codemasters added many new rallycross cars and tracks through this process, which is great, but, on the rally side, all the stages were spruced up re-releases from first 2016 Dirt Rally game.
With four seasons of content since launch, DiRT Rally 2.0 celebrates the best of rally and rallycross. Players can take on the authentic point to point rally game combined with the thrilling, fast-paced action of the Official FIA World Rallycross Championship: a traditional track-based race over multiple laps featuring six cars. 781b155fdc