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ZOOM Colin McRae Rally 3
$14.95 (Win98/Me/2000/XP) (DVD Case) (CMCRAE3PR)

Publisher: Codemasters

Game: Rally Racing

Ratings:

from Games Domain

93 from ActionTrip

Control Is Everything

Rain explodes on the windscreen smeared across by the wipers, then streaking up the windscreen. You can't see the road ahead, but that doesn't matter, as you haven't started the race yet. At the moment all your attention is focused, foot on the accelerator ready to go. What lies ahead is another matter.

Be part of the Ford Rally Sport Team, make strategic decisions and live the life of a world beating rally driver.

Race against the clock through 56 stages in 8 countries including UK, Australia, Finland and Japan.

21 high-performance rally cars recreated under licence including: Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII, Subaru Impreza WRX (44S) and Ford Focus RS WRC.

Change the landscape- your surroundings respond dynamically to collision; potholes, surface conditions and obstacles affect handling.

Real, visible, destructible car body with fully operable components- parts crumple your chassis, batter your body panels and shatter your suspension.

Requirements:

Windows 98/ME/2000/XP: Pentium III 750 MHz (Pentium 3/4 1.4GHz recommended), 128 MB RAM (512 MB recommended), DirectX 9, 3D graphics card with 32 MB (64 MB recommended), 3.5Gb hard drive space (500 MB free after installation).

Supported 3D chipsets: ATI readeon 8500LE, 8500, 9000 Pro, 9500 Pro, 9700 pro, Matrox: Parhelia, NVidia nForce 1 & 2, GeForce , GeForce 2, GeForce 3, GeForce 4, SIS Xabre 400.

Reviews:

Games Domain by Steve Hildrew

"Those are small factors, however, and by and large, it's a great experience, helped by the fact that the actual driving dynamics are linked with pinpoint accuracy to what you see. Driving from road to gravel to dirt, it's hard to believe just how accurately your car responds. Especially given how easy it is to lose control at high speeds, just like it is in a real car. The clever driver can us e surfaces to their advantage, especially on the hairpin-heavy mountainous courses, which by and large have a pleasantly skiddy surface on which you can careen around corners with minimal loss of speed (or at least, that's the idea. Actually, we tended to roll into cliff faces/off cliff faces with depressing regularity.)"

"There's little else to say, really. Colin McRae Rally 3 is the best rally simulator in existence for PC, minor flaws included. It runs smoothly with the graphics options cranked up on our mediocre system, it's engrossing, powerful and an astonishingly accurate driving experience. Aficionados may well want to use a wheel or controller, as the arrow keys don't really suit the pin-point control needed for some of the faster turns, but if you're a fan of the rally, get out there, and buy it now. Colin commands you!"

ActionTrip by Uros Jojic

"For all intents and purposes, Colin McRae Rally 3 features the most realistic interpretation of rally driving I've ever seen in a video game. Two aspects of gameplay that are most noteworthy are the physics engine and damage model, and the incredible attention to detail when it comes to car handling and its interaction with the terrain. From a technical standpoint, the top-of-the-line physics engine allows for the objects in the game to exhibit properties that correspond to their weight, and for the car to behave on the track and slide in bends in accordance to the forces that affect it and the type of terrain it's on. There are a few obscure bugs here in there (like certain objects being able to stop the car dead in its tracks, despite their rather low mass), but in total, the game's physics are about as good as it gets in a racing game. The most important thing about it is that the car reacts to bumps, water, and centrifugal forces very similar to how it would in real life. Depending on the type of tires or shocks you've outfitted your car with; it will react very differently to dirt tracks, tarmac, and slippery surfaces."

"What also struck me as a great quality of Colin McRae Rally 3 is that there is never a dull moment during the season. The maps you'll be driving on are extremely versatile, and are very authentic in their representation of the landscapes of countries where the stages take place. Finland is very green and full of beautiful lakes, whereas in Sweden, you'll be facing tough weather conditions and snow covered roads with sporadic outbursts of snow blizzards. The US stage is rather dry and barren as it takes place in desert-like conditions. The Spanish countryside is brimming with Mediterranean architecture and vegetation that is inherent to that part of the world..."



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