Colin McRae Rally 2005 is one in a series of rally games that have been sporadically released here in the States. McRae himself is out of the World Rally Championship these days, but the game offers the steady, clear and crisp voice of his former co-driver Nicky Grist to guide you through varied stages built exclusively for this experience.
Immediately noticeable is how the menu design and overall game progression are that of a console game. The game is most comfortable played with an analog gamepad, just like those of the TV game machines. Solo gameplay revolves around either a championship or a large career mode. The career is a strong set of unique challenges and rally events where you earn new cars and stages by performing at your best. Itís long and sometimes too easy and tedious on normal difficulty, but the designers smartly included a harder option as well as excellent GameSpy-driven online play built right in.