Where are the Colin Mcrae 3 reviews?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Daniel Becker, Feb 28, 2003.

  1. Daniel Becker

    Daniel Becker Second Unit

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2002
    Messages:
    383
    Likes Received:
    0
    For some reason IGN and Gamestop seem to have forgotten that Colin Mcrae 3 was released for the Xbox last week! I don't get it. They just haven't reviewed it yet and it's kind of annoying waiting for it.



    Dan.Becker
     
  2. Iain Lambert

    Iain Lambert Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 1999
    Messages:
    1,345
    Likes Received:
    0
    Its been out in Europe for an age; I'd do some digging on the UK sites if you want lots of reviews.

    Mainly, though, they consist of the facts that

    1) It looks really nice, but not really any better than Rallisport

    2) Handling is very "marmite". Some think its great, others (like me) prefer WRC2.

    3) The focus on the Focus and McCrae is somewhat limiting; much of the car tuning and repair aspects from CMR2 are missing now, and you're very limited in the cars available.
     
  3. Daniel Becker

    Daniel Becker Second Unit

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2002
    Messages:
    383
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks for the reply but I know it's been out in Europe for months now. If you go to Gamerankings.com you can find reviews for any game from around the world. Great site.


    However, i'm just wondering why IGN and Gamspot have ignored the game so far. Believe me, i'm so angry that we americans have to wait for both Mcrae 3 and WRC 2. I want them both now and i'm excited to see how they turned out.


    I've already heard the faults with Mcrae and they sound bad. In particular the fact that you can only play the Championship mode with the Ford Focus. That sucks! Plain and simple. WRC 2 seems to be an improvement on the first game which was already pretty good. So, if I had to choose right now i'd probably pick that game over Mcrae. Simply for the fact that you can race the Championship with any car and the options and features sound great. If they had just added the option for any car being allowed in the Championship mode i'd be more excited about Mcrae.


    Dan.Becker
     
  4. EdR

    EdR Second Unit

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2002
    Messages:
    432
    Likes Received:
    0
    If I had to choose between the two, I'd have to drive them both first. I won't pick a racing game based on options (or graphics) alone. Right now, IMO, CMR3 offers the very best driving experience of any game available for the current platforms in North America.

    Alas, there is no choice right now. And in any event, I would never pass on the experience of playing Colin McRae 3, it's just way too much fun and very challenging. Yes, it's limited, it's almost austere with the lack of options, but it's got the goods where it counts. IMO, it's well worth the $50.

    I'm really looking forward to WRC2, I have been since it was announced as I was a huge fan of the first one. I'm happy to hear they've improved the physics and added more tracks of greater length. I fully expect it to rock. If both were out here, I'd almost certainly own both.
     
  5. EdR

    EdR Second Unit

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2002
    Messages:
    432
    Likes Received:
    0
    I realize that I never bothered to respond to your original question.

    I think Iain is right to some extent that the fact that it's been out in Europe for a while makes it 'old news' in some weird way.

    In addition, rally games aren't very popular in the US, certainly not as popular as they are in Europe, and not as popular as other varieties of racing. I personally find this baffling as rally games provide more edge-of-your-seat exciement that any other kind of racing, IMO (except for the Sprintcars game, which has it's own variety).

    To be honest, rally racing was a maybe slight blip on my interest meter until I tried a rally game. I'm not exactly a huge rally fan now, but I do follow it (which is hard, living in the US). I get the WRC newsletter and try to keep up on what's going on. Rally games are 100% responsible for my interest in the sport. If I lived in Europe, I would probably go see a WRC event (I'd also go to the Tour De France).
     
  6. Dan B

    Dan B Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 1999
    Messages:
    1,389
    Likes Received:
    0
    To answer the question, the fact is that they are still working on the reviews because they did not get any advance copies of the game. They got them after they went on sale, so expect them any day now.

    An IGN editor also noted in a post at their message boards that they didn't get an advance copy of Apex either, then received a call from the game's publicist wondering why they hadn't reviewed it yet!
     
  7. Dave F

    Dave F Cinematographer

    Joined:
    May 15, 1999
    Messages:
    2,885
    Likes Received:
    2
    If I didn't already have Rallisport, I'd pick up CMR3 in a heartbeat. But I haven't even played Rallisport enough to warrant a new rally racer.

    I like that a lot of cars and tracks are immediately available. It's nice to be able to test a lot of cars in different environments without having to slog through a career mode first.

    -Dave
     
  8. Todd Terwilliger

    Todd Terwilliger Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2001
    Messages:
    1,745
    Likes Received:
    0
    There is a review up at IGN. I think it's Insider-only at the moment. Here are the closing comments:
     

Share This Page