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Friday, June 3, 2005  

Virtual Rallying. Virtual Fun.
7:30 AM EST | Brad Custer

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The core of Colin McRae Rally 2005 from Feral Interactive is going to be the new multi-discipline career challenge - in which you'll start out in the lower leagues of club rallying, learn your craft in over 20 different classes of rally events including Challenges, Cups, SuperCups, Shields and Championships. With 300 stages of competition, and a huge variety of car classes including 2-Wheel Drive, super 2WD, 4-Wheel-Drive, 4WD Classics and more, it'll be the most complete rally experience ever offered. As well as the Career challenge, you'll be able to jump staight into a 4WD championship, take on a single rally or individual stage, and then take on the world in online rallies with up to 8 players.

The all-new stages feature interactive scenery, so if you push too hard and hit a tree (or when, to be more accurate), you'll see it shudder from the impact and drop leaves from the branches. Collisions will also result in a dazed effect, where your vision will be blurred for a very short period from impact. On the subject of vision, bonnet cam is back for all those who like to gaze down on a pristine engine cover (if things are going well), or the painstakingly detailed under-bonnet engine models (if they aren't).

The acclaimed Colin McRae Rally damage engine has been updated so even light touches can scratch the paintwork - and as usual, panels and components can be deformed and removed in a realistic manner, showing the mechanical components of the car in extreme detail.

Can racing get more realistic?

Since the announcement that Colin McRae Rally 2005 would be brought to the Mac by Feral Interactive, my email has had a similar theme. I'm always more than happy to honor requests and help clear out my inbox. So, this week I ventured into the realm of racing - rally style. I created this selection with the help of Codemasters and the internet. I simply entitled it "Impreza" and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)

Everyone be sure to keep those requests coming in!

Until then...

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