Reply 4840 of 5315, by Sombrero
Won the championship in Colin McRae Rally.
I've had a bit of an itch for a racing game for some time now, for some reason I haven't played one in a very long time even though I've always liked them and figured Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit would be a fine pick. But when I went to get it I noticed Colin McRae Rally there and realized I've never really played it, only gave it a very quick spin over two decades ago on a school computer that also had StarCraft and more importantly Quake. The computers were networked and deathmatch with buddies won over racing. Didn't take long until the teachers got enough of that and purged the computers.
I have played a lot of Colin McRae Rally 2.0 which is one of my favorite racing games ever, so quite honestly I expected the first game to be fun but completely obsoleted by the sequel, but to my surprise the first game turned out to be great! Sure the sequel is better but this is also very fun, I really didn't expect driving to be this enjoyable in a rally game from 1998. There were a few WTF moments when the physics did something... less realistic but for the most part I was impressed.
It wasn't all peatches and sunshine though, I don't know are the stages 100% accurate recreations of the real stages but at times I felt like the track makers were sometimes uncertain how to proceed, asked someone for advice, got told "when in doubt hide tight curves behind crests, walls and trees" and then proceeded to be REALLY doubtful. Add in the co-drivers tendency to be hopelessly late all too often and you get one butt clenching game. Honestly during the last three events I started to feel like it wasn't about rally at all, instead I was in some deadly game cooked up by some James Bond villain in order to get me killed. Who also secretly held the co-drivers family as hostage threatening to kill them if he doesn't cause a fatal accident 🤣
Also the graphics aren't amazing, doesn't help when fences and lines blend into the pixel soup. Max fps was also limited to 30 which wasn't great but that turned out to be controlled by a setting called "motion smoothing". Turning it off removed the limit but PCGamingWiki warns turning it off will cause camera wobble, don't know whats that about, the camera behaved perfectly normal on my system.
Oh well, nothing is perfect. I've still found myself a game I might keep permanently installed on my Win98 system so I can go for a quick race whenever I feel like instead of the play once and forget game I was expecting.