In Colin McRae Rally 3 players take on the role of McRae himself at the beginning of a three-year contract to win a series of championships for the Ford Rallye Sport team.
The heart of the game is its Championship mode, where the pressure is on in rallies over eight global locations. Between the adrenaline-rushing rally driving, the game is seamlessly blended with stage start, stage checkpoint, end stage and service area sequences. Each rally begins with the 2002 Ford Focus RS in the service area where the teams engineers perform the set-up requirements, adjusting the suspension, engine, chassis and other key parts to practically optimum settings. However, should you want to make an inspection of their work theres an opportunity to check the configuration and make manual adjustments. As always, unpredictable weather conditions can make all the difference when every second counts, and tarmac, gravel, dirt and rain-soaked terrain add yet more edge.
There are rally games and there are rally games and then theres Colin McRae Rally 3 on the PlayStation 2. Its difficult to know where to start the on the third instalment of this hugely successful franchise--the eye-wateringly sharp graphics might do, the easy-to-get-to-grips-with gameplay would be a winner, or the understated but superbly well-done commentary and sound would also do the job. In the end, its probably easier to start with just buy it. As youd expect from a top flight rally sim, everything about the vehicles on offer can be customised and tinkering under the bonnet between stages really produces a difference. If youre a really bad driver you can also see the difference, as tearing the bonnet, side panels or windows out mid stage reveals an astonishing lev.