Conclusion: The sizeable career mode and decent selection of multiplayer options (including Xbox Live support) mean 2005 will have more staying power than any McRae before it. The improved speed of the game and more beautifully designed stages (many have narrower, truly demanding technical sections) means far from being the “Colin McRae 3.2” that a lot of people were expecting, the game really flies.
Pros: Feels right., Looks good., 34 cars and a huge career mode., Xbox Live multiplayer and scoreboards., Amazing, scratch-covered damage modelling and dirt effects.
Cons: The game engine is beginning to look its age in places., Fussy “resets”., -, Silly “dazed” effect., Avoid the poo-like water at all costs.
Conclusion: The changes to Career mode will make it worth a purchase, even if you bought last year's edition. However, more needs to be done in next year's edition to keep the series not only one of the best in the genre, but also worth purchasing for long-term fans.