• Jun 21st 2009 at 9:35AM
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Former WRC driver Colin McRae died just before the game bearing his brand, DiRT, was released. That game didn't get a chance to honor the 1995 WRC champion, but the game's sequel, DiRT 2, will make up for that. In addition to a host of off-road events that you can run in a variety of off-road vehicles, there will be a Colin McRae Memorial Cup that you can qualify for. Other drivers in the game will also be heard talking about McRae, and he is "the central figure in the narrative." As a step to pay tribute it is commendable, and it's good to see that Mr. McRae hasn't been forgotten.

[Source: Joystiq]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it's a great idea. Colin McRae basically gave rally any credibility or publicity it had here in the USA, at least.

      The real question though, is where can you get a fog light bar in real life like the one on that Evo?!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I will always remember Colin rolling his Subaru WRC car at the X games and still having the balls to get the car in gear and finish the race. You tube it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was there in the first row right where he rolled it. It was pure magic, what memories are made of, I will never forget it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, that was the sh*t. He woulda won if it wasn't for that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That sums up exactly why he had so many fans, for him it was win or crash (or both), hence his saying 'if in doubt, take it flat out'
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wasn't DiRT released before McCrae's death? I remember seeing he had died on the news and not wanting to play the game.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Colin McRae only won one WRC Championship drivers title. He did won three constructors titles though.
      Great man nevertheless.

      • 6 Years Ago
      FWIW, this American prefers Richard Burns Rally. I haven't been too impressed with the Colin McRae titles, and it is a shame frankly that they associate his good name with such a poorly executed franchise. RBR with outstanding RSRBR09 mod please for some semblance or reality.
        • 6 Years Ago
        yup, two British Islanders ( note i didn't use British, lest the scots be roused) shot down in their prime. Both iconic for their Scooby thrashing skills...
        McRae was the one that got me supporting Subaru... and Burns sustained it... and never were two drivers more involved in the development of a mass-produced car... ( first impreza by mcrae, and the GDB by Burns)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Colin McRae is the driver who was loved by anyone more than any other sportif, not only than anyother drivers but all sports. He knew hot to make show everywhere he has, in WRC, an Race of Champions or at Dakar, remember when he and Jeff Gordon had a fantastic fight
      • 6 Years Ago
      GT5 will come with a WRC mode (officially licensed? I think so)

      So DiRT2 will have a standard to live up to. I hope for a more realistic handling (first one was a bit 'slippery' arcade) and they have to get rid of the bloom effect (everything was way too shiny)
      • 6 Years Ago
      DiRT wasn't the first Colin McRae game. There was a series of Colin McRae Rally games that came before it (four, I think). What made it stand out for me was the damage modeling. You could bash your car up to the point where it wouldn't go into some gears, the steering wouldn't work to one side (or would pull to one side, or would respond erratically), the engine would only rev so far, the brakes wouldn't work, your suspension would fail, wheels would turn out of round, the list goes on. Very cool. You couldn't drive the car like an idiot. And you could activate a "ghost" that would show you McRae's time and you could race against him. Plus I could be mistaken but I believe he dubbed the co-pilot instructions.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Colin McRae Dirt was the sixth game in the series and it was one of the worst. Handling was crap, the damn blur was totally unrealistic and the game was way too "Americanized".

        Colin McRae series started to suffer from the third one.
        The first one was epic.
        The second one was quite an arcade one, but it was probably the most fun to play. The camera custom settings were the best ever and they never made the other Colin's with those type of things that the players were demanding all the time to return.

        The third Colin was quite hard to control but the graphics were very realistic, along with the damage. Championship mode was limited to the Ford Focus...

        The fourth was not bad but it started to look a little unrealistic. The cars looked like toys, the game started to look a little bit boring and to feature some american tendency. Handling was ok.

        The fifth (2005) was not a very good seller... it included the Starforce protection bullcrap that was making everyone mad... and the popularity was quite affected. Sales were low. But the game was actually really good. The cars were better made, they looked more real, and the handling was good (although the steering was quite heavy in default setting). The speed sensation was not high, specially in 2WD and WRC categories. But the really gold mine: the GroupB. It was fun to drive the Quattro at high speeds and still be able to control the car. (I have a few videos with fast times in my youtube channel).
        It's one of my favourites, along with Colin 2.

        Dirt, in my view, was a clear bet to change the overall tendency and to start selling the game in US. Along with the Race Driver series, they included more american typical races and more shiny graphics. The result was not good at all, in my opinion. They should actually loose the "Colin McRae" title... because it's not about WRC anymore. And this next Dirt2 is going to be the last nail in the coffin. Race Driver Drift followed the same disaster formula.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I remember playing the 2005 version on Xbox, brilliant! Really crisp graphics for the time, the car and damage modeling was ace.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What a man. I'm honored to even share a name with him.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think they should honor him by making a good realistic rally game like Collin McRae 2005, instead of this crap. Dirt was god awful.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "As a step to pay tribute it is commendable, and it's good to see that Mr. McRae hasn't been forgotten."

      How could Colin McRae be forgotten?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nicely done codemasters, very classy!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice way to tip your hat to Colin thanks DiRT!
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