Codemasters have officially revealed details of Colin McRae Rally this morning at the E3 expo in Los Angeles.


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Gameplay will revolve around a career based theme, which sees McRae given a three-year contract with the Ford Rallye Sport team, with the aim of winning as many of them as possible.

If you opt not to take the championship route, and just want to drive rally cars, then you can also pick from Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 7, Subaru Impreza WRX 44S, Citroen Xsara Kit Car, Ford Puma Rally, Citroen Saxo Kit Car, Fiat Punto Super 1600, MG ZR and the Ford RS200 and Lancia 037 - all super detailed and fully modelled on the real cars and their unique physics, meaning each car will handle differently.


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International rallies take place in Japan, Spain, USA, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Australia and the UK, across varied surfaces from tarmac and snow to gravel and slippery rain drenched roads.

Codemasters have worked hard on the weather effects, ensuring that the real really feels like rain - an absoloute downpour, enough to make you think that it's really raining, and the rain has been recreated to the very finest detail, from exploding raindrops, to a streaking windscreen as the wiper blades push the water out of your view.


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Each and every stage will have your co-driver shotung out the pace notes, which are being made by McRae's co-driver Nicky Grist, and will follow the exact style that he uses for the real rally stages.

It would seem that this immense level of detail is what will make Colin McRae Rally 3 something very special, with the added atmosphere of being part of the team through a full contract should mean that there's a real feeling of being McRae instead of just driving numerous cars over several stages.


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Colin McRae Rally 3 is due for release in September 27th on PlayStation 2 and Xbox, and on the PC in 2003.

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