The Colin McRae Game on Steam Is Probably Not the One You Want

Buyer beware.

Codemasters’ Colin McRae Rally launched on Steam earlier this week for $6.99, but it’s probably not the game you’re hoping for.

Though the game’s description on Steam says it’s based on content from the 90 percent Metacritic rated Colin McRae Rally 2.0 originally released on the first PlayStation, it’s actually a port of the mobile version of the game released in 2013 (which has a Metacritic score of 69 percent).

The game’s trailer also says that it’s been “remastered for HD,” and that it includes “original cars and locations.” Add to that the fact that it only mentions the mobile version once in the "About the Game" section, and one could easily come to the wrong conclusion that he or she is buying an HD remake of the classic PlayStation game.

Besides offering a fewer number of cars to drive, the game’s controls and interface were clearly originally designed for smartphones, and so it doesn’t play like the game you remember.

The Colin McRae racing game series is still around today in the form of the DiRT series, which are quite good, and are also available to purchase on Steam.

Codemasters also recently released Grid Autosport for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. For more on that game, check out GameSpot’s review.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.

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113 comments
izvarzone
izvarzone

I was facepalming hard when this released in Stream and portrayed as "new" game. They didn't even bother make trees look like it's not 1998

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

The wonders of the digital age.  Where stores no longer have limited shelf space, so they can fill their store with every piece of shit and then tell us no refunds.

ecurl143
ecurl143

Whatever happened to Codemasters?

They were a big player back in the day but they seem to have completely dropped off the radar over the last 4-5 years or so.

If this latest 'game' is indeed from them, then Codies has fallen on very hard times it seems.

Very sneaky indeed - label that stuff clearly next time guys, otherwise any reputation you might have left will disappear rapidly.

bigruss51
bigruss51

Wish I had this warning day 1. I want to sue codemasters a$$ but I love there games.

Caldrin
Caldrin

I dont think there has been a good colin mcrae game since 2.. not sure what code masters did after that but in all their racing games the feeling of the cars is just wrong :(

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

This is a little sneaky.  If something is just a port from a mobile, it should be clearly marked.  Everyone knows it means poor quality and no one likes it.

gp3tron
gp3tron

I was kind of hoping this was some sort of test to see if the franchise was worth reviving, but if this is what is going to come out, I better not hope for some sort of HDing/Remasterizing/Up to Date Version of Colin Mc Rae Rally 4 and/or 2005

gp3tron
gp3tron

About the Dirt Series on Steam, That is Not Entirely true. Only Dirt 3 and Dirt Showdown are available on Steam

seriousgaming
seriousgaming

That's it! I'm cancelling my Steam subscription and throwing my PC in the trash!

404FredNotFound
404FredNotFound

I'm not use to this kind of sneaky stuff from Codemasters, but well wouldn't buy it either way, I prefer to keep the nostalgic feeling in my mind, this is one of those games that was part of your childhood but you know its not gonna be the same thing if you play it now, so its better to keep those old memories.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

Every day I see more and more junk on Steam. Origin doesnt look as bad as it used to...thanks a lot steam xD

johnlewis107
johnlewis107

Saying 'based on content from...' is a clear sign the game can't stand on it own merits. :)


Also, what kind of driving game only has 4 cars?!

PhoenixRush
PhoenixRush

Oh gaming industry, getting more and more crooked by the day...

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I have a game under the Colin McRae name for my Ngage. It's actually quite good too.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Steam really needs to start cracking down on the falsehoods that are showing up on the marketplace.

There have been way too many examples of indies and publishers misleading or outright lying about their products to sell them better. Steam is better than this, we shouldn't have to adopt an air of cautiousness when buying something from the platform.

Setho10
Setho10

I wonder if it has the same description on the European page. I know in the US our government could care less if advertisers straight up lie to consumers, but I thought in the EU they had some pretty strict rules on false marketing. I feel like Codemasters could probably get into some major trouble there for this.

Zorlac
Zorlac

This wouldn't be a problem if they were straightforward that it was a mobile port. Like the article says though it's completely deceptive to the point of making you think it's a remake of the older games. Really Disappointed about this.

mrdinghat
mrdinghat

Deceptive marketing to be honest. Dirt 3 is great though, worth checking out. Runs really well too.

BigBadBanther
BigBadBanther

I could have done with this sort of heads up about Battlefield 4 Gamespot but i think you rated it 9 :(

vonblade
vonblade

If Gamespot want to warn everyone of bad business practises, why aren't there anti-EA banners on every page?

CapnXtraObvious
CapnXtraObvious

@ecurl143 Dropped off the radar? Their games are better than ever. Not to mention the budget.

OrgeLambart
OrgeLambart

@Damnation_6 I hate when I go into a super market and I see them selling Sardines, I can't stand sardines, they make me sick, so if I see a supermarket selling sardines I stop shopping there....  

Travis281
Travis281

@Damnation_6 That's like deciding not to shop at Target because they sell Barbie Dreamhouse for the 3DS. Steam is a store. They sell things. Some you will like, some you wont. You don't just walk into a game shop and pick a game at random, do you? Don't be an idiot.

OrgeLambart
OrgeLambart

@Dragon_Nexus you have so many options these days to explore if a game is worth the purchase, youtube playthrough's, youtube reviewes, trailers, gameplay footage, I never rush to buy a game unless I'm fairly sure I'll like it, although I have loads of stinkers on steam, it was usually something I spent a buck on or got from a bundle or trading a few steam cards for.


Just reading the game's page and going from that information isn't the right way to do it, if someone does they only have their selves to blame for getting taken advantage of. 


Steam has an obligation to make sure the page has truthful information, which this page did, albeit somewhat misleading.  In other cases when they've found outright lies they've taken the game down, such as the case of Infestation Stories better known as War Z.

OrgeLambart
OrgeLambart

@Setho10 it's not a lie, the description is kind of misleading but not an outright lie.  A difference exist between being misleading and outright lying, this game doesn't outright lie.  

catsimboy
catsimboy

@Zorlac  But of course when the users try to tag the game as a "mobile port" Steam says you can't use that tag. Steam is becoming a cesspool of garbage just like the Android and iPhone marketplaces.

travis1987
travis1987

@vonblade Because EA doesn't advertise games that are not actually the game. What you see is what you get pretty much. Are you part of the EA and Microsoft are the devil! cult?.

woodyfr
woodyfr

@CapnXtraObvious LOL. Thanks for all the bugs and non sense in their F1 games. Grid and Dirt showdown are just the same game every time they're released (if they are not lazy enough to add a cockpit view).

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

@Travis281 @Damnation_6 Steam selling crap isn't directly the issue. The issue is that it doesn't properly curate it, nor does it make any attempt at doing so.

The problem could easily have been avoided if the game's description included a note in bold saying *This is a port based on a pre-existing phone game* so that people would know to be careful when buying.

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

@OrgeLambart @Dragon_Nexus You're really not making much sense.  I don't know how something can be truthful yet be somewhat misleading, and I think it's a pretty serious problem if someone has to risk getting taken advantage of shopping at Steam.


In any event, I stopped using Steam shortly after they gave up on curating their games, and I don't know about you, but if I went to a store that sold me something labelled as sardines but which was actually dog food, and the store told me no refunds, you don't like it, too bad, I think I'd have a pretty good reason to stop shopping there.

Zorlac
Zorlac

@catsimboy @Zorlac Because mobile port in it's self isn't descriptive of the game, or it's quality. I understand your point, but this is a different case here. This is a straight up case of deception by codemasters, and that's shameful from a big company like them.

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

@travis1987 @vonblade aahah vonblade, you are very naive. So you are part of the EA and Microsoft are the good cult?

dont make me laught. if it was for them, they would charge you the air you are breathing right now kid.

CapnXtraObvious
CapnXtraObvious

@woodyfr @CapnXtraObvious Perhaps you should actually play the games before you open your mouth. 2014's GRID Autosport was a major comeback. GRID 2 was completely different from its predecessor. And Dirt Showdown is a single game. Not a series. Dirt is a series. So your "same game every time" claim doesn't make sense.

OrgeLambart
OrgeLambart

@DanielL5583 @Travis281 @Damnation_6 yes, because the end user shouldn't be responsible for their own purchases now.  You should investigate before you purchase.  Sure it may be a bit misleading but all the information is there to make an informed decision when you purchase. 

OrgeLambart
OrgeLambart

@alexLmx6 @OrgeLambart @Dragon_Nexus They don't specifically spell out the game was a remade version of the PS1 version, they never specify that, and also they posted it was a port from the mobile version, sure they didn't put it in huge flashing lights but it was there.   As I pointed out it would be up to the end user to do research before buying the game.


Also if a company that sells dog food but names their company Sardines.  Then puts in tiny letters the can contains dog food, it would still be on the buyer to understand Dog Food is in the can and not sardines.


Steam does offer refunds, although you need to have a legit beef, they just don't advertise their refunds because everyone and their mother would clog up their support service demanding refunds because they were too lazy to spend 3 minutes watching a gameplay video on youtube.

woodyfr
woodyfr

@CapnXtraObvious Thanks but I don't want to loose my time playing shitty games. I love GRID Autosport (save files corrupt, still not yet patched). I don't hate Codemasters, but I think they only want our money but don't deserve it anymore. They became lazy 2/3 years ago and don't release good games anymore. I'm not alone to think that, I've seen many hate messages on their forums and not as nice than mine. They don't care about their customers anymore and that's enough for me.

woodyfr
woodyfr

@ecurl143 Dirt 3, F1 2010, that's all...

If you want a decent racing game you should wait for Project Cars and maybe The Crew.