Colin McRae Rally 2005

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Colin McRae Rally 2005
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macOS (OS X) Robosoft Technologies
OS X Feral Interactive
Release dates
Windows September 27, 2004
macOS (OS X) October 26, 2007
Metacritic 83
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GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.
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Key points

Released on OS X as Colin McRae Rally Mac.
OS X release is a universal binary.

General information

Colin McRae Rally and DiRT Wiki Community Discussions Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
StarForce DRM[Note 1]. Some Polish copies have no DRM.
DRM details are not known
macOS (OS X) (unavailable)
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on some versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).
No longer available due to licensing reasons.[3][4]
Demo is available. SP version, MP version

Essential improvements[edit]


v1.1 Patch adds new features. A other location (with also the changelog).

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SG\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use the WIDESCREENDISPLAY command line argument
4K Ultra HD
Use the WIDESCREENDISPLAY command line argument
Field of view (FOV)
Use DxWnd in DirectX9
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
2x, 4x or 8x FSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Co-driver, Music, Sound Effects
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 with Creative ALchemy.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 4[5] can be restored with DSOAL.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Local retail version only.
Local retail version only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Split-screen.
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy services have been shut down;[6] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Compatibility problems[edit]

Running the game in Windows XP (Service Pack 3) compatibility mode may help if it will not run normally.
Compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Go to the game shortcut properties.
  2. On the Compatibility tab, set compatibility mode to Windows XP (Service Pack 3).
  3. Click OK and try running the game again.

Other information[edit]

Enable advanced particle system[edit]

This should be available only when using an Intel Pentium 4 CPU with Hyper-Threading[7]
Launch the game with FORCEHT parameter[8]

Other information[edit]


ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 1.0 GHz
Intel Pentium III
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 8xxx
Nvidia GeForce 3
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.4
Processor (CPU) PowerPC G5
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM


  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.[1][2] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).