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Colin McRae Rally 2005

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Colin McRae Rally 2005
Colin McRae Rally 2005 cover
Windows Six by Nine
macOS (OS X) Robosoft Technologies
Czechia, Poland CD Projekt
Russia 1C Company
Re-release Sold Out Software
OS X Feral Interactive
Release dates
Windows September 24, 2004
macOS (OS X) October 26, 2007
Metacritic 83
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing, Simulation
Vehicles Automobile, Off-roading
Art styles Realistic
Series Colin McRae Rally
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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.
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Colin McRae Rally 2005 is a singleplayer and multiplayer racing game developed and published by Codemasters. It is the fifth installment in the Colin McRae Rally series.

The game was released in Europe on September 24, 2004, followed by the North American release on October 28, 2004. The MacOS version titled Colin McRae Rally Mac, ported by Robosoft Technologies, was released by Feral Interactive on October 26, 2007, and was written in universal binary format.

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
StarForce DRM[Note 1].
Re-releases from CD Projekt.
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 2]
macOS (OS X) (unavailable)
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on modern versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).
No longer available due to licensing reasons.[5][6]
Demo is available. SP version, MP version

Essential improvements


Patch v1.1 adds new features, and is available from Patches-Scrolls and ModDB. Digital releases and re-releases from CD Projekt are pre-patched to that version.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Codemasters\Colin McRae Rally 2005[Note 3]
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SG\[Note 4]
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


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. The in-game option is broken, as it does not filter scenery.[7]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
2x, 4x or 8x FSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.



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[8] can be restored with DSOAL.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Czech retail release only.
Hungarian retail re-release (LV) only.
Fan translation, download.
Polish retail release only.
Russian retail release only.
Fan translation, download.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Split-screen.
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy services have been shut down;[9] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types

Issues fixed

Compatibility problems

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

Enable advanced particle system

This should be available only when using an Intel Pentium 4 CPU with Hyper-Threading[10]
Launch the game with FORCEHT parameter[11]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
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

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
Sound (audio device)
Other 2X DVD-ROM
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
Supported Graphics Cards: ATI Radeon 8xxx, 9000, 9100, 9200, 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800, X800; Nvidia GeForce 3, 4, FX 5200, 5600, 5700, 5800, 5900, 5950, 6800 (not compatible with GeForce 4MX)


  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows 8.1, Windows 10, or Windows 11.[1][2] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  2. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[3] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[4]
  3. Applications writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to other locations based on various criterias, see the glossary page for more details.
  4. 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).