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Stupid Rally!

A morning of screenshots for point-and-click and racing fans

Stupid Invaders won the "Best of" award for the adventure category at E3, and it won our hearts at ECTS with its comical approach to point-and-clickery and its unusual sense of humour. The content will appeal to adults of all ages in the same sort of way as Ren & Stimpy, a duo who coincidentally share a voice director with the game. Available soon on Dreamcast and PC, we have some exclusive screenshots of the PC version in action. Also due to be available before the end of this year is Codemasters' Colin McRae Rally 2. Following on from last week's shots we have a further selection of exclusives taken from a preview version of the game at about 80% completion. Although CMR2 faces stronger competition that its predecessor, it looks pretty special and should do nicely in the run up to Christmas. Both sets of shots were taken on an GeForce 2 GTS with full-scene anti-aliasing disabled to present a good overall approximation of how the game will look on average gaming systems this Christmas.