Colin McRae: Dirt

Sometimes you can't see the wood for the trees. It might sound like the kind of thought that went through co-driver Nicky Grist's mind as Colin put their Legacy arse-first into an oak, but actually that is how Codemasters felt after six years of slaving to create the more-dour-than-salted-porridge series.

So they took a two year break from the franchise, spending the time looking beyond merely recreating another stultifying but accurate simulation. Instead they've gone further than mere rallying and into dirt tracks, hill climbs, multi-car circuits, Baja buggies and Sega Rally-esque handling. In short they've take a leaf out of superb TOCA's book and finally prevented the series driving into the same ever-narrowing niche.