Colin McRae Rally 04 is a rally game which was released in September 2003 and is the fourth incarnation of the Colin McRae Rally series. It is also the first game in the series to drop the official WRC license. It was developed and published by Codemasters. Its previous game was Colin McRae Rally 3 and was followed by Colin McRae Rally 2005. Like all other Colin McRae games, it is a blend of simulation and arcade style handling.
There are six championships to complete in the game. There are 4 classes of cars: 4WD, 2WD, Group B and Bonus. The bonus class are cars that are not usually raced in rallies. These cars are only here for extra pleasure.
This fourth incarnation of the Colin McRae Rally series, unlike in the previous three games, has no official WRC team license. All of the cars' liveries are either fictitious or taken from championships other than the WRC. Nicky Grist is replaced by Derek Ringer as the co-driver voice in the game. There are six championships to complete in the game.
The game has rally tracks in 8 countries: USA, Spain, UK, Finland, Sweden, Greece, Japan and Australia. 52 stages in total (six stages each rally, only 4 championships have Super Special Stages: USA, Australia, UK and Sweden).