Midtown Madness
Written by Shigamoto   
Saturday, 25 June 2005
Midtown Madness was among the first racing games set in a city that moved all by itself. Uziana.com burns some rubber in downtown Chicago to see if the game still has what it takes.

Microsoft’s Midtown Madness series has surely generated some cash for the company. It all began with Midtown Madness a game where you race on busy city streets, or you can just take a cruise.

The vehicles in the game are everything from standard Cadillac Eldorados to really heavy trucks; my personal favourite is the Ford Mustang Fastback. A centrepiece in the game is the VW Beetle (the new one, not the one from the 60s that always caught fire), and you can imagine that VW probably paid some to get it there.

Midtown Madness is very much centred around racing and not exploring much on your own. Sure there is a cruise mode, but there isn’t much you can do than just drive around. There are several options when it comes to racing, but most of the time it’s about reaching a checkpoint in town before your opponents. Of course there are city traffic in the way. The traffic isn’t very bright, they don’t try to avoid you when you come (even in a police car with the sirens on) and they constantly crash in to you and each other.

But there are some fun parts in the game, no doubt about it. Being tailed by the police in whopping speeds is fun no matter how bad you make it it’s always fun. The police aren’t as bright as in other similar games, for example Driver where they actually try to surround you and all sorts of tactics. Here they just drive head on and hope for the best.

I really like the modelling of Chicago because they made the city much more interesting than Microsoft made San Francisco and London in Midtown Madness 2.At least there are some places to explore but they are limited though.

Graphically the game is no real surprise, but if you crank up every graphic level meter you can find it actually becomes pretty nice. I really like the sundown and also the weather patterns in the game. It’s rare that it snows in driving games, but it can in Midtown Madness.

Overall Midtown Madness is pretty fun, but has passed the due date compared to the Grand Theft Auto series. Microsoft were on the right track but instead of focusing on exploring they focused too heavily on the racing part of the game, and there are much better racing games out there.

Developer: Microsoft Games
Website for Game:N/A
Publisher: Microsoft Games
O/S: Win 95/98/ME/XP
Cost of Full Game: Microsoft Midtown Madness Official Site
Year of Release: 1999

Pentium 166 MHz, 32 MB RAM, 4 MB VRAM
Tested on:
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon Graphics Card

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