Midtown Madness - review
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Midtown Madness features:
Ready for white-knuckle racing through the hustle
and bustle of downtown Chicago? Feel like smashing a few parking meters as you burn rubber
on the staid pavements of upscale neighbourhoods? Midtown Madness is what you've been
Experience the madness of high-speed driving in a
big city--without inconveniences like traffic laws, insurance companies, severe personal
injury, or death:
- Drive anywhere on miles and miles of roads that
recreate the Windy City--right down to Grant Park and Wrigley Field. Take shortcuts down
dark alleys, through shopping malls, and across well-groomed city parks. The possible
combinations of routes are nearly limitless, realistically duplicating the strategic
challenge of urban navigation at high speeds.
- Watch out for pesky cops. Break any traffic law in
their sight, and they will chase you down and try to ram you right off the road. Can you
- Slam into a few mail boxes (watch the mail fly),
parking meters, trees, street signs, and trash cans as you rip down a sidewalk. All these
objects tumble realistically as you hit them.
- Rush hour traffic in your way? You could try another
time of day (or night), or use the sidewalk, but why not take a more direct approach with
the Freightliner Century semi: Watch cars roll and tumble out of your way with brutal
- Add entirely new cities and vehicles with planned
Try all ten vehicles, from assorted sports cars and
sedans to a bus and a semi truck. Each has speed, handling, durability, and mass that
closely matches the real versions of these vehicles--thanks to a powerful physics engine
that also handles complex collisions.
Part of the challenge is to choose the best vehicle
for a particular race, which might favour an off-road vehicle in snow, and a sports car in
good weather, or a massive vehicle in heavy traffic. Ever try jumping a raised draw-bridge
in a bus?
Try all of the Single Player and Multiplayer
scenarios to fit your mood. In each scenario, hundreds of possible routes, changing
weather, unpredictable traffic, and predatory cops give you nearly unlimited replay depth
with adrenaline-laced strategic challenges.
- In the Cruise, freely explore the
city at breakneck speeds.
- In Checkpoint Races, find a bunch of
checkpoints in any order, by any route, before your opponents beat you to it. In Single
Player Mode, AI opponents set different paces and go by different routes, adding to the
strategic challenge of outwitting them.
- In Blitz Races, reach the finish
line before time runs out. Watch out for unpredictable traffic, slippery roads in snow and
rain, and swarms of cops...
- In Circuit Races, race through paths
in the city, like an urban track with secret shortcuts.
- In Gold Rush Match (Multiplayer
only), customise your own game-play that revolves around grabbing gold and getting away
with it. Things quickly turn into a Demolition Derby when your opponents decide to steal
your gold by ramming you...