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Midtown Madness (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.4
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Nice city racing, but poorly executed Silmarillion (65) 1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars
Rampant fun, but little else Cyric (50) unrated
Fun game, but something is really missing... The rewards Kasey Chang (3654) unrated
At last... freedom to drive wherever you want. Steve Hall (322) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Mid town WHAT? jay marsden (5) 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars
A good but flawed driving experence Grant McLellan (545) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
"The Crazy Taxi of PC Gaming!" Unrealist (179) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A fun racing game. Blackhandjr (94) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A fun racing-style game Thomas Backman (18) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.7
Overall MobyScore (34 votes) 3.4


The Press Says

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100
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Midtown Madness easily transcends the boundaries of racing games. Its appeal is unlimited and gameplay totally addictive. Right now, you can’t play a better game!
100
Cincinnati Enquirer
The only problem with Midtown Madness is the inability you'll have to turn the game off. After just a few go arounds, you'll be thoroughly addicted. So say goodbye to sleep and hello to pure racing excitement.
95
Gamezilla
This is the most original PC racing game I’ve ever seen. With a fully-rendered three-dimensional city, the courses you can take are virtually limitless. The innovations, such as the non-linear aspect to the racing, add an interesting, challenging and constantly changing environment. I especially appreciated not having to tweak or upgrade the vehicle at all, and that the main focus is not on carnage. With its innovations and broad audience, this game should appeal to drivers of all ages, which is why I give it a score of 95.
90
PC Jeux
Précurseur d'une longue lignée de courses-poursuites en milieu urbain, Midtown Madness se révèle être une totale réussite. À vos volants...
90
PC Gamer
Maybe I'm just a complete simpleton who gets a kick out of watching cars collide - I don't know, nor do I care. All I know is that my Beetle is calling me for one more spin around the Windy City before bedtime.
90
Electric Games
If you're a racing fan that is craving something really different, then Midtown Madness is certainly worth your time. The 3D engine is fantastic, downtown Chicago is rendered extremely well. If you're familiar with the Loop, you'll be all the more amazed. The game is very reasonably priced - so you can't afford to miss this excellent title. Bottom Line: Downtown Chicago is very realistically recreated. The 3D engine is well up to the task; the surroundings, vehicles, and objects all look great. A single racing area can get a little boring after a while, and you do have to "unlock" cars to get to some of them. If you're looking for something different in your racing game - this is it.
90
PC Zone
Midtown Madness is anarchic fun, plain and simple, as well as being on the right side of challenging. The balance of vehicles is superb, and some ingenious design has gone into the courses. And if you're thinking that the game looks a bit like the forthcoming Driver, you'd be absolutely right, and the inclusion of a classic muscle car provides a further parallel.
90
Jeuxvideo.com
Sans être révolutionnaire, Midtown Madness bénéficie d'une réalisation impeccable. Les graphismes sont fins et très jolis, du moment qu'on a une machine puissante (Pentium 2 350 et carte 3D puissante fortement conseillés). La maniabilité est impeccable quand à elle, et on s'amuse comme un fou à foncer dans les rues de Midtown Madness. Vous allez voir, bientôt certaines associations "bien pensantes" reprocheront aux jeux vidéo d'encourager la conduite dangereuse :-)
90
FiringSquad
Car racing games just don't get much better than this, folks. If you enjoy car games at all, you absolutely can't go wrong by picking this game up. Heck, even if you don't like car games you'll probably enjoy Midtown Madness, our newest Editor's Choice game. Now check out the many other screenshots we took. Yeah we went nuts but it's awesome to just look at shots of this game.
87
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Had Microsoft de moeite genomen om meerdere steden op te nemen in dit spel en bovendien voor een grotere verscheidenheid aan opdrachten gezorgd, dan had Midtown Madness een absolute topper geworden. Nu moet Midtown Madness met iets minder genoegen nemen, wat niet wegneemt dat het nog steeds een echte aanrader is.
86
Game Over Online
At first glance I was very impressed with Midtown Madness, I even enjoyed it. However, it did get old. There are only so many times you can plow through Chicago even with seven of your closest friends. Midtown Madness is really a game for the non-hardcore gamers. Lots of folks will get a blast out of this game, but for those of you with more sophisticated tastes look elsewhere. My final thought, why Chicago?!
85
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Ну никак ММ не влезает в стандарты. Игра оставляет двоякое впечатление. С одной стороны, потрясающая графика и отсутствие всяких тормозов в системе; блестящий компьютерный интеллект и голодный разбуженный азарт. С другой — нелогичность происходящего. Вот только пристрастия у всех разные. Кому-то нужна кровь на лобовом стекле, а кто-то будет счастлив просто покататься по городу. И не вина Microsoft, что она не сделала очередную Карму. Выбор за вами.
85
Game Critics
The best part about Midtown Madness is that there is no set path or course you must take. Players are free to roam out and about the city and the developers have designed modes that take advantage of that. For example, "Cruise" mode allows players to freely explore the city and 'Blitz' mode requires players to race across check points (placed throughout the city) in any order they see fit. The second best thing about Midtown Madness is the sensation of racing through active traffic. The physics engine is well tuned; striking a good balance between realism and arcade fun. Few driving experiences will compare to the rush of jumping a draw bridge or driving against oncoming traffic (especially on highways)! Frequent car wrecks and pileups are also quite a sight to behold.
84
IGN
In the end, Midtown Madness is an entertaining racer that will keep you glued to your screen in a mad dash to the finish. The best thing about this game is the feeling that you're racing in a real city instead of just driving around on a flat circle. Midtown Madness comes highly recommended.
83
Power Unlimited
Met Midtown Madness heeft Microsoft een zeer uitdagende arcade-racer geproduceerd, die dankzij een aantal kleine minpunten net geen topper is geworden. Maar mede gezien de aantrekkelijke prijs, mag niemand daarover zeuren.
82
Power Play
Die Idee, Rennen innerhalb ganz normaler Verkehrslandschaften auszutragen, ist zwar nicht neu (man erinnere sich nur an Autobahn Raser oder Need for Speed). eine so glaubhafte und originalgetreue Szenerie gab's allerdings noch nie. Auch wenn sich Verkehrssituationen oftmals ähneln, man merkt wenigstens, daß neutrale Fahrer und Passanten zumindest einen Ansatz von Intelligenz und eigenem Willen besitzen. Neben der hohen Bewegungsfreiheit bringen zudem die vielen kleinen Details wie die diversen interaktiven Objekte, hübsche Wettereffekte und all die verschiedenen Geräusche Würze und Spaß ins Spiel. Witzig ist auch die recht illustre Auswahl an verschiedenen Fahrzeugen. Am „Super“ schrammt Midtown Madness trotzdem vorbei, zum einen besitzt die Grafik einige Schwächen, zum anderen ist nach eingehender Erkundung der Stadt und gebührendem Austesten der Spielmodi die Luft etwas zu schnell raus. Gameplay, Gegner-Intelligenz und auch Fahrphysik hätten noch etwas Feinschliff nötig.
82
GameStar (Germany)
Die aberwitzigen Verfolgungsjagden durch die vollgestopften Straßen Chicagos gehören zum Adrenalinförderndsten, was ich in letzter Zeit gespielt habe. Am besten gefallen mir die Checkpoint-Rennen, bei denen ich verzweifelt die schnellste Route suche, während ich gleichzeitig dem dichten Verkehr ausweiche und Konkurrenten anremple. Überall ist was los, es kracht und scheppert an allen Enden. Dabei wird die Großstadthatz nie langweilig, weil die "neutralen" Computerwagen bei jedem Neustart woanders auftauchen. Bei aller Euphorie: Microsoft hätte noch mehr draus machen können. So fehlt mir eine Tuning-Option ebenso wie Extras - warum darf ich der Polizei keine Reißnägel vor die Reifen schleudern? Und trotzdem ist Midtown Madness das bislang beste Spiel der Madness-Reihe. Wenn Sie einfach nur hemmungslos Gas geben wollen, führt an der spaßigen Downtown-Raserei kein Weg vorbei.
80
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
MIDTOWN MADNESS would have been well served by a between-race fix-it shop and a true “season” mode with cumulative points. Personal gripes also include a race selection interface that forces players to choose a vehicle before viewing a map of the upcoming course, and a vehicle selection menu that doesn’t allow on-screen comparisons. Untapped potential and questionable design elements aside, however, this is one hellaciously entertaining free-form racing experience.
80
Gamesmania
Pro: Anarchistisches Großstadtrennen par excellence.
Contra: Mägelliste nicht gerade kurz: Fahrverhalten, Hardwareanforderungen, Spielumfang, Ladezeit der Strecken.
Fazit: Ein gutes Spiel, aus dem man noch mehr hätte machen können - und das trotzdem ein heißer Tip, da konkurrenzlos ist.
80
Spel för Alla
Grafiken och ljudet är mycket bra, men bilarna ser väldigt leksaksaktiga ut. Ett plus är att bilarna skadas om de misshandlas för mycket. Dessutom är nästan allt i din omgivning krossbart. Men det är taktikdelen som gör Midtown Madness till det roliga bilspelet som det är. Är du en osofistikerad krossare väljer du pickupen som är hård som granit, är du mer en Alain Prost-typ tar du en snabbare, men mer ömtålig bil. Du måste välja de rätta vägarna om du ska vinna. Men den enkla vägen är inte alltid den rätta. Och erkänn, visst har du alltid velat ta en genväg genom ett skyltfönster.
80
PC Player (Germany)
Die Angel Studios haben die dabei anfallenden Probleme (der Computer hat Schwerstarbeit vor sich, da er neben den Rennteilnehmern eine komplette Stadt simulieren muß) überzeugend bewältigt. Es soll bloß keiner kommen und über die Grafik nölen; unter diesen Voraussetzungen ist sie wirklich schön genug. In Multiplayerschlachten wurde völlig auf Großstadtverkehr verzichtet, dort geht viel Flair verloren. Der deshalb zu bevorzugende Einzelspielermodus bietet 32 Rennen, die relativ schnell absolviert sind - einige sind auch sehr kurz. Doch was soll's, so mancher wird sich sicher in eine einzige Strecke verbeißen und immer wieder versuchen, seine Bestzeit für jeden einzelnen Wagen zu verbessern. Die sind sowieso ein großer Pluspunkt - selten hat ein Rennspiel so unterschiedliche Fahrzeuge unter einem Dach vereint.
80
CyberJoy
Niestety wygląd naszych "bolidów" nie został dopracowany do perfekcji. Możemy, co prawda rozpoznać markę samochodu, ale Midtown Madness to nie to samo co Need for Speed. Z resztą sam styl gry jest zupełnie odmienny i nie należy się spodziwać taki wrażeń. Strona dźwiękowa gry stoi na przeciętnym poziomie. Przeciętne mruczenie silników, odgłosy uciekających spod kuł ludzi - słowem "normalka". Muzyka także nie zachwyci i nawet jeżeli ją wyłączymy, stracimy niewiele.
78
Gaming Entertainment Monthly
Midtown Madness probably won't go down in history like Pole Position, Cruisin' USA or Daytona, but all in all, this is a good game; the city in which it's set is large enough to be interesting, the crashes are satisfying, the racing is exciting. Just don't integrate it into Windows2000, ok Microsoft?
77
GameSpot
The city lives and breathes rather like the real thing, with variable traffic and weather conditions, pedestrians, traffic lights, cops, and freeways. And you get to drive wherever you want within the windy city, and however you want. Although its driving mechanics aren't terribly sophisticated, it can be a lot of fun because it affords you that very freedom that all driving games should but rarely deliver.
70
Computer Games Magazine
Internet play is a saving grace for this game—a multiplayer-only "cops and robbers" race variant makes up for a lot of shortcomings in the single-player races. Players choose teams (cops or robbers) or go it alone in a race to recover a bar of gold and carry it back to their headquarters. It has all the excitement and chaos of a downtown car chase, with less of the frustrating randomness of the single-player race modes. It is a pity that this variant is not present in the single-player games—it might have brought this title closer to the greatness it deserves.
60
Player One
Visuellement, ça en jette un maximum. Côté intérêt, on est loin de Driver, vu qu'il n'y a pas de scénario.
60
PC Gaming World
Overall, Midtown Madness is an interesting variation and arguably a unique racing style on the PC. If you fancy racing cars with a difference, it's well worth a look.