Midtown Madness - Page 2
Rigs And Races Can I Choose From?
There are 10 vehicles to choose from, 5 of which are available to you at
the start and the rest to be “unlocked”. There are also 9
other tracks to “unlock”. In Amateur mode, you can
“unlock“ 4 of the vehicles and the 9 tracks. The last vehicle,
the Panoz GTR-1, can only be “unlocked” in the Professional
mode through the accumulation of points.
Admittedly it was
disappointing that there was such a limited range of vehicles to
choose from. I would have liked something zany like a tank, a
motorbike (maybe even a bicycle), or a dragster with afterburners.
I’m sure your imagination can think up of many others that you
would have liked to drive amok on the streets. In addition, there
are some vehicles in the list that you will probably seldom take
for a spin because they are just so similar. Examples are the
Cardillac Eldorado and the Ford Mustang GT.
Turn And Burn!
To unlock the rest of the vehicles, you have
to do some serious racing in three different areas: The Blitz
Race, the Checkpoint Race and the Circuit Race. The Blitz is just
that; You blaze your way through specific checkpoints in the
traffic-filled city within a time limit without totaling your
vehicle and you win the race.
the Pawn Shop isn't open today!!
The Checkpoint Race and Circuit Race
are both checkpoint specific race categories which pits you
against computer opponents. The Checkpoint Race offers more
freedom as it allows you to freely find the shortest path to your
checkpoints with no traffic. The Circuit Race is supposed to be
path specific with barricades molding the circuit, but you can
always cut-corners by bashing through the barriers. Traffic is
also present in the Circuit. And of course, there is also a Cruise
mode where you can get a feel of the roads and vehicles by driving
uninhibitedly through the city.
Hard to Port!
Kinda Options Do I Have?
There is a range of options available to customize your controls and tweak gameplay performance and the scenery on
the streets. Getting the best visuals is processor intensive and
moderate settings are advised if you’re running on a Pentium 200
processor or below. No doubt you don’t get the tastiest eye
candy, but at least it is smooth. Playability will be noticeably
degraded if you go for the best visuals without at least a Pentium
II-400. The minimum requirements stated on the box are a
Pentium-166 or a Pentium-200 with 32MB of memory but I would
seriously recommend at least a Pentium 200 with 64MB for minimum
During Cruise mode or a replay of any of the
tracks you have won in, you can set the weather, time of day and
the density of vehicles, pedestrians and cops (yes, there are
police in the game. Crime does pay). If you want to have a rush
hour traffic scenario, just slide the vehicle and pedestrian
density bar all the way to the max with an evening setting. It
looks surprisingly realistic. However, this is a serious hog on
the hardware due to the drastic increase in polygon counts and
even my Pentium II-333 (o/c to 416mhz) dropped enough frames for gameplay to
You can also
customize your controls,
including steering sensitivity and dead-zone. Force feedback is
also supported. You can even set the collision intensity and road
force intensity for your vehicle.