Midtown Madness - Page 3
Cool... What About Gameplay?
With 10 different cars to choose from, you have to get used to the
vehicle(s) of your choice. In addition, with an adjustable physics
realism setting, you have to choose the setting that you’re most
comfortable with for the vehicle of your choice. It takes a lot of
practice to be accustomed to the handling of the vehicles as they
are quite prone to skidding at higher speeds. Skidding is a factor
that you have to pay special attention to when driving.
However, I am not terribly excited about the
races that are available. It is basically getting to know the
tracks with their shortcuts well enough for you to beat your
computer- controlled rivals. It is akin to those old arcade games
where you have to keep playing the same stage in order to win
because incessant drilling in the stage makes you better. This is
where the main frustration of the game lies. You have to keep
playing the same track until you’re good enough to win. The
tracks get progressively difficult and if you cannot seem to win
the current track, the rest are probably out of your league also.
It becomes such drudgery that you just feel like giving up the
races after you’ve won enough to get you the extra vehicles and
A Duel with
In Amateur mode, it already takes some measure of patience
to unlock the vehicles and tracks. This is supposed to be easy
because you just needed to get into the top 3 positions in 5
tracks for the Checkpoint and Circuit races each. The Blitz races
are not a breeze either. All 3 types of races involves a great
deal of teeth gritting repetitive driving. In the Professional
mode, you have to get tops in the same races with harder to beat
computer rivals, more traffic and less time for Blitz races in
order to unlock the same vehicles. The unlocking of the Panoz
GTR-1 requires you to accumulate at least 8000 points from the 3
categories of races.
Mean The Game Is A Strain On The Brain?
Yes. Trust me, the races are not easy, especially in
Professional mode. The skids during tight turns are also difficult
to control. It has a much steeper learning curve than the popular
Need For Speed 3. After painstakingly unlocking the Panoz GTR-1, I
feel that it is not that swell a car to drive either.
Missed my Doughnut Shop!