Midtown Madness - Page 4
Other Bummers In The Game?
Well, I would have liked something else other than
just time based races and checkpoint races coupled with the dull
motif of unlocking vehicles. The lack of a campaign or career mode
greatly makes the game less compelling to keep playing after you
are bored of the races and cruises.
Respect My Authoritah!
Microsoft Games could have
exploited the fact that there was an entire city to play with.
You could have been a maniacal courier or one of Chicagoís best
tracking down bank robbing and grandmother-beating crooks or a traveling
salesman on steroids trying to outsell his fellow
vehicle-bound competitors or a crack-dealer trying to avoid the
cops, just to name a few.
With so much potential in the game, it
is quite a waste not to expand the scope of the game. This really
makes the game very much less compelling to keep playing. In
addition, vehicle graphics detail is only given to the vehicles
driven by you and the buses roaming the streets. The other cars
minding their business on the roads appear flat and generic. The
city structures, other than the prominent landmarks, are somewhat
repetitive and generic. Another apparent flaw is that weather
settings do not seem to affect road traction or vehicle handling
Mean The Game Is Lame?
Donít get me wrong. It
is an enjoyable game. It is evolutionary but not revolutionary
(Iím sure you must have heard that a great many times). But I
personally feel that many things can be done to make it a really
Have A Problem.
What About The Good Stuff You Said?
The attraction of the
game was in the Cruise mode and multiplayer games, not the races
with AI driven cars blazing down the roads with you.
myself spending most of the time freely driving down the streets
of Chicago admiring the scenery with the Beetle or the City Bus. I
even obeyed the traffic rules for the fun of it. I stalked other
cars to see where they went and immersed myself in the sounds of
engines growling as vehicles around me stopped before a red light.
Time For A
Little Downtown Shopping!
The city was virtually alive and breathing with swearing drivers,
different sounding horns from respective vehicles and pedestrians
minding their own business by the pavements. The screams of terror
from passengers inside a bus could also be heard after you
collided heavily into one.
Superwoman AND Superman!
If you looked closely at the roads, you
could even see the cloud shadows rolling slowly in a direction.
Many city nuances were apparent. I could practically feel the
heartbeat of the virtual city. And of course, for those of you
with a penchant for road rage, this is the answer to your perverse