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Midtown Madness

Racing, Simulator

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Angel Studios, Microsoft

May 1, 1999

PC (Microsoft Windows)



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High Difficulty: The steep difficulty curve in Midtown Madness can be daunting for new players.

Bugs and Glitches: Some players have reported bugs that can disrupt the Midtown Madness experience.

Requires Patience: The game’s pacing might be slow for those who prefer fast-paced Racing games.

Why To Avoid

High Replay Value: Midtown Madness offers numerous reasons to replay, thanks to its Racing elements.

Innovative Mechanics: Midtown Madness introduces new and innovative mechanics in the Racing genre.

Compelling Storyline: The narrative in Midtown Madness is deeply engaging, making it a must-play for Racing fans.

Why To Play

Midtown Madness (also known as Midtown Madness: Chicago Edition) is a racing game developed for Windows by Angel Studios (now Rockstar San Diego) and published by Microsoft. The demo version was released via download on May 1, 1999 and the completed game was released toward the end of May 1999.[1] Two sequels followed, with Midtown Madness 2 released in September 2000 and Midtown Madness 3 released in June 2003 for the Xbox. The game is set in Chicago and its objective is to win street races and obtain new cars.

Unlike racing games that restrict the player to a race track, Midtown Madness provides an open world recreation of Chicago. This setting was said to provide "an unprecedented degree of freedom to drive around in a virtual city".[2] Players can explore the city via one of several modes, and can determine the weather and traffic conditions for each race. The game supports multiplayer races over a local area network or the Internet. The game received generally positive reviews from gaming websites.[3]



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