Midtown Madness 2

Midtown Madness 2 is a 2000 open world racing PC game. It is the sequel to 1999's Midtown Madness, developed by Angel Studios and published by Microsoft.

Midtown Madness 2
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Developer(s)Angel Studios
Publisher(s)Microsoft
Producer(s)Jay Panek
Designer(s)Frédéric Markus
Programmer(s)Gabriel Valencia
David Etherton
Artist(s)Andrea Elam
Marshall Ross
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Release
Genre(s)Racing
Mode(s)Single-player, Multiplayer

GameplayEdit

 
A Freightliner Century participating in a race

The game features a range of vehicles that can be driven around London and San Francisco. There are Blitz, Checkpoint, Circuit, and Cruise modes, which are all derived from the original Midtown Madness game. Winning Blitz, Checkpoint and Circuit races allows the player to access unlockables, and the Cruise mode lets the player roam freely around the two open world recreations of London and San Francisco. A Crash Course can be completed in each of the cities. The Cab Driving School in London follows an extremist view of a London cab driver, where a player must complete objectives in a London cab. The Stunt Driver course in San Francisco allows the player to gain experience in stunt driving for a Hollywood movie, using the Ford Mustang Fastback.

Players can change the visual appearance of the game before starting a race, such as the weather and time of day. Additionally, the frequency of how many cops spawn around the city can be modified, along with the amount of traffic and pedestrians. In Cruise Mode, this can change where the player starts off. Every race or cruise begins with a commentator introducing the course. These commentators would also be heard at the end of a race saying something that depends on the player's position upon finishing. The commentators would be different for each race, and they are different for each of the two cities. The commentators can be turned off. One of the game's most entertaining aspects is its humor; for example, the new age retro hippie in San Francisco singing an out-of-tune variation of the John Lennon song "Give Peace a Chance". In most races and Cruise mode, people in cars and pedestrians can yell comments at players in different languages.

Support for multiplayer gaming via IP address, serial cable, and analogue modem is built-in. Additionally, the game's multiplayer menu includes a link to the MSN Gaming Zone, which offered Midtown Madness 2 lobbies until 19 June 2006. Similar online gaming sites still support multiplayer gaming and also through instant messenger clients. Multiplayer clients use Midtown Madness 2’s built-in DirectPlay support to launch and manage multiplayer sessions. The Cops and Robbers multiplayer mode returns from the previous game, along with new variants.[2]

ReceptionEdit

Midtown Madness 2 received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[3] Samuel Bass of NextGen said, "Arcade-style racing at its finest, Midtown Madness 2 deserves a spot in the collection of any true adrenaline junkie."[15]

The game won the award for "Racing Game of 2000" in Readers' Choice, but was a runner-up in Editors' Choice at IGN's Best of 2000 Awards.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Midtown Madness 2". Microsoft Japan. January 26, 2001. Archived from the original on April 28, 2001. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
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  5. ^ Goble, Gord (October 2, 2000). "Midtown Madness 2". Gamecenter. CNET. Archived from the original on October 17, 2000. Retrieved June 3, 2022.
  6. ^ Bauman, Steve (October 3, 2000). "Midtown Madness 2". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Strategy Plus, Inc. Archived from the original on May 18, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2022.
  7. ^ Green, Jeff (January 2001). "Get Thee to a Jiffy Lube! (Midtown Madness 2 Review)" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. No. 198. Ziff Davis. p. 144. Archived (PDF) from the original on January 5, 2022. Retrieved June 3, 2022.
  8. ^ Edge staff (December 2000). "Midtown Madness 2" (PDF). Edge. No. 91. Future Publishing. p. 113. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 8, 2021. Retrieved June 3, 2022.
  9. ^ Bramwell, Tom (October 5, 2000). "Midtown Madness 2". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Archived from the original on September 9, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2022.
  10. ^ Brogger, Kristian (December 2000). "Midtown Madness 2". Game Informer. No. 92. FuncoLand. p. 134.
  11. ^ Wight, Brian (September 29, 2000). "Midtown Madness 2 Review for PC on GamePro.com". GamePro. IDG Entertainment. Archived from the original on February 9, 2005. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  12. ^ Sanders, Shawn (September 2000). "Midtown Madness Review". GameRevolution. CraveOnline. Archived from the original on September 9, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2022.
  13. ^ Accardo, Sal (November 29, 2000). "Midtown Madness 2". GameSpy. GameSpy Industries. Archived from the original on January 12, 2005. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  14. ^ Lopez, Vincent (September 28, 2000). "Midtown Madness 2". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on September 9, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  15. ^ a b Bass, Samuel (January 2001). "Midtown Madness 2". NextGen. No. 73. Imagine Media. p. 113. Retrieved June 3, 2022.
  16. ^ "Midtown Madness 2". PC Gamer. Vol. 7, no. 12. Imagine Media. December 2000. p. 168.
  17. ^ IGN staff (January 26, 2001). "Best of 2000 Awards (PC: Racing Game of 2000)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on April 17, 2001. Retrieved June 3, 2022.

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