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Let this game manage your road rage. Midtown Madness 2, sequel to one of the biggest sellers of 1999, is an over-the-top street racer where the focus is more on fun than it is on racing etiquette. This version builds on the gameplay of the first, and adds San Francisco and London--complete with accurate street maps and landmarks--to the itinerary. Also added to the vehicle roster are nine new urban machines, such as the Freightliner fire truck and a traditional English taxicab. The game is designed for you to explore your shortcuts, so go ahead and take that brand new Mustang down Lombard Street or cut across Hyde Park. You can bring your driving abilities up to speed in the game's crash-course mode, where you can unlock cool new cars and races by completing some skill-building exercises.
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Microsoft Midtown Madness 2 is an excellent racing game. I consists of detailed scenery and a wide variety of cars. There are specific landmarks in both London and San Francisco. I definately reccomend buying this software.
Midtown Madness 2 has specific landmarks form both London and San Francisco. You can drive through the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco or around Trafalger Square in London.
It is interesting to hear the Midtown Madness 2 commentary. Some of the commentary voices are against urban racing. They feel like it disturbes the city. Other voices, though, are enthusiastic with urban racing.
The physics in Midtown Madness 2 are not realistic. You can drive up to the top of one of San Francisco's tall buildings, and then drive off. You will only have light damage. You can flip other cars upside down and not hurt them at all. But it is fun, you can do things you could never do in the real-world!
In Midtown Madness 2, there are a wide variety of cars you can drive. It ranges from a London Double Decker Bus to a Panoz GTR-1! There are three Volkswagon New Beetles, two Mini Coopers, a fire truck, and a city bus, and a Cadalac Eldorado along with a lot of other cars. There are creative paint jobs, such as a Bathtup Floural London Cab, which is yellow with flowers and a smile!
Midtown Madness 2 works on almost any computer above the standard Windows 95. A 3d accelerater card will improve its performance, but a non-accelerater card works great too. The software also works good if your computer is right on the minimum requirements.
Midtown Madness is not very fast paced, but its creativity makes up for it and does what many racing games do not do.
This second installment of the series (O how I eagerly await the third one) takes the gamer to two lovely cities, San Francisco and London. I had just returned for a trip to London when I played this game last year, and was more than thrilled to be cruising and racing down the same streets I had set my foot on not so long before. While not 100% accurate, the representations of the cities are remarkable and very fun to explore.
The driving, as has been pointed out many times by others, is rather arcade-like, which means two things: 1) it's easier than driving in the real world, and 2) it's more exciting than serious racing sims. You can ram the other cars on the road as well as scare pedestrians (but not, as in Armageddon, kill them). The cars, modeled after real-life roadsters, come in all shapes and powers, but are responsive and drivable even on a keyboard. (I use driving wheels, which is a bit of an overkill for an arcade game like this, but does make you feel more in control.)
In summary, Midtown Madness 2 is by far the most playable racing game I've ever played. It beats out Armageddon, Grand Theft Auto, Need for Speed, not so much in graphics but in the limitless ways you can have fun.
It is fun to us, because you can do proper races, or just scream around San Fransisco or London causing havoc. ;-)