Reviews for Midtown Madness 2 in Driving for PC-Personal Computer ( PC ) :
Going into this game I knew what to expect. I thought it was just gonna be a straight arcade driver. However, when I delved further into it I found a very in-depth game that was fun and easy to get into. Myself and friends have said we would play for minutes, that quickly turns into hours on end. Over 20 vehicles to choose from, the best of San Fran and London, the awesome Crash Course mode and it all wraps up into a pretty tight little package.
The gameplay reminds me of a 70's car chase scene, but with a sick twist to it all. Nothing ever goes wrong in the movies, they all go pretty straight for the most part. Midtown Madness challenges this by twisting you and turning you in any direction. Suddenly you find that this may not be a strict arcade game, this almost makes you feel as if you are driving some of these cars for real, in a sense. San Francisco as usual has all it's downhill segments, a spectacular downtown area, and my speed test track, the Golden Gate Bridge. The Panoz GT can reach well into the 200 mph range on this fantastic stretch of road. The cops make an appearance as, however, to be quite honest, the experience may well have been just as good with these road ragers.
Graphics are kind of a mixed bag here. You have fantastic building and environment textures. The player and main vehicle textures are a little above average. Yet it all kind of falls apart with other civilian vehicles. They are simply rectangles and squares with a flat color shading to them. Perhaps this was done to increase performance or other reasons unknown to me, yet, I felt it decreased the excitement down quite a bit. You can really never feel for wanting to destroy these lego cars. The graphics are quite well done everywhere else in the game. Windsurfers in San Francisco bay, sailboats, birds. Many other objects fill the environment, London has various drawbridges that can definitely raise the hair a little bit if you try real hard. Overall, graphics are nice, however, if the other cars were fully textured, this would be in the top-notch graphics ladder, like the NFS series.
Sound is pretty standard for a driving game. The engines all sound quite unique from one another. The tire screeches are adequate, yet certainly not the best. The crashes are quite well done, with some oooommppphhh, if you have a decent sound setup. Overall, they are certainly passable and you will not notice a degradation in gameplay because of the sound.