Midtown Madness 3 (Original Xbox) by Microsoft

Midtown Madness 3 (Xbox) by Microsoft Box Art

North Amercian Release Date: June 16, 2003.

Region(s) Released: North America, Europe, Japan

High Definition Resolutions Supported: 480p
Widescreen Supported (16:9): No
System Link Support: Yes

Average Overall Score:
8.49 / 10

First off, I would like to let you all know that I personally consider myself somewhat of a Midtown Madness freak/expert, due to the fact that I?ve been playing and creating content this fabulous series since version one. The way I got so deeply involved with it was, that I slowly found myself wanting to build additional cars for the game."

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Midtown Madness 3 will be set in fully interactive interpretations of Paris and Washington, D.C. There will be 30 licensed vehicles to choose from, as well as three different gameplay modes, including blitz, checkpoint, and cruise. Midtown Madness 3 will also take advantage of the Xbox’s audio capabilities by supplying ambient samples from pedestrians and traffic, as well as voice-overs for the game’s characters.

Cheat Codes

      Unlock All Cars - In the car select menu, Hold down the Left Thumbstick and enter the following commands: Left Trigger, Right Trigger, Left Trigger, Left Trigger, Left Trigger, Right Trigger, Right Trigger, Right Trigger, Left Trigger, Left Trigger, Right Trigger, Right Trigger.
      Get All The Cars - Hold down left thumb stick push Left Trigger, R, L, L, L, R, R, R, L, L, R, R.

User Reviews

Score: 85
Overall User Average: 8.43 / 10 (84.9%)
Gameplay User Average: 8.35 / 10
Graphics User Average: 8.65 / 10
Sound User Average: 8.09 / 10
Xbox Masta 4
Date reviewed: August 28, 2005.

Overall: I think when I played this that the game wasn't all that bad. It wasn't the best crayon in the box but I like to mess around in games sometimes and this game was fun. Bring some friends over and run into each other.
Gameplay: Not bad I think. I like to screw around in this game. Which just makes the game more fun. I like going high speeds and just crashing into stuff or getting air, haha. This game is also available on Xbox Live, but I can't say that I've played it on XboxLive. It sure sounds like it could be fun as well.
Graphics: Visual was decent I thought. Nice clean lines and great reflections. Not the most graphic game out there, but it's sure ok with me.
Sound: Sound isn't too bad, engine sounds aren't the best but oh well. Throw in your own music and go for it.
Suggestions: Even more cars, better graphics, and more things to do in this game would definately spice it up a bit.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 50 %

Date reviewed: November 13, 2004.

Overall: the game is average.... i think it is limited, and there is only so much fun in driving around... it is apity because it could be great.
Gameplay: it is repetative and boring..... and what is there obsession with sweeden??? (it was sweeden wasnt it?)
there are much more enjoyable games availeable... and this is basic, boring and repetative... dont expect to be playing this for hours on end.
Graphics: looks nice... but could be a bit better... some places look impresive, and windows on buildings reflect their environment... there are plenty pretier... but this is still good
Sound: very good... engines dont sound great, and evironments are ok... but you can rip your own trcks... and thats always a plus!!
Suggestions: switch the style to a more GTA type game... it is not working as it is.

Overall: 60 %
Gameplay: 50 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: August 23, 2004.

Overall: like crusin through town in a high speed checkpiont race? sound fun? well try taken a corvette convertible and go crashin through central park at 100 mph..... ok ok try 150 mph!!!!!
Gameplay: great awesome checkpoint races !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! awesome cars to unlock and wide levels around the world!
Graphics: fantastic !!!!!!! man awesome good visual! aawesome looking cities!great lookin c
Sound: you can hear everything , anything crashes and plus incorporated game its awesome!!!!
Suggestions: nothing the best love it high speed !!!!!!!!!!!!

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: June 14, 2004.

Overall: The racing game was solely made for Xbox Live, if you do not have xbox live you do not want this game. The game has a 5 different modes and each are fun in there own way. The downloadable content for this game is the most I have seen for xbox live with around 12 cars and 20 checkpoint races this game although old is one of the great games of Xbox Live
Gameplay: The gameplay in MM3 is really great ONLINE. offline all you can mainly do is cruise around two cities "D.C., Paris" and online you can cruise around with up to 8 friends along with modes like "checkpoint, Capture the Gold, Stayaway, Tag, Hunter" The replay value is amazing and every game you play will be different and fun
Graphics: The graphics for this game are not amazing but the maps are. They have a almost exact replica of Paris and Washington D.C. making this game very fun. The maps are huge and the graphics are sub-par but still very nice
Sound: The sound in this game can help you out alot, in games like tag/stayaway/Capture the gold you can hear people coming up behind you and you can dodge away. You can also custimize your sound track and listen to the your favorite songs
Suggestions: just make Midtown madness 4 :-)

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: March 5, 2004.

Overall: This is one Hell of a big game. Most people just run away from it because Its only got 2 levels but who cares? They are so big and its really fun trying to get all the paint jobs. Unlike some people, I think this game takes a long time to complete. You don't just finish this in a week.
Gameplay: There is a work undercover mode where you get different jobs and you go around doing the jobs and trying to find out stuff about stuff. But its really fun and It does take a while. And you unlock cool new cars with each new job. The cars are fun to drive and best of all....You can have custom numberplates. Mine says "BADBOY" (Pretty tacky I know but it looks good on a Viper)
Graphics: Perfect visuals. The cars look awesome in their polished glory(with the exeption of the garbage truck)There is no slowdown and The pedestrians look cool.I like looking at their haircuts. See if you can find a girl with a mohawk.
Sound: MMMMMMM......Thecars sound so cool, and the voice acting is really good. Mr Pickie will leave you wanting to smash your Xbox. He says stuff like "and the only reason im not sueing you is because im such a nice person." And that crazy French guy..I can't understand what he says(some thing like, "Drive like youve never driven before!) And Mathilda! She will drive you insane.
Suggestions: Rock on. i can't wait for MM4

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: March 2, 2004.

Overall: This game is slick!! I love it! It has some pretty sweet cars and the levels are so detailed I could just drool over them for hours. In D.C., you can go up to the Wahington Monument or the Lincoln Monument!
Gameplay: I didn't play this over LIVE when I rented it because I wasn't "hooked up" then. The only downside is there is 2 levels. But who cares! These levels are so detailed. My friend and I love playing multiplayer just crusing around the city going 180mph in the Viper.
Graphics: Some sweet @ss graphics!The cars all look nice and things such as being able to turn your headlights on and off is an excellent option. But most of all the levels look cool.
Sound: Man i love this game! The sounds are pretty cool. The cars don't sound like anything special. But I love the custom soundtrack options.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: February 21, 2004.

Overall: This is a very fun game thats way better than the other 2 because this is on Xbox (of course) and it has a better peds and traffic and better cops
Gameplay: on Work Undercover you work against and with the cops this is like missions you need to do but of course theres cheats to unlock everything
Graphics: the cars looks nice and peds look nice and some peds even carrying Xbox packages and if u try to ram the peds they dive and drop stuff and some even do flips out of the way!!
Sound: i haven't heard the Madness Playlist because I only but my custom soundtracks (nothing like doing Madness with Linkin Park and Blink-182 and etc)
Suggestions: For Midtown Madness 4 (if there will be one) please make it like Grand Theft Auto where you can get out of your car and steal other cars and the cops can try to get you but have no weapons because all the others have been E (or MM4 could be T)

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: February 19, 2004.

Overall: my overall opinion of this game is that it sucks. but i am speaking from teh perspective of someone who has only played the single player mode. i honestly dont like how the cars look as compared to midnight club 2 or even sega GT. the story lines is pretty lame and detached. the two levels on the other hand are very detailed and well layed out but having only two maps sucks and the scenery gets old fast. some cars look kool..but i dotn wanna dry around all over the city looking to unlock the different colors. IMO i would suggest people to stay away from this and be happy with sega GT which is a much better game. i can only imagine that sega GT online would still be more fun online than MM3.
Gameplay: having a rival who follows you everywhere gets really really old, especially when you dont like the sound of thier voice. and second the missions basically repeat themselves except they switch the cars on you. also hitting reverse on these cars goes against intuition and its a chore to memorize how to hit reverse. the controls on the car are very good though but the gameplay is too repetitive for my taste.

annother gripe i have with this game is that the system link only lets you play one car per TV. what kind of BS is that. me and my brother bought two copies just so that we could get some 4 vs 4 action but were very disapointed when the most we could get was 1 vs 1 on system link. we felt really robbed.
Graphics: all i can say is that the stages look awesome. lots of details and lots of things to do in the maps. almost to much. this would be the saving point of the game had they included more maps instead of the measly two they stuck in the game. even midnightclub 2 through in a extra city. if you like simply driving around the city doing nothing and admiring the scenery and detail then you will enjoy the maps very much. the cars on the other hand where alot less detailed and looked plain. very uninspiring.
Sound: sounds are decent i guess. my favorite thing is that it has custom soundtracks or i would be even more upset with my purchase that i already was.
Suggestions: using only 1 player per xbox on system link needs to get taken off and replaced with 4 players or at least 2 players per xbox when playing over system link. put more detail into the cars and add more maps.

Overall: 40 %
Gameplay: 20 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 50 %

Date reviewed: January 7, 2004.

Overall: Great follow-up to MTM 1 & 2. As always I love these games where you can drive carelessly around town taking out light standards and phone booths. With MTM 3 you can do that in both Paris and Washington DC. Really enjoyed the few days I had to play this game. Will be looking into buying a copy for myself.
Gameplay: The gameplay in this game is great. Realistic scenery and driving simulation. The cars look realistic and handle just like one would expect them too in real life. Too bad you can't take out pedestrians.
Graphics: As with 1 and 2 this game looks fabulous. The cars look great as always. It would be nice if the buidings had a more realistic feel to them or even that were more to drive through but beyond that it's great.
Sound: The sounds could be a bit better. Many of the vehicles sound the same with a deeper tone used for trucks and busses. Overall though this isn't too big of a deal and it doesn't take away from the game's enjoyment.
Suggestions: Keep building on the realism. Perhaps make it so that you can squeel your tyres on pick-up. Perhaps get some more trucks in to the game. Increase the level of damage that is displayed on the civilian vehicles that are hit. Perhaps when a traffic light is taken out have it cause traffic chaos. Have a police chase mode where the cops can actually catch you. Make it so that a police cruiser can also become disabled by crashing into things. Lots of things can be done to spice this game up for MTM 4

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: December 28, 2003.

Overall: They give this game away for free with the Beast Pack because it sucks dead bunnies through a straw. It sucks so hard, in fact, that I felt compelled to register as a member and say so in order to counter all the (obviously paid-for) positive reviews.
Gameplay: Sure, the graphics look really pretty, and the sound isn't half bad, but the one area where games developers are falling down all the time is that they fail to realise these things alone cannot save a video game. Part of the problem is that the developers seem to think that they have to extend the playing time of the game by making some of the levels virtually impossible. This prohibits any real forward progress in the game, and in turn limits the replay value, even in the multiplayer option, so severely that it just isn't worth the effort. Games like this are the reason why sites that post cheat codes are so !&%$@#* ed popular. Doing the same thing over and over and over is not fun, guys. Nor is having to do it because of making the slightest mistake. When I play a video game, I don't want to have to memorise the entire layout of the racetrack. The two-player mode is somewhat more fun, or at least it is after the cheat code is put in and one can choose which car they wish to use, but that only emphasises how much the single-player mode sucks.
Graphics: Well, it looks very nice. The cars are well-rendered, if a little jagged around the edges (but that is the fault of the idiots who came up with interlacing way back in the 1950s so I will let that slide). Unfortunately, two cities are not enough to save the game from becoming dull, especially not when the city map can be crossed on all sides in a matter of minutes. The "madness" part of the title is false advertising. Where is the fun in having pedestrians always magically dodging out of your way? Sure, Carmageddon's style of disintegrating them into ludicrous blood splatters is a bit much, but having them fly a few feet through the air is not too much to ask for. What MM3 comes off as is a version of Carmageddon (when is this coming out on X-Box?) approved by the sanitise-everything, treat-none-like-an-adult crowd.
Sound: The voiceovers are arrogant - I want to punch the voice actors just on principle. Kudos for trying to implement the custom soundtrack feature (which should be compulsory on all games), but could I please hear a different song every once in a while?
Suggestions: Get out of the market and take this rigged game with you.

Overall: 20 %
Gameplay: 20 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 70 %

Dark Voodoo
Date reviewed: December 26, 2003.

Overall: The Midtown Madness franchise has been defined as a no hold white knuckle 35 miles above the speed limit good time. So the expectancy of this game was very high and this game unsurprisingly beats the expectancy and goes past it at 75 mph. Even though criticized for only containing 2 cities to drive in, the developers gave the cities so much detail that you could plan your next visit to one of the game?s levels Paris or even Washington D.C! The two cities have traffic, pedestrian, and yes hotdog stands to crash into. The game sports an undercover mode with over 50 missions based upon some silly crime. Mixed with fun missions and bad voice acting the game really shows off in the Xbox Live arena. Sporting many types of game modes such as: Tag, Stayaway, Capture the Gold, Hunter, and many many more. The game also has a wealthy amount of online customization options such as, what city, section of the city, time, season, weather, and much more. The game has a Cruise mode in case you need to get the roads down pat. To be quite honest if there is only one thing that makes this game get a 4.5 and not a perfect 5 is because I?m a sore loser and I can never seem to win in this game
Gameplay: What?s more fun than screeching through a city at 95 miles an hour with cops on your tail? Nothing and this games jaw dropping graphics bring the city to life as you screech around curves on the Xbox Live arena screaming in your communicator eat my dust fool! The game has so many different types of modes and by far my favorite type Cruise mode. The games camera features in car and all the other basic cameras of a racing game. The Live capabilities really make this game shine as you race with friends and foe for the title of 1st. I have not been party to any lag yet and the games frame rate makes sure that there is no slowdown as you witness all the action on screen.
Graphics: To put it straight out this game is gorgeous. The detail on the environments and cars and even right down to the trees are astounding. They are simply satisfying for your eyes as this game is a perfect example of how to use Xbox hardware?.. right. The cities are living breathing masterpieces that make your jaw drop in awe. The games engine is one that will be used by future racing titles because of the detail and graphical enhancements. This game beat Midnight Club 2 with its superior eye candy.

Sound: While it?s no Midnight Club 2 the game still contains an awesome soundtrack although a little corny. The cars sound realistic and the tight corning as your tires screech sound amazing. The game also allows for custom soundtrack so if you can?t stand the game?s soundtrack then go ahead and play your backstreet boys CD your Xbox won?t tell. The game however doesn?t beat Midnight Club 2 in this only because you don?t drive souped up rides. This may not be the games strong point but it almost reaches Halo fame.

Suggestions: Release more downloadable content.The cities are pretty and all but we gamers need variations and to make our little gaming hearts beat we need MORE CITIES!!!!

Otherwise great job and hope to see a sequel

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: December 15, 2003.

Overall: Not very good. It is very boring. This is definitely a rental!!! If you buy it, you are stupid. Don't be stupid!
Gameplay: The gameplay is good but gets very repetitive and boring. There is one race that is nearly impossible. If you make a single mistake, you are done. Give me a break! It takes you about twenty races to memorize the track so you don't make any mistakes.
Graphics: This is the one good thing about the game. Washington DC looks great. I hate the French so Paris is stupid.
Sound: Don't know, I used my own soundtrack. The problem with that is it kept replaying the same songs over and over again. Enough already.
Suggestions: Go out of business and take your crapy game with you!!!

Overall: 40 %
Gameplay: 50 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 20 %

Date reviewed: November 27, 2003.

Overall: Midtown Madness 3 is without doubt one of the best racing games for Xbox. I played its predecessor and this one certainly looks like a major improvement to it, with stunning visuals, great sound, and extraordinary gameplay, it has made the Midtown Madness series into a golden treasure. The game is like any other racing game with races for time or for first place, but it also includes special careers that follow specific storylines, as well as my all-favorite cruise mode, where you can cruise and explore the cities of Washington D.C and Paris, as well as make mayhem. If two words could be used to describe this game then they probably would be: fun and sensational. The overall mood of the game is extremely fun and the core aspects of it are amazing too.
Gameplay: Gameplay is what drives the quality of Midtown Madness 3. The main gameplay is obviously racing, because it is a racing game. The game provides either single-player gameplay or multiplayer gameplay. Single-player is split up among working undercover (two separate storylines with various careers), checkpoint races, blitz races, and also cruise mode. On the other hand, multiplayer can either be split-screen, system link, or even Xbox LIVE, where it is either checkpoint races, cruise mode, or a variation of car mini-games. The game also includes over 30 cars, all which are different and have interesting themes. The environment of the two cities in the game, Washington D.C and Paris, are also very enjoyable to play in and have been completely restructured. The difficulty of the game is normal, where it is usually neither too hard nor too easy. The game also follows the same rules for gameplay as nearly any other racing game, which also applies to controls that are easy to maintain. The game does not include many additional features, apart from the fact that there are tons of unlockable cars and paint jobs.
Graphics: Visuals are also very good in the game. The cars have been magnificently modeled, not to mention the high degree of quality that was put into the visual presentation of the city environments. This is important, because it provides a realistic experience in two big cities. Nearly all of the main aspects of visual perception and graphical development have been greatly covered in Midtown Madness 3, which lets it stand out. It level of polishing for visuals may not be ?shiny?, but it certainly is smooth.
Sound: Sound is another important and amazingly developed factor of Midtown Madness 3. The sound effects are an important part of the game, whether it relates to cars, pedestrians, or the overall environment. Thus they have quite beautifully been integrated into the game, with quality sound. There is no particular music in the game, although the developer has included music, especially techno, that fits in quite good with the game. An important part of music, is that the game supports customizable soundtracks, which lets you listen to your favorite music while you trash the cities with spectacular vehicles. Overall, another magnificent job has been done with the sound of the game.
Suggestions: There are hardly any suggestions that I could give to Digital Illusions or Microsoft. They have developed an amazing racing game for Xbox that I enjoyed playing very much. The only suggestion that can be given is to develop Midtown Madness 4 with bigger cities, more vehicles, and new creative racing modes.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

xbox genius
Date reviewed: November 9, 2003.

Overall: well i have to say, they did a fine job on this game, although there are some problems...

first of the problems is too short of single player, multiplyaer sucks, except for xbox live. nice variety of vehicles, well planned out courses, great graphics and fun.

this game is well made, but it could of been better if they didnt rely on xbox live too much,

if you like this game, buy it for xbox live, otherwise, rent it or buy it for 30 bucks or cheaper
Gameplay: you have blitz, checkpoint, and careers mode, and cruise too.

blitz if i can remember right, is you race against computer controlled cars and win against them. checkpoint is getting to checkpoints in time, careers is story mode, and cruise is well... cruising around the cities.
Graphics: excellent graphics, but the people look sooo fake, roads, buidlings, trees, shrubs, are good, water is ok, but not the best.
Sound: the sound effects on each vehicle are different, you get sound effects on eveyrthing you hit, ok music
Suggestions: make more in game single player missions, and allow 4 multilayer action instead of 2, gets boring and makes the game less valued.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: October 30, 2003.

Overall: This game is highly addictive and xbox live play doubles the addictiveness and fun. Must have racing game for xbox. It's better than Midnight club 2 if anyone is wondering;)
Gameplay: Gamplay is great you can pretty much knock over anything that stands in your way and the learning curve is about 5 minutes these games is great.
Graphics: Graphics are excellent not amazing like project gotham 2 will be but really good.The better the car the better it looks graphics wise like the lotus compared to the taxi holy crap what a difference.
Sound: Great music not like that annoying techno music in Midnight club 2. It's fun music and really fits in with the gameplay.
Suggestions: Make the graphics a little better and maybe a boost or soemthing so that you can hit jumps better.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 100 %

Vorpal Foetus
Date reviewed: October 30, 2003.

Overall: A wonderful addition to the MM series - It's a great looking, fun driving game with great Xbox live play. If you're looking for a driving/racing sim, this is NOT it. If you are looking for an over-the-top, smash through everything on the streets, physics be !&%$@#* ed experience, this is it. The choice of cities (Paris & DC) are great, and they are wonderfully brought to life for this game.
Gameplay: It is the strength of the Midtown Madness series.. It's addictive and fun, with different types of driving challenges that provide hours of entertainment. Checkpoint races, blitz races, and story-based challenges are supplemented by great Xbox Live action!
Graphics: Best looking in the series, the cars, water effects, lighting and building detail are superb. Having spent a fair bit of time in both of the featured cities, I appreciate the details in the environments. (I always wanted to drive through the Arc de Triumph!
Sound: No real flaws with sound execution - Good use of 5.1. I love having the Parisians curse at me after sending them diving for safety.. :)
Suggestions: So far, so good - I would love to race in some past Midtown Madness cities - howabout in downloadable content?

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: October 30, 2003.

Overall: I loved MM1 and MM2 and now MM3! Great game! The cities are huge! Takes a couple minutes to get to the other side of the city goin max speed.
Gameplay: Lots of cars. You start out with some slower cars like the Renault and the beetle RSI and some others and you have to do these undercover missions in single player. It's quite fun. But if you want hardcore fun get a couple of your buddies on Xbox live. It's the most fun experience i've had for any xbox live game. Your cars perforance gets effected by how much damage you have on you.
Graphics: Stunning. Great light effects. The sun glares nicely off the building windows and the car reflexions are great to. Lots of detail has been put into this game and these two huge cities. Great visuals.
Sound: The sounds are great. Very nice ambience sounds of the cars around you and the pedestrians yelling at you. Each car has it's own engine sound.
Suggestions: Keep up the good work.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: October 25, 2003.

Overall: I love this game, i got all the paint jobs and cars last week. I play Live now, and I like all the game modes and i am great at Catpure the Gold and Hunter.
Gameplay: The single player and multiplayer modes(same xbox) are not that fun but the xbox live mode is awesome, it is my favorite Xbox Live game.
Graphics: The cars are a little cartoony but in the way that it is realistic. The cities are very detailed, i haven't been to Paris but i've been to D.C. and it is very realistic.
Sound: The sound is good but when you play multiplayer on the same xbox the car sounds are too loud, but all the other sounds are good.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: October 22, 2003.

Overall: Yep this game is pure greatness. Ive had this game since, about, launch time and I still play it all the time. The XBL of the game is awesome. The graphics are amazing. The controls are easy. What more can you ask for.
Gameplay: First and foremost: I love this game. It has a pretty good single player. I say that because it takes almost no time to beat it. The multiplayer is its shining point though. The XBL for this game is great. Especially, in my opinion, Stayaway, a great game about catching a rabbit. You should buy this game, even if you're not such a big fan of the racing genre, it will be great for you.
Graphics: The graphics are, as Tony the Tiger would say, Grrrrrreeeeeeaaaaaat! I love these graphics. They're beautiful. You have very detailed city environments of both Paris and Washington and great designs.
Sound: This game has what too few games have and what more need: custom soundtracks. What's up with the game developers not adding that. I think all games need it. Anyway, this game allows for a wide variety of music, whatever floats your boat, as they say.
Suggestions: Make a Midtown Madness 4. Its a great game, and I know what I'm about to say has been said a lot, but its true. Please add more cities. It'd be ok if you didn't, because the game is great. But, if you have the chance, it would be wise

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: October 22, 2003.

Overall: great racing game! has TONS to do online and off. race and do missions through the cities of Washington DC and Paris. there are a few weird things like going through trees and stuff but overall I think this game is great.
Gameplay: Playing the game on live is great but if you dont have live I think this game is still awesome!. it has a huge variety of single player missions, from delivering a pizza, to busting criminals. you can also race in single player which is also pretty fun but once you get to live it gets even better. there are many different game modes on live. the ones i've played are checkpoint races, hunter, and stayaway. checkpoint racing is basically just racing and going through checkpoints which is pretty fun. hunter and stayaway are pretty much two very fun variations of tag.
Graphics: The visuals are pretty good but not as good as some other games out there. you can see some reflections off the cars which is nice.
Sound: pretty good sound and the custom sound tracks thing is also a nice feature. the main thing I dont like about the sound is that the things that people in your car say can get pretty repetitave but this isnt a very big thing so overall, the sound is good.
Suggestions: maybe another city or two...

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 90 %

Chi Ball
Date reviewed: October 22, 2003.

Overall: I am really surprised by how much positive
attention this game is getting. It seems it
is peer pressure that is now driving the
rating up. It is a very dissapointing game.
BORING. The graphics are poor. Game
play is very bland compared to MC2. Eh.
Gameplay: The two cities are too similar and plain
boring after about twenty minutes of
running around. On line play is fun, true,
but MC2 is much more fun.
Graphics: Graphics are very sub par. The cars are
not anti-aliased, the environment is
blocking with poor textures. A big
dissapointment from microsoft.
Sound: It is fine- nothing fantastic but nothing
poor either. Sounds good in 5.1.
Probably the best part of the game.

Overall: 50 %
Gameplay: 50 %
Graphics: 30 %
Sound: 50 %

Date reviewed: October 19, 2003.

Overall: This game is really fun, and I don't even have Xbox Live! The cities may not be ideal but the overall game is non-stop fun.
Gameplay: Each car handles differently, some are fast, some slow, duh. There are lots of different race types to chose from, and it all rules! This is everything that Wreckless should have been.
Graphics: The graphics are totally awesome. The cars look great, and the damage models are really cool. The cities themselves look great with different lighting effects and tons of destruction to be done. Even the water looks great.
Sound: Crashes, screaming pedestrians, destroying everything in sight. All the sound effects suit the game well, and you can use your own songs for a soundtrack too.
Suggestions: Make the next cities be: New York City and Los Angeles

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: October 19, 2003.

Overall: This is one of the best games i have played by far. If you really like driving video games, you will love this. Wether your Cruising around by yourself, racing a friend, or taking on others online, it makes no difference because they're all good.
Gameplay: D.C and PAris. It's really cool because the city is really huge and it takes about 10 minutes to get from the west side to east when your going 120 mph.
Graphics: The graphics of the buildings could be a little bit better. The people also can have better graphics on them.
Sound: i love the way you can copy a soundtrack and thats what i did and it's all good. The music is good at first but it's repetitive and gets annoying
Suggestions: their should be cars in multiplayer mode. and trains in the subway

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: October 14, 2003.

Overall: Midtown Madness 3 replicates the city maps of DC and Paris and gives players a plethora of options gameplay. I have live, and if you do have live the game is undeniably fun. Its not a typical racer, as the 2 humongous cities give the game a much different feel. In addition to online checkpoint races there is also tag, stayaway, hunter and capture the gold, some of these modes can have teams. The online portion offers frantic addictive fun, with a good interface( unlike mechassault)that lets u stay with a game after its over. The single player is not as good as the online, but its fun to get the cars, paint jobs in cruise, and the races are different than other games because of the city maps. It allows you to create your own path, something other games cant do because of the 1 way tracks they ussually use. If you have live then midtown madness is very fun and easily worth 50 bucks, if you dont then just rent it.
Gameplay: Its basic car racing stuff, the single player race takes you through varied missions, checkpoint races against competitors, and timed checkpoint races. The sense of speed is not as good as ive seen in other racers, but like I said this game is not really a racer though. I was disappointed with the traffic cars in the game, as they never tried to react to me, and when I hit them they bounced off my car like i kicked a tin can. That made the crashes disappointing. On the other hand, the physics of car collision are handled much differently when u crash into other players, and those are very satisfying. The 34 cars that came with the vary from buses and firetrucks to hot rod corvettes, lotus and everything in between. The cars handle very differently, giving each car a unique feel. Multiplayer gives you so many options, I especially liked being able to use different car classes. The star of this game is the 2 cities, it loads up fairly quickly 1 time, and then you have an entire HUGE city do drive in. It makes this game different than any other out there.
Like rallisport, terrain makes a difference in cars traction, especially the grass.

Graphics: Considering the HUGE maps the graphics are very good, with tons of details. The models of eiffel tower, capital building are very well done. The game gives u the option to race in morning, day, twilight, and night. Plus you can choose whether its raining or clear, and the rain effects your car's traction. Pretty good visual all in all.

Sound: Sound was good.

Suggestions: Sometimes my car sticks to walls when Im starting against it after crashing, annoying. The traffic in burnout 2 is much better implemented than MM3, I would prefer cars that react to me, and better physics on traffic collisions in single player. Great game, this one is a keeper.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: October 14, 2003.

Overall: What's with all the undeserved hype, this game is nothing special, bland graphics, Decent at best gameplay, and thats about all there is to this game.
Gameplay: Cities were too similiar,the characters were lame, just like everything else also, Play MC2 if you want good racing.
Graphics: I was shocked that this was an XBox game because it's graphical quality was so low. C'mon. It's so generic and blocky.
Sound: The best thing about this game. The Dolby really brought out some good sound in this game. Nuff said.
Suggestions: C'mon Microsoft. Try harder next time, this was a very week sghot at the racing genre.

Overall: 40 %
Gameplay: 50 %
Graphics: 40 %
Sound: 80 %

Lord Vivic
Date reviewed: October 14, 2003.

Overall: Okay game.Really good graphics.Game play was so & so.But,for a racing game it was alright.I can get used to it.
Gameplay: Well.....for a racing game it is alright.GTA3 & Vice City were better.Not a game you would like to keep forever.
Graphics: Awsome graphics!The cars look neat.Man I found out what car I was going to get when I joined the Navy in the next few years!
Sound: Sound.....well it was a car game so the sounds won't be to good.I wish there was some way you could improve the sound of car games without making it stupid.
Suggestions: Good idea but could be better

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 60 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: October 14, 2003.

Overall: Great racing game! I don't even like racing games but I love this one! There are cool licensed cars and everything!
Gameplay: The gameplay is simple. In single player there are 2 different types of races: checkpoint and blitz. In checkpoint you race against other racers, the CPU. And in blitz you race against the clock. There is also a mode where you work "undercover" and do various tasks. Then there is cruise mode where you can do anything without racing people. After you beat certain things you unlock new cars. There are cars like the Corvette, Beetle, Mini Cooper, etc. There are 2 cities t play in: Paris and Washington D.C.
Graphics: The graphics and great! The cars look good. The cities are the best looking o everything. And the pedestrians look good.
Sound: The voice acting is really cheesy. But, I changed the sound settings so I can listen to my custom soundtracks and don't have to listen to the terrible voices.
Suggestions: Have more modes in singe player.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: October 13, 2003.

Overall: Good racing game espiecially online. One of the best racers on xbox next to project gotham. Massice cities.
Gameplay: Good controls. Nice amount of traffic. Some goals are pretty hard but are acomplishable. A little too hard for the casual gamer. Great online game.
Graphics: Graphics are good. Good lighting. Everything looks like what its duppose to look like. You can actually tell what the land marks are in the two cities. Wahington and Paris.
Sound: Not so good music, but you got the option to put your own music. The first !&%$@#* keeps repeating till you change it.
Suggestions: Fix the sound. More licensed cars.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 40 %

Date reviewed: October 13, 2003.

Overall: Not a bad game, fun as hell with friends. Just a drive and have fun game with some cool effects.

Like in the Washington subway you can do loops around the walls and there is just so much fun to be had with all the jumps and explorable buildings.

One VERY BAD note is that there is no cars in multiplayer like with the computer version MTM2, even though I know that this would degrade performance but would have been cool to have trafic to dodge in MP.

Is there any other way to get custom cars without Live cuz I really would like to see some HOLDENS and FORDS: aussie oldschool and more aussie V8's...V8's and more V8's
Gameplay: Definate no-brainer but still fun and very expansive, nearly replayable in Single player but Multiplayer is the Sh!t.
Graphics: Looks the clappers, cars are detailed and the damage modells are good, still too hard to total your car... If you want to. dunno, I like to take leaps off 20 story buildings and actually total a car and not just drive off, but hey sick game though
Sound: Not that great, (claimed digital sound, surround sound)but sounds very stereo to me... ohh well, still good
Suggestions: Need to have ramdom play on custom music and way more cars, hey and put a HOLDEN in there, there are other gamers out there that enjoy AUSTRALIAN cars and not just AMERICAN muscle like the Mustang, we want to see some Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons and old school aussie muscle, anyway Im sure they can be downloaded through Xbox live, but not everyone has broadband and live... need some content CD's with cars and updates on it..

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 60 %
Graphics: 50 %
Sound: 30 %

Date reviewed: September 14, 2003.

Overall: Well this was the first decent car game i have played yet. Controls were the same as any other racer and just driving round paris in the bus flipping cas was sweet!
Gameplay: there are 4 modes, that are all sweet. cruise, blitz, undercover and checkpoint. all these were fun but the career (undercover) mode was a bit dodgey.
Graphics: EYE CANDY!!! Full bump mapping and your car actually got really @#!&*# up in the places it was damaged
Sound: the sound sorta let me down here, even with the custom soundtrack feature it still played songs in order.
Suggestions: make a random option for custom soundtracks, and get better voice actors.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 90 %

Midtown Madness 3 News

Midtown Madness 3 Downloads
Microsoft Game Studios announced today the arrival of new downloadable content for the popular Xbox driving game, “Midtown Madness 3.”

Midtown Madness 3 On Shelves
Pedestrians beware, because Microsoft Game Studios today announced that "Midtown Madness 3" for Xbox® has skidded onto store shelves in North America.

Midtown Madness 3 Fact Sheet
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Midtown Madness 3 Documentary
Microsoft has released a documentary of sorts looking at how motion capture plays a vital part in bringing life to a game.

Midtown Madness 3 Races Onto Streets in June
Microsoft Game Studios today announced that Midtown Madness 3, the over-the-top Xbox racing game, will skid onto store shelves in the United States on June 17, 2003.

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