Midtown Madness 3
Microsoft Fall 2002--Think of Midtown Madness 3 as a watered-down GTA3--without the sex and violence. The game is primarily an arcade, street-racing affair with a crapload of real vehicles to choose from, plus all the traffic you can dodge. The two featured cities, DC and Paris, are modeled after the real deals and include plenty of pretty parks and neighborhoods for you to abuse.
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Bringing the madness to Xbox Live is Midtown Madness 3, which, for lack of a better term, is your father's racing title. Taking whole cloth from the look and feel of the previous Midtown Madness titles, you can once again drive through the streets like a madman, reveling in arcade racing glory. While the physics are far from perfect, it's a combination of strong multiplayer gameplay and excellent graphics that make this a title worth getting, if only just so.
First, let me warn you away from the single player mode. Without a doubt, this is the game's biggest weakness, featuring boring, repetitive missions, and the worst voice action this side of Aliens: A Comic Book Adventure. You'll be able take jobs in Washington DC or Paris, and all along the way, be forced to sit through terrible scripted dialogue. After the mission where you've got to chauffer around an old lady in Paris, you'll want to sell your copy of the game.
That said, if you can manage to keep your hands away from single player, there's a lot of fun to be had here. This title is completely Xbox Live compatible, which means you'll never have want for serious competition. The gameplay modes vary from 'It'? to 'Huter'? to 'Steal the Gold.'? Furthermore, when you use the cruise mode, you'll be able to explore every nook and cranny in Paris or Washington DC, and find some truly awesome jumps along the way. You'll have to explore the level thoroughly, though, as the stunts are hard to find, and difficult to use with the starting vehicles.
Finally, this game looks really nice. The cars are all exquisitely detailed, and the levels themselves are quite attractive. Combined with a simple soundtrack and the ability to use the Xbox hard drive to play custom soundtracks, all in all it's quite the audio/visual treat. I'd only say I hate the audio because of the aforementioned voice acting. This is a fairly good title overall, as long as you can get around how crappy the single player mode is.