Conclusion: Midtown Madness 3 is one of those games that is really hard to get a final read on because there are many things that you’ll really enjoy and other aspects that will leave you scratching your head. The single player undercover modes are enjoyable, but tend to be essentially the same thing other than a different name, car and city. The online game modes via Live are what make MM3 a necessary purchase, even for luke warm racing game fans.
Conclusion: However the single player mode lets it down badly, especially if you don't have access to broadband and can't play online. If only it'd have been an online-only title, it might have scored full marks, as that's where the game really excels, and sets the bar for other Xbox Live titles to aim for.
Excerpt: Xbox Live has played host to a number of good-quality games since its launch and Midtown Madness 3 is one of Microsoft's big games this summer. The series has a big following from its days on the PC and is now in the hands of Dice, the developers of the excellent Rallisport Challenge for Xbox and PC. With a lot of expectation on their shoulders, have they delivered the definitive Xbox Live experience or is it another Microsoft Game Studios disaster?
Excerpt: Ever dreamt of cruising through Paris in an Audi TT, jumping over La Seine, driving under the Eiffel Tower, and racing past the Louvre? Perhaps you’ve fantasized of touring around Washington D.C. in a cement truck, crashing into the U.S. Capitol, smashing through Chinatown, and scaring the suits outside the White House? If such thoughts have crossed your mind, Midtown Madness 3 just might be your ticket, as long as you’re ready to risk that new paint job.
Excerpt: Fun. That pretty much says it all, but I wouldn’t be earning my huge reviewers salary if that is all I said. Midtown Madness is sort of a cross between Midnight Club and Crazy Taxi. I was expecting very little and found myself having fun. I know the game looks kind of hokey and the dialogue and the story line are even worse, but the game works.
Excerpt: Microsoft's arcade racer Midtown Madness 3 for Xbox, centers around a full-scale reproduction of Washington, DC (the other city in the game is Paris, but I'd rather not talk about the French more than I have to). While it has its ups and downs as a game, I can definitely recommend Midtown Madness 3 to anyone who will be driving in DC, as its level design is nearly flawless.