Midtown Madness

released on May 01, 1999

Midtown Madness (also known as Midtown Madness: Chicago Edition) is a racing game developed for Windows by Angel Studios (now Rockstar San Diego) and published by Microsoft. The demo version was released via download on May 1, 1999 and the completed game was released toward the end of May 1999.[1] Two sequels followed, with Midtown Madness 2 released in September 2000 and Midtown Madness 3 released in June 2003 for the Xbox. The game is set in Chicago and its objective is to win street races and obtain new cars.

Unlike racing games that restrict the player to a race track, Midtown Madness offers an open world recreation of Chicago. This setting was said to provide "an unprecedented degree of freedom to drive around in a virtual city".[2] Players can explore the city via one of several modes, and can determine the weather and traffic conditions for each race. The game supports multiplayer races over a local area network or the Internet. The game received generally positive reviews from gaming websites.[3]

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Classic PC game. loved finding all the little shortcuts even years later.

As a dick around game, this is fun and the world is open enough to cause some mayhem and just vibe in chicago. As a racing game though, hmmmm this ain't it. Controls very weirdly unless you happen to have a compatible racing wheel (I don't), and it makes a lot of the racing challenges a bit of a struggle. Getting the game to work with everything actually functional is also a bit of a struggle in the modern day and age. One of those "if I owned this as a kid it would absolutely be one of my favorites" type beats.

A game that came out in 1999 is still my number one choice for open world racing games. The world is just fun to drive around and the cars are pretty cool too (especially when they break)

Fun racing game that my grandfather had on his computer.

I remember playing this with a steering wheel and having an hourglass clock to measure the time so I and my brother could both play and switch places. One of my first gaming experiences, I loved jumping when the bridge over the river was going up.

One of my earliest memories is playing this and cruising around in the Panoz Roadster in the game's open-world (yes an open-world). I don't remember what the objective was exactly. I would just drive around endlessly running into things. It was like 3D GTA before GTA.