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Midtown Madness 2 is a free roam racing/arcade sequel to Midtown Madness, which was released on September 22nd 2000 in the US and October 6th 2000 in Europe. It was developed by Angel Studios (now Rockstar San Diego) and published by Microsoft. The game features a range of vehicles which can be driven around San Francisco and London, as well as many others, thanks to a multitude of fan-made mods.

GameplayEdit

MM2 has six unique game modes, each with their own set of rules. Despite this, most races allow the player to modify aspects such as traffic/pedestrian levels, weather conditions, time of day and the likelihood of running into police vehicles. Also, there are two difficulty settings to choose from: "Amateur" and "Professional."


Crash CourseEdit

Main article: Crash Course

The Crash Course is the "career" or "story" mode of MM2. It consists of a series of "lessons" and "exams" to help you enter work as surreal forms of a taxi or stunt driver. Completing a group of three lessons will unlock a Midterm exam. Completing that will unlock a new paint-job for a car, while completing all three will unlock the final exam. Completing that will unlock an entirely new car.


CheckpointEdit

Main article: Checkpoint

Checkpoint is the main racing discipline in MM2, with 12 races in each city. It involves racing between "checkpoints" against opponents, placed throughout the city, which may be visited via any route, in any order, before a final checkpoint is revealed when the others have been passed. Completing each race will unlock a new one, while completing 6 will unlock a new car. Victory in all checkpoint events will unlock a special paint-job for those cars.


CircuitEdit

Main article: Circuit

Circuit is a racing discipline in MM2, with 10 races in each city. It involves racing around "circuits" marked out with red/white barriers, against opponents. Completing 5 races will unlock a new car, while victory in all checkpoint events will unlock a special paint job for those cars.


BlitzEdit

Main article: Blitz

Blitz is a racing discipline in MM2, with 10 races in each city. It involves racing between "checkpoints" against the clock, which may be visited via any route, in any order. Completing 5 races will unlock a new car, while victory in all checkpoint events will unlock a special paint job for those cars.


CruiseEdit

Main article: Cruise

Cruise is MM2's "free roam" mode, which allows players to explore any city, in any car, in any way. Some players would consider this as the main attraction that the game offers, due to its open, endless nature.


Cops & RobbersEdit

Main article: Cops & Robbers

Cops & Robbers is the game's only multiplayer-exclusive game mode, which is similar to "capture-the-flag" game-modes seen in other games. In this mode, players must collect the "gold" and return it to their "hideout," aiming to collect more than the other team(s).

CarsEdit

As with all driving games, cars have a big part to play, but Midtown Madness 2 is renowned for its unusual selection of 20 unique vehicles, which very dramatically between each other ten than Midtown Madness 1.

CitiesEdit

While the original Midtown Madness only allowed players to roam around Chicago, MM2 brings players to two different cities: the sun-kissed San Francisco and historic London.

San Francisco

Main article: San Francisco

The second-largest city in California, USA, San Francisco serves as the main location for MM2. The area depicted sits between the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges and includes multiple boroughs, such as Presidio and Russian hill, as well as many landmarks, such as the Transamerica Pyramid and Coit Tower.

London

Main article: London

As capital of both England and the United Kingdom, London is the second city to appear in MM2. The area that features sits between the Tower and Lamberth Bridges, which covers Westminster, Paddington, Kensington Lamberth and The City, but still features many landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace and St Paul's Cathedral.

ModsEdit

As one of the oldest free-roam racing games, while its fun and enjoyability hasn't aged, its graphics and hardware is nowhere near the current industry standard. As a result, MM2 has attracted a huge modding community, aiming to bring the game up to speed and port almost any vehicle imaginable into the game.


Installing ModsEdit

Although some mods have their own installers, many are simply provided as compressed files, which need to be extracted to be used in the game. Common file extensions are:

  • .zip - designed for Winzip (and is the only type of file the software can open)
  • .rar - designed for WinRAR (which can compress files to a much higher standard and is the most common file type used for MM2)
  • .7z - designed for 7zip (which is capable of opening all three of the above file types)

When you have opened the file, using the relevant software, extract the .ar file(s) inside (files which MM2 can recognize and use) to the Midtown Madness 2 directory.

Often, when multiple complex mods are used, MM2's "heap" may overload and cause game crashes, meaning you may need to remove mods in order to continue play, but remember to never delete the file containing the car you were last driving, otherwise you may never be able to use that save-game again.

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