Midtown Madness 3

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For the racing series, see Midtown Madness (series)
Midtown Madness 3
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Developer(s) Digital Illusions CE
BeTomorrow (Mobile)[1]
Publisher(s) Microsoft Game Studios
In-Fusio (Mobile)[1]
Platform(s) Xbox
Release date(s) Xbox
  • NA June 17, 2003
  • PAL June 27, 2003
  • NA November 13, 2004[1]
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution DVD-ROM

Midtown Madness 3 is an open world racing/arcade sequel, part of the Midtown Madness series. For the first time in the series, the game was released only on the Xbox, with a Windows version rumoured for later release, but ultimately scrapped.[citation needed]

The game was developed by Digital Illusions CE (of Battlefield 1942 fame) and published by Microsoft Game Studios. This marked a change from the developer of the first two games, Angel Studios (now Rockstar San Diego). Coincidentally, Midtown Madness 3 was released in 2003 against Midnight Club II, created by the developer of the first two games, Rockstar San Diego.

The Xbox-only release and change of developer heralded a significant graphical improvement to maintain the console's graphical standards.


Paris and Washington, D.C. are available as open world recreations in the game. They represent a smaller area than the real life cities, yet are larger than the locales in Midtown Madness and Midtown Madness 2.

Single player[edit]

In single player the player can freely roam, race, or complete objective-based missions. In "Cruise" (free roam) mode, the player can choose the amount of pedestrians and traffic, change the weather, the time of day and the season, and collect car-specific paint jobs, in a car selected by the user. In "Blitz" races, the player goes through all the given checkpoints in any order and races to the finish line before time runs out. In Checkpoint Races, the player goes through the checkpoints in any order and gets to the finish line before his opponents. In the "Work Undercover" mission mode, in Paris, the player works as a delivery guy, taxi driver, chauffeur, security guard, ambulance driver, police officer, special agent, whilst in Washington D.C. the player works as a pizza deliverer, rental car driver, limo driver, car salesman, stunt driver, police officer and private eye, completing objectives.


The game supports Xbox Live for online multiplayer gaming, and a split-screen for offline multiplayer. Extra downloadable content is available via Xbox Live to expand the game's original premise.

The game supports the following online multiplayer modes:

Capture the Gold Gold is stashed around the city and the player must take it to a hideout. Other players will attempt to steal the gold.
Checkpoint Race against others on pre-defined tracks around the city.
Cruise Freeroam around a city with others.
Hunter One player starts off as the Hunter and everyone else in the game is Prey. As the Hunter captures Prey, they in turn become Hunters, and the last person who is Prey stands alone as the winner.
Stayaway Whoever holds the rabbit for the longest time wins.
Tag Players chase each other and try to bump each other's cars.

Backwards compatibility[edit]

Midtown Madness 3 is not currently backwards compatible on the Xbox 360.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (Xbox) 80.24%[4]
(Mobile) 78.67%[5]
Metacritic (Xbox) 76/100[6]
Review scores
Publication Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly 7.33/10[7]
Eurogamer 9/10[8]
Game Informer 5.25/10[9]
GamePro 4/5 stars[10]
Game Revolution B[11]
GameSpot (Xbox) 8/10[12]
(Mobile) 7/10[2]
GameSpy 4/5 stars[13]
GameZone 8.2/10[14]
IGN (Xbox) 8.7/10[15]
(Mobile) 8.6/10[16]
Official Xbox Magazine 8.9/10[17]
Entertainment Weekly D[18]

The game was met with positive reception, although slightly less than the first two games. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 80.24% and 76 out of 100 for the Xbox version,[4][6] and 78.67% for the Mobile version.[5]


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  7. ^ EGM staff (August 2003). "Midtown Madness 3". Electronic Gaming Monthly (170): 119. Archived from the original on March 10, 2004. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ Bramwell, Tom (July 4, 2003). "Midtown Madness 3". Eurogamer. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  9. ^ Reiner, Andrew (July 2003). "Midtown Madness 3 (Xbox)". Game Informer (123): 115. Archived from the original on May 4, 2009. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ Four-Eyed Dragon (June 17, 2003). "Midtown Madness 3 Review for Xbox on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 8, 2005. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ Sanders, Shawn (June 2003). "Midtown Madness 3 Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  12. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (June 18, 2003). "Midtown Madness 3 Review (Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  13. ^ Nutt, Christian (June 19, 2003). "GameSpy: Midtown Madness 3". GameSpy. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  14. ^ Lafferty, Michael (June 16, 2003). "Midtown Madness 3 - XB - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on January 30, 2009. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  15. ^ Carle, Chris (June 18, 2003). "Midtown Madness 3 Review (Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  16. ^ Buchanan, Levi (December 3, 2004). "Midtown Madness 3 Mobile (2D)". IGN. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Midtown Madness 3". Official Xbox Magazine: 84. August 2003. 
  18. ^ Robischon, Noah (July 18, 2003). "Driving Forces". Entertainment Weekly (719): 82. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 

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