STAFF REVIEW of Mad Dash Racing (Xbox)

Friday, May 9, 2003.
by Yellowlab

Mad Dash Racing Box art Every so often a game comes along that is not that good, but I end up enjoying it more than I should, kind of a guilty pleasure. Well, Mad Dash fits in that category for me. Sure the graphics are crappy at best and the characters are cheesy. MD reminds me of a race through a Crash Bandicoot level. You race 3 other opponents (computer or friends) to the finish line. You can pick up weapons and fight along the way. There are multiple paths to complete your goal. I could pick this game apart without even trying, but for what it is, it can be a light enjoyable game.

There are a few modes such as versus (against the computer or others) and an adventure mode. The versus mode will play in split screens (4 of them) if playing with human opponents. There are a lot of flaws with the game, such as sometimes it is very easy to get turned around while racing and lose the path, and the computer assistance is horrible. If you get ahead the computer speeds up, if behind they stop for you, so it's slightly more fun against human opponents. But, the bottom line is MD is a cheesy stupid game that can be fun if you're in the right mood. There are some unlockable characters and levels along the way on the adventure mode.

I seriously can not think of a worst Xbox game graphically. It's essentially the look of a Sega Dreamcast game. I would even call it a poor looking PS2 game.

I like some of the music, but others are really bad. And no custom soundtrack feature. That's messed up for a racing game. The characters voices aren't as funny as they are supposed to be.

Some serious flaws, but overall a fun game. It could have been so much better if the graphics were improved, custom soundtracks were utilized, and the racing paths more clear.

Overall: 7.0 / 10
Gameplay: 7.0 / 10
Visuals: 2.0 / 10
Sound: 4.0 / 10


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