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Mad Dash Racing- November sees the inevitable push of the music and gaming hybrid, Mad Dash Racing from Eidos. With a soundtrack cast of 1000s including Moby, the Proppellerheads, Fatboy Slim and Uberzone, it simply cannot fail.

11/10/01

MAD DASH RACING

It seems that the two giant commodity environments of music and gaming have finallly converged for real this time.

At this year's E3, David Bowie could be seen reclining in the VIP lounge at the EIDOS party, looking not too out of place. Yes, '70s rock-icons are also rumoured to have hatched a deal at the same show to provide music for Relic's upcoming real-time strategy game HOMEWORLD. The soundtrack to Gran Turismo on the PlayStation features music contributed by a truckload of indie rockers: Garbage, Bowie, Blur, Ash, Dandy Warhols, Supergrass, Placebo, and more besides.
MAD DASH RACING
And with the ambitious and equally classic rollout of the new Eidos racing game Mad Dash Racing this November featuring an exceptional roster of stars including Moby, The Proppellerheads, Fatboy Slim and Uberzone the convergence seems to have found a more natural conflation of interests to provide a full on urban experience: the sound of the streets pitched up and against the interests of the street - enhancing the game, enhancing the music.

Of course, gaming and music have always been close cousins, but the recent addition of "Visual Media" to three Grammy categories, an arena previously open only to television and film entries, solidifies a connection that's long been loose but well acknowledged.

Up until the release of Mad Dash Racing and it's more sensibly pitched sountrack, a rock star signing onto a game, was unlikely to translate into anything either more aurally pleasing or game pleasing than greater media coverage.

Not that there has not been sucessful and imaginative coalitions before. Nine Inch Nails member Chris Vrenna, no stranger to collosal sonic concepts such as the recent (and excellent) ' The Attraction to All Things Uncertain penned the original music to ELECTRONIC ART'S Alice in Wonderland-themed video game, AMERICAN MCGEES ALICE.

And now there's Mad Dash Racing - taking the inevitable convergence of music and gaming to a new, more natural level.

The list of contributions to the soundtrack that Eidos revealed runs something like this:

Acid 8000 (Fatboy Slim)
Bang On (Propellerheads)
Honey (Moby)
Control (MDFMK)
Jump (Mephisto Odyssey)
Stompbox (Overseer)
Insectarcutor Dub (Overseer)
Rhythm Device (Uberzone)
Nitrogen Part II (Juno Reactor)
Fragments (Meat Beat Manifesto)
#4 (Meat Beat Manifesto)
Rabble Rouser (MDFMK)

Mad Dash is Eidos and Crystal Dynamics upcoming Xbox launch title. Called a "combat racer" by the publisher, the game involves footraces, cartoon characters, and now techno music. The game is scheduled to launch alongside the Xbox this November. A 3D action adventure, with a crew of motley characters, whose race for survival sees the them glide across rivers of steaming lava, bash through mammoth boulders, and knock off their opponents with hand-to-hand combat.

The dialogue for the characters is rumoured also to be 'hilarious' delivered as it is by some very professional voice talent indeed. You will probably recognize some very familiar voices in the cast including Billy West who does the voices for Ren and Stimpy, Johnny Bravo, and characters for Futurama and the Simpsons.

Sounds convincing. So go ahead, convince us....



Title:
Mad Dash Racing
Genre: Combat Racing Adventure
Platform: Xbox
ESRB Rating: Teen: Comic Mischief, Mild Language, Mild Lyrics
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Publisher: Eidos Interactive Release Date: November 8, 2001 (launch title)

Report by Alan Sargeant for Crud Magazine© 2001

relevant sites:
Official site -maddashracing.com

 

 
 
 

 

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