Midnight Club II
"With loads of courses and plenty of smart opponents and lots of fast cars, you simply couldn't ask for more -- unless you're a shameless ingrate." - IGN.com
"If you already have a killer PC rig and that is your preferred gaming platform then it doesn't get any better than this" - CameChronicles.com
The world’s most notorious drivers meet each night on the streets of LA, Paris, and Tokyo. Choose from the latest performance enhanced cars and bikes and compete head-to-head to make a name for yourself. There are no rules. Drive anywhere in the city. Find the fastest route to win. The cops know you are out there - don’t get caught.
On the PC, this is just badMorphineBear | Dec. 22, 2012 | See all MorphineBear's reviews »
It's an okay racing game, but overall not good.
There are times when the other racers would completely beat you (going much faster than they should) and you'll end up losing many, many races. Turning can be a b#@$% and it'll often get you to last place if you slam into one building. On that note, turning at the wrong street will get you last as well.
Save yourself the cash and don't buy this game.
Midtown Madness rebornCooberstooge | Aug. 26, 2012 | See all Cooberstooge's reviews »
I assumed upon first getting a copy of this game years ago I would be finding yet another generic import street racer. I couldn't have been more wrong - this has all the trappings of a classic.
The game world is massive, and the vehicles react exactly like those from the Midtown Madness games - a nice mix of over the top arcade and a little sim. Just roaring around the streets aimlessly is fun, since you're always on the lookout for ramps to jump and cops to irritate. Like Midtown Madness, though, the other racers are quite good, and a simple mistake often costs you first place.
The characters you'll run into are pretty kooky and sometimes quite stereotypical, and the music does start grating after a time. One thing I can say though, is I still play Midnight Club II to this day, while most of my other racers have long since hit the dust pile. There's just something about it that keeps me coming back.
Sometimes frustatingpanz3r88 | Aug. 5, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »
Midnight is a racing arcade where you must simply win one after the other the races to advance in the game to obtain better and faster cars. There is a good variety of races: sometimes you must pass through the checkpoints in a given order, other times you must decide in which order to pass all the given checkpoints. You don't race in circuits, but in some cities(Los Angeles, Paris and Tokio), so you must pay attention to other cars and the police that can disturb your race. Sometimes this elements is really annoying and make frustating any race because you will win many times if you are lucky and not due to your driving skills.
Run, run, runBozorov | June 30, 2012 | See all Bozorov's reviews »
The good: Each one of the three cities are huge and are full of shortcuts and ramps. The other competitores are effected by the incoming traffic and you can use that to gain the upper hand in the races. There are some nice graphical details like progressive damage on the player's cars.
The bad: The graphics are dated, the AI get unforgiving soon, and you can(will) lose for some little mistakes. The handling of the motorcycle is hard and takes some time to master.
Hateful and Dated Racing Gamehisnameisrob | June 1, 2012 | See all hisnameisrob's reviews »
I was very surprised by how much I disliked Midnight Club II. I loved the feel of the driving in the original Grand Theft Auto so it seems weird that in a much more recent game this aspect should be significantly worse. While driving at speed you can turn a 90 degree turn in a matter of a few feet - often when you intended a more subtle manoeuvre.
I was very disappointed with the AI cars. I took a wrong turn in a fairly short race and ended up driving around a city block to get back on course. Incredibly I caught up with and overtook the other drivers very easily... only to have one zoom past me right before the finish line when I was at maximum speed.
The game did not offer me the option to use my Gamepad.
The only reason I gave this a rating of 10 is that I was able to change graphical settings without having to quit and restart the game.