Midnight Club II
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"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.
A fast and fun racing game, with excellent mission structureGugi | Jan. 27, 2015 | See all Gugi's reviews »
A (semi) open-world racing game. There isn't much to discover in the world apart from other racers, so the game feels more like a linear racing game, rather than an open world one. My biggest gripe with the game is the outdated visuals, which is to be expected from a game released in 2003.
The different races and race types are fun and exciting. In almost every race there are shortcuts and tricks to discover and learn. If you are looking for a fast and fun racing game i would definitely recommend Midnight Club II
OutdatedIDprofile | May 2, 2014 | See all IDprofile's reviews »
Graphics - Looks decent for 2003 but highly outdated for 2014, runs smooth, native support for high resolutions like 5760x1080, HUD isn't centered for multi monitor displays, vehicles look similar to real vehicles but are not licensed with real names like Ford, Honda, Mazda, etc. and also no cockpit camera.
Controls - Barely supports the use of a wheel, no clutch, low resolution turning axis, very touchy, braking is violent, and no ability to counter steer.
Gameplay - Open world environment to explore and race around, voice acting, few short loading screens, police, destructible environment, no car customization other than single color paint, game avoids menus by having you instead interact with other racers ingame.
Verdict - Seems like it would have been an impressive game back in 2003. Not worth playing unless you really enjoy old arcade racing games.
An open world gem, after a decadehtp24 | Oct. 30, 2013 | See all htp24's reviews »
Midnight Club II is developed by Angel Studios (now Rockstar San Diego), the very same company who created the venerable Midtown Madness series, which turned racing games on its head. The locales aren't super detailed a la the Project Gotham Racing Series but all the major monuments of cities can be found. If you weren't able to tell, this game is an arcade racer at heart. Physics need not apply as you hurtle yourself over the Louvre. Infused with a hip-hop and EDM tracklist, the races are always an adrenaline rush. With non-taxing CPU requirements, you'll have no problems running this title on almost anything, including netbooks.
Now for the negatives: no licensed cars (but you can generally make out what they're modeled after) and the last few races in career mode can be absolutely rage inducing. Or is that a positive?
Extremely fun arcade type racing game!Oblaque | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all Oblaque's reviews »
The greatest racing game ever. It is the most FUN. The cars have varying handling physics, the opponents talk trash to keep things interesting, the courses are all wildly different, and the drift physics are the best in any driving game I've played. This is not a simulator, which is fine with me, it is a fun fun racing game.
Open World Done Righthoyvechkin | Aug. 3, 2013 | See all hoyvechkin's reviews »
Building off the unique foundation of the original Midnight Club, the sequel improves on it in every way. This game presents you with three huge open cities to explore and race through, LA, Paris, and Tokyo. As you progress through the game, you unlock new cars/bikes and some special unlocks such as the ability to race on two wheels for a speed boost. The difficulty ramps nicely as you progress, unlocking new autos when needed. The checkpoint system employed in races affords you the right amount of flexibility in the open world, without limiting you to just one 'right' path. The game also rewards exploration, through various shortcuts to be used in races. The only downside to Midnight Club II is that to some it might be starting to show its age (graphics, the story seems generic and ripped from the Fast & Furious craze), but for $10, this game is sure worth the ride.