Review (October 2008)
By Kevin Nakano
Midnight Club Los Angeles is the successor to the best-selling racing game on the PSP system Midnight Club L.A. Remix. The all-new Midnight Club Los Angeles is the latest release from Rockstar Games and is available for the PLAYSTATION®3, Xbox 360® and the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. The player essentially challenges other cars to races through the streets of Los Angeles and includes surface streets as well as freeways. Winning races gives the player more respect and money, two key element for future races. The winnings can be used to finance better cars and make tweaks to the vehicle for improved looks and performance. Building up respect unlocks new races, new cars/motorcycles and performance upgrades. A wide variety of rides are available including muscle cars (Mustang 302, Camaro SS, Charger, Corvette, and Challenger), exotics (Audi R8, Saleen S7, Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster, Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster, and Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder), tuners (Mazda RX-8, Mitsubishi Evo & Eclipse, and VW R32), luxury cars (Mercedes S600 & SL65 AMG) and and even motorcycles (Ducati 999R and Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14).
Races are driven in several cities around Los Angeles including Santa Monica, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills, and Downtown LA. The graphics are amazing with impressive detail of famous venues. More common places such as 7-11's and Pizza Hut's are seen on the streets. The racing will raise your blood pressure with the highly competitive action in each of the races. The racing environment supports both day and night driving in rain or shine. Systems such as the PS3 support up to 16 players at a time for the ultimate challenge for gamers. A race editor allows users to create their own racing path with checkpoints to challenge others.
The player begins by cruising through the city looking for another racer on the map. Once identified, the player flashes their high-beams at the other driver and the race begins. The exception is when any police are nearby. This places the race in another location away from law enforcement.
Midnight Club Los Angeles does take some getting used to and the skill level needs to be developed before races can be won. For those looking for a quick and easy win, you might look elsewhere. We found Midnight Club Los Angeles to be a lot of fun and spent hours at a time learning the game. Virtually all of our cars ended up in pretty bad shape after a race with significant body damage due to impacts of all types. In many cases our car flipped over on turns taken too quickly, but the game had mercy and allowed us to continue. If the accident is really bad, the game will indicate Damaged Out and make you start over.
Midnight Club Los Angeles cars and motorcycles offer realistic dynamics especially when mated to a force feedback steering system such as Logitech's G25 or Driving Force Wireless systems. Even though the number of vehicles are somewhat limited, full customization of the interior/exterior, body packages, engine modifications makes it a tuner's dream. Hopefully updates will be added to the game in the future, making it even more fun. Several racing modes make it challenging even for the most experienced players. We spent many hours tuning our skills and finally won a few races through the streets of Los Angeles. The scenery is impressive with many famous landmarks throughout the city. The audio was average with good surround effects when passing cars and crashes. Some may find the level of difficulty too high, but we enjoyed the challenge.
- Kevin Nakano
Midnight Club: Los Angeles Downloadable Content Coming March 12
Free South Central Map Expansion and South Central Premium Upgrade feature unique new vehicles, amazing new races and more
New York, NY – February 25, 2009 – Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that downloadable content for Midnight Club: Los Angeles will arrive on March 12 for both the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. This downloadable content offers more streets to race in with the free South Central Map Expansion which expands Midnight Club: Los Angeles by one third, adding four new neighborhoods to make up the iconic district of South Central.
The South Central Premium Upgrade is the total South Central experience for Midnight Club: Los Angeles delivering nine new vehicles, 26 new races, 12 new battle maps, 10 new delivery missions, over 100 new red light races, new vinyl packs, new parts, new music and more - all for the cost of $9.99.
The free South Central Map Expansion will ensure that every racer with either Xbox 360 or PLAYSTATION 3 copies of the game can race online against players that have the South Central Premium Upgrade.
More car packs are coming soon.
The South Central Map Expansion features:
• Map expansion by one third
South Central Premium Upgrade features:
Nine new vehicles:
• 26 new races
The South Central Map Expansion and South Central Premium Upgrade for Midnight Club: Los Angeles for the Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 are rated T for Teen. For more information, please visit www.rockstargames.com/midnightclubLA.
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