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- On the streets of Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles, a group of notorious Drivers race on city streets, behind the wheels of the latest performance-enhanced cars & bikes. You are now a member of this Midnight Club, and are trying to reach the top of your ranks!
- There are no rules here -- use any route, shortcut or driving technique it takes to make it to the checkpoint first
- Incredible new vehicles, driving physics and mechanics for white-knuckle racing
- Compete against the Computer in Story Mode as you win the pumped-up rides of your opponents
- Master the evasive tactics you'll need to avoid law enforcement and still come out ahead in the race
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The game begins with you in the charge of a slob named Moses. He acts as tutor, teaching you how to control your beater car and how to use power-ups, as well as offering overall moral support. He teaches you how to go about the business of the game: earning new gear such as Nitrous Oxide, new cars, and even new controls. The award of new controls later in the game show how you're a novice driver at the start but by the end you're a pro who can land on all four wheels after a jump, expertly control a power slide turn, and much, much more.
Much of the game consists of cruising around three large and well rendered cities: Paris, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. You don't just challenge someone to a race or sign up for an event and show up. Instead you get a map and have to follow a red dot. The dot is a rival racer. Once you track and chase him down, you flash your high beams and then you can race him. It's a clever way of giving you a warm up, keeping you immersed in the game, and best of all, teaching you the layout of each city.
Racing is fun, fast, and furious. This isn't a simulation, it's an arcade-style racer--but the physics system is internally consistent so it feels more "realistic" than it actually is. Rockstar has put a premium on keeping you in control, keeping the thrill-factor high, and giving you a heart stopping sense of speed. The graphics are fantastic and the cities are incredibly detailed. As a counter-point, the voice acting is just plain awful.
Midnight Club II offers a wide range of game modes ensuring it will be playable for a long time to come: career, mission, and a mode that lets you just jump into a race. Multiplayer is possible in hotseat mode, but it also supports Internet play. Internet lag is bad over dial-up modem (PS2), but broadband players (Xbox Live or PS2) will find the game silky smooth. All of this makes Midnight Club II a great addition to any videogame racing fan's library, but a must for online fans.--Bob Andrews
- Great physics, intense action
- Excellent graphics
- Plenty of game modes, including broadband multiplayer
- Poor voice acting
Top Customer Reviews
The game obviously has its origins in Rockstar's "Grand Theft Auto III". Everything from the feel of the cars to the look of the city and the behavior of the pedestrians can be traced to that game. MCII obviously adds lots of bells and whistles to the basic driving controls. You have nitrous boosts, can control the balance of the car in mid-air, and can earn "slipstream turbo" by drafting behind other cars until a meter fills up and turns red.
The cityscapes are great, with nice recreations of L.A., Paris and Tokyo. There are tons of hidden alleys, jumps, parking garages, and shopping malls to explore.
The cars are mediocre. You won't find actual Acuras or Ferraris here. Instead, the game gives us cars loosely modeled on actual vehicles. The models are okay, but are not as polished as, say, Burnout 2, another game with fictitious cars.
The actual racing is pretty fun, though. Most involve having to hit a series of checkpoints scattered throughout the city. There is lots of room for finding your own path, taking advantage of the aforementioned alleys, ramps and passages.
However, the game is pretty tough. I found I probably have to replay each race about 10 times before winning. Also, in each race you basically have to come in first. There is no bronze medal for placing third, you'll have to start over. Basically it is impossible to win a race on your first time out, as you can do in Project Gotham 2 and Burnout 2. The difficulty may be one of the game's biggest drawbacks. In fact, when I first got it, I eventually just quit because I wasn't having any fun doing the same race over and over.Read more ›
But there are too many problems with this game, making it frustrating. First off the get the checkpoints in any order is a really annoying way to race. And while I don't mind a challenge I don't want to play a race 20 times until I beat it if it's not fun after the first 5. The gamemakers really should have put in an difficulty setting, instead of making you use a cheat code which either makes it way too easy or doesn't seem to do anything at all.
There are problems with the controls. Not the steering, the steering is tight and feels natural; none of the button set-up make much sense. Another problem is no option to use your own soundtracks as BGM. Every other racing game I've ever played on the Xbox has had this option so why not this one?
While the game has a nice sense of speed and style, it's just not nearly as fun as Burnout 2.
I rented this game from a local video store, and kept it for 2 months, my mom owed them 50 dollars.
This game is fun, especially with cheats on .
You can cruise all day, make road blocks with cars, shoot guns and rockets from your car(WITH CHEATS), and whatever you like. this is probably the most reccomended game out there. (BUY ME)
Thanks Rockstar, for a kick ass game.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
brings back old memories of playing this game back when I was younger and its still fun as always and this is a really good gamePublished 21 months ago by 立華かなで
the game works in there is nothing wrong with it. It is and came with the case and the original booklet.Published on April 25, 2014 by Richard
Hi it is fun it is cool it is awesome it is the I think you would like it and you should buy itPublished on April 6, 2014 by Elisa Pope
it was everything it was advertised no actual named cars but still fun anyways very good game would play for hoursPublished on March 13, 2014 by chad r
I like the old school xbox stuff and the game amazon has a great selection of grames thank you very muchPublished on January 2, 2014 by Randy Leaseburge
This game lets me run over pepople and crshe into street lgihts. It also lets me get chrste by cops.Published on September 20, 2013 by James