gamers (67%) found this review helpful
This newest version of Midnight Club: Los Angeles, is graphically very nice and the car physics are good. The cars also look great. However it is one of those mindless street racing games requiring more luck then skill. Time after time you will find yourself within sight of the finish line running in first place, about to win the race, that's when you will be wrecked by traffic blocking both sides of the street. There's no opportunity for strategy, just mindlessly driving full throttle through the crowded streets of L.A. hoping you won't hit anything. You end up in last place more than half the time. It's also very difficult to see in the night races. It is unbelievable that Rock Star put their name on this game after creating the awesome GTA4. I mailed this game back after only a few hours of play. I would highly recommend NOT buying this game.
posted by red23la (WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA) Oct 23, 2008
Member since Feb 2008
gamers (63%) found this review helpful
The graphics of this game are great, although the locations of the landmarks are quite a bit off from there real locations in LA. The excitement dwindles from there. While racing around the city is fun at first, you begin to realize the computer controlled cars are immune to crashing into the traffic (you won't be) which makes even the very beginning races very difficult to win. If you do win, you only get about $300 at a time so you are stuck with the first car you choose for, lets say the next 8 hours of continuous gameplay. Also, each race is about 6 minutes long which doesn't seem long at first but when you are trying to win money to get a better car this is an eternity. Unfortunately I don't recommend buying this game, rent it for a couple days then send it back. Not something you would think would come out of Rockstar Games.
gamers (64%) found this review helpful
I'm simply shocked at the bad reviews I've been reading. Has everyone forgotten how hard the races were in MC3 Dub edition? I didn't even finish it. Midnight Club racing is not for the faint at heart. If you don't want hair raising action than you are playing the wrong game!
As far as winning only because of luck is concerned, yeah, granted you do sometimes accidentally hit cars and yeah, it does suck but most of the time you have to have lightning quick reflexes and have to be a good racer to avoid accidents.
Right at first, I will admit, that the physics of how the car handled kind of bothered me. But then I played around a little with the settings and found that MCLA is just mixing it up a little with offering more challenging views. Try shutting the camera shake off and/or drive in the "in car" or "static" setting and I think you will find that It is a much better experience.
As far as the lack of money is concerned, well, if you just keep playing and advancing (if your good enough) you will suddenly start getting higher pay offs for races and even a car delivery option which is really easy. There is even a pink slip option and cars rewarded sometimes for other events. Also, let's not forget that as you build up your car it gains trade-in value so you can trade in for the next level of car. I think MCLA is just trying to keep the money thing realistic and has done a good job of it.
Another thing that I think that alot of people are forgetting is that in almost every racing game you have to come in first to advance. MCLA gave an alternative to that. You don't have to win 1st to advance. How cool is that?
Overall I think MCLA is better than MC3 DUB Edition and in my opinion even most of the Need for Speeds. Now here is the kicker. I'm a huge NFS fan! MCLA is the most intense racing I've ever experienced and a pure adrenaline blast!!!
Just play for a while and change the settings. You won't be sorry unless you're terrible!