Midnight Club: Los Angeles Review
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Midnight Club: Los Angeles box art
System: X360, PS3, PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: Rockstar San Diego 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Rockstar 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 20, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 (16 online) 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

One thing that I greatly appreciated about Midnight Club: Los Angeles was the way it reaches out to those who find themselves blindsided by the game's intimidating difficulty. Even though you may routinely come in third or fourth in races, Midnight Club does not punish you for this. Generally, progress in the game is determined by earning "street cred" by racing against certain opponents. So, even if you come in dead last, you will still get credit for actually finishing the race and will not have to re-do the race until you get first place as you would in other titles. Instead, you will just have to participate in more races, which is probably a good thing if you are still adjusting to the game's difficulty.

Midnight Club: Los Angeles screenshot

The graphics in Midnight Club: Los Angeles are very good, and the game does a great job of bringing the city to life. Different iconic landmarks and buildings throughout the game have been integrated seamlessly, and chances are good that if you know your way around the real LA, you'll have no trouble getting around here. The cars in the game also look very good and have just the right amount of shine.

However, the crash physics in the game aren't so good, and the way that your vehicle will take damage is a little unrealistic compared to other titles. For example, if you smash into another car head-on, the front of your car will be completely untouched, however, your windows will shatter, and your car temperature will heat up. Although this is somewhat of a minor gripe, I feel as if the crash physics are becoming an increasingly important component of the automotive genre, and as the current generation of consoles moves forward, you can't just get by on last console's rules, even when it comes to minor details like car crashes.

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The sound in Midnight Club: Los Angeles is quite good and recreates the unique LA music scene well. The soundtrack consists of tunes from well-known West Coast artists like Nine Inch Nails, Beck, and The Chemical Brothers. Even if the musical artists aren't exactly your style, the soundtrack really helps get you into the world of the game. The actual automotive sounds are also very good and feature realistic engine and traffic sound effects.

Midnight Club: Los Angeles is certainly an excellent game and has proven itself as a must-own title for fans of the automotive genre. Sure, it doesn't have the grandeur and scope of the Gran Turismo series, or the freewheeling mayhem of Burnout, but it does bring a style all it's own to the genre. With plenty of rides, modes, and personality to spare, this title is definitely worthy of having a spot on your automotive mantle, as long as you're up to the challenge!

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Graphics are very detailed, and the city of Los Angeles looks very nice. Car crash physics could have been improved, however.
4.4
Control
Control scheme is fully customizable, and steering mechanics work very well.
4.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The soundtrack really nails the L.A. music scene and features many rap, hard rock, and techno tracks to get you in the mood to race!
4.5
Play Value
Story mode is very deep, and there are plenty of missions to complete. Online functionality is very intuitive and features some interesting and fun alternative modes.
4.2
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Progressive all-star soundtrack with over 100 songs, including artist exclusives along with an online portal featuring Rate My Ride, shared photo galleries, leaderboards, and monthly sponsored multiplayer races.
  • A truly seamless open-world featuring a continuous driving experience, minimal menus and load times, and multiple organic race starts.
  • Incredible selection of licensed muscle cars, tuners, exotics, motorcycles, and luxury cars with 100,000 polygon exteriors and interiors.
  • Extremely deep level of customization, including licensed aftermarket parts, decal creation system, and complete custom interiors.
  • Most authentic and stunning recreation of Los Angeles ever created, larger than all of the previous Midnight Club maps to date.
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 1080p (Full HDTV).


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