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whatshot Midnight Club Los Angeles PS3 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.8
Graphics 9.1
Sound 8.8
Value 8.9
Distributor: Rockstar
Classification:
PG
Review Date:
November 2008
Reviewer:
Tyrone Williams

8.9


Midnight Club Los Angeles

What do you get when you cross Stre4et Racing with the Grand Theft IV engine? The answer is Midnight Club Los Angeles which is one of the most thrilling racing games of the year. What sets this title apart from its competitors is the sense of freedom and realism that is unparallel in the world of racing games.

Although in its essence, Midnight Club Los Angeles features all the stereotypical elements from movies such as Gone in 60 Seconds and the Fast and Furious, the title also contains a slight story to assist in immersing the gamer into this high speed racer. Even though the story takes a back seat, it does help in giving you some ownership of the cars and environment where you race.

With that in mind, In Midnight Club Los Angeles, players assume the role of a cocky newcomer who wishes to become LA's best street racer. Of course, your character has to jump through quite a few hoops and races before this can happen but this is where the charm of the game begins. As you progress through the game so does the cars that you have access to and also your competitors which become harder and harder as you race the streets of LA. It's classic street racing, however with almost unlimited racing freedom.

As the game is set in LA, there will be many landmarks which become apparent to the user and as I've been to the city of Angels before, I must admit that the developers have created a great virtual world of LA. Match that with various weather effects and different parts of the day where you can race, for example in the day or at night and the world of Midnight Club Los Angeles is a living breathing entity.

In terms of gameplay, Midnight Club Los Angeles is a racing game and in order to race, you need to find opponents and when you find someone, you give the "secret" street racing flash of your lights and you begin. Apart from racing, you can engage in a variety of missions and be careful because the police in the game are quite proactive and adds to the adrenaline rush of virtual street racing. By completing races, you are awarded money and your respect level increases which allows you to compete in harder challenges


Your opponents in Midnight Club Los Angeles are quite competent which does make the difficulty of the game slightly higher than standard racing titles. This becomes apparent when you are racing against oncoming traffic. Although at the end of the day, Midnight Club Los Angeles may feel like your stock standard street racing games, however the Grand Theft Auto IV engine really lends itself to this racing genre and truly gives you a sense of speed and once again freedome

Feeling up for multiplayer? Why not try your luck with up to 16-players online? You can even create your own races or play some of the cool pre-existing modes such as capture the flag, keepaway or stockpile. There is also a great community beginning online which allows you to showcase your abilities and victories.

Graphically, the title is a visual treat on the XBox 360 thanks to the high resolution textures and impressive background environments that boasts certain real-world parts of Los Angeles. The vehicles are exceptionally realistic and move with a real-world grace, however the star of the game are the backgrounds and special effects, including realistic lighting effects that looks brilliant on a high definition TV. Best of all, the game maintains a steady frame rate with only some slow down. however fortunately this is far and few.

In conclusion, Midnight Club Los Angeles is an entertaining street racing game that successfully uses the GTA IV engine to create an almost limitless racing environment that includes great racing and some interesting missions. Definitely for those who love the genre or want a unique racing experience.





 

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