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  • Summary: The world's most notorious drivers meet each night on the streets of LA, Paris, and Tokyo. Choose from the latest performance enhanced cars and bikes and compete head-to-head to make a name for yourself. There are no rules. Drive anywhere in the city. Find the fastest route to win. The cops know you are out there - don't get caught. Race with up to 8 players throughout three massive, fully open cities in one of five online play modes. Select any car or bike that you've personally unlocked in offline arcade mode. Join a game or host one yourself via GameSpy.com. A broadband connection is required for online play - there is no slow lane on the streets of Midnight Club 2. [Rockstar Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. The best racing game I’ve played in months, and anyone looking to release a title in this genre now should look long and hard at what Rockstar’s been able to pull off here.
  2. There isn't a better racing game to be had on the PC. If you're the fast and furious type, then curb your need for speed with Midnight Club II!
  3. If you already have a killer PC rig and that is your preferred gaming platform then it doesn't get any better than this, but considering the steep system requirements and the fact that you still need to play this game with a console-style gamepad, why not just enjoy this title on the Xbox or PS2 the way it was designed.
  4. Graphically the game looks good, but thanks to its console roots does not match the best looking games available.
  5. It is quite difficult though, so if you like your racing easy, you'd best look elsewhere - or better yet, find a cheat code.
  6. The right choice for anyone who's out for an action-packed arcade racer with smooth gameplay and miscellaneous tasks and challenges to complete on the road. The accent in this game is on addictive, high-paced arcade-style driving.
  7. It's just not particularly inspired. It's also amazing how much licensed cars are missed. [Oct 2003, p.85]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Jan 28, 2014
    10
    This game was and still is my childhood. Good thing it's available to PC users on Steam for only 9.99 USD. MC2 is one of the few games that I still play despite the fact that it's eleven years old. I doubt I'll ever quit playing it, even though the brutal AI raised my blood pressure quite often. :) Expand
  2. Feb 22, 2014
    8
    One of the better arcade racer titles to emerge from the import tuner craze of the early to mid 2000's.

    The racing in this game is
    phenomenal. If you're not playing this game at 1920x1080+ at 60fps, you're missing out on something truly spectacular. It's breath taking at high speeds, and you can really feel your heart pounding as you swerve in and out of heavy traffic through tight and wide streets alike, all commonly filled with a mass of destructible objects (pedestrians included!) and the occasional 'first-time-play' trap, which will more than likely leave you restarting the race and trying again.

    Midnight Club II has a fantastic, pumping soundtrack filled with plenty of electronic and rap to boot while you blaze through the streets of the game's three main cities: Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo. All of which are completely unique, vast and thoroughly detailed with their own neat little charms.(Although, I think Paris was the odd one out of the bunch)

    As you progress further and further, the difficulty in this game increases as expected, but not to an overwhelming level. It feels just right for the kind of game it is. You may notice that in the earlier races, you had no trouble obliterating the competition and jumping from race to race, but soon enough you'll find yourself restarting the same races repeatedly to ensure you don't make critical mistakes that could cost you a first place position.

    As for the mass of varied vehicles in this game, I can say that they all are a pleasure to drive in their own right. You generally unlock a new car every third race, but it's up to you whether or not you'll use it. I often found myself leaning towards the FWD cars, as they had a tendency to handle better than their RWD counterparts in tight places and usually boasted blistering acceleration, however there were times that I felt I absolutely needed a RWD car, especially during highway races. I felt I experienced a good balance of the two main drive train types available, especially when taking into consideration that no two vehicles in this game feel or drive the same.

    Overall, it's a really fun game that gives you a solid amount of content. For me, personally. It only took me 13 hours to complete the game 100%, but I feel it was worth it. (I have seen others take as long as 25 hours, however) Especially considering the low price of $9.99 on Steam, making it a steal. It's barely aged, and it's a true classic among arcade racers. Pick it up!
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  3. Nov 22, 2011
    8
    Yesss. To all who are here to hate about the controls, driving physics, lack of customisation etc. This isn't meant to be deep. Where it shines is in the exceptionally well-designed cities of LA, Paris and Tokyo which have a great variety of routes, fun, fast and exciting. The characters you come across are pretty varied. The game does get harder as you play thorugh. I never managed to complete the last race. Lots of races, fitting soundtrack and superb progression throughout. Only Rockstar could've made such a creative and variety-rich game. Expand

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