Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
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  1. AceGamez
    A perfect blend of arcade style action, mixing the best of Midnight Club 2, Midtown Madness, Need for Speed Underground and Burnout 3. With a combination like that, you really can't go wrong.
  2. Game Informer
    There wasn't one moment during my time with this game that I wasn't engaged and having fun. Ultimately, that's the mark of a great title in any genre. [May 2005, p.106]
  3. There are literally only a handful of racers released in the past few years that can even come close to the experience that this game provides; the customization, sense of speed, longevity, sound, and graphics all are about as perfect as can be expected.
  4. PSM Magazine
    Yes, even our beloved "Burnout 3: Takedown" must yield to this monster of a racer. [June 2005, p.72]
  5. The game is worth the price of admission for the customization alone, but throw in near perfect graphics, great sound, a plethora of game modes and online play and you have a racing game that is one of the best on the market.
  6. Officially the king of the street racer gaming scene. No other title out there delivers this much speed, customization, or outright fun at all.
  7. The game’s gameplay is solid, the car customization is in-depth, the online modes are effective, and even the use of DUB Magazine seems helpful.
  8. We’ve seen importing tuner games and we’ve seen illegal racing games but not at the addictive and exquisitely detailed level of Midnight Club 3.
  9. Clearly the best game of its kind.
  10. 92
    An insanely fast, chaotic, and progressive racing game that betters the second with more accessible racing, without losing its competitive edge.
  11. In MC3 everything is real big. Customisation real big, vehicles real big, racing real big, online real big, adrenaline real big.
  12. Like with the Grand Theft Auto titles, a lot of credit has to be given to Rockstar for creating huge, seamless environments that act as your own playground of racing mayhem.
  13. Has everything that an import tuner nut could ever want. Heck, this game has everything a racing fan could ever want.
  14. 90
    It's the first game where I've actually felt a sense of attachment to my customized car, and it's one of the most entertaining racing games around.
  15. 90
    Aside from minor framerate niggles, DUB is one of the finest racers to hit the market in recent memory, and it's certainly the king of the tuner racer scene, without a doubt.
  16. Creates the most exhilarating sensation of speed in a videogame as well as offering the most comprehensive modification package in a street racing title yet.
  17. While the majority of gamers kick around inside Gran Turismo 4, I know where my racing allegiance lies. This game even manages to destroy the hallowed Burnout series to easily claim the arcade racing crown, and that’s no small feat. Grab your wallets and, uh, race to the store.
  18. Super powers and the most comprehensive list of substitutable parts possible alone isn't quite sufficient to slice into the series with a fresh enough cutting edge.
  19. You cannot go wrong by picking up a copy of this game.
  20. While still similar in many ways to Midnight Club 2, the two remain sufficiently different that neither negates the other.
  21. DUB redlines on the gorgeous meter. Everything blurs and tunnels to help convey a giddy feeling of speed—and then you hit the nitrous.
  22. A great addition to the Midnight Club series. The only disappointing setback is the environmental detail and the bland cars driving in the cities. Just about everything else about MC3 provides for an amazing racing experience.
  23. Pelit (Finland)
    The incredible speed and freeform routes are the major high points. The tuning options are excellent, too. [July 05]
  24. Holy crap can this game be good, but just as easily and twice and often, it's so bad you'll hate yourself for retrying that race for the 20th time. If only the challenge were eased off just a bit more, this game would have been a must-have.
  25. Fun and addicting for one obvious reason. It’s an insanely high-speed arcade style racing game that’s faster than any other racing experience out there.
  26. Play Magazine
    You've got blinding speed, and more than enough distinct cars to tinker with to push that insane speed even harder. [June 2005, p.57]
  27. 84
    The game is superb and well worth picking up for any race fan. In fact, it’s probably the best street racing and car-tuning combination game available to buy and the three cities and continual urge to upgrade your garage of vehicles will keep you busy for weeks.
  28. The career mode, with its lengthy list of races and deep customization mode, would by itself make the game worthwhile. However, the addition of entertaining online play, arcade races, and a race editor really makes this one of the best street racers currently on the market.
  29. Perhaps the biggest problem with Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition is the car control, which once again is just too simple.
  30. The garage feature in Midnight Club 3 offers so many different customization and tuning options that it could've easily been its own car customization game.
  31. 80
    Tuners can go crazy creating a fully customized garage, and pure race fans can get off on the sense of speed.
  32. 80
    The auto graphics shine throughout. Whether you're into tuning or just customizing your ride, Midnight Club 3 is more than roadworthy.
  33. Having experienced Need For Speed and Burnout on numerous occasions, Gamestyle can wholeheartedly confirm that Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition is the most complete - and satisfying - package to date.
  34. The eye-watering speed is exhilarating and enhanced by stomach-churning nitrous boosts.
  35. A thrilling, entertaining racer that's sadly lacking polish. Worth a look, nonetheless.
  36. 80
    Although the graphics engine chugs along at times, this is an excellent arcade racer that manages to raise the bar in the overcrowded, clichéd street racing genre.
  37. The options in Midnight Club 3 may not be as limitless as the work at West Coast Customs, but you'll definitely end up with a unique garage to show off online.
  38. 74
    Technical faults such as difficultly seeing where you're going and suspect frame-rates are serious issues when it comes to games of such speed requiring cat like reflexes.
  39. games(TM)
    There’s little here that inspires us to recommend DUB Edition above any of the other pimping opportunities that are either out already or due to make an appearance soon, and it’s certainly only worth bothering with if you’re willing to invest a fair bit of time. [May 2005, p.120]
  40. Pelaaja (Finland)
    Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition cannot be blamed for a lack of trying, but when you are facing formidable competition ("Need for Speed"-franchise), trying is just not good enough. [May 2005, p.66]
  41. Edge Magazine
    There’s no question that DUB Edition can be pleasurable, especially in the multiplayer games, but the Career mode too often feels like graft. There are tournaments, one-off street races and ‘special’ events, but each individual race feels much the same as the last. [June 2005, p.92]

Awards & Rankings

#26 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#68 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 72
  2. Negative: 5 out of 72
  1. Dec 26, 2013
    What an incredibly fun game this still is. I have completed 100% of mc3de. I have remix as well,. This game was the best street racing gameWhat an incredibly fun game this still is. I have completed 100% of mc3de. I have remix as well,. This game was the best street racing game money could buy back in the day. Even better than nfs underground. The cars look amazing. The graphics were top notch for ps2 hardware. The soundtrack was catchy and fit perfectly with the atmosphere of the street racing seen. I'm keeping my ps2 for as long as possible. This will be a game that i will still play in the future again. Its almost a decade old too. Love it! Full Review »
  2. Apr 9, 2013
    I don't always enjoy racing games that much. They're mostly the same thing over and over again. Sometimes there's a challenge, sometimes thereI don't always enjoy racing games that much. They're mostly the same thing over and over again. Sometimes there's a challenge, sometimes there isn't. But this game is fun as hell. Even the story is fun. Racing games shoudl be like this. Full Review »
  3. May 25, 2017
    This game made my chilhood. Плохо знаю Английский, так что больше первого предложения написать не смогу. Вообщем, мне очень жаль чтоThis game made my chilhood. Плохо знаю Английский, так что больше первого предложения написать не смогу. Вообщем, мне очень жаль что Рокстаровцы не смогли сделать достойное продолжение этой игре... Игра очень хороша, для 2005 года думаю графика терпимая, к тому же в ней гораздо больше запчастей для тюнинга, нежели в той же НФС. Full Review »