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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 copsThe 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: 37 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Polished online interface + incredible sense of speed (i.e. bikes out of hell!) + perfect arcade handling (wheelies anyone?) + plethora of modes to tinker with + no "GT3: A-Spec"-type customization or realistic physics = the best PS2 arcade racing ever made.
  2. Online racing thrills like you’ve never seen before. Combine this with a race editor that allows you to reconfigure checkpoints for your own customized races, and what we have here is a game with replay value that flies over a ramp and off the charts.
  3. 91
    An excellent online game that offers an ostensibly limitless amount of replay value, given the range of courses and numerous race alterations and variations.
  4. It strays from greatness thanks to completely frustrating AI that ends up cheating so badly, it’s not even worth playing.
  5. It's exaggerated in its look and feel, but the balance between physical realism and fantasy-tuned fun is so engaging that you begin to forget that a racing game could be fashioned any other way. [May 2003, p.68]
  6. The difficulty level is pretty high, but it's not so much annoying as it is challenging.
  7. 67
    One thing about the game will really piss you off, though, and that's the difficulty. In plain English, the A.I. is freaking brutal, and if you make one mistake in most courses, you may as well restart the race. [June 2003, p.52]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Dec 10, 2014
    10
    I absolutely loved this game. It's my favorite of the series, and is likely my favorite racing game in general. The handling in this game is aI absolutely loved this game. It's my favorite of the series, and is likely my favorite racing game in general. The handling in this game is a dream, the car selection is excellent, and the locations are full of life. I love being able to actually hit pedestrians, which no games in the series have done since. It adds more things to do with friends as well. Me and several friends have gotten together and spent a whole night trying to mortar each other and pedestrians with the SAVETHEKIDS cheat. The campaign is my favorite in the whole series and had very memorable characters and races. I still know all the shortcuts around town and can hit them perfectly. On one side, I didn't like that cars weren't customizable, but on the other side, the game's balance was much better than in MC:LA, since you didn't have to worry about other cars having upgraded parts. Your car was it, you had to beat the enemies with what cars you had and your own skill. A game like this would not be viable today, since people would complain and ask more of it, but I'd buy it again today if I had another chance. Expand
  2. JeffreyK.
    Jun 15, 2003
    10
    It's awesome. Just got it and started playing. Anyone who watches the Fast and the Furious will want this game.
  3. BillD.
    Apr 15, 2003
    10
    I loved the first one but this game is so unbelieveable the graphics the gameplay the soundtrack it is hard but still can be beat la is hardI loved the first one but this game is so unbelieveable the graphics the gameplay the soundtrack it is hard but still can be beat la is hard and paris is a whole new level of difficulty. Expand
  4. Garrett
    Jul 22, 2003
    10
    Best racing game I've played in forever. The only bad thing I think is you cant update your vehicles. The challenge is great!
  5. EricC.
    Apr 29, 2003
    9
    Midnight Club 2 joins Gran Turismo 3 and Hot Pursuit 2 among the best next-gen racing games available to date. This game is Grand Theft Auto, Midnight Club 2 joins Gran Turismo 3 and Hot Pursuit 2 among the best next-gen racing games available to date. This game is Grand Theft Auto, with all of the emphasis on the driving part. (It is made by Rockstar after all.) You have the freedom of choosing what path is best for you, and most of the time there are lots of paths to take in these open cities. The controls are excellent too, allowing the player to make there car stand on to wheels or transfer weight in mid-air with ease. The graphics hold up very smoothly also. While the sound effects are great, the terrible music selection keeps this from a 10. After 30 minutes, I turned off the music part, and played some better tunes on my stereo. Music aside, this game is a thrill-ride to play. (If only I had a network adapter...) Expand
  6. EdV.
    Jun 23, 2004
    9
    GREAT racing game!! The feeling of speed and gameplay is definitely the best of any racing game yet released.
  7. TomL.
    Apr 12, 2003
    0
    This game is brilliant.

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