Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. Its fresh twist on the traditional racing model and creative gameplay make this one of the few titles in a flooded genre that really stands out.
  2. Daily Radar
    The graphics are very impressive, the sense of speed is downright frightening (especially when played from the cockpit of the car) and the graphics are an amazing amalgam of detail and functionality.
  3. Instead of flying over hills and sometimes jumping into buildings, as you do in "Rush," MC keeps the racing more down-to-earth.
  4. 86
    In addition to the litany of cars, the huge cities are riddled with secrets and original ways to make shortcuts, which makes single player gameplay and two-player games extremely fun.
  5. An extremely fun arcade-style racer.
  6. Antagonist
    Midnight Club is "Driver" with ten times the graphics and one half the fun.
  7. 80
    They've definitely provided you with huge maps on which to race and some tough opponents to race against, but the whole city looks drab and plain.
  8. The score gets dragged down just a bit by the short length and some AI problems, but this is still a fun game.
  9. 80
    The sense of speed and immersion is compelling, squealing around tight corners is a joy due to perfect control and the races themselves will keep players' knuckles white as they try to evade every day traffic while still outracing the cops and smashing their components into buildings.
  10. The sense of speed, the detailed graphics, and most of all, the fun makes this a great addition to the PS2 lineup.
  11. The collision physics make flipping pedestrians over your car seem realistic, as well as barbarically satisfying.
  12. A nice breakaway from the norm of arcade racing games, and is definitely worth a look for its impressive visuals and addictive (but sometimes a little on the frustrating side) gameplay.

Awards & Rankings

#10 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2000
#16 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2000
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Aug 4, 2014
    Where the great Midnight Club series began. It's now available on the PS Store. For a game that was released in 2000, this game looks great.Where the great Midnight Club series began. It's now available on the PS Store. For a game that was released in 2000, this game looks great. Races can, however, be a pain to beat, and this seem to carry over in each iteration of MC. If you want to see where it all began, or just want to collect all MC games, then buy this. I should warn you though, that customization-wise, it isn't deep as the later games. Full Review »
  2. LexT.
    Jun 18, 2007
    This game sucks! hated it. no plot, no racing, no sense of direction.
  3. JackM.
    Jun 1, 2004
    Na m8, it alright, but gets a bit she ite afta a while, but da 2 player mode if phat eveen though ben n is better at it den me.