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  • Summary: Whether driving by the beach or beating the competition by cutting through a parking garage at 200 mph, Midnight Club: Los Angeles provides a seamless, breathtaking environment for everyone who loves to compete. With no load times, no tracks, and no rules, the game allows players to race who they want, when they want, and where they want in an unbelievable recreation of Los Angeles. A racing game is nothing without the great cars and Midnight Club: Los Angeles allows extensive customization of vehicles for both performance and appearance. Players can now fully personalize their officially licensed imports, tuners, classic muscle cars and motorcycles both inside and out with a dizzying array of licensed rims, spoilers, interior gauges, tires and more. [Rockstar Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. Where other street racing games have been re-branded, re-built or have fallen by the wayside, Midnight Club: Los Angeles has been polished up to be the pinnacle of the series, and one of the most exciting arcade racing games of 2008.
  2. The best racing game out on the market today PERIOD.
  3. A very challenging but rewarding game.
  4. "Burnout"'s more 'Hollywood', but MC:LA's the purer arcade racer. [Dec 2008, p.76]
  5. The game is frustrating, the rubberband A.I. does suck, and there are some unusually poor design choices, but with a large city, good customization, good visuals, terrific audio, and solid online gameplay, Midnight Club is still worth taking a look at.
  6. Sure, you may enjoy the challenge of this game and the time you must invest to achieve the goals set before you, but at the end of the day this game is frustrating from start to finish.
  7. I really enjoy the look and feel of Midnight Club: Los Angeles, and there's a good amount of content here, but the severe difficulty level makes it all much harder to appreciate. It's punishing, but if you're up for it, there are some sights worth seeing here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Apr 10, 2011
    10
    This is a great racing game. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. The A.I. may be mercilessly hard and you may get really frustrated after playing the same race 20 times without winning, but in the end it's all a part of the experience, and that's where rockstar gets it right. the overall experience is so good it makes you forget about the little issues you may have with the game. Rockstar, i take my hat off to you, well done indeed!

    perfect 10!
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  2. Feb 20, 2012
    10
    One of The BEST racing games this gen, really underrated too, i mean how can an AMAZING game like this get a 7 or 8 while other **** games get 8 and 9 believe me.. you MUST buy this game.. Its really fun, the story is also AMAZING! You will really like this game, I highly recommend this game to everyone with a console Expand
  3. Feb 20, 2012
    10
    WHY THE **** are some people rating this AMAZING game 0 , This is an Amazing game.. One of The BEST racing games this gen, A little underrated too, i mean how can an AMAZING game like this get an 7 or 8 while other **** games get 8 and 9 believe me.. you MUST buy this game.. Its really fun, the story is also AMAZING! You will really like this game, I highly recommend this game to everyone with a console Expand
  4. Aug 18, 2012
    8
    I have fully enjoyed the open world racing. Nice looking graphics for 2008 standards. Car physics are about as good as they can get for a game. Lots to do. Very exciting races and a decent story attatched to it. Expand
  5. Aug 13, 2012
    7
    Midnight Club LA is a good way to spend a hours of the day. Technically shines and the races, offline and online, are exiting. But, this game can be extremely difficult to play, that sometimes you will throw your controller and not play it. And the incoming traffic can be really annoying at times. But this game is worth, I just don't recommend to the gamers that don't like hard games. 73 out of 100 Expand
  6. May 21, 2011
    7
    THIS GAME IS WAAAAAAY TOO HARD. They start you off with these piece of **** cars and make you beat times that other racers set in better cars. the game is just way too difficult i dont care if your the best driver in the world you cant win if yu have slow cars... i broke my game i got so pissed at it. Dont buy this game. Expand
  7. Apr 21, 2014
    1
    The AI is bad, the races are too scripted, the handling is horrible. This game is a complete garbage. Dont lose your money. If you're easily impressed then this game could be good for you. If you want a good racing game stay far from it. Expand

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