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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: 18 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Feb 20, 2012
    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
  2. Apr 10, 2011
    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!
  3. Feb 20, 2012
    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
  4. Feb 8, 2012
    I bought the game with very high expectations as the PS2 Midnight Club was one of my favourite games. I couldn't ever quite put my finger on it, but something was wrong. I should have loved this game, but it seemed far more laboured to play and not as flowing and fun. The formula was right, but it turns out that the chemistry was all wrong. Is it a bad game? No way. It's just not that great. Expand
  5. Aug 13, 2012
    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. Jan 2, 2013
    I'm giving this game a 7 for a reason. It has a very accurate replica of LA, nice selection of cars and a decent story to it. It is very fun and can be extremely difficult with the rubberband A.I. that most games do not contain. The car handling is alright, but is for sure very unrealistic, compared to titles of this game's day. The graphics are also nice too! But there are many issues that make me give this game a 7. The missions completed in the game, become very repetitive and boring after playing for maybe just a few races. The music choice in this game has no variety and is mainly only rap. Which may only appeal to some users. This was also the first racing game I've played up to this day, where I had to adjust the controls, as soon as I first launched it. They were just horrible... The multiplayer in this game is fun, when you don't have the raging bugs and glitches that ruin the experience. There are more issues to discuss about the game, but I don't have all day and night to write about them. But my main saying about the game is, buy if you want to have a new racing game to play, but to beware of the issues the game contains. Expand
  7. Feb 13, 2012
    This is probably the first game I ever picked up and said was garbage. Looking for a fun racing local-multiplayer game, I found a racing game that had no multiplayer, hard to navigate maps, bad controls, and an uninspiring single player mode. Expand

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