Generally favorable reviews - based on 66 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 66
  2. Negative: 0 out of 66
  1. The pinnacle of the series - honest to the original concept, but faster and better looking. [Dec 2008, p.76]
  2. If you like racing games then you should absolutely love Midnight Club LA.
  3. By sticking to its roots, Midnight Club Los Angeles may not be a master of innovation, but as one of the most polished, finely honed and adrenaline-filled racing games, you won’t find any that do it better.
  4. As fun as Midnight Club L.A. is, it wouldn't be nearly as impressive if it weren't for the incredible visuals on display.
  5. Midnight Club: Los Angeles just might be the best racing game to come out this year.
  6. The open-world racer convinced us with its extensive tuning part and sophisticated graphics. Only the missions and events could offer more variation.
  7. Just what the doctor ordered: a fun, fast racing experience with enough content to keep you playing for months.
  8. Overall, Midnight Club Los Angeles is a superb racing game.
  9. The soundtrack is better, the characters more convincing and, for our money, the racing experience just that little bit more enjoyable.
  10. 90
    But MCLA does everything right, and has plenty of longevity packed in.
  11. 90
    If you invest the time in tricking out your ride and mastering the more challenging difficulty levels, you'll be rewarded with an adrenaline rush that you won't find anywhere else.
  12. In Midnight Club: Los Angeles’s case, the engine behind its essence—Rage—is good enough to make this title a standout, even though it isn’t particularly packed with genre-inspiring features. While this may be a letdown for those early-adopting, cutting-edge types, those who rank “go” above the “show” in the list of their racing-game prerequisites will consider Midnight Club: Los Angeles a real cream puff.
  13. 89
    Suffice to say, MCLA is the sequel we were hoping for; a ballsy, fast, challenging racing game set to a killer soundtrack. It may be a little frustrating at times, but it gets an awful lot right. Plus, it makes L.A. an appealing place, and that’s harder than you might think.
  14. Get over the hardcore challenge, though, and you’ll discover one of the most satisfying racers on the market for car nuts and noobs alike.
  15. While the technical hitches are disappointing, Midnight Club: Los Angeles is still a frantic, open experience that's even more fun for anyone familiar with the city. There's a lot of room for personalization, and the nearly overwhelming lineup of modes and events ensure that players won't be taking the bus out of town any time soon.
  16. A very challenging but rewarding game.
  17. Midnight Club Los Angeles is a great racing game that has shown itself as one of the best arcade racers on the market.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 129 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. Aug 29, 2010
    This game aggravated me at first with the difficulty but when I got the hang of it,wow it is truly a great game!I love it and the graphics are off the charts good.It puts burnout paradise to shame with the graphics and it wins in the game play by a bit.This company Rockstar is so unbelievable,there geniuses in all the games they make,for a straight up racing game,this game has got it all.For people just starting the game, don't get to frustrated in the beginning because there is a learning curb.I rate this game a 9.3. Full Review »
  2. Aug 13, 2010
    Excellent. There are loads of things to customize your car with, the races are pumped with adrenaline. The police chases even more so. I honestly can't pick out many flaws at all. Higfhly Reccomended. Full Review »
  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 Full Review »