Generally favorable reviews - based on 66 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 66
  2. Negative: 0 out of 66
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  1. 85
    Midnight Club: Los Angeles is a great racing experience with a few mars on its paint job. The cars handle fantastically, the city is nearly perfect, the GPS stuff is awesome and customizing your ride is great. It is way too hard, however, even right from the start.
  2. Midnight Club is fast, beautiful, and way too hard.
  3. Just what the doctor ordered: a fun, fast racing experience with enough content to keep you playing for months.
  4. If you’re into customizable racing games, this one is for you. It’s hard to go wrong with the amount of options and car tweaking possible in this game. If you’re more into arcade racers, "Burnout Paradise" is still the king of the road. MCLA is a competent racer, however, and while flawed, offers an awesome driving experience.
  5. Sure, it doesn't have the grandeur and scope of the Gran Turismo series, or the freewheeling mayhem of Burnout, but it does bring a style all it's own to the genre. With plenty of rides, modes, and personality to spare, this title is definitely worthy of having a spot on your automotive mantle, as long as you're up to the challenge!
  6. Basically, I really enjoyed Midnight Club LA, but I was hardly amazed by it. It's a really solid arcade style racer with a lot of flashy stuff going for it, but it doesn't really do anything new or exciting, and it's not going to be the game to replace a couple other high profile racing titles on the 360 or PS3.
  7. For anyone who likes racing games, particularly street racing games, Midnight Club: Los Angeles is definitely at the top of the pack this year. The customizable vehicles, music, online gameplay, varied game modes, and, most importantly, fast racing all combine to make this one of the best racers out there.
  8. 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.
  9. 80
    With an equal amount of attention to detail across the board, Midnight Club: Los Angeles is a fun racer that won't bog you down with menu after menu of tuning specs and testing screens.
  10. Games Master UK
    The pinnacle of the series - honest to the original concept, but faster and better looking. [Dec 2008, p.76]
  11. 75
    While MC:LA won't necessarily wow you beyond its technical achievements -- it sticks too close to the feel and formula of preview MC games -- it still offers plenty of thrilling (and sometimes frustrating) driving.
  12. 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.
  13. Midnight Club: Los Angeles is an Old-School Arcade: Difficult, spectacular, sometimes absurd… This game will irritate all of those who want serious simulation, but will captivate those who are amused "simply" taking their engines to its maximum power.
  14. All in all, I found that Midnight Club: L.A. is an incredibly enjoyable, but flawed racing game that succeeds at offering an excellent virtual L.A. and a great deal of fun racing action, but also requires you to jump through far too many hoops to fully enjoy the game.
  15. Midnight Club: Los Angeles isn't without a few problems, including a steep learning curve, unfair artificial intelligence and a lack of originality. However, that shouldn't keep you from having a great time as you race around one of the best looking recreations of Los Angeles I have ever seen!
  16. 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.
  17. Midnight Club Los Angeles is an excellent game brought down by its maddening difficulty level. It’s unfortunate to see Rockstar San Diego fall back into that ditch with this game seeing as how the rest of the package is loaded with arcade racing goodness.
  18. AceGamez
    With the exception of the unbalanced AI, occasionally infuriating difficulty and arguable lack of series progression, Midnight Club: Los Angeles is a triumph in every respect.
  19. An extremely solid racer with moments of greatness; but just enough flaws to keep it from the ranks of the classics. [Dec 2008, p.82]
  20. Midnight Club LA stays loyal to the series and is by far the most complete and finished version. The game is still a little bit unforgiving and frustrating but keeps it to a minimum. In contradiction, the game offers a very lively Los Angeles and the controls offers you exactly what need: to manouvre through traffic with mind boggling speed.
  21. Rockstar invites us to the great city of Los Angeles. You are a newbie who tries to climb the ladder of success in the world of urban racing. Race against all kind of rivals, escape from police, and enjoy the many modes available, both online and offline. The lower feature of the game is its huge difficulty, which affects the fun factor.
  22. There’s a lot to like in Midnight Club: Los Angeles, but the rubber band races mar the experience. Street racing fans will enjoy the game, but others may find it less frustrating to stick to Burnout Paradise.
  23. Despite a lopsided difficulty Midnight Club L.A. is quite enjoyable, especially if the previous installments hit home.
  24. Midnight Club: Los Angeles is most successful when it keeps things simple. The game's checkpoint events and time trials are the best we've seen, and the option to create circuits from scratch adds the potential for some truly epic contests. For slick graphics, intelligent design and pure arcade fun, this is the racing game to keep your motor running this winter.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. The breathtaking speed that we've come to expect from Midnight Club remains intact and better than ever on the streets of Los Angeles, becoming the most well-rounded instalment to date.
  28. You'll really dig the option of outrunning cops and keeping up with your rival makes this one revved up adventure that Midnight Club never runs out of gas.
  29. Rockstar has gone all out to make a great street racer with this latest Midnight Club release. Packed with hours of gameplay and incredible visuals, you'll probably still be playing as your Christmas dinner gets cold.
  30. Rockstar San Diego has created something good here, so if they release a patch that eases things up a bit, they’ll have something even better. If you are looking for something more beginner-friendly, you may just want to give it a rental first.
  31. The soundtrack is better, the characters more convincing and, for our money, the racing experience just that little bit more enjoyable.
  32. Midnight Club: Los Angeles is a straightforward street racing title with a lot of bells and whistles.
  33. The gameplay could use a tune-up, and more of a plot would’ve been appreciated, but fans of the Midnight Club series, and street racing in general, will not be disappointed.
  34. If you like racing games then you should absolutely love Midnight Club LA.
  35. Overall, Midnight Club Los Angeles is a superb racing game.
  36. 82
    Midnight Club: Los Angeles captures an unmatched sense of speed coupled with a fantastic representation of a real-life city, and a stylish veneer which is observed all the way from the game's slick intro sequence to the final race you drive. The very challenging difficulty will not go unnoticed by casual gamers, and perhaps a handicap would have alleviated this problem. Still, as far as action-packed racing goes, it doesn't get much better than this.
  37. With a car (and motorcycle) list that pushes 50 vehicles, tons of customization options for each ride, and a well-realized recreation of LA to race through, this edition of Midnight Club is a worthy debut for the series on the current generation of consoles.
  38. Midnight Club: Los Angeles offers up an entertaining ride around the city, with plenty to keep you busy from getting away from pursuing police to meeting and beating the competition, all in the name of taking their rides, earning money and more importantly, some respect along the way.
  39. 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.
  40. Still, these neat little touches can't justify the purchase of this game by themselves, and the rest of Midnight Club Los Angeles just has too many less-than-next-gen issues to warrant choosing it over the outstanding Burnout Paradise.
  41. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Not pretty, but smart as a whip, and constantly quick and accessible. [Christmas 2008, p.74]
  42. But the greatest advice for gamers is to skip the offline and head straight to the online play if you want to get the most out of your game. Online features the opportunity to play with up to 16 players through several different modes. It’s hands down the best aspect of the game as, after awhile, you’ll become increasingly bored with the single-player campaign.
  43. Midnight Club: Los Angeles just might be the best racing game to come out this year.
  44. A very challenging but rewarding game.
  45. The open-world racer convinced us with its extensive tuning part and sophisticated graphics. Only the missions and events could offer more variation.
  46. Midnight Club Los Angeles is a decent game in all respects apart from the insane difficulty.
  47. Midnight Club Los Angeles is a great racing game that has shown itself as one of the best arcade racers on the market.
  48. There is so much to do, so many vehicles to buy and equip, fabulous online support and a great atmosphere overall.
  49. If you like racing games and customising your car get Midnight Club: Los Angeles. Apart from the fact that the AI difficulty setting is locked on "Nightmare" it's a flawless street racing experience. Just be prepared to scream at your TV a couple of times until you come to grips with the fact that You. Will. Never. Win.
  50. The game may feel like it’s treading an extremely well-worn path but with a plethora of races on offer, so many customisation options and a superb online mode, Midnight Club L.A sets a high standard for other street racers to follow, and EA’s Need for Speed could have a lot of catching up to do.
  51. Midnight Club: Los Angeles has the right concepts in place with plenty of realized potential, but much still untapped.
  52. 84
    Midnight Club: Los Angeles is unarguably a high quality racer that admirably bridges the gap between a freeform gaming world and a more structured race setup. Yet for all its visual thrills, extensive (if never exhaustive) customisation options and high production values, it feels as though Rockstar San Diego has played it a little too safe here.
  53. 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.
  54. A dominance of circuit based racers means Midnight Club: Los Angeles is quite a breath of fresh air in the run up to the Christmas season.
  55. 90
    But MCLA does everything right, and has plenty of longevity packed in.
  56. 85
    Detailed beyond most players' interests, the game still manages to be broadly accessible thanks to simple controls, a smooth mission structure, and jaw-droppingly stunning graphics.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 146 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 146
  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 areThis 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. IExcellent. 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 getOne 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 »