Generally favorable reviews - based on 53 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 53
  2. Negative: 1 out of 53
  1. 100
    A perfect blend of arcade style action, mixing the best of Midnight Club 2, Midtown Madness, Need for Speed Underground and Burnout 3. With a combination like that, you really can't go wrong.
  2. There wasn't one moment during my time with this game that I wasn't engaged and having fun. Ultimately, that's the mark of a great title in any genre. [May 2005, p.106]
  3. It not only outshines the competition with its addictive racing modes (and one killer online multiplayer mode) but it also offers enough goodies for the import tuner crowd to sink their teeth into.
  4. The actual racing won't disappoint either with tight handling and a forgiving, over-the-top physics engine. There's no realism here and who would want any in this type of game.
  5. Officially the king of the street racer gaming scene. No other title out there delivers this much speed, customization, or outright fun at all.
  6. The game is worth the price of admission for the customization alone, but throw in near perfect graphics, great sound, a plethora of game modes and online play and you have a racing game that is one of the best on the market.
  7. Long after you're finished building your automotive empire, you'll still have editable races, online contests and simple cruising sessions at your disposal. It's good for a quick play or for a long stretch.
  8. The game's gameplay is solid, the car customization is in-depth, the online modes are effective, and even the use of DUB Magazine seems helpful.
  9. 92
    While graphically MC3 doesn't have the chops of Criterion's "Burnout" (which runs at 60 FPS), Rockstar's game does offer open city courses, more cars on screen simultaneously, a custom feature, special moves, and what appears to be a more robust and much deeper online component than its opponents.
  10. It fits squarely between "Need for Speed: Underground 2" (a game I didn't like) and "Burnout 3: Takedown" (a game I loved), but tends to lean very close to Burnout 3 on the scale.
  11. An absolute blast to play. It nails the street-racing scene perfectly, melding it with some stunning visuals and sound, and gives it all a nitrous boost in the form of some top notch gameplay.
  12. This game has everything a racing fan could ever want. What it lacks in graphical delivery the audio department and sense of speed more then make up for.
  13. Has everything that an import tuner nut could ever want. Heck, this game has everything a racing fan could ever want.
  14. Loaded with replay value. It's a massive game to beat.
  15. The controls have been perfectly fitted around the Xbox Controller with everything feeling in the right place.
  16. Creates the most exhilarating sensation of speed in a videogame as well as offering the most comprehensive modification package in a street racing title yet.
  17. If there's one notable flaw in Midnight Club 3, it's that the graphics can't quite hang with "NFS Underground 2." [June 2005, p.72]
  18. The gameplay and control is what makes Midnight club, Midnight Club. It's an arcade racer at heart, with easy to handle cars, and really good controls. (that you can completely remap to your liking in the options menu, allowing for manual shifting as well) Even when your blazing at super high speeds, you still feel like you're in control.
  19. 90
    It's the first game where I've actually felt a sense of attachment to my customized car, and it's one of the most entertaining racing games around.
  20. 90
    The crashes will make you laugh, the corners will make you irritated, but all round this game has a whole lot of awesome fun crammed in to the disc.
  21. It's addictive with plenty of high speed, high flying racing action and having bikes is a great drawcard as well.
  22. Realistic graphics, a real sense of speed and tight controls all add up to Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition being a flat-out adrenalin rush of a game.
  23. The rides are truly sweet and the inclusion of trucks and bikes is magic. If there is one racer that burns mojo nitro it's Midnight Club 3.
  24. 90
    One of the greatest Racing games I as a gamer have ever played... Rockstar made a great choice by affiliating with DUB.
  25. 90
    Aside from minor framerate niggles, DUB is one of the finest racers to hit the market in recent memory, and it's certainly the king of the tuner racer scene, without a doubt.
  26. It has deep gameplay that makes "Need For Speed Underground" look like a Lego car.
  27. What MC3 lacks in grace and polish it more than makes up for with its raw power and sheen of cool.
  28. It's almost a guarantee your ride will wind up being a reflection of your personality.
  29. The gameplay is fast and furiously addicting, and even though the overall difficulty is generally way too easy (thanks to slipstream turbo), there are plenty of random events that will cause you to lose more than your fair share of races.
  30. While still similar in many ways to Midnight Club 2, the two remain sufficiently different that neither negates the other.
  31. DUB redlines on the gorgeous meter. Everything blurs and tunnels to help convey a giddy feeling of speed-and then you hit the nitrous.
  32. The incredible speed and freeform routes are the major high points. The tuning options are excellent, too. [July 05]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. JohnnyZ.
    Aug 29, 2006
    This game is pretty tight!
  2. ArmandoD.
    Sep 5, 2005
    This is better than NFSU 2... Couple of days i just wanted to play, play and play this game... Sounds of this game really sucks... it ruins the feeling when your 1000cc tuned racing bike sounds like 50cc scooter... and your tuned impreza sounds like nissan micra. Full Review »
  3. Josh
    May 20, 2005
    I coudn't stop playing it! I even skipped 2 days of school to keep on playing it.