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  • Summary: The world's most notorious drivers meet each night on the streets of LA, Paris, and Tokyo. Choose from the latest performance enhanced cars and bikes and compete head-to-head to make a name for yourself. There are no rules. Drive anywhere in the city. Find the fastest route to win. The copsThe world's most notorious drivers meet each night on the streets of LA, Paris, and Tokyo. Choose from the latest performance enhanced cars and bikes and compete head-to-head to make a name for yourself. There are no rules. Drive anywhere in the city. Find the fastest route to win. The cops know you are out there - don't get caught. Race with up to 8 players throughout three massive, fully open cities in one of five online play modes. Select any car or bike that you've personally unlocked in offline arcade mode. Join a game or host one yourself via GameSpy.com. A broadband connection is required for online play - there is no slow lane on the streets of Midnight Club 2. [Rockstar Games] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Polished online interface + incredible sense of speed (i.e. bikes out of hell!) + perfect arcade handling (wheelies anyone?) + plethora of modes to tinker with + no "GT3: A-Spec"-type customization or realistic physics = the best PS2 arcade racing ever made.
  2. Online racing thrills like you’ve never seen before. Combine this with a race editor that allows you to reconfigure checkpoints for your own customized races, and what we have here is a game with replay value that flies over a ramp and off the charts.
  3. 91
    An excellent online game that offers an ostensibly limitless amount of replay value, given the range of courses and numerous race alterations and variations.
  4. It strays from greatness thanks to completely frustrating AI that ends up cheating so badly, it’s not even worth playing.
  5. Play Magazine
    80
    It's exaggerated in its look and feel, but the balance between physical realism and fantasy-tuned fun is so engaging that you begin to forget that a racing game could be fashioned any other way. [May 2003, p.68]
  6. The difficulty level is pretty high, but it's not so much annoying as it is challenging.
  7. GameNow
    67
    One thing about the game will really piss you off, though, and that's the difficulty. In plain English, the A.I. is freaking brutal, and if you make one mistake in most courses, you may as well restart the race. [June 2003, p.52]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. Dec 22, 2020
    10
    My favourite Racing Game of all time. It's perfect in every aspect and fullfil what i desire in racing games. I recommend the PC version moreMy favourite Racing Game of all time. It's perfect in every aspect and fullfil what i desire in racing games. I recommend the PC version more than the PS2 version. Expand
  2. Imadead
    Jul 10, 2003
    10
    I had a lot of fun with this game and i would recommend it.
  3. Tony
    Apr 1, 2003
    10
    THIS game rocks.
  4. CoryK.
    May 2, 2005
    10
    This is the best street racing game to date. It's all about racing. If you want customization, then check out NFSU. However, if you want This is the best street racing game to date. It's all about racing. If you want customization, then check out NFSU. However, if you want a challenging arcade street racing game, then you have to check this game out. Expand
  5. EricC.
    Apr 29, 2003
    9
    Midnight Club 2 joins Gran Turismo 3 and Hot Pursuit 2 among the best next-gen racing games available to date. This game is Grand Theft Auto, Midnight Club 2 joins Gran Turismo 3 and Hot Pursuit 2 among the best next-gen racing games available to date. This game is Grand Theft Auto, with all of the emphasis on the driving part. (It is made by Rockstar after all.) You have the freedom of choosing what path is best for you, and most of the time there are lots of paths to take in these open cities. The controls are excellent too, allowing the player to make there car stand on to wheels or transfer weight in mid-air with ease. The graphics hold up very smoothly also. While the sound effects are great, the terrible music selection keeps this from a 10. After 30 minutes, I turned off the music part, and played some better tunes on my stereo. Music aside, this game is a thrill-ride to play. (If only I had a network adapter...) Expand
  6. EdV.
    Jun 23, 2004
    9
    GREAT racing game!! The feeling of speed and gameplay is definitely the best of any racing game yet released.
  7. TomL.
    Apr 12, 2003
    0
    This game is brilliant.

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