Midnight Club: Los Angeles review (Xbox 360)

Valenka | 927d ago | User review
Reviewing: Midnight Club: Los Angeles
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Midnight Club: Los Angeles is a racing game not to be missed. I remember playing the original Midnight Club and not being too much of a fan, but started enjoying the series after its first sequel, but I'm unaware of the reason why. Regardless, the games in the series just keep getting better, and Midnight Club: Los Angeles is the best yet.

Let me first start out by saying that MCLA is a racing game unlike any other. Drifting away from the Need for Speed series, Forza, and Juiced for a moment, the game offers a small change in comparison to other racers: intense and in-depth customization. I think that's what really sold the game for me, aside from being a genuine street racing video game with an in-game cockpit view mode. I find myself attempting to win race after race just so I can trade in my previous car for a newer one that was unlocked through progressing through ranks, and then spend a good amount of time customizing it. It's not limitless customization, but I do enjoy the fact that there are a lot of items to choose from in terms of body kits, interior customization, colours and combinations, vinyls, neon lights, window tinting, and of course, vehicle performance.

I will admit, the story line is rather weak. Four years after Rockstar Games' release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and the company is still hooked on giving characters a ghetto or 'gangster' personality. "This doesn't take away from the overall quality of the game, though right?" Fa sho, fa sho my dude, fa sho. It's headache inducing though. I find myself shouting at the television, correcting the characters grammatically. "It's FOR SURE, not fa sho!" I would shout at them, to no avail. Not like I expect them to hear me or anything...but regardless. It's your basic story: young man comes to Los Angeles from an unknown town to make a name for himself in racing - slowly but surely rises through the ranks and becomes known as the "baddest racer all up and through LA."

Speaking of ghetto and gangster (pardon me if this offends anyone), but Rockstar wasn't shy to adding a plethora of rap songs in the game and only a small child's handful of rock or pop music. I felt like I was having their opinion that Los Angeles is full of gangster-ness shoved down my throat, and it was hard to enjoy the game when the only genre of music I enjoy is involved in the entire game, a mere 1.3%. I thought it was a damn shame to lack variety in music, but whatever.

The gameplay is thoroughly enjoyable - racing through the city and weaving in and out of traffic feels almost natural with this game. Every car handles differently, but slightly reminiscent to each other, so going from driving an '88 Volkswagen Scirocco to a Chevy Camaro SS to a Range Rover to an Aston Martin isn't too difficult to manage.

Midnight Club: Los Angeles is a racing game that almost any casual gamer will enjoy, despite the weak storyline and 'gangster' effect. I recommend the Complete Edition that comes with all of the downloadable content, which adds a lot more to the game.
Ups
Solid gameplay
Great variety of vehicles
Customization
Downs
Weak storyline
Too much 'gangsterism'
Lack of variety in music
Score
8.0
Graphics
7.5
Sound
8.5
Gameplay
8.5
Fun factor
0.0
Online
8.8
Overall (out of 10 / not an average)
BlmThug  +   927d ago
Quite a late review, dont you think
Valenka  +   927d ago
Oh hey, I just played it and wanted to review it. Is that okay with you, sir? [/sarcasm]
Maddens Raiders  +   925d ago
Stopped reading after -
"Speaking of ghetto and gangster (pardon me if this offends anyone... Rockstar wasn't shy to adding a plethora of rap songs" and then the useless attempt to equate & sugar coat your shallow & thoughtless comment. Get a life away from your keyboard and monitor why don't ya? You might find it's a big wonderful world full of non-cliches & stereotypes you take for granted.
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StraightPath  +   927d ago
What is this 2008?
Valenka  +   927d ago
Do point out the duration of time one has after a game is released to review it. Don't worry, I'll wait.
DeeZee  +   927d ago
I'm sure there isn't a limit on how old a game can be, so calm down.
Valenka  +   927d ago
Thanks DeeZee :)
meeples999  +   927d ago
I love this game. I'm still playing it quite regularly seeing as it's installed on my PS3. Can just spend an hour or two cruising around doing absolutely nothing. It definitely beats out alot of modern racing games in terms of free roaming and replayability.

Hm I think some of your negatives aren't actually bad things for me. The whole gangster, ghetto, whatever feel is pretty cheesy but in a good way. Listening to some of their lines makes you cringe because they're so bad but I don't ever get this in other games so I kind of welcome it.
And my taste in music in music leans towards the indie rock side but some of the rap and hip hop in this, while different, is actually not that bad. But aaanyway ignoring all that, you can always play your own music :D This game does allow you to play your own music on the PS3, one of the less common features of games.

Anyway good review and the score seems quite spot on imo :)
ZILLA  +   926d ago
MIDNIGHT CLUB DUB CITY!!!
back on the PS2 was some long nights racing online.i was in ARC club...alien racing club and it carry over to MCLA but didnt feel the same for some reason,wish i did cause the customization was AMAZING.still MC will always be the GREATEST street racing game E V E R!
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coolbeans  +   926d ago
What's with the complaints about when it was released? Users approved my KOTOR 1 & 2 reviews and seemed to enjoy them.

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Midnight Club: Los Angeles

Average Score 8.0 Reviews(123)
Release Dates
PS3 Release Dates
EU 24 October 2008
AU 24 October 2008
JP 24 October 2008
US 20 October 2008
PSP Release Dates
Xbox 360 Release Dates
EU 24 October 2008
AU 24 October 2008
JP 10 October 2008
US 20 October 2008