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    Cop Races Walkthrough by Minesweeper

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    "This document Copyright 2001-2002 Nathan Norris"
    
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    Midnight Club: Playstation 2 version - Cop Races Walkthrough Version 1.4
       By: Minesweeper (Nathan Norris) Email:  minesweeper1@hotmail.com
                                               minesweeper2@hotmail.com
    
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    Last updated:  8/14/02
    
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    ATTENTION!  READ BEFORE SENDING AN EMAIL!:
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    This guide is EXCLUSIVELY about the two cop races.  Any questions concerning
    anything else in the game will be ignored and deleted.  I stopped playing
    the game a long time ago anyway, so I wouldn't have any idea what you were
    talking about.  If you need advice on any thing in this game other than the
    cop races, then I advise you to look at HWesley's FAQ/Walkthrough at this
    URL:
    
    http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/ps2/game/27611.html
    
    Table of Contents
    
    1:  Introduction
    2:  Revision History
    3:  Cop Race Tips
    4:  Walkthrough
    5:  Thanks
    6:  E-mail Policy
    7:  Copyright
    
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    1:  Introduction
    
    I know you have been extremely frustrated with these cop car races and you
    are just about ready to cut the disc in half.  But please!  Put down your
    industrial-strength hedge clippers and put the game back in the disc tray.
    I will guide you through these two nauseatingly difficult races and earn you
    the police cars you so rightly deserve!  I will help you sail the stormy sea
    of police and pass through with only your roof missing, and the radiator
    crunched, and doors blasted off, and, and...uhhh, OK you get the picture ;)
    Well, let's move on, shall we?
    
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    2:  Revision History
    
    Version 1.0 2/24/01 - First Edition
    
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    Version 1.1 7/22/01 - Added a new e-mail policy and a new copyright which
    will be standard on all guides I make from now on.
    
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    Version 1.2 11/26/01 - I am adding onto all my PSX and PS2 guides a notice
    that psxcodez.com may use my guides for those systems.
    
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    Version 1.3 3/24/02 - All I did was post the notice at the top of the FAQ to
    stop the annoying flow of email that does NOT concern what this guide is
    about.
    
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    Version 1.4 8/14/02 - I have a small copyright revision today and a new 
    email address.  http://faqs.ign.com may now host my guides, and my new email 
    address is minesweeper2@hotmail.com.
    
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    3:  Cop Race Tips
    
    I'll skip over all the basics since you must know them well to get this far.
    
    WHAT ARE THE COP RACES?
    
    Well, duhh, they are races where you are swamped with cops.  You must get to
    the other end of the sea of police within a very tight time limit, one that
    leaves little room for error.  Your reward for successfully completing each
    of the two cities' cop races are the three police cars that you see chasing
    you in that particular city.  All the police cars are very fast and easy to
    handle so it would be to your benefit if you took the time to beat these
    insane races.
    
    WHAT CAR SHOULD I USE?
    
    You could try any car, but most of them simply aren't fast enough for these
    races.  Here I will tell you what stats you should have for your car, and
    what cars are recommend.  You should study the cars in the Garage menu while
    reading this section.
    
    Stats recommended for the car:
    
    Top Speed->the meter for the car should extend at least to half of the
    second "e" in the word "Top Speed."  You will need high top speed to save
    time and outrun the police.
    
    Acceleration->the meter should extend at least to all the way past the "t"
    in the word "Acceleration."  You will need it to get to top speed quickly
    and get speed back fast from crashes.
    
    Handling->the meter should extend at least to half of the "n" in the word
    "Handling."  This category isn't very important.  In fact, too much handling
    can be dangerous as you must make precise movements through traffic, and a
    car full up with handling will swerve all over the road at the slightest
    tap.  Cars with low handling won't do that.
    
    Durability->the meter should extend at least to half of the "r" in the word
    "Durability."  This category also isn't important as you won't be allowed to
    crash much if you want to win.
    
    Nitro->you won't need any for most cars, but it is nice to have some along
    in case of trouble.
    
    The best non-police cars to use for both races IMO:
    
    1.  Amata Fiorenza II->this car is FAST!  And it has very good acceleration
    to keep it going fast.  It may not have any nitro, but it doesn't need any
    :) Once I crashed head-on into a wall in New York, and I STILL beat the cop
    race!
    
    2.  Kuruma Faasuto GS->my favorite car to drive in for fun.  It is very fast
    and has excellent acceleration.  It may not have much handling or
    durability, but I don't need much to win :)
    
    3. Amata Crescendo->this car takes a good-sized hit in top speed when you
    change over from the Fiorenza, but it has 15 (!) nitros to make up.  The
    reason I put it down so low is because nitroing a lot can distract you,
    making it more likely to have a wreck.
    
    4.  Amata Fiorenza->virtually identical to the Faasuto GS, but is a bit
    wider making it harder to slip through traffic.
    
    5.  Kuruma Faasuto GR->has slightly less top speed than the GS, but still
    plenty to win.  Also has a bit more acceleration and handling.
    
    6.  Modicum XSV.25->not a lot of top speed, but makes up for it with stellar
    handling and acceleration.  Its small size helps it squeeze through those
    narrow gaps in traffic.  Also includes 5 nitros to help get more speed.
    
    7.  Ascent 470ds->tonza acceleration and top speed, with more than adequate
    handling and durability.  Has 4 nitros to up the speed even more.  The thing
    that is its downfall is that its large size makes navigating traffic
    difficult.
    
    HOW TO DEAL WITH TRAFFIC
    
    These two levels have more traffic than the L.A. freeway at rush hour.  And
    the time limit doesn't give you enough time to have even one pileup.  I will
    show you how to deal with the various arrangements of cars.  Fortunately,
    these races tend to balance out the amount of cars you will have to deal
    with along the way.  For example, on one run there could be one giant gob of
    cars blocking all the lanes at one point for several car lengths, and for
    the rest of the race there will be a relatively clear road, and then the
    second time around there will be reasonably clogged streets all the way
    through.  Don't expect to deal with more than two or three packs every race.
    
    The the most dreaded situation you can get into is having all lanes blocked,
    and unfortunately it happens quite often.  The best thing to do is to try to
    slip between at the painted lines that the CPU cars don't use.  It is
    difficult to do at first, but will become easier with practice.  Master this
    technique and you will dramatically cut seconds off your time.  You could
    also try driving on the sidewalk, but there is a lot of junk typically piled
    up there, so this might cause you to have a wreck and force you to restart.
    If there are empty lanes, obviously you should go for them and drive at top
    speed.
    
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    4:  Walkthrough
    
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    Manhattan - Head to Head - Race 10 - I Smell Bacon...
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    You begin outside the tunnel at the rounded edge of the city.  When the
    lights go green, quickly accelerate (If you have nitros then use one when
    you reach 30 mph and another at 60 mph) and get into the tunnel on the
    correct side of the road.  I don't care if the wrong side of the road is
    shorter.  Those police cars going the other way will show no mercy.  No, you
    are NOT Nicholas Cage!
    
    OK, you're in the tunnel now.  It will gently curve to the left.  Be careful
    not to hit the Rail of Pain, as I like to call the concrete divider on the
    highway.  Even tapping it could send you flying all over the place thanks to
    the stupid physics model.  Especially don't hit the steel bars coming out of
    the ceiling in the tunnel here or you'll be in a world of hurt, crashing
    into the ceiling and flipping over and lots of other horrible stuff.  After
    a few moments you will arrive at the end of the tunnel.
    
    Right after you pop out of the tunnel, a Police SUV hiding behind the yellow
    barrels on the far right will join the pursuit.  He should never touch you
    at all during this race, but if you crash through the barrels, you'll smack
    right into his butt and probably have to start all over again, so stay away
    from the barrels.
    
    Now that you are on the highway, you will have to put to use all those
    traffic-navigating skills you learned whilst in Career mode.  Swiftly move
    to empty lanes and cut between lanes if they are all occupied.  Use your
    nitros whenever you get an opportunity.  Try very hard not to hit anyone,
    since you can't afford to rear-end too many cops or you will run out of
    time.  And especially try very, very hard not to hit the Rail of Pain, or
    who knows where your car will go.
    
    After a few gentle curves and passing under some bridges, we will arrive at
    the S-curve of Death.  You will very likely crash here many times until you
    get the hang of how to handle it.  Pull to the outside and hit the brake,
    then skid to the left into the curve.  Be sure to perform this manuver
    carefully or you will hit the outside guardrail and plow through some
    streetlights and garbage bags, slowing you down and sending you off-course
    into other traffic.
    
    Speaking of traffic, this is unfortunately a favorite place for the traffic
    to back up towards the end of the second curve.  If this happens, mow down
    everything on the sidewalk to the right and hope you live!
    
    Now, your offramp is right after this curve on the right.  It can be
    sometimes hard to see, meaning rookies to this race may blow right past it
    and be forced to restart.  Stay on the right after the final part of the
    S-curve of Death  and you should see the turnoff.  If there is a car in the
    way, blow right into him for being so foolish to stand in your way!  BTW,
    after you get on the offramp, glance to the timer to see how much time you
    have left.
    
    - If you have 30 seconds or over left, then you are on your way to winning
    the race!
    - If you have 29-25 seconds left, you're doing pretty good and have a decent
    chance of winning.
    - If you have 24-20 seconds left, time is short and you must move as fast as
    you can to have a prayer of winning.
    - If you have under 20 seconds, give up now and restart the race, and this
    time don't waste so much time!
    
    OK, now zip down the grass and hit your handbrake while making a hard left
    under the overpass.  Speed through the tunnel into the city and past two
    intersections.  After the second intersection, look for a glass window on
    the right.  Crash through it and then through a second window on the other
    corner of the building.  You are now on a narrow two-lane road.  Pour on the
    speed while trying not to hit traffic or sidewalk objects and go down the
    road until you come to a place where the street T's.  Hit the hand brake and
    careen left, then right into a broad street with a concrete divider.  The
    finish is just ahead!  Gun it and, who knows, you might just make it!
    
    ALTERNATE WAY TO FINISH
    
    If you do not like the first route, then try this one.  This route can be
    easier or harder than the first one, depending on where all the big gobs of
    traffic are.  Your car must be very fast if you want to try it; you'll most
    likely need something like the Amata Fiorenza II or the Kuruma Faasuto GS.
    
    OK, when the light goes green, instead of going down the tunnel, make a
    sharp left and turn onto a one-lane street on the right just past the brick
    building.  Now zoom away from the street and head for the first checkpoint
    across pavement and grass.  After tagging it, make a sharp left and follow
    the arrow at the top of the screen to an intersection.
    
    Turn onto the offramp on the right immediately past it.  Now you are going
    against traffic!  Look for an empty lane and use it.  If there isn't one,
    just zip between on the painted lines and pray that the other cars don't
    swerve in your path!  After a while, a grassy field on the left will appear.
      Shortcut across it to avoid traffic problems.  After the grass field, you
    will be going head to head with traffic for awhile.  You'll go down a short
    straightaway, and then the S-curve of Death.  After the s-curve, use the
    turnoff to the left and go down it to a intersection.  Now I will rate your
    performance:
    
    - If you have 30 seconds or over left, then you are on your way to winning
    the race!
    - If you have 29-25 seconds left, you're doing pretty good and have a decent
    chance of winning.
    - If you have 24-20 seconds left, time is short and you must move as fast as
    you can to have a prayer of winning.
    - If you have under 20 seconds, give up now and restart the race, and this
    time don't waste so much time!
    
    At this intersection, try very hard no to overshoot the curve and fly off
    into the grass, or you will have to waste a few seconds going around the
    concrete wall to get back on track, and in this race, you don't ever have a
    few seconds to waste.
    
    Now, after a second intersection, look for a glass window on the right.
    Crash through it and then through a second window on the other corner of the
    building.  You are now on a narrow two-lane road.  Pour on the speed while
    trying not to hit traffic or sidewalk objects and go down the road until you
    come to a place where the street T's.  Hit the hand brake and careen left,
    then right into a broad street with a concrete divider.  The finish is just
    ahead!  Gun it and, who knows, you might just make it!
    
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    London - Head to Head - Race 10 - Yard-o-Rama
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    This is most likely the hardest race in the game, probably even harder than
    the New York Championship or the World Champ race.  If you thought the crud
    you took in crowded New York was bad, wait till you get a load of the
    crowded AND narrow streets of London!  You will be under almost constant
    fire from the police in this level.
    
    When the light goes green, zip between the two police cars and watch out for
    the van that may approach from the left to slam you.  Drive until you pass a
    small park to the right and the street after it.  At the next intersection,
    quickly swerve into the street to the right and then quickly swerve out
    again to activate the checkpoint.  Performing this manuver will take
    practice with the handbrake.
    
    Now keep on this street until the street T-s next to a courthouse or
    whatever it is.  Careen left and go down this road.  At the next
    intersection, turn right and cross the bridge.  Blast across the traffic
    circle ahead and stay on this road until you see a small building with a
    pipe sticking out alone on a block to your left.  Burn across the grass on
    the left here and then go right onto a small one-lane street.  When the
    street ends, go into an alley across from it, and then crash through the
    boards blocking a hidden tunnel across from the alley.  Time to rate your
    time:
    
    - If you have 50 seconds or over left, then you are on your way to winning
    the race!
    - If you have 49-44 seconds left, you're doing pretty good and have a decent
    chance of winning.
    - If you have 43-36 seconds left, time is short and you must move as fast as
    you can to have a prayer of winning.
    - If you have under 35 seconds, give up now and restart the race, and this
    time don't waste so much time!
    
    
    Follow this tunnel, and before you get to the end slow to about 70 mph.  You
    should make a nice smooth jump out onto the street beyond rather than
    flipping over and over if you had just went full blast out the tunnet.  Now
    accelerate hard and crash through the glass.  You now have a choice of
    paths.  You can either crash through the glass a at the other end of this
    hall, or you can use the ramp on the right of the hall near the end of the
    tunnel.  The ramp is faster, but quite risky, while the glass is safer, but
    you have a greater chance of running out of time.  I will describe each
    route separately.
    
    The ramp:  Hit the ramp at over 93 mph to make the jump across the water and
    land on the street across the way.  Burn down the street and go into the
    tunnel marked by the checkpoint.
    
    The glass:  Crash through the glass and swerve right to cross a little
    bridge.  Drive down the street until it ends and turn right, then left into
    the tunnel marked by the checkpoint.
    
    Routes join together here:  I'll rate your performance:
    
    - If you have 25 seconds or over left, then you are on your way to winning
    the race!
    - If you have 24-20 seconds left, you're doing pretty good and have a decent
    chance of winning.
    - If you have 19-11 seconds left, time is short and you must move as fast as
    you can to have a prayer of winning.
    - If you have under 10 seconds, give up now and restart the race, and this
    time don't waste so much time!
    
    Blast through the tunnel as fast as you can to get to the finish at the end
    of it.
    
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    5:  Thanks
    
    - Thanks to myself because if it wasn't for me, this FAQ wouldn't exist!
    - Thanks to my dad for giving me jobs to do to pay for my Playstation 2  and
    this game!
    - Thanks to Rockstar Games!  Nice to know that Japan and England aren't the
    only countries that can make terrific games.
    - BIG, Big thanks to GameFaqs, THE best video game site on the net!
    
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    6:  E-mail Policy
    
    I have recieved a lot of stupid e-mail in the past, but now it is starting
    to get ridiculous so I am going to start enforcing what kinds of messages
    will and will not get answered.
    
    Please DO:
    
    - read the whole document before sending a question.  If you have time to
    waste your life away on video games, then you have enough time to scan my
    document for a few minutes for an answer to a problem.
    
    - put the name of the game in the message topic.  It makes it A LOT easier
    for me to pick out which messages are on games and which are not.  Also if
    the name is not there, I might accidentally delete it, thinking it is junk
    mail.
    
    - spell correctly.  I won't be able to help much with your problem if you
    send me something like "Hy mn cn u hlp me wth ths 1 prblm, I cnt bt ths 1
    lvl ok thnks gby."
    
    - send a message in English.  I can barely read Spanish, let alone translate
    Japanese.  You wouldn't believe how many messages I have recieved in some
    foreign languages that I don't even know which continent they are from.
    
    - be polite.  Any mail with excessive flaming will be instantly deleted.
    
    Please DO NOT:
    
    - write the title of the message as "About your walkthrough" or something
    similar to that.
    
    - flame.  I hate flaming.  Especially messages with the f-word or the
    s-word.  These will be instantly deleted.
    
    - send advertisements.  These will be considered junk mail and will be
    deleted instantly.
    
    - ask me something that is already answered in the walkthrough or the
    manual.  C'mon, would you rather spend a few minutes skimming my guide, or
    would you rather spend a few hours, days, or even weeks waiting for me to
    get back to you?
    
    - forget to include the name of the game in the message or on the title.  I
    am not a psychic.  I cannot tell what game you are after if you do not
    include the name in it.
    
    - send me a message in any language other than English.  The only other
    language I can barely understand at all is Spanish, and even then, I can
    hardly form simple sentences.  So don't send the message in any language
    besides English or I simply won't be able to help you.
    
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    7:  Copyright
    
    This guide is the sole property of Nathan Norris, author of this guide.
    Don't rip off this guide in part or whole, or I will be forced to act
    against you.  Don't rip off this guide then alter it to death and claim it
    as your own.  This guide may not be used for ANY profitable reasons
    whatsoever, even if no money is made.
    
    I'm tired of all these websites requesting my guides for their sites, so
    from now on, these are the only sites which may use my guides:
    
    www.gamefaqs.com
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    www.gameadvice.com
    www.psxcodez.com
    http://faqs.ign.com
    
    This makes it very simple for me to keep track of what state each version is
    in each site.  If you find this guide on some other site, and it is
    incomplete, go to www.gamefaqs.com. before requesting help from me.  Since
    gamefaqs.com is the first place I send every piece of my work, they are sure
    to have the most up-to-date version of my guides.
    
    Also, if you find this guide on www.cheatcc.com, notify me immediately.
    They have ripped off of me before and I'm not gonna let them do it again.
    
    I bid you farewell.
    
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