Review by Casanova973

"So, you thought Rockstar could only annoy the media by making crime games?"

When i got this game, i thought that there would never be another driving game like it, well, nothing's changed my mind and nothing ever will do. It has made some excellent improvements from the first Midnight Club, which includes motorcycles and even better looking cars. Look below at all of the high marks Midnight Club 2 has got. This has got to be the best driving game ever made, an excellent effort from Rockstar and San Diego.

Graphics: 10/10
Brilliant, just brilliant. There is no other car game that could beat this at graphics. The cars are really realistic and there are also other things in the game that impressed me about the graphics. Whenever you are about to start a race, the person that you are going to race speaks to you and most of the times criticising you. Anyway, what i'm trying to say is, the graphics are excellent, for the cars and characters. The graphics are also brilliant in the less looked at parts of the game, like the weather. You can really notice how wet or dry the road is, if it the road is wet, you can easily slide on the road. Very realistic.

Sound: 8/10
The soundtracks for this game aren't good at all. They are mainly club anthems and garage type music. I didn't pay much attention to the soundtracks at all. But on the good side of the sound, there are some quality sound effects. You can really hear the engines of some cars, and people make comments of your reckless driving on the streets. There are some quite stupid accents of French people shouting at you, other than the "downside" of the sound, the sound is quite good.

Gameplay: 10/10
The gameplay is just amazing for this game. You can race in some of the biggest city's on earth, Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo. The races do tend to get harder, otherwise the game would just get more boring. One of the most main features in this game has got to be the motorcycles. You can race in three different motorcycles, and unlock some cool maneuvers. You can also unlock some cool moves with the cars as well like two-wheel driving. There are also other parts of the gameplay that really impressed me. When you are in the middle of a race and you are about to hit an important checkpoint, a police car comes in and rams you off the road. I found things like that quite cool since you are an illegal street racer. It is funny though, the cops only seem to go for you...

Multiplayer: 10/10
Midnight Club 2 has an excellent multiplayer mode. You can race against your friends in your favorite races, or you could just blow their car to pieces. You have a really wide selection of different, brilliant modes. You can play Capture the Flag, you Can play Detonator which involves blowing up thousands of cars and beating your best mate to the finishing line. You can also create your own races, you can decide how many checkpoints you want, what city you want them in and where you want to put them. The multiplayer mode is just really brilliant and it defiantly beats the first series of Midnight Club.

Storyline: 7/10
The storyline for this game is just really poor. Well, i suppose you don't need a storyline at all for an illegal street racing game, it's just an excuse. The storyline is just about you starting out in LA, making your way to the top as an illegal street racer. It's that simple. The storyline is weakest point in the game, and it still gets quite high marks. My God, have you not noticed that this is the best racing game ever, and your just sitting there just reading this review. Well don't just sit there GET THIS GAME!!!

Replay Value: 10/10
Well i still play this game even though i have completed it a thousand times. The game isn't short at all, that is one of the reasons why i play it so often. There is an excellent multiplayer mode in the game, which is a good opportunity to play with your best mates. You can race against them, or just shoot missiles at each other.

Rent Or Buy:
If you're looking for a good game to play over the weekend, rent this game. But if you are a serious racer, you should probably buy this game. Or if you just want a game for your birthday or something, put this game on your list.

In my view, this is no doubt the best street racing game ever made. It has an excellent multiplayer mode and an excellent career mode. It has everything you could ask for for a street racing game, motorcycles and cool cars, just a really cool game. I'm not sure if there will be a racing game better than this one.


Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 08/22/04

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