Review by video gaim

Reviewed: 06/15/03 | Updated: 06/15/03

The closest to illegal street racing you'll get on the X-Box

The second addition to Rockstar's ''Midnight Club'' series lands on the X-Box and we should be very glad. First off this being a PS2 port might set some people off from this game but this game is actually great. Here's the breakdown:

GAMEPLAY: Fun and addicting. The checkpoint style races are great though the AI is very aggresive. Controls are dead on perfect, arcade feeling with nitro boosts, get on two wheels, weight transfer, and burning out off the line. There are plenty of game modes to keep you busy complete with a whole other set of races for you to complete in the Arcade section of the game in order for you to earn 100% in the game. The sense of speed is awesome in this game, also. Fast and furious anyone? You'll love it if you have X-Box LIVE, too.

GRAPHICS: It definately looks like a PS2 game but it certainly is very decent looking with fully modeled cites. The cars look good and the spark effects are excellent. It's pretty cool how the streets are filled with a number of oncoming cars too and the havoc you can cause on the sidewalks. Nothing to really complain about hear.

AUDIO: The big problem in this area is no custom soundtracks. This game needed it but the in game music gets the job done but come become repitative. The people screaming in the roads is nice and the engine roars are there, but nothing amazing.

REPLAY VALUE: The career mode you can say is kind of short but it will definately keep you racing and earning new cars for you to take on other racers on X-Box LIVE. The cruise mode is really good for just learning the cities shortcuts and such, the game holds its own here.

EXPERIENCE: Where else can you go flying down the streets in Los Angeles in hot looking street car that can do 0-60 in under 2 seconds? Then hit your nitro boost as you go flying off an inclined bridge over a river and land on the other side to take the flag? It's a pretty cool experience the way this game deals with racing, you'll love it trust me.

BOTTOM LINE: If you are looking for a solid racer on the X-BOX this game will do you good, especially if you have LIVE, one of the best racers on this console, now we'll have to wait and see if Midtown Madness 3 can stack up to the competition.

FINAL SCORE: 8 out of 10

Rating:   4.0 - Great

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