Excerpt: Graphics & Sound: With large parts of 3 major cities accurately laid out, the developers at Rockstar knew that the level of detail had to be on par with the amount of content. City blocks are not laid out in cookie cutter fashion here; these are real locations that are unique from one another, and locals from these cities will quickly find themselves at home. While cruising around downtown Tokyo, L.A.
Conclusion: The graphics are a little blocky but the texturing and lighting are beautiful. And the cities with their landmarks and hidden passages are a lot of fun to explore. If you run into stutters, try updating your video drivers. If that doesn't work, you'll need to beef up your PC and video horsepower or turn down the resolution and hope for the best. If you have a joystick with a throttle control be aware that the game is pretty oblivious to how such a control should work.
Excerpt: I've never understood car culture. What draws people to auto shows or NASCAR events is truly a mystery to me. My relationship with cars tends to be more utilitarian: they're here to get me to the game store and back, nothing more. That said, Midnight Club II is one of the most enjoyable, and addictive, games I've played in years. Never have I expected so little from a game and gotten so much.
Excerpt: Midnight Club II is an arcade racing game that immerses you to the dark underworld of illegal street racing. The game sees you start out your career racing through the streets of Los Angeles, Paris, and eventually Tokyo, Japan. You find yourself entering this notorious racing scene, a scene with no rules and no set routes. Since there are no set tracks, part of the challenge is finding the fastest route through the cities.
Excerpt: Rockstar has busted it out on all platforms, and Midnight Club 2 is satisfying gamers all over the world now. After stellar console releases, the PC version of the game is just as good, if not even prettier on high end systems. Anyone who enjoys racing needs to check this out.
Excerpt: Rockstar has busted it out on all platforms, and Midnight Club 2 is satisfying gamers all over the world now. After stellar console releases, the PC version of the game is just as good, if not even prettier on high end systems. Anyone who enjoys racing needs to check this out. Click here for the review.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Midnight Club II does live up to the hype, but it falls just short of the greatness that is NFS: Hot Pursuit 2. While MC II has everything going for it, its style of gameplay is sure to frustrate many would-be conquerors of the street. But if you're up for a challenge, this game provides some high-speed, adrenaline-packed entertainment. Using the slipstream and hitting the nitrous at just the right time will make your head spin, guaranteed.
Excerpt: Arcade-style racing games are becoming more and more rare on the PC; there are the usual number of racing sims or rally games, and there is the genre of "illegal" street racing games that Midnight Club 2 falls into. The difference, though, is that the glut of street racers are mostly budget titles that are only a bit of fun for a short while.
Excerpt: Midnight Club II probably came out at the best possible time. After having a very popular racing movie just released (2 Fast 2 Furious in this case), the game gives the opportunity for everyone to join the thrill of street racing.
Summary: If the high-octane racing of 2 Fast 2 Furious isn’t enough for you, but you don’t fancy haring down the High Street in your Ford Capri, you could do worse than check out Midnight Club II. From the people behind Grand Theft Auto, this plays like the driving elements of that game pushed up a gear. It has you tearing around Paris, LA and Tokyo dodging traffic, racing competitors and running over pedestrians (well, if they will run all over the pavement like that…).