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Midnight Club: Los Angeles Video Game Review
The Game Reviews
11 May 2009
Excerpt: Midnight Club: Los Angeles is the latest from Rockstar Games in their underground racing franchise. Sticking to the same formula as previous Midnight Club titles, players will explore an open city and compete in various types of races, earning street cred and winning prize money to upgrade and...
Conclusion: No one in the industry packages games with more panache than Rockstar. But in spite of the L.A. verisimilitude and the sound racing action, the clichéd characters, pseudo-urban dialogue (we're officially calling for a moratorium on the term "buster"), and the use of a T-Mobile Sidekick all work to...
Pros: The Reputation Points system. Losing a race still earns you a handful of points. Even when you lose, you still feel like you've accomplished something.
Cons: The opponent A.I. displays borderline inhuman driving skills. Even the game's earliest races will try players' patience. And the police in the game pursue with frightening diligence. Good luck losing them.
Excerpt: If there's something Rockstar does better than everyone else, it's creating believable virtual cities. GTA 4 felt more alive than any open-word game to date, so it's no surprise to find Rockstar San Diego's Midnight Club L.A. excelling in this area too.
Excerpt: Racing games come in a few different flavors these days. There are arcade racers, kart racers, and simulation racers. Sometimes, a game comes along that tries to combine all of those standards into one nitrous-filled joyride. Midnight Club: Los Angeles is one such game.
Conclusion: Deadly Creatures certainly is an intriguing game. The concept of playing as a scorpion and tarantula is unique and, for the most part, plays well. While there are some things that keep you from being totally immersed in the game (such as invisible walls), the fact that the game only lasts six hours...
Excerpt: If you've ever had the displeasure of driving in Los Angeles, you know there is nothing remotely fun about it. The folks over at Rockstar San Diego beg to differ, however -- at least as far as a videogame premise goes.
Conclusion: If you're looking for a good street racing title, then this is definitely one to consider. It's not perfect, but there are enough positives to put it neck and neck with some of its competition.
Summary: Midnight Club: Los Angeles isn't without a few problems, including a steep learning curve, unfair artificial intelligence and a lack of originality. However, that shouldn't keep you from having a great time as you race around one of the best looking recreations of Los Angeles I have ever seen!