Excerpt: Midnight Club II is an arcade racer that takes you into the world of illegal street racing. The emphasis is not on realism, which is a good thing since you'd probably end up dead half the time in a true street racing sim. Instead the game is all about challenging you to successfully navigate streets crawling with traffic, avoid the police, outsmart the top-notch AI of the other racers, and find the best path to the finish line through the streets of LA, Paris, and...
Excerpt: For those who don’t own both systems (and thus, should have read my review of the PS2 version), here is the 411. The majority of Midnight Club 2 takes place offline, with the Career Mode starting with a clunker of a car and only the desire to win keeping you from staying home. While you first car has more “Ghetto” than “Get-up-and-go,” the only way to improve your vehicle is to win a better one on the city streets.
Excerpt: Heart-pounding action, ultra-fun races, wonderfully interactive cities to race in and the best racing multi-player action around, via Xbox live, Midnight Club 2 on the Xbox is one of the best racing games ever made.
Excerpt: Heart-pounding action, ultra-fun races, wonderfully interactive cities to race in and the best racing multi-player action around, via Xbox live, Midnight Club 2 on the Xbox is one of the best racing games ever made. So plug in your broadband, fire up your Xbox, and prepare to rock and roll with Rockstars' latest legend, Midnight Club 2. Click here to read about one of the best racing games of the year.
Conclusion: Each car handles differently as it would in any other game but MCII has something special. The cars grow on you. The more you race with a certain car, the more unique attributes the car has will be noticeable. Those attributes can keep you in the race even in later parts of the game where the cars your opponents drive dwarf your car in speed, handling and acceleration. There is hardly any learning curve as most players can pick up the game and cruise through the streets.
Excerpt: Similar to its predecessor, MCII disposes of major plot development; actually, the plot that exists in Career mode is left intentionally minimal to allow for more fast-paced action. Players are cast as nameless, faceless drivers looking to establish a name in the underground realm of street racing. This starts with an introduction to Moses, a veteran of the L.A. street circuit who quickly becomes your mentor.
Conclusion: Although not the prettiest of games, the graphics are solid and you have to really look for pop up - no mean feat when you see the draw distance and complexity of the cities. This game supplies a much needed adrenalin rush to a genre that seemed to be losing its way.
Pros: Fantastic speed, mad stunts with hot hatches, supercars and bikes., The freedom to cruise 3 huge cities., Fun sub games and Xbox Live., Smart AI gives some real competition.
Cons: Sometimes feels like no more than a GTA3 or Vice City mission., Occasionally indistinct graphics mean it's frustratingly difficult to see where you're going., You can't play your own soundtracks as you're cruising, and that's a real shame.