racing has some very different characteristics
from normal track racing. There are more things to racing instead of just crossing the finish
line first. A true street racer has to have their car tweaked to reflect themselves, and
losing a race could be the end because losing will lose points to your reputation, lose
you money, and possibly even lose you your car. Midnight Club understood what made street
racing so unique and delivered a game that matches it. Midnight Club is an open world street racing
title. You start off as a single low life cabbie, stuck in the big city, dreaming of
doing more than just shuttling people around and yelling at other cars in traffic. You
soon learn about the Midnight Club and decide to see how your skills stack up. The game
has two different cities that are yours to explore, both New York City and London. Each
city has their own landmarks and style that make them feel like the real life cities themselves.
You are free to drive around and explore them at your leisure, but the excitement doesn’t
really start until you enter into a race. You will find cars driving around that you
can challenge and also through your cellphone, you can set up races. The races are checkpoint races and really
tense. You will move through the cities at break-neck speeds, weaving in and out of traffic
so that you can be the first across the finish line. You have to be careful because the streets
are filled with other competitors that will do anything to win, other cars that will interfere
causing you to crash, and even the cops that would like nothing more than to put you behind
bars. The racing feels great, with cars handling nicely with tight and responsive controls.
But the game does suffer from the streets feeling empty at times, unimpressive visuals,
and traffic that seems just out to get you. Winning races will unlock more events and
cars, allowing you to further your rise through the ranks of the Midnight Club. The cars are
pretty cool with nice mixes of cabs, lowriders, and performance trucks. Earning a new car
makes you feel like a kid on Christmas. You are also able to make changes to the transmission
and paint color. There are more game modes than just the career.
You can just drive around in a free roam mode or go into the multiplayer with head to head
races, waypoint races and even a game of Capture the Flag. Midnight Club brought street racing to the
PS2 with style fitting for the world it is set in. Games today may make it feel dated,
but don’t take away from its appeal.