Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition (PlayStation 2)
Manufacturer: Take-Two Interactive Part number: 27560
- Rockstar Games has joined forces with DUB Magazine, the authoritative source on automotive lifestyles, to redefine the racing genre once again with Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition. The series that took racing from tracks to the open urban streets is back, and the stakes are even higher. Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition delivers insanely fast, open city racing in Atlanta, ... Read more
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A good street racer but with its flaws
by Youlikeyams? on October 20, 2005
Pros: Easily accessable
Cons: A bit meh in some bits
Summary: Midnight Club was one of the first street-racing games. The first was given a poor response in the UK (although received critical acclaim in the US) but the second improved ...
Summary: Midnight Club was one of the first street-racing games. The first was given a poor response in the UK (although received critical acclaim in the US) but the second improved on everything. The game's main selling point was the racing system - checkpoints sprawled all over a city, and it's your decision as to how you get to them - the game was very non-linear. Midnight Club 3 continues this system and with it brings fully licensed damageable cars and after-market tuning parts - and an endorsement from U.S lifestyle magazine DUB.
Rockstar haven't let down here. The sense of speed is incredible - enough to rival Need for Speed or Juiced. The cars' likenesses are good - details are so good that you can make out insignias and the tiniest badges - and the three cities you are given to drive in (San Diego, Atlanta, Detroit) look good at night. Alas, there is no daylight sky here - it seems to be a taboo in street racing games. The pedestrians (no violence) are well detailed if poorly animated. The damage system - although well represented - seems to happen in a certain order as your damage meter climbs up to the top. An incredible effort from the San Diego team.
With so many street racing games on the shelves, the gameplay can feel a little overused. Rockstar have pulled out the stops to ensure that Midnight Club 3 is different. Aside from one of the biggest, most detailed customisation systems ever seen in a videogame - you can customise badges, number plates, even the tire width and profile - the racing is well handled too. The handling is extremely forgiving, almost like Rockstar want to make you feel like you are handling an over-tuned, 24-inch Cadillac SUV with incredible professionalism. The developers want this game to be fast and fun, not detailed and intricate like Gran Turismo 4. The inclusion of extra features such as Roar (make your engine rev so noisily all other vehicles get out the way very fast) or Zone (everything slows down so you can take a corner with incredible precision) makes for extra variety.
Engine noises are spot on - a big beefy SUV sounds like a big beefy SUV, not an Aprilla sports bike, and the music is varied over many genres (Hip-Hop, Dance, Techno, Rock etc.) from artists such as Ash, Idlewild, Beenie Man, Jimmy Eat World, and Sean Paul. The music always seems spot on, like when you are driving fast down a long straight to a fast dance track. The voice acting is good and believable, including your comrades who give you a helping hand in getting cars, tuning and finding races. Some songs do grate though.
The lifespan of MC3 is almost endless. You'll never get bored of buying new cars to experiment with and modify, as there are thousands of modification combinations. The inclusion of a Race Editor mode allows you to make your own tracks in the city, and the Online mode lets you take these tracks online to show off. Online shouldn't be attempted until you have a top-spec car however, as it can be a tad unfair if you are in a Golf and your opponent a McLaren. MC3 offers almost infinite replay value, although the Career mode should be finished in a couple of weeks.
Midnight Club 3 betters everything done by its predecessors and more. The inclusion of licensed vehicles and everything from bling Mercedes drop-tops to massive SUVs allows you to create for yourself one of those big cars you see on Cribs. This game is at the other end of the scale from NFS and Juiced - which tend to revolve around less exotic cars and more the cars you would see your local chav chugging around in. MC3 is in a league of its own, and there's no higher complement than that.
Graphics - 4/5
Gameplay - 4.5/5
Sound - 4.5/5
Lifespan - 4.5/5
Overall - 4.5/5
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A great game to customize cars in; strongly recommended
by Ed-duh-win on November 12, 2005
Pros: You have unlimited capacity garage; basically unlimited combinations; rich details in each cities; each cities realistic; lots of cars to choose from
Cons: Somehow distorted sort of image, some cars are drawn in a weird manner, somehow undetailed sort of looks, motorcycles
Summary: When I played this game for the first time....I was blown away at its departure from the succesful Midnight Club 2. I mean, in the old one, you had ...
Summary: When I played this game for the first time....I was blown away at its departure from the succesful Midnight Club 2. I mean, in the old one, you had to drive a pre-configured car with little options other than transmission type. There wasn't much cars to choose from, either. Well, not now. Rockstar Games have seriously put some hard work into this awesome game. I love the customization options - there seems to be even more than Need for Speed Underground 2, which I also own. There are lot more cars, and I mean lots of them, to choose from. Even exotics like Saleen S7 shows itself in this game, and I love it. I own a MacLaren in the game, and it's just awesome. They also have different fender types, spoilers, rims, tires and upgrades to different type of cars; for example, a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T spoilers would not be available on 2003 Mercedes SL55 AMG, no matter how you like it. You also race in the streets with traffic, which depicts how it's really like to street race, although the traffic sometimes gets really annoying. You can also invite your friend and roam around the city, or play games, a feature that's not available on lots of other games. But there is sort of a weird look to some cars though; an example is the Mustang Saleen. It looks much stupider and nastier than the real-life counterpart; the Dodge Charger R/T concept looks like its on drugs (demented). But this is a great game to have, and I strongly recommend this game to any racing enthusiastsUpdated
also, the game sometimes screws up; like pedastrians going through the car, or you going out from the game after a spectacular jump.
Very exiting and fun
by BBurphead on August 22, 2005
Pros: Customating cars
Cons: hard gameplay
Summary: This game is very fun. Customizing cars, winning cars, doing races, you will play it for hours. If you got some extra money in your piggy bank go pick this ...
Summary: This game is very fun. Customizing cars, winning cars, doing races, you will play it for hours. If you got some extra money in your piggy bank go pick this up.
by sports_rule_63 on August 11, 2005
Pros: Great Graphics
Cons: Fails to incorparate as much damage as possible.
Summary: This game is one of the best, seeing as it is made by Rockstar Games Inc., there are alot of expensive vehicles on this game i would recomend this game ...
Summary: This game is one of the best, seeing as it is made by Rockstar Games Inc., there are alot of expensive vehicles on this game i would recomend this game to anyone who likes racing games such as burnout, grand turismo, and others.
This game has great graphics, especially when it is played on the ps2
- Manufacturer: Take-Two Interactive
- Part number: 27560
- Description: Rockstar Games has joined forces with DUB Magazine, the authoritative source on automotive lifestyles, to redefine the racing genre once again with Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition. The series that took racing from tracks to the open urban streets is back, and the stakes are even higher. Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition delivers insanely fast, open city racing in Atlanta, San Diego, and Detroit, complete with 8-player online competition and the most comprehensive vehicle customization ever seen in a video game. Drive the hottest licensed real life SUVs, import tuners, muscle cars, choppers and luxury rides, and trick them out with the latest rims, trims, and upgrades just like in the pages of DUB. Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition has more speed, more choices, and more chrome than any game has ever packed under the hood.
Product Basic Spec
- Platform PlayStation 2
- ESRB rating Everyone 10 and older - Mild Violence,Mild Language
- Genre Driving
- Elements Racing / driving - GT/street
- Context Realistic
- Number of players 1-2 Players
- Connectivity Broadband Only,Online
- Difficulty Easy
- Learning curve From 0 to 15 Minutes
- Offline modes Competitive
- Online modes Competitive
- Developer Rockstar San Diego
- ESRB Everyone 10 and older
- ESRB descriptors Mild Violence,Mild Language
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