Answer me this: Do you love speed? Do you love the feeling
of your heart pounding incredibly fast from the adrenaline?
Do you love cars? If your answer to these questions is a "YES,"
then prepare to be amazed at how Midnight Club 2 delivers
the goods. The first Midnight Club was known best for
all these things I've mentioned. Maybe that's why it is now
a PS2 Greatest Hits game. It delivered the experience of a
lifetime by letting us feel what a street racer experiences.
Unless you can afford those tricked-out Civics or Supras,
playing this game is the closest you'll get to real street
Midnight Club 2 offers the same fast paced non linear
game play found in the first game but the original developers
went out of their way to add more flavor to the game. What
has been left behind from the first game were the hidden pink
spotlights you had to look around the city you've unlocked
to unlock more cars other than winning them from the people
You start out Midnight Club 2 as an unknown street
racer trying to make it big and well known by gaining lots
of respect from the racers you have defeated. Beating them
won't only gain you respect but also their car or motorcycle.
As you keep racing and beating racers, the races get harder
and more complex from just cruising around a city block to
racing from a city block to highways, inside buildings, and
especially through traffic. That's what I love about this
game. You aren't given a path to follow in order to achieve
the certain check point. You make you own way around the city
maybe avoiding traffic or dead ends. This is what sets Midnight
Club 2 apart from other racing games such as NASCAR
Thunder, Burnout, or even the king of racing games,
Gran Turismo 3. It's true that these racing titles
are not at all the same, but Midnight Club 2 is pure
Control wise, this game should take you no more than ten
minutes to master. Although you gain new moves as you progress
through the story like riding your car on two wheels to avoid
collision, it doesn't take more than two minutes top to master
Graphically, this game is topnotch. The in-game details in
the city look incredible and the light effects when hitting
a light post is amazing. You couldn't ask for a better looking
racing title. And although all the cars are fake, they look
great and can even resemble real life racing cars almost perfectly.
The short cinemas of your opponents are a nice touch but really
The sound in this game is the only thing that sorts of brings
this game down. Yes the sound effects sound how you expect
crashes to sound like, but the music in the background, in
my opinion, is useless. You can barely hear the music and
fake songs in my opinion aren't great to listen too when you're
racing. Gran Turismo still owns every racing game in
the soundtrack department.
With all the single player races you'll encounter, you are
also given the option to race online. This is a big factor
for this game. The reason is that the online aspects are fine
tuned to fit your racing needs. The options are great, the
mini games are fun and addictive, and hooking up to play a
fast game and chatting in the simple but effective interface
is as simple as setting up your PS2 Network Adaptor.
With all the online games ripping it up, you'll still spend
a minimum of a month of constant playing just trying to beat
those hard opponents of yours. They are as hard as can be.
They will bump you off on purpose just for that one inch lead
and can even force you to drive into a dead end or into a
gas station where the only thing that's awaiting you is an
explosion. No matter how much muscle your car is pushing,
the AI will always manage a way to gain up on you and take
the lead. I felt as if I've won a Nobel Peace Price when I
finally beat the last race in Paris, and you will too. You
can't go wrong with this game. These are the factors that
make a racing game truly live up to driving a real car and
finding it's limits to win a race.
- Earl Ferrer