|a game by||Midway|
|Platforms:||XBox, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||5/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.0/10 - 2 votes|
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|See also:||Racing Games|
If you are a fan of classic mid-00s racing games, then you might want to take a look at L.A. Rush. This title, developed by Midway Studios, was a bit of a hit in the mid-00s when it was released in 2005. The game was the fourth instalment of the then-popular Rush series, and was a pretty big release at the time. The game was liked as it provided racing fans with something a little bit different, with a free-roam racing game that was built upon the foundations of other popular racing sims of the year.
While today it can certainly show its age in ways that are not very impressive, it’s a very reliable racing game that, for its era, was a solid title to pick up and play.
Free roam riding with some limits
Similar to games such as Driver or Need For Speed: Underground, L.A. Rush put you in the drivers seat of a car that you could basically just ride around and do with as you please. You could spend your time entering races or you could simply free roam, going to see the entire city and driving around at your own pace. It also provided you with some 50 vehicles to pick from, as well as a whole range of events that you could try to take on.
The most popular part of the game was its intriguing modes, such as Battle Mode, where you faced off against another rider in a top quality car, or the Stunt Arena mode, where you would need to try and compete incredible stunts. The game also came with a rather basic, generic plot that, really, quickly became dull and secondary to the actual driving. You take on the role of street racer Trikz Lane, and the story quicky develops into something that feels a touch more ambitious than you would expect for what is essentially an open world racing game.
By-the-numbers mid-00s racing genericness
If you like your racing games to come without much innovation, you’ll find yourself right at home here. L.A. Rush done nothing to really add to the open world driving niche, and it was typically seen as a game that lacked any real nuance or polish. It was also criticised for having poor representation of the city of Los Angeles itself.
Overall, it was by no means a success – though some did find that the cars handled a bit more impressively than they do in a range of other racing games. Generally, the game has fallen way behind on the standards we expect now from modern racing games.
It’s definitely not a racing game that we would recommend to anyone who is on the lookout for a game that might feel like anything other than a standard, by-the-numbers racer from the mid-00s.
- Interesting range of cars to pick from
- Numerous modes to look at
- Tired, generic story in a city that feels empty
- Weird plot that feels out of sync with the gameplay