Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition
|a game by||Rockstar Games|
|Platforms:||XBox, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 2 reviews|
|User Rating:||6.6/10 - 131 votes|
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|See also:||Racing Games, Midnight Club Games|
I must admit that a week ago, I had no idea what DUB was. I'm not cool, not in the know ' none of that. (And if you're as clueless as me, DUB is a magazine focused on the automotive lifestyle). On the other hand, I had a good idea of what the Midnight Club series was: fast, fun arcade influenced street racing from Rockstar Entertainment. So when the two combined in Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition , I wasn't sure what to expect: brand name name-dropping or high-speed hijinks?
Midnight Club 3 isn't a huge departure from Midnight Club 2. The focus is still on illegal street races in a slew of cars, and there's a definite thrill driving at breakneck speeds around huge, sprawling cities with shortcuts upon shortcuts shortening the way to each next checkpoint. Likewise, the sense of speed is definitely there, and the track and city layout, combined with all the shortcut opportunities makes for an absolute blast.
There's a reason Midnight Club 3 dons the DUB brand name, though: you can now completely trick out your car, both under the hood and outside it. The customization options seem endless, especially the superficial changes to your car: from rims to taillights, from customized paint jobs to flashy neon lights, from mirror tints to body kits ' it's all there. It's a fantastic addition to the series, making the progression in the game a much more rewarding experience. You don't get nearly as many cars in your garage as before, but even so, it's a worthwhile trade-off.
Plus, Midnight Club 3 looks sharp. Like with the Grand Theft Auto titles, a lot of credit has to be given to Rockstar for creating huge, seamless environments that act as your own playground of racing mayhem. The cars look sharp and shiny, the intricate environments feel alive, teeming with cars and pedestrians, and a few neat visual effects like blurring that were obviously borrowed from other street racers help create a strong sense of speed.
It's hard to stand out in the crowded arcade racer genre, but with equally solid gameplay and visuals, Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition does just that. If you've ever dreamed of owning a custom Nissan Skyline, but are working with a 93' Honda Civic budget (with spinning rims from Wal-Mart), check out Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition and live out your dreams vicariously through your PlayStation 2.
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It would be hard to argue that Rockstar Games doesn't know how to develop a winning formula, so the question is did they put forth the effort with Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition or did they rest on the laurels of the successful series and make a minimal set of updates? It's got to be tempting but Rockstar Games didn't squander this opportunity and creates one of the better arcade racing games I've seen in some time.
The trick is to not put some cheesy story together in an attempt to keep the game interesting or focus only on racing which can become dull in a hurry. Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition avoids this in a number of creative and clever ways. First, there are three actual cities you'll be able to drive through starting with San Diego and adding Detroit and Atlanta. In each of these cites you can drive around at will looking for races while learning the turns and obstacles of the streets. Besides being able to drive through the streets, there are an enormous amount of cars and upgrades available using the cash won while racing. In addition, if the career mode isn't your thing, there's an arcade mode, networking mode, and race editor to keep you going.
The actual racing won't disappoint either with tight handling and a forgiving, over-the-top physics engine. There's no realism here and who would want any in this type of game. You'll be for quite a ride as you smash and bump your way through the different cities.
The visuals and audio effects hold true as well and bring the whole game together. Cars and environments look great with plenty of detail and the sound tracks will meet most expectations.
Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition makes its mark with open city driving, in-depth upgrading, and plenty of arcade racing. This is a game anybody can pick up and enjoy over an extended period of time.