Midnight Club: Los Angeles South Central DLC Hands-On

Rockstar's open-world racer expands into some of LA's least glamorous neighborhoods.

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Los Angeles is a big city. So big, in fact, that Rockstar San Diego wasn't able to squeeze all of it into Midnight Club: Los Angeles' original retail release. Sure, you could find most of the glitzy neighborhoods such as Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, but nowhere to be found on that disc were Watts, Crenshaw, or Inglewood. In other words, a big chunk of LA's southern face was left off of the map. Through the use of downloadable content, Rockstar will be fixing that with next week's South Central download, available March 12 on both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network.

The 1955 Chevy Bel Air, one of nine new vehicles.

In a rare move for new DLC, Rockstar will be making the entire geography of the pack available for free. That means that you'll be able to spin donuts on the quad at USC, speed through the streets of Compton, and develop a sudden hunger any time you drive past Randy's Donuts at no cost aside from the time it takes to download the new expansion. It's a hefty chunk of real estate that amounts to about a third of the size of the original map, so there should be plenty of sights to take in. But downloading this pack for free also means that you'll be relying on your own imagination; it's only with the premium version that you get all of the new races, cars, and other miscellaneous features.

This premium expansion will set you back $9.99 and touts a feature list that includes nine new vehicles, 26 new races, 10 new delivery missions, new parts and vinyl, and a handful of new music tracks. The three vehicles that we had a chance to test-drive were a 2008 Range Rover (slow to accelerate, but an absolute bully on the road), a 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG (quick from a stop and great handling), and a 1964 Chevy Impala lowrider (great for pretending to be in a Snoop Dogg video, but also for smashing into other cars).

As far as the new races go, the developers at Rockstar claim that they've tried to make these new events feel different from the original game by adding more variety in terms of vertical possibility. What that means is that they've attempted to add more jumps, shortcuts, and off-road sections than previously seen. In our experience, the races do feel a bit more adventurous than ones seen before--with a common theme being detours that often veer into the LA River--but this still isn't Burnout Paradise. Cautious driving is still very necessary, considering that there's no quick-respawn when you crash head-on into another car or clip an object that spins you backward.

With freeways like a tangled ball of yarn, you know you're in Los Angeles.

If you're still early into the life of illegal street racing, you'll find that the new content integrates into the existing Career mode by interweaving South Central characters and races alongside those found in the original release. But if you're already done, you might be lured back by an additional 250 achievement points and 10 new trophies that come with the premium download. You'll be able to grab it when it's released on March 12.

Discussion

95 comments
tekken220
tekken220

@DKHardee I have a PS3 now, but I still don't have the game :P

DKHardee
DKHardee

@tekken220 its almost been two years... have you gotten a PS3 or 360 yet?

knuckleman07
knuckleman07

YEAH!! i have it. its gonna be awesome, so whoever waiting for the 29th you can stop cause its here.

tekken220
tekken220

oh man im stuck with my psp and im too poor to get a ps3 or an xbox...

knuckleman07
knuckleman07

OMG!! somebody please tell when the DLC for midnight club la is really gonna come out.

Itakel
Itakel

No. I still love GTA than

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

That sucks for xbox but I've had it for 4 days now

ETC94
ETC94

BALLS!, the 29th, i dont want to wait that long, it had better be free after having dicked 360 users around for an extra week

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

how do u unlock the new missions and garage. I have the 9 new cars but I cant get new missions. help?

ETC94
ETC94

man, its the 21st and still no DLC to be seen on the xbox live marketplace!

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

The South Central expansion is fun and the extra cars are awesome. Now all I need is a patch to get a cheat code for no traffic.

Baka_Shinigami
Baka_Shinigami

Dammm it's not out yet what the hell ?!?!? WTF ?!?! ( GLOK1132 PS3 right?)

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

Finally. Now I can download it, but its going to take all night because its a 1.5GB download. But I'm glad it finally got released.

compuy65
compuy65

I don't know what the hell is going on? I don't see the DLC Pack on Xbox Live, it's now 4:00 PM and there is still no DLC. The Call of Duty World At War maps are on, but the MCLA stuff isn't on yet! Someone tell me what the hell is going on?

PlatinumWolfe
PlatinumWolfe

What the hell is going on? Can anyone tell me why I don't see the DLC in the PS store. Unless I'm stuck in some odd time warp, it's the 19th right? And whats up with the software update I had to download this morning?

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

The Midnight Club LA website says it to be released on the 19th, but I still don't see it in the PS store. WTF this is bull crap.

Baka_Shinigami
Baka_Shinigami

can any one say when???? uff am sick of waiting ...

DoeJohn531
DoeJohn531

So when is this actually coming out?

Baka_Shinigami
Baka_Shinigami

it's 19 i don't see any thing , what the F*&% opss they did it again

oneofthefall
oneofthefall

12th of march???? why no release? its now the 16th of march & i was looking forward to this DLC

bobhoggy
bobhoggy

to blakeb21 mabey they cant get licenses to those cars i know for a fact that ferrari dosent want theie cars in street racing games but i dont know about the others and 2 bad it was delayed a week

blakeb21
blakeb21

i cant figure out why they rnt adding more cars to buy online, ya these new cars r sweet but wut bout a dodge viper, subaru impreza, ferrari's, and cadillacs? this could be hands down best racer ever if they would jus give a larger variety of cars like there was on dub edition, which was amazing.

knuckleman07
knuckleman07

It was delayed?? well, no worries I can wait a week for its release

SweetMusic
SweetMusic

It is now coming out out next week, March 19th. They just had a little bit of a delay. No problem. It's less than 7 days now till release!

Trevor360
Trevor360

Aero X360 i have a membership that only cost $7 a month its not that much

Aero_X360
Aero_X360

Oh man...I wish I had a Xbox LIVE Gold Card... This DLC looks brillliant,with that Land Rover and all....

grimface_87
grimface_87

Anyone know approx how big the download will be (in GB)?

Annat
Annat

Yeah, and why does the South Central DLC video say: Download Midnight club: Los Angeles South Central march 19th? :S

BladeTrinity114
BladeTrinity114

I am really looking forward to this expansions to one of my fave racing series of all time!

riosteven
riosteven

uhm its the 12th and its not on marketplace wtf?

tramsit
tramsit

Its the 12th here in OZ, and I want it! But I dont see it on the pstore or the ingame downloadable content?? How do I get it or is it being released here later????? Anyone knows send me a PM.!.....

NND1
NND1

The best racer period... Just Got a heck of a lot better.... Super Sweet ... Cant wait.....

SweetMusic
SweetMusic

There is also a new trailer for the South Central DLC that looks awesome! Can't wait till Thursday!

rorza157
rorza157

this game looks sick cant wait to get a copy looks like it could be one of the best racers around

knuckleman07
knuckleman07

SWEET!! I really love racing games especially midnight club 3 dub edition and then THIS!! This is going to be great. I have the game, can't wait till March 12

Boom3k
Boom3k

wow, i live on Rodeo and crenshaw and im just excited to see if my house is the same color as it is in real life as it will be in the Game! lol, i always park my RX-8 outside so im wondering if they put my car right outside of my house. lol that would be cool.

jr72monte
jr72monte

sound good to me i wish it was in the original game but this works too.

RUFF1807
RUFF1807

dis iz a def buy rite here

tawagivercetti
tawagivercetti

SWEET the Lost and the Damned now this.... Way to put the cherry on top Rockstar. You've Refreshed my two favourite games, I love you.

thpghalo3
thpghalo3

i am deffinatly getting this.

SweetMusic
SweetMusic

Even Burnout: Paradise can't offer a free map, you will have to pay for Burnout's map. The Midnight Club: LA South Central Expansion Map will be FREE! Can't wait till March 12th!

lindseyiluvyou
lindseyiluvyou

That sucks. I'm 14 and want those trophies and new contents but gotta pay 10 dollars for that

tramsit
tramsit

Yeah but you still download the streets thats cool, although im disappointed the whole thing is free, be cool if they keep adding onto to it and gets to be a massive city, its needs to be able to have more players though 16 isnt enough, need like 30.

Cecilierenee
Cecilierenee

Ugh. I guess I better start playing this more often. This game is too hard. lol I really suck at it, I'm still on the first little tournament thing. I'll try beating the original before getting DLC.