An amazing arcade racing game for PSP, be prepared for many hours of entertainment...
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If you are someone who loves car customisation and 'street racing' you will be right at home here with dozens of cars and hundreds of branded modifications on offer. However if, like myself, you have no interest in the whole import scene you may think this game has nothing for you, but you'd be wrong. To begin with you can select a car/bike from many different genres, if a 1.8 litre 4 cylinder Volkswagon Golf with a huge turbocharger and nitrous oxide injection kit is not the car for you, there are plenty of other choices of vehicle. Muscle cars, Luxury saloons, Sports bikes, Choppers, Exotic sports cars and SUV/trucks are all at your disposal. Whatever type of vehicle you are interested in, modern, flashy, luxury or classic, this game can provide it for you.
The gameplay in 'Club 3 is amazing, there are a selection of race types available, most consist of racing through an open environment to get from one flare-lit point to the next. Each vehicle handles very differently, the tuners and sports cars are very twitchy and light, the luxuries and SUVs are heavy and planted, and the muscles are prone to oversteer and sliding. The bikes are insanely fun to race, specifically the later sports bikes such as the Kawasakis and Aprillas which have an awesome sense of speed and the possibility of death looms around every corner. The best thing about the driving physics in this game is the sense that you are always on the edge of control, the earlier cars are easy to drive and race, but later on you'll find yourself trying desperately not to throw your car off the road and into a solid building whilst avoiding the pedestrian vehicles as well as fighting for the lead of the race. It's intense stuff.
'Club 3 has a selection of modes to choose from, but for the most part you'll be racking up those dollars in career mode, the main bulk of the game. Personally I have finished the career and according to the in-game stats I was playing for approximately 60 hours. Put simply, this game has a huge amount of depth, there are very few games I have put 60+ hours into and am still playing today. After the career however, the depth decreases as there isn't a whole lot more to do, you can continue in the career and build up your vehicle collection, you can play the single arcade races in any car you've unlocked or your own vehicles from the career garage, or you can select multiplayer (ad-hoc, no infrastructure) and challenge your friends to a race or two.
Midnight Club 3 is one of my favourite racing games on PSP. It has a brilliant blend of arcade racing, great choices of vehicle, amazing driving physics, brilliant graphics and an extremely deep career mode that makes it so much fun to play. Once the career mode is finished there isn't a huge amount of options, although after 60+ hours of gameplay that is easily forgivable. If you own a PSP and are interested in cars, bikes or arcade driving games, do yourself a favour and buy this game. Just be prepared to loose many hours playing this excellent title!