Still worth playing, still perhaps the best street racer out there.
C_Blade wrote this review on .
The career mode is the main event, spanning probably from 20-30 hours, filled with hundreds of races that suprisingly don't get old, thanks to the different car classes. While NFS has variety in it's different race types, Midnight Club has 7 classes that have their own races: Tuners, Muscle Cars, Trucks/SUVs, Sport Bikes, Chopper Bikes, Luxury Sedans, and in the end of the Career - Exotics. And the 70 cars you obtain through the game are very popular favorites of all kinds, including a Lancer Evo, Skyline, Hummer H1 and H2, two Escalades, Corvette Z06, Chrysler 300C, Viper GTS-R, Cadillac Sixteen, Dodge Charger, Kawasaki Ninja, Lamborghini Murcielago, Nissan 350Z, Lotus Elise and Espirit, and the incredibly fast McLaren F1 LM, to name some of my favorites.
The career is very progressive, which always lets you feel like you are accomplishing something as you get new parts, new performance upgrades, and new car classes. To beat the intelligent, but not perfect, AI, you'll need to use several shortcuts through maps on the 3 cities, and often it will take more than 3 tries to win a certain race, but it doesn't frustrate me like most games like that do.
The nitro always comes in handy, except when you get cars that are so fast that using nitro will usually hurt you more than help you. I began to only use it to accelerate me when I crashed or on very long, clean straight-a-ways. The money isn't a problem, it is just right, and if you run out, you can always sell a car to get funds for another better one.
The graphics are good, but what makes them superb is during the racing. The feel of speed is evident right when you start because as you gain speed, everything that moves by has a blur effect. It is awesome, something I haven't seen or at least noticed in other street racers. When you are going 100 mph, it actually feels like you are, for once.
The music has a great variety for it's time. It has something like 60 tracks, with rap and hip-hop to reggae (too much in my opinion) to soft and hard rock, and grunge, and if you don't like a song you can just turn it off or skip it. The sound of the cars is spectacular, like most of these games. The burning out, tire squealing as you drift on a sharp turn, or the drowned out horns as you pass cars at 250 mph makes you feel like you're in the car.
The multiplayer has a good variety too, but most games aren't very interesting. XBox Live is good, responsive, can fit a lot of people, but I haven't spent too much time on it so I can't say exactly how interesting it stays.
Overall, this game is definitely the best street racer until maybe NFS Most Wanted and even then, this game has more customization and can be more exciting and immersive. If only it had more of a story, but it doesn't really need one. Rockstar have outdone themselves this time. Watch out Need For Speed Underground...Top this.