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Midway's racing series gears up for its return on October 10; Xbox and PlayStation 2 versions coming first, PC version to follow.

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If you're in your late 20s or early 30s, you probably have fond memories of playing San Francisco Rush in a sweaty arcade during high school or college. Now Midway Games is bringing it back to Cali with L.A. Rush, the first installment in the series since 2000's San Francisco Rush 2049. The PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions of the street racer went gold today and are on the road to be released on October 10. A PC version is due in December.

As the title implies, L.A. Rush is set over 350 drivable miles inside the sprawling environs of Los Angeles. It will have 50 unique tracks that will pit players against up to three other rival racers, with five fully open Los Angeles city re-creations laced with big jumps and shortcuts. The game will also have a story mode that will send players on a series of illegal driving missions that must be completed without them being apprehended by the omnipresent LAPD.

L.A. Rush will sport more than 35 real-life vehicles, including rides from Chevrolet, Cadillac, Mitsubishi, and Nissan. It will also feature 20 concept cars, some of which will be coming from high-profile car designers. All the rides in the game will be able to be customized with licensed parts from manufacturers like AEM, Yokohama, and Brembo. And last but not least, players will be able to slide down the boulevard in a series of exclusive import and muscle cars tricked out by West Coast Customs, the car shop behind the popular MTV show Pimp My Ride and the self-explanatory Rides Magazine.

L.A. Rush has not yet been rated but will sell for $49.99. Those who preorder the game from EBgames.com will also receive a free copy of Midway Arcade Treasures 3.

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