Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Review (Xbox)
The music, the rims, the neons, and the decals, it's all about style and love for speed and popularity. Midnight Club 3 shows all the flash and speed that you would expect coming from these games. You have the cars, the upgrades, the bad boys to talk smack, and tons of races to prove that you are the supreme racer. Midnight Club may not be as big as other racers, such as Need for Speed, but that doesn't mean it can't be better.
The sounds of the cars in the game are really nice and loud. One thing that I really liked in the sound department are the crashes. When you run into something you hear the shattering of glass and it actually feels like you have wrecked. In other games this is kind of a second thought but here it's the best benefit of crashing. The main thing you will be hearing in this game though, are the songs. As a rock listener and guitar player, of course I am expecting to be disappointed because most songs are centered around rap themed songs. Even I liked a few of the songs in the game, so thatís saying something. The only thing that was disappointing was the rock songs that ARE in the game are not that great. So if youíre into these kinds of games the music is absolutely nothing new. However, for the xbox there is hope, you do have the option to play your custom sound track instead (thank you). Aside from in game music, the voice acting in the cut-scenes are well done and doesn't sound like cut and paste. It's fluid and they tried pretty hard to get the "street" style dialogue down pat.
The game obviously still uses the cruise mode so you can go find your races on your own. I didn't really like this feature on Need For Speed: Underground 2, but this game made the cruise mode a lot better to me. They will kind of give you hints on places to go at times and thatís what I like. I never was really into the whole "put them here, and let them go do what ever". I like to be told where to go and beat that then move on. It will not tell you where to go all the time, and even if it does you don't really have to go that way. Of course, not everything is perfect, there are some kind of annoying things about the game that you will see rather quickly. For one, itís considered a plus that you can race in any way that you want. Meaning if you don't want to follow the computers route you can go find your own way to get to the next check point. It's really easy later on in the harder races to get really confused at exactly which way you need to go to get to the next check point. You will be going so fast that all of a sudden you will look on your map and notice you missed the road to get to the next check point, kind of frustrating. You will find yourself going back again and again until you find the right path of your missed check point and more then likely there will be more then one in a race that you will have a problem getting to. This is what makes the game fun though, its total freedom while your racing, you can sometimes find better routes to take then the computers will and you can get a really good jump ahead of them. Of course, what would a game like this be without the good faithful garage? Here you can upgrade and manage your rides. Adding decals, paints and neons is only half the fun. You really start having fun upgrading in the performance. While many will know exactly what they want to change to their car, itís very nice that they added a auto upgrade feature for people like me. I'm not a car genius nor do I read up on all the new engines or anything even similar to that, I just enjoy racing games. So this is really user friendly to those who think "yea I just want my car the best it can get", like me.
Overall, this game is just easily rated as awesome. It has the style, and the gameplay of a true great racing game. If you stand Need for Speed: Underground 2 up to this game, I would say this game offers more of what you would want from an arcade racer. Not everybody will feel the same, but this is just what I feel. In any case, you can't go wrong with this game. Also nice to know that both PS2 and Xbox versions can be played online. Buy or rent? I'd say if you are a fan of racing games or just like to play one here and there, I'd still buy this game. It's worth the money.