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March 3, 2005
Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
15/4/2005Take TwoRockstar San Diego1-2, 8 $99.95


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MC3 is great graphically.
Most of you should have heard of Rockstar Games. If not, I'm sure you'll know their games. They are the developers of a little game series known as Grand Theft Auto, as well as an uber violent but quite impressive title called Manhunt. Well now Rockstar are turning their efforts towards car racing. Actually, for the development team working on Midnight Club 3 this isn't a new thing. Angel Studios were the development team responsible for the first two games in the series, and were bought out by Rockstar/Take Two a little over a year ago and subsequently renamed Rockstar San Diego. As with any new Rockstar production this game is generating a lot of hype - and from what we've seen this game deserves it too.

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Moving at breakneck speed.
Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition is an interesting prospect. Let's just start with the title, or should that be subtitle, DUB Edition. For those of you that don't know DUB is a magazine dedicated to automotive lifestyle, and hotting up cars with all the latest gear. You know what I mean, these are the cars you see cruising by in every hip-hop/rap video on MTV. Dub's input to this game should ensure that it contains all the latest features you could ever want in the hottest car. Besides it also lends some credibilty to the title.

In terms of gameplay the series has always had an arcade slant, and this title is no exception. Set across the three cities of Atlanta, San Diego and Detroit Midnight Club 3 is focused on the biggest street racing cities in America. Rather then just using the scenery of those cities as the backdrops for some tracks this game allows you to drive around open cities, much like EA's Need For Speed Underground 2 which was released late last year. What really impresses is the sense of speed in this game as cars race around the cities. The game runs at a cracking pace, and may even surpass the brilliance of Burnout 3 in that regard. You can see in the video clip above just how fast the game runs, and the nitros are only on at the very last moments!

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The vet gets 'em wet!
The list of cars in this game (which were selected by DUB magazine) is impressive with over 60 vehicles realistically re-created for this title. The cars are as follows: Aprilla Mille Factory, Cadillac Sixteen, Cien, CTS-V / 2004, Escalade, Escalade EXT Chevy 1949 Fleetline, 1957 Chevy Bel Air, 1964 Chevy Impala, 1968 Corvette, 1969 Camaro Z28, 1970 El Camino SS, 1978 Monte Carlo, 1981 Camaro Z28, 1996 Impala SS, Silverado SS, Corvette Z06, Chrysler 300c, ME Four-Twelve, Dodge 1969 Charger RT-SE 440, Charger R/T, Neon SRT4, Ram SRT10, Viper GTS/R, Ducati SS1000, 999R, Monster SR4, Gemballa Twin Turbo, GM H1, H2, Hotmatch Cuevito, D'elegance, Skully, Kawasaki Ninja ZX 12R, Police 1000,
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The motion blur looks great.
Lamborghini Gallardo, Murcielago, Lexus GS430, IS300, SC430, Lotus Elise, Esprit, McLaren 1995 F1 LM, Mercedes CL55 AMG, CL500, CLK-GTR, G55 AMG, G500, SL55 AMG, SL500, SLR McLaren, Mitsubishi Eclipse, Lancer Evolution VIII, Nissan 350Z, Skyline GT-R R34 V-spec, Pontiac 1968 GTO, 1970 GTO "The Judge", Saleen S7, SR, Toyota 1998 Supra, Volkswagen Golf R32, Jetta, Phaeton, West Coast Choppers CFL, El Diablo Rigid and El Diablo Soft Tail.

So what modding can you do on the cars? Well you've got body kits, brakes, chassis, computers, jet kits (for street bikes), intakes, headers, exhausts, nitrous, rims, super chargers, tires, transmissions, and turbos. I won't list all the manfacturers but needless to say many components include parts from almost a dozen different manufacturers. Perhaps most importantly for some gamers Rockstar San Diego are including full damage for the cars!

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Expect spectacular crashes too!
In terms of game modes the bulk of your time will be spent in a career mode. Through this mode you unlock new cars, upgrades and tracks. But that's not all. To top it all off the developers are including 8-player online competition. Exactly what game modes this will includes remains unknow, but I'd be mighty impressed if the game includes 8-player simultaneous racing through the streets! Given the history of the developer this is more then possible.

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition is a fantastic looking title and one which could easily become the biggest racing/modding games in years. The game moves smooth, has a very cool hip-hop sound track and is certain to get the interest of gamers. Keep an eye out for a worldwide April release.