Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix - PS2 Review
|15/4/2006||Rockstar Games||Rockstar San Diego||1-2, 8||G8+||Medium|
When you read this review please bear in mind that Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition Remix isn't an entirely new game, nor is it a budget release. You see Take Two, rather then just releasing the game at only $29.95, have also added in plenty of new content which makes this a sensational package. For this review we are recycling some of the original review, but also detailing some of the new features - including 24 new cars and the gorgeous looking Tokyo.
|MC3 looks spectacular.|
As we mentioned in the review of the original game (which is available here) this game is given extra credibility with the assistance of Dub Magazine, one of the biggest automotive lifestyle magazines around the globe. These guys are experts in hotting up cars and yet again this title gives you the ability to mod the cars. This includes 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 manufacturers but needless to say many components include parts from almost a dozen different manufacturers.
This budget re-release has seen the car tally bumped up by a generous 24 new cars including Lamborghini, Cadillac, Dodge, Infiniti, and Pagani among others. This is in addition to the 60-odd cars and motorbikes from manufacturers such as Aprillia, GM, Chevy, Ducati, Lotus and Volkswagon.
|Heading to the checkpoint.|
In terms of gameplay the series has always had an arcade slant, and this title is no exception. The game includes the three cities from the original game, they being Atlanta, San Diego and Detroit, but now also includes an all-new neon soaked city in Tokyo. This isn't a half-assed inclusion either with spectacular locations, scenery and atmosphere to rival the other three cities. One of my complaints of the first release was that there wasn't a huge amount of variety in the three America cities, as aspect which still holds true although the inclusion of Tokyo has alleviated that issue somewhat.
Everything else is pretty much the same as the original title - you drive around the streets before finding other cars to race, shops to purchase parts in or scenery admire. The actual driving is superbly handled with responsive vehicles and, unlike other big racing titles all the vehicles can sustain damage. This game isn't limited to cars however with motorbikes playing a pretty big role. I don't quite think their handling is quite as exciting as the cars, but as in real life they're a little more sensitive to being thrown around at high speed.
The bulk of Midnight Club 3's single player game can be found in the career mode. Through this mode you unlock new cars, upgrades and tracks. It must be said that the single player career mode is a fairly decent game too with well over 20 hours needed to complete the game. One of the keys to this game is the amount of unlockable content which runs into hundreds of items. When you've finished with this it's onto the multi-player, the highlight being the 8-player online gameplay. It's fast and frantic and while not lag free (thanks to Australia's remoteness and lack of servers) it's still a blast. Some of the online game modes include Capture the Flag, Ordered Race, Paint and Tag - terrific fun. Oh, it's also possible to play against owners of the original as well as this updated version.
|Spectacular particle effects.|
Graphics are another of Midnight Club 3 Dub Edition Remix's real strengths. Sure there's an occasional frame rate glitch, even with the game running at 25fps as standard, and some of the detail in the on-road traffic and pedestrians could be better, but the game has a gorgeous visual style to it. The backgrounds look spectacular as you whizz past them (they aren't quite as impressive when you slow down, but most games lose visual impact when you do that) while the cars, while lacking some finer detail, deform when in collisions sending parts in all directions. Visual effects such as motion blur, particles and lighting is among the most impressive seen on the Playstation 2 to date. Most importantly the game is lightning fast and there really is only one other game that has the same sense of speed to it, EA's Burnout Revenge. The intro movies and menu presentation are also second to none.
|Yes, there are motorbikes...|
Sound is yet another aspect of this title which is among the best on Playstation 2. As with any racing game the sound effects are crucial to giving the game a sense of realism and Rockstar have created some wonderful effects. Car collisions and engines may not be as realistic as in some other games, but they are meaty and you really hear the action. What really surprised me is how good the soundtrack is on this game. It really makes EA's Burnout 3: Takedown track listing seem pretty piss poor by comparison. The tracks on Midnight Club 3 not only encompass a wider range of musical tastes, but are much better tracks in general. Bands included in this game include Calyx, Fat Joe, Jimmy Eat World, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Sean Paul, Twista and Unwritten Law just to name a few. It really is a fantastic mix. EA - hang your head in shame! If the music from the original game wasn't enough the developers have now include 25 entirely new tracks for this Remixed title - that's in addition to the original tracks! One of the more interesting aspects is that the amount of voices in the game seems to be toned down from Midnight Club II. Still, you don't really miss it. Finally the sound is enhanced considerably with the use of Dolby Pro Logic II.
|Racing through Tokyo.|
The original game was brilliant, this game is even brillianter (hey, that's not good English!). Who gives. This is a street-cred racing game with plenty of new kick-ass features and MUST be in every PS2 owners collection. Pure brilliance which Take Two are almost giving away for nothing. Get it.
Review By: Dave Warner
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|GRAPHICS||Nothing much has changed from the original, but Tokyo is stunning.||86%|
|SOUND||Fantastic music and wonderful effects make this an aural treat.||90%|
|GAMEPLAY||Fast. Fast. Fast. Fun. Fun. Fun. You'll never tire of this game.||96%|
|VALUE||A new city, 24 new cars, great gameplay. Superb value at under $30.||96%|
|OVERALL||The original game was an essential purchase at $99, this $29.95 disc is more essential - even for those that loved the original!||94%|