Midnight Club: Los Angeles
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Midnight Club: Los Angeles is a 2008 racing video game by Rockstar Games and is the latest installment in the Midnight Club series. It is for Xbox 360, PS3, and PSP.
Why It Rocks
- You can purchase 43 different cars and 4 different motorcycles. The South Central DLC and Complete Edition adds more content such as drivable cop cars including the eponymous "South Central" district.
- It’s very fun.
- Great atmosphere.
- The map of Los Angeles is the equivalent of three maps in 3: DUB Edition combined even with the South Central DLC mentioned above.
- Outstanding graphics thanks to the usage of RAGE engine, which was also used in Grand Theft Auto IV and V.
- Awesome soundtrack such as "Snake Eyes" by Plump DJs, "1,000,000" and "Discipline" by Nine Inch Nails and "Mercury" by Bloc Party. Also, you can edit them and add to your own playlist.
- Overall good gameplay mechanics.
- The game features Need for Speed: Underground 2-esque free roam mode, also featuring actual cops during the said mode.
- In the PSP version, LA Remix, you'll unlock the exclusive Tokyo career featuring new racers to beat including the new boss and the leader of the eponymous "Mid Night Club", Yamagata.
- First game in the series where you can drive in daytime without the need to use lights.
- All customization and cars/motorcycles would be free after the player buys the garage for $1,000,000.
- The Audi R8 4.2 FSI quattro and the TIS Modular Rims were originally available via Rockstar Social Club until May 31 2014. Now it's impossible to obtain these without hacking the save file (the Saleen Mustang S302 Extreme (S-197) in the original cover featured the M305 rims). In the PSP version, however, it is given to the player for free after beating Booke.
- Speaking of the PSP Remix version:
- It's a reskin of Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition as it recycles Midnight Club 2's L.A. map in order to fit into the game's UMD. In the other hand, it features the updated Tokyo map from the aforementioned game's REMIX version in order to compensate the hardware limitations. To make things worse, the story is rather weak due to the lack of animated cutscenes!
- Also, half of the cars from the original version can only be driven in certain cities such as the Saleen S7 Twin Turbo being only available in Los Angeles or the Mazda RX-7 (FD3S) in Tokyo.
- The Level Editor was cut and you can't fully edit the soundtrack.
- The customization is similar to Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition's customization, but with body parts, rims (except BBS rims) from the PS3/360, paints and some vinyls heavily being from Midnight Club 3
- The game originally had a frustrating difficulty spike due to the rubberband AI until a patch fixed this issue.
- The 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX is portrayed as Front-Wheel Drive, despite GSX's are All-Wheel Drive.