Midnight Club II is a racing video game developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. It is the sequel to Midnight Club: Street Racing, published for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Microsoft Windows and first in series to feature motorcycles. Players can race through cities based on Los Angeles, Paris, and Tokyo. The game also features an online multiplayer component. It is the second game in Midnight Club franchise, followed by Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition.
Why It Rocks
Surprisingly improved gameplay and physics compared to the previous installment.
Tons of new cars to drive from the starter car Cocotte (1987-1990 North American Ford Escort) to the ultimate racer Veloci (Saleen S7). Also, the Arcade mode features bonus police cars including the SLF450X, which is unlocked after beating all circuit races each city.
Lots of memorable tracks, specially in Paris and Tokyo.
Three cities to drive: Los Angeles (United States), Paris (France) and Tokyo (Japan).
Motorcycles finally make their debut in this installment.
Huge selection of songs of various genres such as "Midnight Club II Theme" by 8-Off Agallah, "Outrun" and "Extra Dry" by Thomas Bangalter, "Stealth" by Art Of Trance and "Brain 30 [Train Psycho 303 Mix]" by Franz Merwald AKA D-Noiser.
New abilities such as Nitrous, Weight Transfer (performing a side wheelie with a car), Burnout (gives you a better start or recover quickly after crashing) and the infamous "Fishtail" (which allows you to reach ludicrous speed with a certain car such as Veloci or Lusso XT).
Plenty of opponents to compete. Also each city has it's own champ such as Dice (LA), Parfait (Paris) and Makoto (Tokyo). After beating them, you'll be ready to take on the World champion Savo (Russia).
Bigger difficulty spike than in the previous game, as some opponents including champs such as Parfait can be very brutal due to their AI.
The graphics may have aged a bit.
Sadly, the game got recently delisted on Steam presumably due to the soundtrack's license expiring in order to avoid copyright issues.
The customization, despite making it's debut, is very limited as you can only switch certain colors on each vehicle.
There is a speed cap at 250 miles per hour (402km/h) for some reason.