4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Midnight Club: Los Angeles (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
This game is absolutely STUNNING. The graphics are breathtaking, L.A. never looked so good or realistic. I have read that people think the game becomes too hard but quite honestly I haven't found that to be the case thus far. I have been involved in 3 police chases and twice I was caught and once I got away, although that was more my fault than the A.I being too intelligent/aggressive.
I love the fact that Rockstar have added an in-car view, which really shows that they have worked hard on every little detail of the game. For me, the in-car view adds a great deal to the experience. The GPS system is amazing and the map is extremely detailed. I wasn't that impressed with MC 3 on the PS2 because the graphics were very mediocre, even by the PS2's standards. Much of the time, I was unable to see the obstructions in front of me and ended up smacking into a wall. That is no longer an issue due to the crystal clear, near-perfect graphics so well done Rockstar!
The racing is fast and furious and very free-roaming, a lot more so than the Need for Speed games which limit the racing area to several shortcuts but nothing really substantial. In MC:LA, you can literally take ANY route to reach the finishing line, although naturally some routes are less desirable than others.
Customization of cars is superb, with the ability to even change the license plate number and state of the car.
As someone previously mentioned, it is also a nice touch to find that the motorway (or freeway as the Americans would say) is busier or quieter, depending on the time of day. You race in both daylight and at night, adding to the racing experience and giving a more realistic passage of time.
My only 'criticism' of the game (if you can call it that) is that American cars are over-represented. I know, I know, it's an American game but I would have liked to see a bit more balance between American, Japanese and European manufacturers, as evident in Forza 2, for example.
All I can say is that if you're a fan of free-roaming and racing games, get this game.