3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good game but looks are avergae !,
This review is from: Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition (Xbox) (Video Game)
If there is one thing the gran turismo series have shown, is that a racing game needs crisp clear graphics. It's just common sense. Being typically Rockstar, the crisp clear graphics aren't something they are known for. Just look at the grand theft auto series of games to see graphics where never high on their agenda. Okay, Gta has a large amount of different styles of gameplay in it so you would have to compromise on the games looks as the games are packed with tons of content. So it is with a bit of a surprise to see how fuzzy MC 3 looked when I loaded it up. After all, all you do is race a car real quick, tune it up and that's about it really.
Okay, let me get to the other bits first. I've played say 6 to 7 hours so far and you can see the game has a lot in it's favour. Great handling, check. Fantastic courses, check. Tons of cars and bikes and a ga-zillion ways to improve your vehicle in the garage, check. 3 Different cities to race in and different modes of racing to really spice up the game, check. Great, it should get 10/10, but then you realise this is a Xbox game in the year 2005, and you wonder why it looks so fuzzy and very PS2'ish. For a second I thought I was playing the PS2 version, with all it's jageddy edges and fuzzy visuals. Graphics certainly isn't everything, but it sure helps. Your car's detail and over all look is average to good, just enough detail to pass, but then you look at the traffic and you notice basic square boxy style vehicles with almost no detail. Is it important ? Probably not, however to a degree yes. You want to feel you are in a real live city, so maybe a bit more detail would have been nice. Yes, you have pedestrians, although you can't hit them as your car goes right through them, like they are holograms or something. With the lack of detail on the cars in traffic, and the holographic peds, it does make you feel like corners where cut here, surprising as you think that the game isn't in the complexity of a Gta game. Alright, it's a racing game and these things aren't that important, but one would like to think some time in the future we can have more detail in a car that you just crashed into. Xbox 360 maybe ? ...I guess with a developer of Rockstar's stature, one would expect a bit more.
So this is a fine game, although I have so far been hung up on the lack of decent graphical looks, and it does matter when you think this game competes against Burnout 3, which looks fantastic.Overall, a quality game that just comes short in the looks department.