Midnight Club

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Midnight Club
Midnight Club Los Angeles logo.png
Most recent version of the series logo
Genres Racing
Developers Rockstar San Diego
Rockstar Leeds
Rockstar London
Publishers Rockstar Games
Platforms PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, Xbox, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
First release Midnight Club: Street Racing
October 26, 2000
Latest release Midnight Club: Los Angeles
October 20, 2008
Official website rockstargames.com/midnightclub

Midnight Club is a series of racing video games developed by Rockstar San Diego (formerly Angel Studios) and published by Rockstar Games. The games are similar to the Midtown Madness series previously developed by Angel Studios, focusing on competitive street racing in open world urban environments. Throughout the series, players race through New York City, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, San Diego, Atlanta, and Detroit.

Games[edit]

Title Availability Year
Sony Microsoft Nintendo
Midnight Club: Street Racing PlayStation 2 None Game Boy Advance 2000
Midnight Club II PlayStation 2 Microsoft Windows
Xbox
None 2003
Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition PlayStation 2
PlayStation Portable
Xbox None 2005/2006 (Remix)
Midnight Club: Los Angeles PlayStation 3
PlayStation Portable
Xbox 360 None 2008/2009 (Complete Edition)

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition[edit]

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition, developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games, is the third game in the Midnight Club series. It is also the first game in the series to feature licensed vehicles and allow players to customize their cars and bikes with performance and visual upgrades. It was released for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox on April 11, 2005, and later ported to the PlayStation Portable in June of that same year. The three cities featured are San Diego, Atlanta, and Detroit. The name derived from a partnership between Rockstar and DUB Magazine, which features heavily in the game in the form of DUB-sponsored races and DUB-customized vehicles. The PlayStation Portable port was developed by Rockstar Leeds.

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix[edit]

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix is a revised version of the original MC3. This edition has an extra map of Tokyo updated from Midnight Club 2 which adds new missions to the game. Along with that come several new cars, new races, new battle maps, rims, vinyls, hydraulics, body kits, and music.

Midnight Club: Los Angeles[edit]

Midnight Club: Los Angeles is the 2008 addition to the Midnight Club lineup. It was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 20, 2008 in North America and October 24, 2008 in Europe. As the name suggests, the game is based in Los Angeles, featuring Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, San Fernando Valley, Downtown L.A., and most recently South Central. The designers used real street maps in developing the game. The game features online play and downloadable content. Licensed cars and bikes return, including new models and brands such as Ford and Mazda, which were absent in Midnight Club 3.

Midnight Club: L.A. Remix[edit]

Midnight Club: L.A. Remix is the portable adaption of Midnight Club: Los Angeles for the PlayStation Portable. The port is developed by Rockstar London with Rockstar San Diego. The game features the map of Los Angeles used in Midnight Club II rather than the map used in the console versions of Los Angeles. The game also features the city of Tokyo, using the map from Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix.

Midnight Club: L.A. Complete Edition[edit]

Midnight Club: Los Angeles - Complete Edition is the same game as Midnight Club LA, but with all expansion packs included, such as the South Central downloadable content pack which adds new vehicles, races, missions, music and adds 33% more map (South Central L.A.) to the south of L.A., hence the name South Central.

Reception[edit]

Game Review Scores
IGN Gamespot Metacritic
Midnight Club: Street Racing 86% [1] 84% [2] 78% [3]
Midnight Club II 91% [4] 73% [5] 85% [6]
Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition 92% [7] 83% [8] 84% [9]
Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix 88% [10] 82% [11] 85% [12]
Midnight Club: Los Angeles 85% [13] 75% [14] 82% [15]
Midnight Club: L.A. Remix 76% [16] 75% [17] 79% [18]

Name origin[edit]

The two kanji letters that act as a subtitle, 湾岸, are translated as wangan, meaning "bayshore". This was taken from the name of the Tokyo to Yokohama route of the Shuto Expressway. The game was said to be named after the real life hashiriya gang, known as the Mid Night Club, who used the same route on a regular basis.[citation needed]

The name could also be confused with Wangan Midnight, a Japanese manga series which has been adapted into several arcade games (see Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune). Wangan Midnight is often written as "湾岸 Midnight".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IGN: Midnight Club: Street Racing". Ps2.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  2. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (2000-10-25). "Midnight Club: Street Racing Review for PlayStation 2". GameSpot. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  3. ^ "Midnight Club: Street Racing for PlayStation 2 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. 2000-10-25. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  4. ^ "IGN: Midnight Club II". Ps2.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  5. ^ "Midnight Club II Review for PlayStation 2". GameSpot. 2003-04-09. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  6. ^ "Midnight Club II for PlayStation 2 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. 2003-04-09. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  7. ^ "IGN: Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition". Ps2.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  8. ^ "Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Review for PlayStation 2". GameSpot. 2005-04-11. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  9. ^ "Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition for PlayStation 2 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. 2005-04-11. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  10. ^ "IGN: Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix". Ps2.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  11. ^ Navarro, Alex (2006-03-13). "Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix Review for PlayStation 2". GameSpot. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  12. ^ "Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix for PlayStation 2 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. 2006-03-13. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  13. ^ "IGN: Midnight Club: Los Angeles". Ps3.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  14. ^ Thomas, Aaron (2008-10-20). "Midnight Club: Los Angeles Review for PlayStation 3". GameSpot. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  15. ^ "Midnight Club: Los Angeles for PlayStation 3 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  16. ^ "Midnight Club: LA Remix | Midnight Club: L.A. Remix (2008) on PlayStation Portable". Psp.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  17. ^ Dyer, Mitch (2008-10-20). "Midnight Club: LA Remix Review for PSP". GameSpot. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  18. ^ "Midnight Club: LA Remix for PSP Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 

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