Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition

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Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition
Midnight Club 3 - DUB Edition Coverart.jpg
Cover art, featuring a Cadillac Escalade (left), and a Chrysler 300C (right) with the skyline of downtown Atlanta, Georgia in the background.
Developer(s) Rockstar San Diego, Rockstar Leeds (PSP)
Publisher(s) Rockstar Games
Distributor(s) Take-Two Interactive
Series Midnight Club
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Xbox
PlayStation Portable
Release date(s) PlayStation 2[1] & Xbox[2]
NA 20050411April 11, 2005
EU 20050415April 15, 2005
AUS 20050415April 15, 2005
NA March 13, 2006 (Remix)
EU March 17, 2006 (Remix)
PlayStation Portable[3]
  • NA June 27, 2005
  • EU September 1, 2005
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition is a racing game developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games It is the third installment in the Midnight Club series. Like previous installments in the series, the game is an arcade-style racer and focuses on wild, high-speed racing, rather than realistic physics and driving. The name is 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 as prizes.

Players race through open world recreations of San Diego, Atlanta, and Detroit listening to 98 licensed music tracks that include hip-hop, rock, and more.[citation needed] The game features a number of graphical views after the player crashes into certain objects, or travels across particular stretches of road. There is also the ability to customize a player's vehicle. Other than modifying the external looks, the vehicle's performance can also be improved (with the exception of all 'A' Class vehicles except motorcycles).

Gameplay[edit]

There are seven types of cars: Tuners, Luxury Sedans, SUVs/Trucks, Exotics, Muscle Cars, Sport Bikes, and Choppers. As the game continues, different clubs that drive a specific type of car will invite the player to race with them: American Royalty Car Club (Muscle Cars), Big Playas (SUV s/Trucks), By Invitation Only (Exotics), Chopper of America Bike Club (Choppers), Luxury Rollers (Luxury Cars), Original Riders (Sport Bikes) and Unbeatable Street Racers (Tuners). If the player beats a club in three races they unlock a special ability for that class. Tuners, Sport Bikes, Exotics, the Lexus SC430, Mercedes Benz SL500 and the Cadillac XLR in "Remix" get "Zone" (a form of bullet time which allows for more precise handling at high speeds), Trucks/SUVs and Luxury Cars get "Agro" (which allows the vehicle to plow through traffic and other obstacles without taking damage or slowing down), and Muscle Cars and Choppers get "Roar" (the only offensive ability, it launches a sonic wave that blows away any vehicles in its path).

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition is the first game in the series to include car modification, both visual and performance. By winning races, the player unlocks new cars and options to customize them with. These options include enhancing the performance, adding vinyls and new paint jobs, and physically modifying the car by changing parts such as wheels, bumpers, spoilers, neon, hoods, and engine components. The cars are divided into four classes: D, C, B and A, depending on their performance.

There are five types of races in the game: ordered races, circuit races, unordered races, autocross races, and track events. In ordered races the player races through the city on a course marked by yellow-orange flares to reach a finish line. In circuit races the player races along a circuit course through the city for a set number of laps. In unordered races the player is free to go through scattered checkpoints in any order before crossing the finish line. Autocross races take place in a walled-in circuit of the street with no traffic or police, the goal being to finish the circuit faster than a set time. Track events, available in arcade mode, are similar to autocross races, except that the player competes against other races inside the barricaded track, often taking more damage.

Players can also create their own races in the Race Editor. Players can create either a circuit or ordered race by placing checkpoints throughout the city, and can change racing conditions such as traffic, weather, and time of day.

Multiplayer[edit]

The game includes an Online mode, where players can race with other players from all around the world. There are also many clubs available to join, but players can also start and manage their own. Most offline modes are available for play online, while in online mode it's possible to chat in-game, including a cruise mode, capture the flag, circuit racing, ordered racing, unordered racing, tag, paint and autocross. Tracks created via the Race Editor offline can be used Online.

Plot[edit]

San Diego[edit]

The player begins in San Diego by meeting Oscar, the mechanic of Six-One-Nine Customs, a tuning garage in San Diego. Oscar guides the player through the game by providing helpful tips and information about races. The player begins with a choice of six cars: a 1964 Chevrolet Impala, a 1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, a 2004 Dodge Neon SRT4, a 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse, a Volkswagen Golf Mk4, or a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta (Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix added the option of a Scion tC). As the player wins races new customization options and cars are unlocked for purchase.

The street racers available to challenge at the beginning of the game are: Vanessa (Mitsubishi Eclipse), Bishop (Lexus GS430), and Carlos (1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo). Winning races against at least one of these street racers will allow the player to challenge Phil for ownership of his Hotmatch Cuevito, and an invitation to challenge the Chopper of America bike club. Once the player defeats Phil and Vanessa at least once, Vanessa will challenge them again.

After defeating all racers and tournaments in San Diego, the player is introduced to Vince, a mechanic from Detroit. Oscar mentions that the player has been building a reputation as a skilled racer, and that there are some big time races in Atlanta that the player may be interested in. He tells the player to go to the shipping company to make the trip.

Atlanta[edit]

The player arrives in a rather nice looking garage in Atlanta called "Apone Team Racing". The owner, Apone, introduces himself, but is distracted by his most prized procession: a 1964 gold painted Chevrolet Impala that he customized and is constantly tinkering with. In Atlanta, the player is challenged by three racers. There is also a tournament going on, for which the prize is a "DUB'd-Out" 2004 Cadillac Escalade EXT. After defeating all racers and tournaments in Atlanta, Apone mentions that there are more races going on in Detroit and that he thinks it's a good idea for the player to check it out.

Street racers in Atlanta are: Roy (1969 Dodge Charger R/T, later a 1999 Dodge Charger R/T Concept), Dre (2005 Cadillac Escalade), Cheng (Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII), Vito (Ducati Monster S4R), Lamont (Chevrolet Silverado SS) and Naomi (Hotmatch Skully).

Detroit[edit]

The player arrives in Detroit and sees a familiar face, Vince. Remembering him, he welcomes the player to town and his shop. He later points to a Lamborghini Murciélago and says it's the prize to whatever car club turns out the best street racer. Some returning faces from Atlanta come to Detroit, including Roy and Angel, who are plot-affected racers but they are never seen or mentioned. The player races them a couple of times, as wells as the car clubs. Early in the player's Detroit career, a tournament is held and a 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline (as Oscar describes it "Just the car to win in Detroit!") is the prize. Upon defeating the racers, the player scores a challenge from the By Invitation Only Exotic Car Club. Defeating them unlocks "Zone" for Exotics and a special, rare 2004 Chrysler ME Four Twelve. At this point, the player races all drivers twice, and upon defeating them, is crowned the victor of the U.S. Champion Series. Afterwards, the player returns to Vince's and is rewarded the Lamborghini Murcielago from before. Vince says "It should be driven with respect, and not by some San Diego swinger who thinks he's hot stuff or something."

Street racers in Detroit are: Roy (returning with a Dodge Viper GTS-R), Spider (Hotmatch D'Elegance), Leo (1981 Camaro Z28), Caesar (Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, later a Lamborghini Gallardo), Kioshi (Aprilla Mille Factory), and Angel (Saleen S7).

Characters[edit]

  • Player An unnamed driver who seeks to be the top racer in the U.S
  • Oscar A Mexican-American professional car mechanic in San Diego with a passion for muscle cars. He is the owner of the 6-1-9 Customs (his name and the 6-1-9 Customs are an allusion to a well-known WWE fighter, Rey Mysterio, whose real name is Oscar Gutierrez Rubio, also is originally from San Diego, and whose signature move is 6-1-9 finisher). He owns a 1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with chop top, dark gold-painted rims, gold-painted tribal vinyl and all painted in black (including the trim and exhaust). He is usually racing with muscle cars, but he says that "his baby isn't ready yet", and he is usually seen tinkering it or washing it". He also owns a red West Coast Choppers-built Hotmatch Cuevito He first meets the player when the latter visits him in his shop after getting a call from the player's friend.
  • Apone An African-American professional car mechanic in Atlanta with a passion for low riders. He is the owner of the Apone Team Racing Customs. He owns a yellow 1964 Chevrolet Impala and is obsessed with it, to the point of divorcing his wife over it. He is always seen tinkering with the car to achieve perfection. He first meets the player when they visit his shop in Atlanta after getting a call from Oscar.
  • Vince A professional car mechanic in Detroit with a passion for exotics. He first meets the player in San Diego while discussing choppers with Oscar. He later meets the player in Detroit and instructs him for racing. He keeps a green Lamborghini Murcielago as a prize for the U.S Champion Series in street racing, which he presents to the player at the end of the game. He is good friends with Oscar, but also highly competitive with him, having some disdain for him. He also likes vintage hot-rods and chooses them over some better performing muscle cars and low riders.
  • Ryo (Appears only in the Remix version of the game as part of the Tokyo Challenge series.) A professional car mechanic in Tokyo. He has an apprentice who is shown to have poor experience with engines, as Ryo is seen berating him for badly tuning an Infiniti G35. He owns the Speedway Garage and helps the player around the city.

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix[edit]

Cover art for Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix is an update to Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition. It is available as a Greatest Hits release on PlayStation 2 and a Platinum Hits release on Xbox, the remix edition of the game is not available for the PSP. It was released on March 12, 2006 or exactly eleven months after the original version's release. It was released on December 19, 2012 on Playstation Network.

The game features all of the cities, vehicles, and music from Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition. This version of the game also allows the player to import the Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition data on their memory card to Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix to make up for lost progress, thus saving the player from starting all over again. The following features were added in Remix:

  • 24 new vehicles (including some from brands not in the original version, such as GMC, Infiniti, Pagani, and Scion)
  • Tokyo, as a new city, which is a slightly updated version of the Tokyo city from Midnight Club II
  • More licensed music
  • More races and battle maps
  • Players are able to make their own races in all cities, including Tokyo

Soundtrack[edit]

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition[edit]

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix[edit]

Reception[edit]

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS2) 86.21%[4]
(Xbox) 85.78%[5]
(PSP) 74.50%[6]
Metacritic (PS2) 84/100[7]
(Xbox) 84/100[8]
(PSP) 74/100[9]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 6/10[10]
EGM 8.67/10[11]
(PSP) 7.67/10[12]
Eurogamer (Xbox) 7/10[13]
(PSP) 5/10[14]
Game Informer 9.5/10[15]
(PSP) 8/10[16]
GamePro 4/5 stars[17]
Game Revolution B+[18]
(PSP) C[19]
GameSpot 8.3/10[20]
(PSP) 7.3/10[21]
GameSpy 4.5/5 stars[22][23]
(PSP) 3.5/5 stars[24]
GameTrailers 9.1/10[25]
(PSP) 7.3/10[26]
GameZone (Xbox) 9.4/10[27]
(PS2) 9.3/10[28]
(PSP) 8/10[29]
IGN 9.2/10[30]
(PSP) 7.1/10[31]
OPM (US) 4/5 stars[32][33]
OXM 9/10[34]
Detroit Free Press (Xbox) 3/4 stars[35]
(PSP) 2/4 stars[36]
The Sydney Morning Herald 4/5 stars[37]

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition was met with positive to average reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 86.21% and 84 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version;[4][7] 85.78% and 84 out of 100 for the Xbox version;[5][8] and 74.50% and 74 out of 100 for the PSP version.[6][9]

The game has sold at least 1.1 million copies worldwide on the PS2 version, and 1.3 million copies worldwide on the PSP version.[citation needed]

DUB Edition Remix[edit]

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (Xbox) 87.14%[38]
(PS2) 85.57%[39]
Metacritic (Xbox) 87/100[40]
(PS2) 85/100[41]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com A[42]
Eurogamer 7/10[43]
Game Informer 9.5/10[44]
GameSpot 8.2/10[45]
GameSpy 4.5/5 stars[46][47]
GameZone 8.6/10[48]
IGN 8.8/10[49]
OXM 8.5/10[50]
PALGN 7.5/10[51]
VideoGamer.com 8/10[52]

The DUB Edition Remix was met with a little more positive reception than the original. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 87.14% and 87 out of 100 for the Xbox version,[38][40] and 85.57% and 85 out of 100 for the PS2 version.[39][41]

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