The world's most notorious drivers meet each night on the streets of LA, Paris, and Tokyo. Choose from a collection of performance-enhanced cars or bikes and compete head-to-head to make a name for yourself. There are no rules. Drive anywhere in the city. Find the fastest route to win.
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Mostly Positive (355 reviews) - 78% of the 355 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 1, 2003

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About This Game

Members of the world's most notorious illegal street racing syndicate meet each night on the streets of Los Angeles, Paris, and Tokyo. Find yourself in the position of a novice challenger, set on penetrating this secret society and trumping them all, one by one. Add insult to injury, as you win the suped-up rides of defeated adversaries, all on your way to being crowned international champion. Just remember, there are no rules. Use whatever routes, shortcuts and driving methods necessary to hit those checkpoints and arrive at the finish line before your opponent has a chance. The cops know you are out there - don't get caught.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP (not compatible with Windows Vista)
    • Processor:800 MHz Intel Pentium III or 800 MHz AMD Athlon or 1.2GHz Intel Celeron or 1.2 GHz AMD Duron processor
    • Memory: 128MB RAM
    • Graphics: 32 MB video card with DirectX 9.0 compatible drivers ("GeForce2"/"Radeon 8500" or better)
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1.4 GB hard drive space
    • Sound Card
    • Input: Keyboard and mouse
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP (not compatible with Windows Vista)
    • Processor: Intel Pentium IV or AMD Athlon XP processor
    • Memory: 256(+) MB of RAM
    • Graphics:64(+) MB video card with DirectX 9.0 compatible drivers "GeForce 3" / "Radeon 9000" or better)
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1.5 GB hard drive space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound compatible sound card with surround sound
    • Input: Gamepad (USB or Joystick Port) or keyboard and mouse
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2015
THIS is what you call a arcade racer!
been playing this since i was a kid.
a controler might be good to have.

good things:
+car graphics still look good
+cool cars and characters
+different gamemodes and multiplayer
+the soundtrack is amazing
+good controls
+3 open world maps!

ok things:
-sometimes very hard


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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
very fun just like the old ps2 version
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2015
Midnight Club 2 is definitely one of the better of the early-2000s arcade racing games. I originally played it on the PS2, and I must say it has aged well.

The graphics, to begin with, are definitely not bad. They're nothing to write home about of course, but the texturing is pretty nice, and the only thing that really stands out as being old is the rather blocky look of some of the buildings.

The controls for the cars & bikes are pretty good. It actually takes a bit of skill to deal with bikes [you will initially find yourself crashinf very easily]. And each of the cars available to unlock will have it's own quirks that you can use to your advantage, once you figure them out. One thing that stands out in this game is that you can actually flip your car in any direction [when it's in the air], and many arcade racers of this era had you stuck horizontal to the ground.

One of the areas this game is, maybe not bad, but definitely odd, is with the AI. Oftentimes the public traffic seems almost scripted in the way that a massive truck happens to come out of an intersection just as you turn the corner and slam right into it. Or it might just be coincidental. This seems pretty neat at first, but it soon gets a bit tiring as you know it's going to be coming, so you can plan it away in advance.
Also, the opponent AI is strange. They seem very apt to crash and swerve into traffic at when they go at high speeds [altough it's worth noting you can set the difficulty of the game manually, see the game guides and forums for details on this]. And in the "free roam" races, I find that regardless of which route you take, the opponents do worse if you're following them. Which makes me think that they're unaffected by traffic if you're not there to make it render. A bit of ahandicap for you as the player, but I guess it just adds a challenge.

Also, if you're going to use a controller, you may have a hard time navigating the menus. If you're using an xbone|360 controller, hold DPAD L+D, and use X to select items. You'll know what this means when you get to it. Alternatively, look into xinput to keyboard mapping software.

So to summarize that, this is definitely one of the better "old arcade racing" games, but it's obviously got its problems. If you're only interested in newer stuff, then avoid it, but if you don't mind it being slightly dated, then go for it. You'll have fun.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
10/10 childhood

PRO's-
-This port is quite decent and isn't filled with loads of issues like a lot of PC ports.
-DOES ACTUALLY SUPPORT WINDOWS 7
-Consistent racing with plenty of unlockable cars
-A cheat code for a Jet Car :D
-A good amount of gameplay time compared to some of the modern Need for Speed games which you can complete within one night
-Can get really challenging, making you have to think of different routes and cars to use to try and win

CON's
-May force you to build a time machine to go back to playing this as a kid
-Occasional random crashes of the game with no error message
-The AI civilian cars just love turning into you while you're in first

buy it
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
It aged alright. For a game I enjoyed over a decade ago on my PS2 I am still having a lot of fun.

Yeah, it crashes sometimes.
Turns out Gina is actually cross-eyed.
Sometimes the game renders things too fast,
The 360 controller mapping is a nightmare,

It's still a blast to play in-between crashes. Makes for a lot of fun this one. I played the entire game through once. I'm about to do it again 12 years later.
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