Product Type: Rockstar PSP games
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Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition (PSP)
Member Name: phillipsdj
Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition (PSP)
Advantages: Fast cars, customisable cars, good graphics
Disadvantages: Slow loading times, no Angelina Jolie
I recently picked up a copy of this on the PSP (a bit behind the time I know but I only use my PSP on the daily commute to work so I like to buy the cheap games!!) and I have to say I am very impressed - there is 1 major fault but if you can overlook them then I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Loading times - the amount of time it takes to load when starting new races or entering your garage can be very inhibitive, I don't think I would be exaggerating if I said it could take up to a minute at a time. However, if like me you are a very casual gamer and don't care about finishing each game in the quickest possible time then you will soon forget all about it and won't even notice the loading times.
Have you seen The Fast And The Furious? Midnight Club reminds me of these films - you buy a car, take part in street races, earn money to improve your current car or buy a better then Lather, Rinse, Repeat. Although this sounds like it could get repetitive and boring anyone who has played any of these type of game know that it is anything but, the number of tracks and types of race etc will stop any boredom.
Midnight Club is based on 3 free roaming Cities, the player drives round the City getting to know the layout and along the way the opportunity arises to take part in various races - these could be one-offs or a series against a certain gang. The type of race also changes, whereas your first may be a traditional race with 5 short laps, the next could be 1 lap weaving in and out of the City and it's various streets or could even be a drag race to a finishing line somewhere in the distance.
The driving is very smooth, you get no lag when speeding down the motorway and considering what a small console the PSP is the graphics are very impressive indeed.
In your garage (could also be seen as your base) you get the opportunity to customise all of your vehicles. Dependent on how much money you have saved you could add nitrous, improve the brakes or suspension or any other aspect which could affect the car's performance or you could make the car more pleasing on the eye! In this section you can change the bodywork, add bodykits etc, give it a sprayjob or even add those neon lights you get on the underside of all boy-racer cars in any given City on a Friday night!
Yes. Although the loading times can be annoying, once you get into the game and are customising your vehicle to look like the VW Golf you couldn't afford as a new driver you forget all about them. When combined with the excellent graphics and the fact that you can get it for around £10 nowadays I would have no hesitation in recommending this to absolutely everyone who enjoys racing games.
**This is my first review in a couple of months after moving house etc so all constructive criticism/tips etc on this review will be gratefully received!**
Summary: Definitely Recommended
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