For those of you who don't know, Midnight Club II
has the look and feel of the movie "The Fast and the Furious." Basically, you start your illegal racing career in Los Angeles, where you must find other street racers, and beat them at their own game to win their cars and earn their respect. With this latest version of Midnight Club
, you can win up to 28 different souped-up vehicles, with motorcycles being offered for the first time. Like other racing games, your wheels differentiate between the variables like speed, maneuvering, and so on. Some cars are better suited for some races than others. The good news is when you lose a race, the only thing hurt is your pride. You just keep trying and trying until you do win. Believe me, you'll need those extra races just to find the hidden underground tunnels and shortcut ramps.
If you'd like to test the waters before heading into the Career mode, you can play through a couple of Arcade modes: Cruise and Circuit Races. Cruise allows you to familiarize yourself with the cars and areas you've unlocked. Circuit Races is just how it sounds; you race around the town for a few laps. You can also play some Battle modes with your friends, like Capture the Flag and Detonate. And for the true racing geek, Race Editor is offered, so you can customize your own course. You can also play all of the modes besides Career online. A helpful hint is to unlock as much as you can before heading online.