Now this is a game I've been looking forward too. Ever since Midnight Club 3 Dub Remix it's been on my most wanted list. I'm a big fan of the MC games I've owned them all and prefer MC to Need For Speed. So I had some very high expectations and they were met but only just.
As you may have guessed by the name MC:LA is of course set in Los Angeles and as per usual for a street racing game MC:LA is an open world racer. The map is quiute large it's around the same size as Burnout Paradise and it's very alike it. It has 4 sections or 5 if you get the DLC.
The AI in MC is pretty good as it doesn't rubberband you (such as unlimited boost - there's none of that) and it doesn't try too hard to drive you off the road. It's not too much of a challenge which could be a downside if you like your games tough but at least it means the game is fun and not frustrating.
The police AI is quite good too. There not too tough and you can loose them easily meaning they wont frustrate you either (so it's good if your not a "hardcore" fan of racers).
There is a good selection of cars in the game too as there's over 60 altogether. There's everything from Mercades and Aston Martin to the very fast Sallen S7 and Ford GT. As per usual with racing games MC:LA has bikes and what fun they are! they are faster and more fun to drive than the cars. Particularly the ninja which shows you how good a sence of speed the game has. When I first reached the A Class cars I tried the ninja and couldn't handle it as it's so fast but eventually I got pretty good with it and the races feel easier with it now.
There's really nothing wrong with the cars in the game. They all look fantastic and handle differently. The controls in MC:LA are very arcadey as usual meaning big drifts and they are easy to learn.
There's a good selection of races and there's a day-to-night cycle which is great as it makes the city feel more realistic and the weather effects which look good but there's no snow which is something I'd like to see in more racing games.
Only problems with MC:LA that I have noticed is that it's got a few bad glitches. Sometimes the game crashes and I couldn't dothe pinkslips as my game would always crash there. After looking around the internet it seems I am not the only person to have been effected by this. The crashes don't ruin the game too much though asit only happes about every 4 hours otherwise.
Another thing I should warn you about is how many times you'll do the same races, it's incredible!. I think you do each races at least 6 times or more. For a game so big it has very few races and the races do get immensely boring when you get about halfway in.
One last thing I should mention is the DLC called South Central. It's only about £8 and it comes with about 20 more cars and adds a new section ontothe game called "South Central" which adds another 5 hours onto the game time and I thought it was pretty good value for money.
So I would certainly recommend MC:LA to anybody as it's a very enjoyable racing game.