July 5, 2022
Midnight Club is a series of arcade racing video games developed by Angel Studios/Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. The first part of the Midnight Club: Street Racing series was originally released in 2000 exclusively for the PlayStation 2. After the success of the game, the company created several sequels for different platforms. The games in the series are based on the simulation of street racing in real-world cities with the possibility of free movement on their roads. Starting with Midnight Club II, motorcycles and special vehicle capabilities appeared in the series. In the third part, vehicles licensed by manufacturers were introduced, as well as the possibilities of their tuning and styling. In the last part of the series, a dynamic change of day and weather was introduced, as well as full-fledged police chases with the possibility of detaining the player. Before Midnight Club, its developers, Angel Studios, already had experience creating arcade racing games, having released Midtown Madness and Midtown Madness 2, the concept of which was taken as the basis of the new series. Midnight Club received favorable reviews from the press. Reviewers praised the gameplay, as well as the large and detailed cities with the ability to move freely. The main drawback was the high difficulty of playing games.