Eight years on from the original Midnight Club, and Rockstar is still living the boy racer dream. While Burnout and Need For Speed have been through countless headline-grabbing re-models and re-inventions, the original urban driving and modding sim is still unapologetically cruising the same streets - just on much fancier wheels. And there's nothing wrong with that. Midnight Club: Los Angeles is a masterpiece of illegal racing madness.
You know the drill, surely? Drive around looking for other cars to race, then line-up, hit the accelerator and turn the streets of Los Angeles into a garish, neon-splashed Nurburgring. Events include point-to-point, circuit and freeway challenges, the latter involving heart-pounding romps through the congested traffic of LA's gargantuan multi-lane mega-roads. Winning races gets you cash for new cars, but just performing well earns reputation points that unlock the right to buy better classes of vehicle. In this town, winning isn't everything, but style and courage are mandatory.