A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is a highly entertaining racing game, though some parents may feel it's materialistic and glamorizes street races. You won't find any billboards flashing sponsor logos, and all manufacturers' logos are subtle, but cars from top auto manufacturers are used in the game.
What's it about?
MIDNIGHT CLUB 3:DUB EDITION is an arcade racer that provides players with challenging checkpoint races throughout. Players begin in San Diego with $20,000 and choose from a limited number of cars to purchase; as players progress , they can earn more money which can be used to customize their cars and purchase new ones. Once players have conquered the city streets of San Diego, they move to Atlanta and Detroit. Each city provides players with many challenges, from courses that take you through back alleys and hidden shortcuts, to wide open streets that allow players to test the limits of their vehicles.
Single-player mode allows players to test their driving skills against the racecourse, while the multi-player mode allows players to square off in head-to-head competition. Online play is also available, providing thrills for as many as eight players at one time.
Is it any good?
The controls are easy to maneuver, giving players a true sense of speed that makes every turn feel like you're actually behind the wheel of a high-performance racecar. If you spin out or veer off the racetrack, you can quickly recover and get back into the game, adding an element of excitement to each session. The soundtrack consists of an impressive lineup of hip-hop, rock, dance hall, and electronic artists. Other sounds noticeable throughout the game are crashes, which are not very realistic.
This edition offers many updates, including an impressive lineup of vehicles -- players can choose from more than 50 licensed vehicles produced by some of the top manufacturers in the business. There are several classes of cars represented in the game, and each has its own unique features.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about their own interest in cars. Does the make of the car matter to you? Why do people spend so much time and money dressing up their cars? What do you think about this? Also, parents -- especially parents with kids closer to driving age -- might want to discuss the dangers of street racing. Have they heard about sideshows? What are some of the consequences of traveling at such high speeds on city streets?
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