Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition

Common Sense Media says

Arcade racer will take you on ride of your life.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

You are street racing at high speeds.

Violence & scariness

Cars spin off course, but unlike some racer games, they do not explode into a ball of flames when they crash into other cars or objects along the course. If you spin out, you still have a chance to get back in the game.

Not applicable

You will be driving officially licensed vehicles from such manufacturers as Lexus and BMW.

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.

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Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:PSP, PlayStation 2
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Take Two
Release date:April 12, 2005
ESRB rating:E for (PlayStation 2, PSP)

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Kid, 10 years old July 3, 2011


It does say D**nit in the son D**nit Manc
Kid, 9 years old December 12, 2010

On for 9+

There is some bad language like the s-word and h-word every once in a while. You can also run people over
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old November 1, 2009

Really intense sense of speed and huge air

It's a really awesome game, it can get kind of frustrating at times, but overall once you get past annoying San Diego it's lots of fun. You get to customize cars a ton, not QUITE as much as you can in NFSU2 but it's still really good. One problem is everyone knows in most street racing games the muscle cars are harder to drive, but in Midnight Club the muscle cars are so cool but like undrivable. I got this muscle car and got all these awesome gold parts on it and it looked really cool. Then I took it to a muscle cars race and it was a mess. I like the way you can use motorcycles, they are lots of fun and you can do wheelies and actually fall backwards if you do a giant wheelie. The game has a ton of cars to choose from and a great selection of vinyls(Not quite as big as NFSU2) but still good. I have Midnight Club 3 Dub Edition Remix so I may have mentioned things in Remix that aren't in plain Dub, I dunno. The cities are very detailed and there are plenty of jumps that give you insane air. Another thing I love about the cities are they are alive in other places other than where you happen to be. While you are racing you may see an ambulance whip by and it will have nothing to do with you. Also, Midnight Club, unlike other city racing games, has PEDESTRIANS. You can't run them over, but if you go speeding by on the sidewalk they scream and run away. I totally recommend this game to any racing fan!!


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