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Midnight Club 3 : DUB Edition (PSP)

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Of course, it is a very, very big game -- how much slack can PSP gamers expect to give its technical shortcomings? All three cities -- San Diego, Hot'lanta, and Detroit -- are present, and fully decked out in all their free-roaming glory.

A familiar face from Atlanta comes to Detroit, Roy, who is a plot-affected racer but is never seen or mentioned. Rockstar Games has joined forces with DUB Magazine, the authoritative source on automotive lifestyles, to redefine handheld racing with Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition.Somewhere along the way, the vision for this game was lost and what remains is a jumbled, unsatisfying mess. If you can stand the wait, there's a lot of fun to be had behind the wheel once you reach the end of the line. About six million (okay, so maybe 100) or so different songs from the likes of The Game, Jimmy Eat World, Ash, Fat Joe, Queens of the Stone Age and many more ensure that you won’t hear the same tune twice either (at least, not for a while anyway). The three cities presented still don't distinguish themselves in any large way -- everywhere looks just dark at midnight, I guess -- but that was an issue from the console game as well, and the PSP version doesn't suffer from any scaling back to lose locale identity.

S. automobile industry, and San Diego for its influence on the development of street racing culture.

You've seen big-name games cut down to fit the system, and other big-name games ported almost pixel-for-pixel to the handheld. Reflection mapping on your car is rendered with whirling hues and impressive atmosphere (even if it is a clever trick that's not really as accurate as the reflection looks -- it'd take a total blowhard or a jealous rival developer to fault the cheat when it works this well). The game can't make use of some of the PSP's ultra-swank features -- it doesn't have online play, and there's no Game Sharing -- but the six-player span is truly outstanding (and, we might add, a big "FU" to EA's two-player cap in Need For Speed), and what's here is still fun for those who can spare the time and patience. The mixing of the background music, the sound effects, and the car noises is also never ideal, always just sounding like a big hodge-podge of sound. Initially, the only city you can race in is San Diego, but within no time at all you’ll find yourself racing through the streets of Detroit and Atlanta.

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