Midnight Club 3 — Racing in Detroit


Wait…is that a ’64 Impala next to Comerica Park?

I’m a little late on this game, but I just got to play it a bit a few days ago. Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition was released in April by Rockstar Games (no questionable content on this game…at least none I’m aware of).
The best part? All the Detroit streets and landmarks included in the game.

Right, so it’s not a complete recreation of the city. But you’ll see Greektown, the fist on Jefferson, the people mover, Comerica Park, Ford Field, parts of Woodward. But for racing ease, streets were configured a little differently.

The city’s underground techno scene is (mostly) to thank for Detroit’s inclusion in Midnight Club 3. I don’t know much about it, but on the soundtrack you’ll hear: James Pennington, Raphael Merriweathers Jr. and Andrew Womack, Ade Henderson-Mainor, Orlando Voorn and many others.

Midnight Club 3 is the first in the series to include real cars, and you’ll find lots of classic and muscle — the 1968 and 1970 GTO, 1968 Corvette, 1970 El Camino, 1969 Dodge Charger. And some newer stuff — 300C, Escalade EXT, Dodge Viper.

I’m not a car aficionado, but I enjoy racing games. I don’t know much about all the customizing, so maybe I’m missing out on even more fun. But even if you don’t like racing games, take a look at this one — when do you ever see Detroit in a video game?

2 Comments so far

  1. lance (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2005 @ 6:02 am

    That game is very good and worth buying if you’re into games. And yes, the streets were severely altered. Somehow I don’t think going 100mph around Campus Martius will turn out too well, no matter how good your car is.
    It is odd to see a video game that takes place in Detroit, and it doesn’t portray any violence. On a related note, the new run-of-the-mill crime movie “Four Brothers”, surprise, that’s in Detroit too.

  2. Stacey (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2005 @ 10:41 am

    I think I still prefer Need for Speed Underground, but maybe I just need to play this a little more.

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