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Midnight in LA

Rockstar releases a new trailer for Midnight Club: Los Angeles.

Those crazy Kotaku kids ran a trailer for Midnight Club: Los Angeles today that caught my eye. Thought it might be worth sharing with ya, in case you haven't seen it yet. Take a look:

  


...so does any of that strike you as gameplay? Or just fancy-schmancy pre-rendered business? I actually haven't seen much of the game for myself yet. Seems like Rockstar would have to come up with some kind of hook for the game, since I don't know that just having an open-world, checkpoint-based racing game is enough in this age of... well, this age of Burnout Paradise, I guess. A realistic Los Angeles might do the trick.

Either way, neat-looking cockpit view stuff in the trailer. What do you think?

[UPDATE] Turns out that trailer is from, like, November or something. My November was a little busy, so that's the first time I've seen it. Anyways, here's the new trailer that those Rockstar cats put out a little more recently:

  

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Posted by Jeff

Those crazy Kotaku kids ran a trailer for Midnight Club: Los Angeles today that caught my eye. Thought it might be worth sharing with ya, in case you haven't seen it yet. Take a look:

  


...so does any of that strike you as gameplay? Or just fancy-schmancy pre-rendered business? I actually haven't seen much of the game for myself yet. Seems like Rockstar would have to come up with some kind of hook for the game, since I don't know that just having an open-world, checkpoint-based racing game is enough in this age of... well, this age of Burnout Paradise, I guess. A realistic Los Angeles might do the trick.

Either way, neat-looking cockpit view stuff in the trailer. What do you think?

[UPDATE] Turns out that trailer is from, like, November or something. My November was a little busy, so that's the first time I've seen it. Anyways, here's the new trailer that those Rockstar cats put out a little more recently:

  

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Posted by JesseG

Looks interesting..

Posted by Sharpshooter

Looks pretty good but looks arnt everything.

Posted by Clean

true sharpshooter true

Posted by GalvanizedNails

looks nice, im excited for it

Posted by Anonymous

Could be good, we'll have to wait and see. I only played a bit of the Midnight club series of games, and I didn't like it that much, but I could give it a second chance.

Posted by Death_Burnout

Looks very much like gameplay there, im a big fan of Midnight Club, and Test Drive Unlimited for that matter

Posted by FLStyle

I can't see it breaking any records for gameplay, I'll pass.

Posted by aurahack

Guys, this isn't a new trailer. It's old. Hella old. As in August 22nd, 2007 old. 

That being said, I'm so damn excited for this game. Went and pre-ordered it minutes after that trailer was released. I've loved every iteration of the series since the very first one, I can't wait for LA to be released. 

And like I commented on Kotaku, the real news is here folks: New trailers, info and screens. That is where you'll find the new "Hollywood" trailer. 
Posted by aurahack

Also, if anyone is interested, the track is "Idealistic" by Digitalism. From what the trailers have shown so far, the game's soundtrack is shaping up to be as good as the previous games. Mmm... electronica.

Posted by Sharpshooter

OK that trailer on the Midnight Club website looks a lot better. A lot more spit and polish on it. But I'm still gonna reserve judgement till I play a demo at least.

Posted by Blitzer

Meh.

Posted by EleFlameMax

They're going to have to try hard not to borrow from themselves on this one.

Posted by Kazona

Looks like gameplay to me, or at least the majority of it does. Wouldn't surprise me if it actually did look like that.

Posted by Kontrapunkt

Gah! you can see your own arms!!!!!!

Posted by GalvanizedNails

aurahack wrote
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Also, if anyone is interested, the track is "Idealistic" by Digitalism. From what the trailers have shown so far, the game's soundtrack is shaping up to be as good as the previous games. Mmm... electronica."

thanks man, i was about to ask what that track was, the song catches the motorsports vibe very well
Posted by manathirst

I more or less enjoyed MC3.  The only thing I didn't like is that I had no idea where to go in the city and I keep overshooting turns.

Posted by GalvanizedNails

also i noticed the character models looked rather crappy, so it doesnt seem to be pre-rendered

Posted by aurahack

Kontrapunkt
on Aug. 8, 2008
Gah! you can see your own arms!!!!!!
No, not the fourth wall!!
Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

I love the Midnight Club series, Midnight Club: Two was probably one of my favorite games. I think the Burnout series even borrowed heavly from Midnight Club. if you really think about it, Midnight Club was the last generation's Burnout Paradise, And eventhough it was going head to head with both NFS and Burnout, it managed to hold its own, which is pretty commendable. 

I really hope Midnight Club:LA doesn't dissapoint because it's on my most anticipated games list!

Posted by TheGTAvaccine

The arms in the cockpit view looked pretty stiff, but I've enjoyed the past Midnight Club games.

Posted by MisoRonery

In the trailer that aurahack linked to, the game looks a hell of a lot more polished.  There is still some strange feeling of been there done that and it looked better stemming  from Burnout Paradise.  I know the original Midnight Clubs sort of pioneered the idea, but Paradise still looks better to me than these trailers.  Hopefully the single-player characters are interesting as hell or the online is really good.  I'll have to wait to play it before I can say much more.

Posted by Vlademir

Looks to be pretty good so far.

Posted by MisterMouse

some of it looks like it could be gameplay footage but also a lot of prerendered.

Posted by RedSox8933

this game will have access to the rockstar games social club, they might think of some cool things there.

Posted by Zecks23

It looks good, but I'm really hoping that a Hi def Trackmania will come around =)

Posted by Aaron_G

I can only hope that is really what the game looks like and not prerendered crap.

Posted by FinalBoss

I think the game looks really cool

Posted by Rowr

looks awesome.
Cockpit stuff looks great.
Hopefully they can do something different enough with the gameplay.

also that was all definetely gameplay, i didnt see anything that striked me as pre-rendered. Its looks good, but not prerendered good.

Posted by robeque

I think....... I think.......... I think I don't really need this game. I'm gonna go play Burnout. Sorry Rockstar.

Posted by AEKtzis

Looks good....i think that cockpit footage might be in game

Posted by Hexogen

I've loved the Midnight Club series since I bought the second one back in 2003. I can't wait to play this one.

Posted by Jackel2072

I have high hopes for this game. I really hate the need for speed franchise but i always remain optimistic for the next installment. This game however, makes me go Need for what?

Posted by Emiel
Posted by kist

omg i want this game, been too long since the last one... 10 times better than need4speed.. roll on october baby!!

Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

Also, the graphics look in-game. I think it's probably using the GTAIV engine; So I wouldn't be surprised if they re-use some of the modeled city in an upcoming GTAIV expansion/downloadable content.

Posted by MaximusArtimus

It looks like gameplay imo

Posted by thepeteybird
"My November was a little busy, so that's the first time I've seen it."

Heh, priceless. Anyway, looks like in-game RAGE to me, and it channels LA reasonably well, which is to say that it reminds me of that place where I never want to live again. If it plays like DUB, I'm sold.
Posted by VibratingDonkey

This looks like the Need for Speed I've been wanting EA to make ever since Test Drive Unlimited. Just needs to have non-shitty physics and ditch the stupid story and we're all good. "WHEY IS YUO HER??!? I ARE HEAR TOO REIS CAHRS!!11 MAN!"

Stories have no place in racing games. Unless it's Razor style. Codemasters did that whole story thing ages ago already and failed miserably. Waste of resources. A little less conversation, a little more action please.

Posted by The_Icon

I think this game will be pretty good.

Posted by TenderTalons

I've played the hell out of all the Midnight Club games, and can't wait to get my online on when it comes out. The map of L.A. that's at the end of the newer trailer looks pretty similar to the map of L.A. in Midnight Club 2. I'm glad they kept the mountain roads.

Posted by SaucySala

Looks slick, that's for suree.

Posted by Doog

Yep, that looks like a street racing game

Posted by _Phara0h_

looks better that grid

Posted by VibratingDonkey

Everything's better than GRID. Codemasters needs to reeducate the aliens who programmed the physics. On this planet there are things like friction and inertia.

Posted by DrummerGuy

looks cool, can't wait for it to come out

Posted by banksrob

I am looking forward to it too :P

Posted by AnTiPRO

It might be cool. I never really was a fan of the Midnight Club series, but I'll give it a chance.

Posted by reversethedevil

burnout paradise is fine. but i loved midnight club 3 so this is very promising. Rockstar has been doing open world driving for a long time and have solved alot of the problems burnout paradise was born with years ago. Also there is a much bigger focus on car customization in midnight club. In fact of all the xbox games ported to the 360 I wanted midnight club 3 the most, but it never happened. I still have my fingers crossed for that even though they aren't porting anything anymore. also for the record midnight club 2 and 3 did not have any goofy gta physics or cartoony city models so I don't expect they'll do that now.

Posted by fleethefactory

Me rikey, love the Midnight Club stuff.  Will it beat the new Need for Speed though?