Rockstar Game Tips: Ruling the Streets in Midnight Club 1 & 2

Posted on April 16 2013, 11:17am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Midnight Club has a wide array of special vehicles to unlock in New York and London. Doing so will help you greatly in your rise through the ranks of street racers.

With the recent release of both the original Midnight Club: Street Racing as well as Midnight Club 2 (on the occasion of its decade anniversary year) as downloadable PS2 Classics on PlayStation Network, we've hit their vintage pavements to help gather up some helpful tips to help shake the dust off your racing street cred and make your mark on the avenues and alleyways of New York City, London, Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo.

The original Midnight Club: Street Racing's Career Mode pits you against a series of increasingly formidable rivals, each with their own personalities and driving styles. Heed this advice to leave each of them in the wake of your exhaust fumes:

  • Rush Hour - New York and London traffic have been the bane of many a commuter on both sides of the pond, and they can also be your undoing at the start of a Waypoint race. Try to steer of any jostling and focus on pulling ahead of the crowd.
  • Crush Hour - On the other hand, in a Head 2 Head race don't be afraid of getting physical and ramming your rival out of contention. Aim for their rear bumper on either side for optimum sabotage. Because you're not racing against robots, opponents will sometimes make mistakes and spin out ahead of you. Make the most of this and smash them out of contention.
  • Bird's Eye View - Waypoint Races don't follow a linear path; they are made up of a series of checkpoints and a finish line, and it's up to you to navigate the quickest route. At the start of the race, hit the Select button to zoom out on your map to make this easier.
  • I'd Tap That - The handbrake can go from best friend to mortal enemy in the space of a millisecond. A gentle tap will take you round sharp corners like a dream but hold it too long and you'll quickly find yourself staring into your opponents' headlights. Go easy!
  • Pink Slips - As you come up against increasingly challenging rival racers you need to make sure your ride is up to the task. As you work your way through the ranks you will win your rivals' cars, so it's worth checking your garage regularly to see if there's a faster model available. If you're really struggling with a particular race, don't be afraid to forfeit - you can always come back later with a gnarlier whip.

In addition to unlocking cars by defeating rival racers, there's also a number of special vehicles up for grabs in both New York and London. Here's a list along with pre-reqs to unlock:

  • The Type-S - In Career Mode, you must beat all Hookmen in both New York and London. When you finally beat the World Champ, the Type-S will be waiting for you in your Arcade garage.
  • Manhattan bonus cars - In Arcade Mode, you must place first in the 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th Waypoint races. This will unlock the Beta, Bus, Ice Cream Truck, Meter Maid, and Foirenza II.
  • London bonus cars - In Arcade Mode, you must place first in the 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th Waypoint races. This will unlock the Alpha, Double Decker Bus, Black Taxi, Crown Mail Truck, and Crescendo.
  • The Kuruma Faasuto GR, Kuruma Faasuto GS and Kuruma Faasuto GT - In Cruising Mode, look for the red circles that are hidden throughout London. Place your car over the circle and you will hear a sound indicating that a new car has been unlocked and is waiting for you in your garage.
  • The Super Taxi and Marauder Taxi - In Cruising Mode, look for the red circles that are hidden throughout New York. Place your car over the circle to hear the unlock sound indicating that new cars are in your garage.


Midnight Club 2 has long carried a rep as having some of the most challenging races in the entire Midnight Club series - so winning all the races across Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo is still a formidable task. Here's a few pro tips that may help give you an edge:

  • Rearview Mirror - Use your rearview mirror to see when someone is coming, and on which side they're on. A well-timed cross checking swerve will deter opponents from taking your hard-earned lead. Practice blocking opponents when they use SST and Nitrous.
  • Shortcuts - Find them. Use them. Win with them. Explore on your own in Cruise Mode, or go through a race slowly, and examine all of your options leading up to each checkpoint. And watch the NPC racers. Sometimes they will tip you off to a ground-saving shortcut, as long as you don't mind smashing through a few glass windows.

Master the wheelie in Midnight Club 2 to earn infinite boost, but be careful where you use it...

  • Your Best Friend, The Motorcycle - The most maneuverable vehicle. As your Midnight Club challenger Gina says, if you master it, no one will be able to touch you. So practice, practice, practice. As they are similar in effect to the nitrous, you can use wheelies to pick up speed. Once you master the wheelie, it becomes an infinite boost.
  • Save Those Nitros Until The Final Stretch - NPC racers use their nitrous early. Hold yours in reserve until the final straight, and then blast it for the win.
  • Learn To Corner - Take turns as tightly as possible to save ground. Some computer racers are not as adept at taking corners, so cut inside your opponents to gain that extra edge.
  • Mini-Map - Your second best friend. Glance at it on the fly to plan your best route. Keep an eye out for pink-colored buildings as they indicate shortcuts.
  • Battle Mode Powerups Special - Experiment with Pulse, Stealth and Stop to frustrate and bewilder your opponents.
  • Cut That Brake Cable - Some of the races you'll encounter will include several sharp turns. Ease through the turns by tapping the gas (as opposed to full throttle); you will lose less speed than you would if you had slammed on the brakes.
  • Know How Your Car Handles - The comparative handling ratings given to each vehicle are important, so pay close attention to them.
  • Cheats Never Prosper? - We're only suggesting this as a last resort, but Midnight Club 2 does have a cheat menu that can be found in the "Options" section of the Career Mode menu. Cheat codes are case sensitive and we won't give a full list here (a quick search online will yield that) but here's one for if you're truly stuck: to adjust the game's difficulty, enter "howhardcanitbe0", or "howhardcanitbe1", "howhardcanitbe2"... etc. The higher the number at the end of the code, the more challenging the opponent AI will be next time you race.

Share your tips in the comments below, and drop us a line if you need any assistance making it through a particular race, unlocking a car, or help with any other bit of the game. You can email if you want to contact us directly, but it's also often worthwhile asking in the comments as it's a place where fellow Social Club members can collaborate to help out.

  • topshotta995on August 16 2014, 12:01amReplyFlag
    A new midnight club would really bring fun back into the racing game world I wish there was a way i could just get Rockstar to hear me out with all the amazing ideas i have.
    • RAJEEVAN55on May 17 2014, 5:22pmReplyFlag
      Hi rockstar i love to play midnight club ive played it since i was little now Im Playing midnight club la and its Being kind of boring so when are you maling a new midnight club please respond i love This game so much
      • 95-AK-Sinneron April 12 2014, 8:48amReplyFlag
        Rockstar games, I still remember when I played these games, Midnight club 2 was my first in this series and GTA3 was my first of all your games. I loved develope games the way I wanna play like. But I and other pc gamers are still kept from two of your great games Midnight Club LA and Red dead redemption. Anyway, Please port GTA 5 to PC and please make another Manhunt. You haven't givenup on manhunt, have you all?
        • DeeDeeDeeX3on November 21 2013, 11:19pmReplyFlag
          You guys HAVE to do a Midnight Club 5 for Ps4 and Xbox One. NFS sucks. It's the same game every year. You guys should come in and show them how it's done. Blow EA's minds. Seriously Midnight Club LA is the best racing game I've played on PS3 or 360. You gotta bring it back. The trucks, the choppers, the Viper, Tuners, Muscle, the customization, The street Bikes and pick up trucks. It makes me excited just thinking about it.
          • xSmOKeZxon May 27 2013, 11:02amReplyFlag

            • BIGEDDIExon April 26 2013, 9:11amReplyFlag
              Oh yeah.... midnight club 1&2! Classic! :DD
              • R* Kon April 30 2013, 12:45pmReplyFlag
                @BIGEDDIEx Yep, you can now pick both up from PSN (links in the post)
            • risadinha17on April 23 2013, 1:19pmReplyFlag
              Good afternoon rockstar.

              The Midnight Club Street racing is a game of plantaforma ps2, but it's a classic!
              I had the game, I played hours and hours straight was a game I could not, but then over time the game was messing up, and as I now have no ps2 or ps3, I would propose that the do well to computer for sure am not the one to pedilo because I loved to play this game again so I dedicated myself.

              Thanks for reading (I think I read that)

            • Ecstahsyon April 20 2013, 11:25pmReplyFlag
              woah, remember countless hours playing Midnight Club 1... good timess.......
              • ferguson99on April 20 2013, 5:41amReplyFlag
                Midnight club is not the only game that racing is good could of done a full grand prix mode on red dead redemption with wagons & stagecoaches not just horses.

                • Adrie54on April 20 2013, 11:43amReplyFlag
                  @ferguson99 lol! that was fun to watch
                • R* Yon April 21 2013, 10:39amReplyFlag
                  @ferguson99 Nice, is that your video? If so, did you guys have to go around and find stagecoaches in the world and line them up all in Blackwater?
              • MKLordon April 20 2013, 4:45amReplyFlag
                R* we know you are busy with GTA V, yea it's huge but Midnight Club series is our best racing geme we played and we want something new.thanks
                • Officer-69on April 20 2013, 1:13amReplyFlag
                  Rockstar, consider yourselves sued! You caused me a heart attack because of nostalgia!!! Damn, I remember when I first play this game all those years back. Begin exploring NYC randomly was priority #1. 2 minutes later, the secret taxis are unlocked (what? the Marauder Taxi is well hidden but I chanced upon it after getting to NYC's roofs...) See?!? All that Nostalgia hurts!!!
                  • R* Yon April 21 2013, 10:41amReplyFlag
                    @Officer-69 Ha, well we hope you enjoy playing again. We're glad to make these old titles available for those without a working PS2.
                • xile321on April 19 2013, 11:43pmReplyFlag
                  This is great news. Goodbye world while I get that veloci again.
                  Some of the hardest, most rewarding races ever.
                  • xmycakon April 19 2013, 11:05amReplyFlag
                    I have Midnight Club: L.A. Remix (PSP) and Midnight Club 2 (Steam, thx R*!). Great games! :)

                    • xSmOKeZxon April 19 2013, 9:22amReplyFlag
                      Rockstar we want more!! Come on guys. Give us something! MNC 3 for PC would be fun too. I would love to see that in Full HD resolutions but I would love to see a new Midnight Club even more. After GTA V is done please give us some promise or some promise soon for the future of this series because we want something so bad. :P
                      • ELiT3-_-L3G3NdSon April 18 2013, 5:50pmReplyFlag
                        Midnight Club 3 Dub Edition on iOS would be awesome
                        • MontyLucianoon April 18 2013, 3:57pmReplyFlag
                          Yo R* Is We Goin To Have MNC 3 For The Xbox 360 Anytime Soon.
                          • Officer-69on May 9 2013, 1:44amReplyFlag
                            @MontyLuciano I'm not an expert, but it is rather unlikely. Something about converting the files or a legal thing makes converting the old files for Xbox Live difficult (note that I may be wrong).
                        • Whiskey_McClureon April 18 2013, 2:06pmReplyFlag
                          This seems as good a time as any to cry & beg for a new one, and for you guys to say 'we have nothing to announce at this time'or ssomething & depress me all over again :)
                          • VenomVirus13on April 18 2013, 9:25amReplyFlag
                            Here's the best tip coming from somebody who dominated MC2 and 100% completed it as well as played through parts of the 1st one. If you seriously want to win the races in career mode just do the most obvious thing and that's follow the person your up against or the car you notice is often the one in 1st place and once you've learned the path get to the finish line 1st!! Works practically 97% percent of the time and guarantees you victory, lol!!
                            • xSmOKeZxon April 17 2013, 1:34pmReplyFlag
                              @R* what do you think to this? My own personal modifcation to CTF :-) New spawns and returns in crazy places! After 10 years.. things get a little repetitive so we kind of had to come up with something new haha

                              Watch my CTF Guys -

                              Also have a friend under the name of TEK Vito that made a brand new career of Mc2 so if anybody wants to try it?
                              • Raab89on April 17 2013, 11:07amReplyFlag
                                Yeah, but Rockstar you have more than one studio for developing games, I don't think that every Rockstar Studio is busy doing gtaV?!
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