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L. A. Rush

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
62
2.8
PSP
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Xbox
59
3.6

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Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 2 1 3.0
PSP Awaiting 1 votes...
Windows 4 2.8
Xbox 2 3.6
Combined MobyScore 7 3.1


The Press Says

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80
PSP4Players.de
Wer einen unkomplizierten Raser für seine PSP sucht, ist bei L.A. Rush an der richtigen Adresse. Dank einfacher Steuerung und knackiger Musik macht es richtig Spaß, sich ohne Rücksicht durch den dichten Straßenverkehr zu schlängeln. Glücklicherweise wurden einige Kritikpunkte der großen Konsolenversionen ausgemerzt: Die Framerate bleibt stabil, das Geld ist nicht mehr so knapp und der Spielfluss wird nur noch selten durch Wiederholungen von schweren Unfällen unterbrochen. Andererseits nerven auf Sonys Handheld die langen Ladezeiten: Rund zwanzig (!) Sekunden dauert es, bis ein Wettbewerb beginnt. Sogar, wenn ihr das gerade verlorene Rennen nur wiederholen wollt, dürft ihr erst einmal Däumchen drehen. Schade ist auch, dass ihr keinen Einfluss auf das Tuning eurer Fahrzeuge habt.
80
XboxTimes Online
Where LA Rush beats the others to the winning post is in the way that it allows you to spend the money you earn — welcome to the video game equivalent of MTV’s hit TV show Pimp My Ride, in which you get to drive one of thirty-six customised vehicles. In the game’s story mode you can progress through the street- racing ranks from a humble Nissan to the mightiest of V8-powered American turbo-monsters. The game also offers a straight quick racing mode, which is the best way to learn the streets.
80
PlayStation 2Times Online
Where LA Rush beats the others to the winning post is in the way that it allows you to spend the money you earn — welcome to the video game equivalent of MTV’s hit TV show Pimp My Ride, in which you get to drive one of thirty-six customised vehicles. In the game’s story mode you can progress through the street- racing ranks from a humble Nissan to the mightiest of V8-powered American turbo-monsters. The game also offers a straight quick racing mode, which is the best way to learn the streets.
80
XboxXboxAddict
I have to say right off the bat, I was impressed by the sheer size of this game. Rush includes all the boroughs such as Compton, Long Beach, Santa Monica and more. It also has a decent soundtrack and great graphics to boast about.
80
PlayStation 2Games Master
We should be bored this whole urban racer-tuner schtick by now, but L.A. Rush is just different enough for us to indulge in one final fling before we start asking for more from the genre than just slightly prettier neon. For starters, It's such a relief to play an attitude-heavy racer that's set In the daytime, meaning we can actually see what's going on. L.A. Rush's world does have a night-time phase, too, but it reaches It via a rather pretty sunsplashed evening setting. Otherwise, it's mostly business as usual: engage in street races and some moderately novel modes (such as 'Acquire', where you have to drive a car to a certain point while being chased by some aggressive SUVs) to earn new rides.
80
XboxGamingTrend
I was extremely happy with this game from the minute I put it into the Xbox and loaded it up until I got into the first race and ran into the first car at 90 miles and hour. Then I watched the wreck. And kept watching. And watched some more. I went 'oooh, pretty' at the flying glass. Then I drove again and wrecked a bit later. Same trick. About the fifth time (in the third race) that this happened, I was thoroughly annoyed.
75
XboxTeamXbox
Although not the most potent Xbox racer on the market, L.A. Rush lets gamers go fully custom in LA; something that many car nuts have looked forward to for a long time. Technically L.A. Rush is fine, but it lacks the kind of character that is needed to separate a tuner-style title from the rest of the pack. If I could feel the sensation of busting through the HOLLYWOOD sign in every gameplay minute, I would be ecstatic, but the entire production just doesn’t provide that kind of consistent excitement.
74
Xbox4Players.de
L.A. Rush hat ein großes Problem: die Konkurrenten, an denen sich Midway offenbar reichlich bedient hat. So sind die Anleihen aus Midnight Club 3 unverkennbar, doch kommt L.A. Rush weder an die brachiale Geschwindigkeit noch den Umfang oder die Klasse des Rockstar-Titels heran. Und auch der Tuning-Bereich fällt enttäuschend aus. Okay, West Coast Customs hat einen gewissen Kultstatus, doch ist es auf Dauer ziemlich unbefriedigend, keinerlei Einfluss auf die Tuning-Maßnahmen nehmen zu können. Auch hier haben Titel wie Midnight Club oder Need for Speed Underground eindeutig die Nase vorn. So hart es auch klingt, muss man die Frage stellen: Wer braucht L.A. Rush überhaupt? Fans der Serie könnten durch das neue, vollkommen andere Konzept abgeschreckt werden, während alle anderen zu wesentlich besseren und abwechslungsreicheren Alternativen greifen.
72
PlayStation 24Players.de
L.A. Rush hat ein großes Problem: die Konkurrenten, an denen sich Midway offenbar reichlich bedient hat. So sind die Anleihen aus Midnight Club 3 unverkennbar, doch kommt L.A. Rush weder an die brachiale Geschwindigkeit noch den Umfang oder die Klasse des Rockstar-Titels heran. Und auch der Tuning-Bereich fällt enttäuschend aus. Okay, West Coast Customs hat einen gewissen Kultstatus, doch ist es auf Dauer ziemlich unbefriedigend, keinerlei Einfluss auf die Tuning-Maßnahmen nehmen zu können. Auch hier haben Titel wie Midnight Club oder Need for Speed Underground eindeutig die Nase vorn. So hart es auch klingt, muss man die Frage stellen: Wer braucht L.A. Rush überhaupt? Fans der Serie könnten durch das neue, vollkommen andere Konzept abgeschreckt werden, während alle anderen zu wesentlich besseren und abwechslungsreicheren Alternativen greifen.
70
XboxMS Xbox World
LA Rush isn’t a bad game per se because at times it’s quite fun. The problem is that there are other racers on the market that do the same thing but are much less frustrating. I guess if you live in LA then there will be some appeal here but other than that then LA Rush simply fits into the average category as a no frills racing game based around some loose gangster type storyline. I suggest renting the game first for a weekend before deciding on a purchase.
70
PlayStation 2Next Level Gaming
For all the things I enjoy about L.A. Rush, it's just not Rush to me. Midway and Pitbull Syndicate missed a golden opportunity to really give Burnout Revenge a run for it's money, knowing what I know about the series. But instead, this game goes after Midnight Club. And it does it without online gameplay, which I can't figure out at all. What you end up with is a game that you'll invest a weekend rental in, and maybe never look at again. I like the races, and I like the handling. The graphics are great, and the story is intriguing. But it's just not enough to make this more than just an average racing title in the middle of a crowded genre.
70
PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
San Francisco Rush 2049 was one of the most intense and enjoyable arcade racers ever created. L.A. Rush, however, is a departure for the series, as it forsakes branching tracks for a free-roaming cityscape, and arcade purity for a street-racing storyline.
65
XboxGame Informer Magazine
Spinning the obnoxiousmeter even faster, the game forces players to repeat racers just to earn enough cash to pay for the entrance fee to a new event. This cheap tactic is used to artificially lengthen the time that gamers spend with this highly annoying racer. On this note, I'd much rather test my luck with a lighter in a gasoline fight than get behind the wheel of this game again.
65
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Spinning the obnoxiousmeter even faster, the game forces players to repeat racers just to earn enough cash to pay for the entrance fee to a new event. This cheap tactic is used to artificially lengthen the time that gamers spend with this highly annoying racer. On this note, I'd much rather test my luck with a lighter in a gasoline fight than get behind the wheel of this game again.
65
PSPFragland.net
LA Rush is a title that surfs on the waves of the ghetto and Pimp My Ride hype and lifestyle. A hype that will soon end, I hope. But it doesn’t seem that way. You will be increasingly bored with this game while you unlock ‘cool’ and ‘new’ stuff and although the graphics are rather good and the racing can provide its moments of funnyness (as Stephen Colbert would say), the repetitive gameplay and the long loading times will exhaust your patience. It think it is about time for Driver PSP, Reflections, because Midway missed the ball on this one.
64
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Midway entführt Sie in ein originalgetreu nachgebildetes Los Angeles. Dort kämpfen Sie gegen fiese Untergrundbanden. Als neureicher Gauner hat man es in der Untergrundszene anscheinend nicht leicht. Trikz, der Hauptcharakter von L.A. Rush, startet jedenfalls mit einer ordentlichen Pechsträhne in den Karrieremodus. In einem schmucken Anwesen präsentiert der Nachwuchsganove der restlichen Gangsterwelt seine Autosammlung. Doch statt Lob erntet das Früchtchen Hohn und Spott. Dann passiert das Unglück: Wie üblich bereitet sich Trikz, kurz "T", auf ein illegales Straßenrennen vor.
63
XboxGameSpot
It fades into the background and never makes an attempt to stand out from the competition. It's the wallflower of street racing games, a completely innocuous and thoroughly unremarkable piece of work that doesn't have a lot to offer street racing fans beyond what they've seen and done before. The driving engine is certainly good, and the developers did a good job re-creating LA for nefarious racing purposes, but considering the unrelenting grind of the story mode and the complete lack of base-level features that every other street racing game on the market has, it's tough to recommend L.A. Rush to anyone but the most hardcore of racing fans. And if you do feel it necessary to check out L.A. Rush, just give it a rental, as a weekend's worth of play is about as much as you'll need to squeeze out what marginal enjoyment the game has to offer.
63
WindowsPC Powerplay
Die Entwickler von L.A. Rush gucken MTVs Pimp my Ride, spielen Need for Speed und arbeiten überwiegend mit Konsolen. Eigentlich ist damit alles zu L.A. Rush gesagt. Der Titel ist gehobenes Mittelmaß, was einzig und allein am wiedererkennbar nachgebauten Los Angeles liegt. Alles andere kennen wir aus vielen anderen Rennspielen. Die maue Technik und das grobe Fahrgefühl kosten die meisten Wertungspunkte. Immerhin habe ich mich über die eine oder andere witzige Idee (Missionen à la GTA San Andreas) gefreut.
63
PlayStation 2GameSpot
And that's pretty much what L.A. Rush does as a whole. It fades into the background and never makes an attempt to stand out from the competition. It's the wallflower of street racing games, a completely innocuous and thoroughly unremarkable piece of work that doesn't have a lot to offer street racing fans beyond what they've seen and done before. The driving engine is certainly good, and the developers did a good job re-creating LA for nefarious racing purposes, but considering the unrelenting grind of the story mode and the complete lack of base-level features that every other street racing game on the market has, it's tough to recommend L.A. Rush to anyone but the most hardcore of racing fans. And if you do feel it necessary to check out L.A. Rush, just give it a rental, as a weekend's worth of play is about as much as you'll need to squeeze out what marginal enjoyment the game has to offer
62
XboxGame Informer Magazine
Maybe someone out there can look at L.A. Rush and say that it's unintentionally bad, and therefore good...like A Sound of Thunder. But the overriding feeling during my entire playtime was "Oh no. I have to do another race." And that's not so-bad-it's-good; that's just not fun.
62
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Maybe someone out there can look at L.A. Rush and say that it's unintentionally bad, and therefore good...like A Sound of Thunder. But the overriding feeling during my entire playtime was "Oh no. I have to do another race." And that's not so-bad-it's-good; that's just not fun.
62
WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
Очередной "проходняк", выросший на истощенной почве стрит-рейсинга, с неплохой музыкой и уймой бессмысленных задумок. Следующая остановка — Ford Street Racing.
60
PSPJeuxvideo.com
Cette version PSP se montre un poil plus convaincante que la figuration PS2. Certes, les mêmes problèmes de difficulté déséquilibrée et le manque de caractère sur l'ensemble du gameplay rendent l'ensemble assez quelconque. L'ajout du mode cascade est inutile. Comme à son habitude, celui d'un support wi-fi de 2 à 4 joueurs est une plus value de plaisir indéniable. Un effort louable dans l'ensemble. Il suffirait à Midway d'être plus exigeant sur la difficulté, et de se montrer aussi extravaguant qu'un Burnout pour nous pondre un L.A. Rush 2 de très bonne facture. Ils ont déjà le moteur 3D qu'il faut, la gestion du trafic qui va bien, et les sensations de conduite qui font plaisir.
60
XboxIGN
In short, LA Rush is barely passable; I do not recommend it. Having said that, it does have some worthwhile bullet points. The size of the city, and the amount of races, are cool. Unlike NFSU2, exploring is rewarded with stunt jump races, nitros, and a vast, bustling city with both cops and traffic. There is a decent sense of verticality. You'll travel into the hills, hit the flatlands, and dig into the beach. The Xbox version is prettier and more solid feeling than the PS2 version, but for the amount of stuff packed into it, the PS2 version holds together respectably.
60
XboxGameZone
If this game had a little bit longer development time and not rushed out for the holiday season, I think this game would have been a lot more fun to play. Instead we are stuck with what the developers presented us, which is a game that contains many flaws. Get this game only if you are a fan of the “Rush” series. Otherwise there are much better racing games out on the market.
60
XboxLawrence
If I haven't made this clear yet, this is not a “Rush” game. If you are a fan of the series, you will not like this game. If you are just a fan of racing games, you will still likely not like this game. If anything at all, rent it first but do not purchase this disc. We as gamers should let Midway know that this is not what we wanted and that we will instead wait for a true sequel. In fact, rather than picking up L.A. Rush, just go out and get the recently released Midway Arcade Treasures 3, which features a slew of excellent racing games, including San Francisco Rush: The Rock Alcatraz Edition, and San Francisco Rush 2049, easily the best of the series, now more than ever. At just $19.99, those two games alone are a bargain. As much as it saddens me to have to say this however, I really can't recommend this particular “Rush” (fraud) to anyone, end of story.
60
XboxWorth Playing
With so many other titles out there, racing and otherwise, that use themes of earning and keeping street respect to dress up gameplay (and sometimes to dramatic and entertaining effect — don't get me wrong), it's difficult to grasp why L.A. Rush abandons goofy, over-the-top arcade gusto for a halfhearted attempt at being a street racer. Marketing is one (perhaps too) easy answer, as a more real-worldish approach makes it simpler to shoehorn in all the West Coast Customs material. Even if such considerations are the game's driving force, it's still the lack of high-velocity thrills — and not necessarily the Axe body spray and iRiver billboards — that make for the biggest disappointment.
60
XboxGame Chronicles
There were several enjoyable moments during my time in L.A. and I truly appreciate the epic scale and detail that went into this city. I could only wish for thinner traffic, smarter opponents, and craftier police. As it is, everything is just thrown at you, and the entire game seems just a bit…ahem…“rushed”.
60
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
L.A. Rush had een spannende Arcade Racer kunnen zijn, maar door de vele gebreken is het vooral een frustrerende ervaring.
60
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Ich bin ein Fan von Pimp My Ride und habe mich deshalb besonders auf L.A. Rush gefreut. Doch dann der Schock: Ich darf mein Auto nicht mal selber verschönern. Das wäre die Gelegenheit gewesen, zumindest virtuell in die Werkstatt der berühmten Jungs zu gelangen und mit deren Hilfe an meiner Karre zu schrauben. Gut, das Auto-Auto-Tuning könnte ich ja noch verschmerzen, wenn der Rest des Spiels überzeugen würde. Doch die mangelhafte Abwechslung und das lächerliche Fahrverhalten lassen wenig Spaß aufkommen.
60
PlayStation 2Yahoo! Games
Before hitting the streets in LA Rush, let's answer a question. If the game had to resemble one of three games, which title would be best? How about if the choices were San Francisco Rush, Midnight Club 3 and Driv3r? It's obvious what the best comparison would be, but sadly this new racer is much more like Driv3r than anything else. It's got ambition and gets some things very much right, but at the end of the day LA Rush is not much fun to play.
60
PlayStation 21UP
If L.A. Rush had been released a year ago, it may have fared much better, but in a world where there's plenty of choice in the "action driving" genre, or whatever you want to call it, it's overshadowed by some tough competition. It's by no means a bad game, and is certainly a very admirable effort in the context of the Rush franchise, but its contemporaries ultimately outclass it.
58
Xbox1UP
If L.A. Rush had been released a year ago, it may have fared much better, but in a world where there's plenty of choice in the "action driving" genre, or whatever you want to call it, it's overshadowed by some tough competition. It's by no means a bad game, and is certainly a very admirable effort in the context of the Rush franchise, but its contemporaries ultimately outclass it.
56
PlayStation 2IGN
Midway has made significant strides in the past two years to create solid, entertaining, and innovative games ranging from NBA Ballers to The Suffering. Even with older franchises, such as Mortal Kombat, the one-time pinball publisher has breathed new life into the series by creating a knock-out co-op experience in Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks.
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
On ne peut faire un jeu uniquement avec une ville bien modélisée. Il est vrai que se faufiler dans la circulation peut être un véritable panard, mais encore faudrait-il que le gameplay soit équilibré au lieu d'être souvent trop facile, parfois trop retors et systématiquement alourdi par l'I.A.. Fatalement, la balance a du mal à ne pas remuer dans tous les sens.
55
XboxGame Over Online
L.A. Rush is literally an example of a title that sounded excellent in premise but in reality comes across much differently. The concept of taking on the LA streets to get your property back or restore your good name could’ve really gone a long way, but the spotty race mechanics, the absurd amount of traffic and a number of useless or nonsensical features makes L.A. Rush really run out of gas.
55
XboxJeuxvideo.com
On ne peut faire un jeu uniquement avec une ville bien modélisée. Il est vrai que se faufiler dans la circulation peut être un véritable panard, mais encore faudrait-il que le gameplay soit équilibré au lieu d'être souvent trop facile, parfois trop retors et systématiquement alourdi par l'I.A.. Fatalement, la balance a du mal à ne pas remuer dans tous les sens.
53
XboxGameBump/Gaming Horizon
There was a time when these mediocre knockoff games were standard fare, released by no-name companies that had the decency of putting how awful they were right on the cover. Now, even the largest of companies will stake their reputation and half of their back account on a game that puts how much it wants to be another famous game right on the cover. Trying to cash in on the respect of the [City] Rush franchise, Midway has constructed here a champion of mediocrity and poor taste. From the unbelievably dense traffic with the inescapable crash sequences, to the poser-fest plot and the explosion of brand placement, this game is a definite multiple-offender. Don't buy this game looking for a GTA experience oreven a good racing game; buy it because you love white guys with cornrows who are named Trikz.
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PlayStation 2Gaming Target
L.A. Rush transforms the Rush series into yet another Need For Speed Underground close by focusing on L.A.’s illegal street racing scene. Gone are all the big jumps. Gone are all the loose, wild rides through hilly terrain. And gone is the non-stop fun that I remember.
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PlayStation 2Video Game Talk
If I sound like I'm disappointed with L.A. Rush, then my review conveys exactly how I feel. I so wanted to relive the golden days of the Rush franchise, but instead I was trapped in a Need for Speed/Burnout/Midnight Club rip off with a little bit of GTA-flare tossed into the mix. The racing may be straight forward arcade fun, but constant crashes, too much traffic and Story Mode exploring really take things down a few notches. The graphics aren't all that great and the soundtrack isn't very good either, so aesthetically there's a lot of left to be desired. There are too many street racing clones out on the market today and with all of the flaws that this game has, it'll just get swept under the rug and forgotten about.
50
XboxOperation Sports
What I look for in a arcade racing game is fun, nothing more and nothing less. The problem with L.A. Rush is that you won't likely find a lot of fun while playing this game. If the lack of control doesn’t frustrate you enough, the simplistic AI will. Unfortunately, as a package, I can only suggest L.A. Rush for huge fans of Pimp My Ride and people who really enjoy customizing cars.
50
XboxGameDaily
But a rental is all I'm leaving it at. Sometimes it's good to mess with a formula, and sometimes it's just best left alone. L.A. Rush sadly follows into the latter, a game that didn't need a stupid story mode and instead needed more emphasis on customization, online play, and being able to take part in some more of the game's outlandish races without requiring a paycheck to get by them. The game's at its best when it gets to the point of what the series is all about, instead of an overcomplication that drags it down to the point that it goes nowhere. It's like going from 0 to 60 immediately back to 0. Nope, sorry, I'll stick with Burnout.
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XboxCheat Code Central
The only problem in the game play, with me at least, is crashing. When you crash, the game suddenly slows down in order to show you all the parts flying and the explosions. The first couple of times it was cool, but after a while it gets old and it starts to get annoying. If you're racing at 200 mph and all of a sudden you crash, you want to get right back in the race. You don't just want to let everyone else catch up. I just wished that this "feature" could be disabled.
50
Xboxvideogamer.com
L.A. Rush is another Midway game that simply doesn't live up to its potential. With a great game engine and genuinely enjoyable racing, it's a shame that the story mode, annoying AI and lack of multiplayer modes prevent the game from being a blast to play. Cruising round L.A. is fun for a while, but you'll soon get bored.
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PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
LA Rush looks fine, sounds generic and plays irremediably. If you've ever played any of the other Rush games, this game will be a disappointment. If you've ever played San Andreas, this game will be a disappointment. If you've ever played any of the bulging canon of recent Cars-and-Hip-hop games, you'll be disappointed. With so many other, better games that simply provide more fun in the same environs, it's difficult to recommend this game at all.
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PlayStation 2Pro-G
L.A. Rush is another Midway game that simply doesn't live up to its potential. With a great game engine and genuinely enjoyable racing, it's a shame that the story mode, annoying AI and lack of multiplayer modes prevent the game from being a blast to play. Cruising round L.A. is fun for a while, but you'll soon get bored.
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XboxGamingExcellence
I'm bewildered just how disappointing this 'modernization' to the Rush franchise is. It's hard to pinpoint where it falters so bad. Perhaps it's the grainy mediocre graphics, highly unforgiving gameplay, or simply the fact that you'll never want to play it again. Either way, this is one you'll probably want to avoid, not even worth the rental.
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PSPGameSpy
Rush is one of those venerable gaming franchises that should have received better. The decision to reinvent it as an urban street racer wasn't a smart one. The gangsta-ization of things ends up giving PSP owners a forgettable gaming concept and gameplay that's only memorable for its rough spots. Rush was -- and should be -- about goofy, high-flying, way-too-fast action -- not thug retribution. Sadly, only those who can hook up with friends Ad Hoc can get even a taste of what the game should have been about.
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XboxGameSpy
LA Rush: it's the lack of spectacular leaps, jumps, and tomfoolery made famous by the series that makes this knock-off all the more embarrassing, sure to sicken fans of the original game. In an already congested jam of excellent racing titles, LA Rush offers nothing novel, nothing edgy, and most importantly, almost nothing entertaining.
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PlayStation 2GameSpy
LA Rush: it's the lack of spectacular leaps, jumps, and tomfoolery made famous by the series that makes this knock-off all the more embarrassing, sure to sicken fans of the original game. In an already congested jam of excellent racing titles, LA Rush offers nothing novel, nothing edgy, and most importantly, almost nothing entertaining.
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XboxGamesAreFun.com (GAF)
Honestly, stay away from LA Rush. Unless you really hate someone and want to see them torture themselves while playing it. Then it might be good for some laughs. Maybe.
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PlayStation 2Game Revolution
Regrettably, the new Rush has absolutely nothing to do with the old, eschewing the elegant design of the original in favor of big pimpin' and little else.
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PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic
This game has plenty of content, but when it comes to fun, L.A. Rush is its own worst enemy.