Wangan Midnight (PSP)
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|Wangan Midnight (PSP)|
Wangan Midnight is a 2007 racing game for Sony PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable. It was developed and published by Genki (the developers behind Shutokou Battle).
This page only applies to the PlayStation Portable version by Genki.
Why It's Not Maximum Tune
- It's a rehash of Shutokou Battle: Edge of Control (also known as Street Supremacy) with Wangan Midnight R's elements thrown in it.
- Terrible pacing, which isn't fast-paced compared to its Arcade/PlayStation 2 predecessor, even if you're driving at 300km/h down the Wangan Line (湾岸線).
- Awful handling and suspension models, to the point where cars like the Devil Z (悪魔のZ Akuma No Zetto) feel like driving on grease or gelatin while they veer and shake on the highway for no reason.
- In some of the story mode's missions, you can lose health within your "SP bar" while others don't take damage at all, which is pretty unfair.
- Dumbed down AI, where both Akio Asakura and Tatsuya Shima are a massive joke in "Arcade Scenario" mode aside from the Rubberband AI.
- Compared to the original base game mentioned above, the visuals are downgraded and look quite muddy.
- Generic soundtrack including a portion of songs that have been recycled from Street Supremacy.
- Even though you can upgrade your car, you can only unlock them via sidequests outside the game's story mode in which quickly becomes tedious.
- While the character portraits are still present, they don't change expressions at all regardless of the player's actions such as ramming or losing the race (unlike in other titles specially Maximum Tune).
- Underwhelming customization when compared to Street Supremacy, unlike the former, you cannot put vinyls, neons, change the lights, or even repaint the rims.
- Some cars such as the Toyota Celsior Spec C (Gen "Gatchan" Sasaki, UCF11), RUF RCT (Tatsuya Shima, 964), Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (Takayuki Kuroki, BCNR33), Nissan Fairlady 240Z (Akio Asakura, S30), Nissan 300ZX (Harada, Z31) and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR (Eiji Kamiya, CP9A) do not have stock versions, only versions driven by Wangan Midnight characters.
- The heads-up display's design is pretty good.
- It introduces a portion of licensed cars that Street Supremacy lacked as well customization unlike Wangan Midnight R (albeit limited).
- The artstyle by Michiharu Kusunoki (the original manga's creator) is still present and it's also colorized unlike in Wangan Midnight R.