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Motor City Online is the first entry into a genre that is many a racing fan's dream come true: a massively-multiplayer-online racing game. EA has developed this title, creating a consistent, ever-present world where wheels speak louder than words, and the path to glory is lined with oil-stained pavement and the smell of burning rubber. In Motor City Online, fans will enter a world based in the drag-racing culture of the 1950's, with some modern anachronisms tossed in to boot.
Motor City Online gives players the ability to jump online and race against other people around the globe by beginning on the bottom rung of the racing ladder. Only by proving themselves on the racetrack and saving their hard-earned pennies will they get to drive the better rides the game has to offer. Players begin with the option to choose from a host of different characters to play, like the buff greaser, the racing square, or go-go girl. Next they choose their starting car from three options (the '57 Bel-Air, Fairlane, or Ranchero). Then it's off to the tracks to try and talk their way into the different races available.
There are four different race types Motor City Online has under its hood: Street, Circuit, Time Trials, and Drag Races, which can be raced three different ways. Players can choose the Open race, where all racers wield their own cars and the purses are larger; the Sponsored races, where players must choose from a more even set of cars for the action; or Club Races, where the various teams in MCO race against each other in their own souped-up speed machines.
As they progress, players earn money enabling them to modify their cars or buy completely new ones, garner experience points that open up new circuits and new cars to them, and be recruited into one of Motor City Online's racing clubs for a little group rivalry. But even with thousands of players online at once, only one can be declared the fastest. So you'd better put the pedal to the metal — you've got a long road ahead of you. ~ Jon Thompson, All Game Guide