Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
Buy On
  1. The Canyon Duel and the returning Drift Race, which has been absent in recent years, are both exciting and engaging additions to the already impressive list of race types carried over from "Most Wanted."
  2. 78
    Need For Speed Carbon isn't a revolutionary game and it's far from a stinker. Instead, it's what EA does best: It creates pretty good games with lots of features.
  3. It's one thing for the current-gen versions of this game to be not as visually compelling (such as the sense of speed not being as good), but it's unfortunate that you only race against three other cars during typical challenges.
  4. Nintendo Power
    75
    You may think the Fast and the Furious scene is on its way out, but Need for Speed: Carbon assures you it's still fueling up. [Jan. 2007, p.106]
  5. 75
    It refines previous ideas but lacks that big "wow" factor we've seen in the past. It's thoroughly, thoroughly competent and shouldn't be overlooked, but it really is "Need for Speed Again."

Awards & Rankings

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#11 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2006
10
#10 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2006
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Jul 5, 2016
    9
    I Love This Game!!!

    It Marks An Vary Iconic Moment That EA Will Never Achieve Again... 4 Back To Back Games That Are All Amazing!
    I Love This Game!!!

    It Marks An Vary Iconic Moment That EA Will Never Achieve Again...
    4 Back To Back Games That Are All Amazing!

    Although I Have 1 Major Problem Regarding This Version Of This Particular Version
    (For The Nintendo GameCube) Why The **** Does It Take 38 Blocks Of Memory!
    Full Review »
  2. Jun 19, 2013
    7
    For some reason I loved destroying cop cars during high speed chases. My brother (the actual police officer) did also. Oh and the free roam inFor some reason I loved destroying cop cars during high speed chases. My brother (the actual police officer) did also. Oh and the free roam in general was cool. I only liked how certain cars handled, but I liked them a lot. Story didn't draw me, but that's not why I play this kind of game. Full Review »
  3. May 29, 2012
    7
    Another Need for Speed Underground wannabe. There is a good number of tracks but the city isn't that interesting to explore as before. Also,Another Need for Speed Underground wannabe. There is a good number of tracks but the city isn't that interesting to explore as before. Also, this game includes the police pursuits but is just worst than NFS Most Wanted. The game itself is very short and not as interesting as before. Full Review »