Need for Speed Carbon GameCube

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. 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."
  2. 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."
  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. A great addition to the series for fans and probably a decent rental for most. While things have been upgraded and new elements added on, it's still NFS and it still gets repetitive and boring after a while. It's like EA's "Madden" of racing.
  5. A solid racing game. It might have a few rough edges and frustrating spots, but overall it's a fun game.
  6. Even though the wingman mechanics and canyon races don't quite pan out, it's still a stylish and enjoyable street racer.
  7. 70
    While not all of the new additions to the series work completely -- the wingman concept is interesting, but could use some tweaking -- there are enough new ideas here to make the game feel fresh and show why NFS remains one of the top racing franchises for the system.
  8. 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.
  9. What the series needs is not useless gimmicks and badly rehashed game mechanics, but good, old-fashioned racing fun. We don't need customisable bells and whistles; what gamers really want is a Need for Speed that uses its strengths, and doesn't try to shoe-horn in its weaknesses for the sake of bullet points on a press release.
  10. Nintendo Gamer
    73
    It's still not meaty enough but Carbon throws some interesting new ideas at the series, adding breadth to a simple, easy but enjoyable racing experience. [Dec 2006, p.52]
  11. 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]
  12. It's hard to say that EA is giving GameCube owners a favor with Carbon, they are a business after all, but it probably doesn't hurt.

Awards & Rankings

#11 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2006
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Aug 14, 2016
    8
    This is one of my favorite games in the massive Need for Speed franchise. You can customize your car, drive around the open world, and do lotsThis is one of my favorite games in the massive Need for Speed franchise. You can customize your car, drive around the open world, and do lots of events like drift, canyon duel, sprint, and circuit race. I love the companion feature. With the press of a button, your companion driver will do their thing, for example, smash into one of your rivals or find a shortcut. The GameCube version of the game suffers from a low framerate and blurry graphics in comparison to the PS2 version. Other than that, Carbon is a fantastic game. Full Review »
  2. 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 »
  3. 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 »