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  • Summary: What starts in the city is settled in the canyons as Need for Speed Carbon immerses you into the world's most dangerous and adrenaline-filled form of street racing. You and your crew must race in an all-out war for the city, risking everything to take over your rivals' neighborhoods oneWhat starts in the city is settled in the canyons as Need for Speed Carbon immerses you into the world's most dangerous and adrenaline-filled form of street racing. You and your crew must race in an all-out war for the city, risking everything to take over your rivals' neighborhoods one block at a time. As the police turn up the heat, the battle ultimately shifts to Carbon Canyon, where territories and reputations can be lost on every perilous curve. Need for Speed Carbon delivers the next generation of customization giving you the power to design and tweak your crew's cars in every way using the ground-breaking new Autosculpt technology. Represent your car class, your crew, and your turf in Need for Speed Carbon, the next revolution in racing games. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. This is a solid racing game that has evolved the need for speed series and just tightened and improved upon many of the things that were left unfurnished in the last game.
  2. Need For Speed lives up to its heritage staying at the forefront in the evolution of racing simulations. Although I wish there was more revolution I can’t deny its status of a rock-solid racer.
  3. 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 awhile. It’s like EA’s "Madden" of racing.
  4. PC Format
    78
    Engaging enough, but where's the innovation that the franchise so badly needs? [Christmas 2006, p.93]
  5. A solid racing game. It might have a few rough edges and frustrating spots, but overall it’s a fun game.
  6. With many games supporting widescreen out there, it’s a shame that EA’s games still ignore it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 32
  2. Negative: 11 out of 32
  1. Jun 12, 2015
    10
    Por mim melhor need for speed , investiu muito mais muito bem na sua historia , carros tops , trilha sonora muito boa , e grafico realmentePor mim melhor need for speed , investiu muito mais muito bem na sua historia , carros tops , trilha sonora muito boa , e grafico realmente bom pra época , por mim rolava nfs carbon 2 '-' Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2015
    10
    whats with all the negative reviews? i honestly don't get it, not to sound like a fanboy or anything, but this game is pretty damn awesome.whats with all the negative reviews? i honestly don't get it, not to sound like a fanboy or anything, but this game is pretty damn awesome. first of all, customization is really good, however they did remove neon lights, but oh well. the paint styles are awesome (the styles look better on pc, because candy actually looks like candy paint, and chrome is a lot more reflect-ant on pc) and also the body kits are great and u can manually sculpt different parts. the storyline is pretty awesome as well. its a sequel to most wanted (which you should stop praising because this game IS better and you are all just being a bunch of fanboys) and you pretty much return to palmont, your bmw gets wrecked, so you start from scratch and build your reputation up and gain more territory. Eventually you will fight one of the four bosses in the game and once he is defeated in a race, you will fight him in a canyon duel, which by the way is one of the most heart racing events in nfs history. and its just a great attempt. Sadly this was the last nfs game to have extreme customization and a good storyline, however it is fairly short, but it has really high replay value. Also, if you are bored, there are a ton of secrets and extra races to do, and you can even find hidden things by doing glitches (they are hard to do however because this isnt a very glitchy game) and its just a mess load of fun. there are still people making mods for the game as well. i still play this game to this day, and i hope the new nfs game comming out will be just as good.

    or even better!
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  3. Apr 20, 2013
    10
    This is one of the best Need for Speed Games out. The story is realistic, and it tightened loose ends from the previous game, such as theThis is one of the best Need for Speed Games out. The story is realistic, and it tightened loose ends from the previous game, such as the autosculpt feature. The online play is set up good, and the amount of cars for the PC version is great. 10/10. Expand
  4. Sep 22, 2014
    7
    Yeah. Need for Speed ​​Carbon is a little different than other series. He is trying to bring more story / action than other titles in theYeah. Need for Speed ​​Carbon is a little different than other series. He is trying to bring more story / action than other titles in the series. Unfortunately, the story is not so good. The thing I liked most is that the new mechanics introduced in the 4 "bosses". Expand
  5. Dec 3, 2017
    5
    Playing Need For Speed: Carbon after Underground 2 and Most Wanted was an underwhelming experience. I did not have as much fun as wasPlaying Need For Speed: Carbon after Underground 2 and Most Wanted was an underwhelming experience. I did not have as much fun as was expected. Now that I have completed it, I will never play it again.

    The graphics were worse than Underground 2 and Most Wanted.
    Palmont city is presented as a dark and dull place. Underground 2 was so well lit and colourful.

    Everyone had great expectations from this game. I believe NFS: Carbon could have been a great game if developers Black Box had been given proper time to complete it and not rushed for release.

    I can only wonder what could have been...
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  6. Aug 31, 2014
    3
    This game is less than nothing! Graphic details are obviously lover than in Most Wanted (2005) but the game is newer, what´s wrong guys? It´sThis game is less than nothing! Graphic details are obviously lover than in Most Wanted (2005) but the game is newer, what´s wrong guys? It´s like the, damn, new year, we must present every year a new need for speed, lets sell dat ****. Save your money and keep playing underground 1-2 or most wanted, former days, better days for nfs... Expand
  7. DanielC.
    Jan 11, 2007
    2
    I got the demo of this and though, great! So I get the game finally and start playing. The new menu system is not very good or well rendered I got the demo of this and though, great! So I get the game finally and start playing. The new menu system is not very good or well rendered which at first, made me think it was going to be cheap. However, playing the demo the races were quite good and there "seemed" to be a large variety. When playing the full game I found that the new and improved drag races were few and far between. I have only played about 5?! Most of the races were rubbish and nothing works properly. The graphics suck, the game play is worst and the lack of originallity. Even including the new duals and autp-sculpt system it is not changing direction at all. EA tried to make it somthing that no one wanted it to be. In my oppinion if they should change anything it should be the driving world, its far too boring compared to what we see in top of the line games. Forget autosculpt, its lack of scope and malubility makes it pointless to have and reducing the polygon count just for this doesn't help. I much prefere to just stick to the mod upgrades. Make the next game closer to Underground 1 and 2 with improved and more interesting worlds! Expand

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