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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 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: 21 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. It’s a shame that EA decided to drop the intense cop chases from Most Wanted. Carbon is still a very addicting game even though the drift races don’t work quite as well as they should.
  2. 85
    If you have a Xbox 360 console, stick to that version of Carbon.
  3. The amount of customization options behind the game easily make this the most worthwhile NFS 'tuner' title to date.
  4. 76
    All this obsessive tinkering smacks of desperation. [Issue 148, p.71]
  5. Not a bad game, but something about it seems off. The autosculpting rocks as a feature, but the stagnant gameplay is not exactly propelled by the story mode.
  6. Even though the wingman mechanics and canyon races don't quite pan out, it's still a stylish and enjoyable street racer.
  7. Get the decent PS2 version instead and save your money for a real next-gen racer. [Jan 2007, p.76]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Dec 26, 2011
    10
    Amazing game. Probably the only racing game ever created worth playing. It had great handling and a great backstory behind the game. The cars were great, customization was unreal. All around amazing game. Expand
  2. Oct 7, 2011
    8
    This game is by far not realistic at all, but that is a good thing. The cars are easy to drive, the races are fun, the customization is endless. This game really hits the spot. lots of people are saying how the graphics are straight out of PS2 game, WELL THEY'RE NOT, the graphics are just as good as any other PS3 car game.

    The gameplay is fun and some of the boss races are hard but you get through them eventually.

    Overall the game is worth a buy as nowadays its only about £10 on amazon
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  3. Sep 2, 2012
    6
    Make a game with an amazing open world, give it some shiny graphics and you know it will get positive comments. This is the case for Need for Speed Carbon. Only one or two elements really let this down. For one, the story. Which is crap, as you expect with any racing game, but the characters as well are just poor. The "crew" element also feels bland. Luckily the gameplay, graphics and open world pick the whole experience up. Its a joy to start police chases and to race around the city. This alone makes up for all the annoying characters and the "story". Its a good game but its not great. If you want an amazing open world racing game I recommend Burnout Paradise. But you can probably pick this up for very little money now so this is a suitable fix if your low on cash. Expand
  4. Dec 26, 2011
    0
    very bad game , terrible controls and unreal handling. Parts are too expensive and cops are way too hard. Not a very good game in my opinion. Don't get it . Expand

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