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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
    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. [Anonymous]
    Nov 20, 2006
    This is the best Need for Speed game in the series in my opinion. Superb graphics, superb gameplay.
  3. deed
    Feb 18, 2008
    Just completed it 8-) & it has just the right mix of frustration and variety to keep coming back. I thought that features like the autosculpt were a bit over the top & gimmicky - but i guess the boy racers might like 'em but had no effect on handling. Wide range of cars to progress through, different race styles, drafting (esp. Canyon) takes a bit of practice and the cop pusuits can be frustrating but overall probably the bast racer that I have played. I would love the next one in the series to make better use of the PS3 Graphics but ant the end of the day its the racing that counts. Expand
  4. JakeA.
    Dec 23, 2006
    Very good game fun very hard there fun hard then there is just anoying hard and thats what this is after a while.
  5. Sep 2, 2012
    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. Collapse
  6. Andyman
    Dec 8, 2006
    Maybe EA called this 'Carbon' because it's very much a carbon copy of Underground 2... only it's not a good copy at all. They were on to something with Most Wanted, but for some odd reason decided to ditch it in favor of regressing 5 years. Here's hoping next year will bring a worthy NFS sequel. Oh, and disregard the 'review' below, the only 10 this game will ever see is its $10 bargain bin pricetag, very soon. Expand
  7. Dec 26, 2011
    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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