Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. It’s one of the rare times where you should purchase both the console versions and the PSP version since both offer different yet extremely compelling racing.
  2. We're definitely keen on the PSP version, serving up some solid racing fun that'll get your heart pumping and your fingers moving. Just be sure to get by with a little help from your friends.
  3. Own the City is a very different game from the console versions of Need for Speed Carbon, but it's still an exciting racer in its own right.
  4. Sure it still is a fast and furious racing game with a lot to offer but this is stuff we’ve seen before.
  5. A great driving game if you're new to the Need for Speed series, otherwise it's a bit same old, same old. [Christmas 2006, p.95]
  6. The classy presentation and slick action capture the spirit of the PS2 game, but this is nothing more than a competent racer. [Christmas 2006, p.100]
  7. Technically solid – if increasingly familiar – racing action but set within a dynamic that often feels unnecessarily controlled.
  8. 70
    Own the City simply feels like more of the same. Sure, there's an open city and wingmen that'll take out your opponents during a race, but neither of these are huge, game-changing additions.
  9. Own the City has a "if it's not broken, don't fix it" feel. [Jan. 2007, p.86]
  10. This is the most fun game in the PSP series purely from a control and competition standpoint, and it's overall a step in the right direction for a series that has been stuck in a major rut. [Jan. 2007, p.92]
  11. 70
    Own the City still isn't the best racer on the PSP -- Burnout and Wipeout are both better -- but it's a major step in the right direction for a series that has been stuck in a major rut.
  12. 70
    Own the City still has framerate issues and a gameplay engine that hasn't really changed, but it's still a fun game.
  13. 70
    The storyline and wingman idea both add a lot to things, but eventually, the racing becomes too repetitive.
  14. The story might be terrible, but somehow it is still better than nothing and the wingman system does work, even if it is a bit odd.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Oct 7, 2013
    Some people may say this game is good but i'm here to say that the driving physics are very strange. I don't think the tires have grip.. you just slide around. But if you are a person that isn't a racing fan, this game may be for you. Full Review »
  2. Oct 18, 2011
    Frankly this is a patrhetic game compared to Most Wanted because it's on PSP. The online multiplayer is unacceptably laggy. Single player races are boring and not challenging or fun. The cars, soundtrack, customisation etc. all suck. Then again, it is a portable game. It would be unreasonable to expect game developers to make a good game for a PSP. Now that IS impossible. Full Review »
  3. JohnY
    Jul 13, 2008
    Pretty sick game. I just bought a psp and this to go along with it because I have it for 360. I also bought 3 other games and i found myself playing only this one. this game is awesome and is a great crossover from the console edition. Worth buying! Full Review »