Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. 70
    The storyline and wingman idea both add a lot to things, but eventually, the racing becomes too repetitive.
  3. 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.
  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. 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.
  6. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    70
    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. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    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]
  8. 70
    Own the City still has framerate issues and a gameplay engine that hasn't really changed, but it's still a fun game.
  9. Technically solid – if increasingly familiar – racing action but set within a dynamic that often feels unnecessarily controlled.
  10. PSM Magazine
    70
    Own the City has a "if it's not broken, don't fix it" feel. [Jan. 2007, p.86]
  11. PSM3 Magazine UK
    72
    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]

Awards & Rankings

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#14 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2006
78
#78 Most Shared PSP Game of 2006
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 41
  2. Negative: 8 out of 41
  1. Dec 23, 2017
    3
    "Need for Speed: Carbon" was a horrible game, although the design was well done, the gameplay is pessimistic, I dropped the car and it always"Need for Speed: Carbon" was a horrible game, although the design was well done, the gameplay is pessimistic, I dropped the car and it always crashes. Horrible and Pathetic. Full Review »
  2. Aug 13, 2015
    3
    Poorly-made game,lack of content,god-awful handling physics,customization literally is the only good thing about this,a very disappointing NFSPoorly-made game,lack of content,god-awful handling physics,customization literally is the only good thing about this,a very disappointing NFS game for the PSP. Full Review »
  3. Oct 7, 2013
    6
    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.. youSome 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 »