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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Instead of porting it over without much thought, they took the time to get something working that took advantage of the Wii's strengths.
  2. The best driving game for Wii but that is not saying much. It looks and sounds good, though. The control system takes some time to get used to. [Feb 2007]
  3. The controls are new and innovative, but to a large percentage of racing fans they won’t seem to fit.
  4. 65
    Dodgy controls keep Carbon from being worthy of serious consideration.
  5. Sorry to say it, but the Wii version's at the bottom of the list for Carbon. It's not redefining the street racing genre, but at times it can still hit a sweet spot blend of intensity, danger and style.
  6. What Carbon does right bodes well for the racing genre on the Wii; what it does wrong bodes poorly for the future of this once-entertaining franchise. [Feb. 2007, p.96]
  7. If this version of Need for Speed: Carbon either looked or handled better, it might have been a worthwhile contender. But this lazy port simply doesn't have what it takes to bring the Need for Speed franchise to the Wii.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. TL.
    Oct 1, 2007
    Even though its a port over, still a good game. It would have been a ten if they would have spent a little bit more time with the controls on the menu. The controls on the street are hard at first, but you get the hang of it. I am a big fan of the NFS series, and this is a fun game to play. Expand
  2. DC
    Mar 6, 2007
    I use the "hold like steering wheel" control scheme, and find it works great after some learning curve. Already won a bunch of races. Pretty good graphics and customization of cars. Wish the game had some more track variety (i.e. some in day, more cars or people while racing). Expand
  3. AJay
    Sep 2, 2007
    Tight controls (once you get used to them) and awsome gameplay and costemization options allow for hours of fun!
  4. ShaneS.
    Feb 8, 2007
    As having been a player of this game for a solid few weeks it's obvious that most reviewers didn't adapt to this very natural ability of playing because of being used to joystick control.... but this game rocks pretty smoothly. Graphics are PS2 ported but the feel of the game (once adapting to the new way of playing) is just beautiful. You lean to throw your car around before you get to corners so you can then nitrous around corners once you re-jerk-tilt the wiimote to straighten your car back up, and once you get used to it it feels second nature, but most importantly it feels "right". It doesn't feel that way at the start, you just have to let go of your preconceptions of how to play going in, like most wii titles, and you will be rewarded with fun for your patience. Expand
  5. RonaldoF.
    Oct 24, 2007
    This a pretty good game with perfectly functional controls. It is not that hard to control as many of the magazines have said, which makes me wonder how much time they invested to learn how to play it. Expand
  6. TylerA.
    Apr 14, 2007
    This was my first NFS ame and I only have it because I got it for free with my Wii. At first I didn't really like it, then as soon as I changed the controls I loved it. I think the Wii version got lower because all the critics used the defult controls which I can't even master even after nearly four months of owning it. Its graphics are obviously GameCube standard but they are still pretty good. The soundtrack is okay, it depends on what genre you like and how you change it. This game really depends on the controls you use to enjoy it. I would reccomend it to racing fans. Expand
  7. Jan 9, 2012
    Just boring. Can't say much. You make your car, you go on a racing and other stuff, and that's it. what a piece of damn bore. I rather play a stupid Hello Kitty game then NFS. Expand

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