Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
Buy On
  1. So what if Carbon isn't redefining the street racing genre - really, at this point, what could? It hits a sweet spot of intensity, danger, and style.
  2. 70
    Regardless of that feeling of déjà vu, Carbon is another solid racer from EA, and the Auto-Sculpt feature is absolutely fantastic, not to mention the impressive car roster and functional online component.
  3. A huge omission is the lack of online play at all, and releasing an Xbox racer without an online component is like building a car without wheels.
  4. A lazy effort. Xbox Live play is poorly implemented and those seeking online racing are better off trying the PC version.
  5. I suggest skipping the Xbox and PS2 iterations of the title and head straight to the Xbox 360 version since the Xbox 360 is the only console right now with online capabilities.
  6. Official Xbox Magazine
    70
    This NFS definitely isn't in the same league as last year's superb Most Wanted. But despite its misfires, Carbon has a lot of great action and intriguing ideas that, with properly calibrated expectations, will be a blast for fans of the series' trademark arcade racing. [Holiday 2006, p.72]
  7. What the series needs is not useless gimmicks and badly rehashed game mechanics, but good, old-fashioned racing fun. We don't need customisable bells and whistles; what gamers really want is a Need for Speed that uses its strengths, and doesn't try to shoe-horn in its weaknesses for the sake of bullet points on a press release.
  8. A solid racing game. It might have a few rough edges and frustrating spots, but overall it's a fun game.
  9. A great addition to the series for fans and probably a decent rental for most. While things have been upgraded and new elements added on, it's still NFS and it still gets repetitive and boring after awhile. It's like EA's "Madden" of racing.
  10. 70
    If you're looking to get a few more hours of fun out of your aging black box, Need for Speed Carbon isn't a bad way to do it.
  11. In the end, this race is barely a race at all. The 360 is the winner by a mile, and for the price of those wheels, no doubt it should be. The Xbox comes in a distant second with fewer cars and none of the cool online modes. And trailing way behind that is the PS2, a run-down jalopy that probably shouldn't even be on the road.

Awards & Rankings

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#50 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2006
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Dec 3, 2015
    8
    It was surprisingly not as great as I thought, but still a great sequel to Most Wanted 2005. Preferred Underground 1 and 2 for XBOX. ComparingIt was surprisingly not as great as I thought, but still a great sequel to Most Wanted 2005. Preferred Underground 1 and 2 for XBOX. Comparing this to PC it wasn't much of a difference except for the giant XBOX controller....but guess that's my fault, not EA's. If you still have an old XBOX I suggest getting U1&2 instead of Carbon. Both are wayyy better on PC. Full Review »
  2. BlueFalcon
    Dec 6, 2006
    6
    This is the worst Need for Speed on Xbox. Even Hot Pursuit is more fun. But overall it's still a better than average game. It's This is the worst Need for Speed on Xbox. Even Hot Pursuit is more fun. But overall it's still a better than average game. It's just disappointing for the series that not much effort was put into it. I wouldn't recommend picking it up. Full Review »