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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 oneWhat 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: 11 out of 17
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  1. This is a solid racing game that has evolved the need for speed series and just tightened and improved upon many of the things that were left unfurnished in the last game.
  2. Need For Speed lives up to its heritage staying at the forefront in the evolution of racing simulations. Although I wish there was more revolution I can’t deny its status of a rock-solid racer.
  3. 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.
  4. PC Format
    78
    Engaging enough, but where's the innovation that the franchise so badly needs? [Christmas 2006, p.93]
  5. A solid racing game. It might have a few rough edges and frustrating spots, but overall it’s a fun game.
  6. With many games supporting widescreen out there, it’s a shame that EA’s games still ignore it.

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  1. Positive: 42 out of 82
  2. Negative: 16 out of 82
  1. Apr 20, 2013
    10
    This is one of the best Need for Speed Games out. The story is realistic, and it tightened loose ends from the previous game, such as theThis is one of the best Need for Speed Games out. The story is realistic, and it tightened loose ends from the previous game, such as the autosculpt feature. The online play is set up good, and the amount of cars for the PC version is great. 10/10. Expand
  2. Oct 30, 2020
    10
    this game really good i can give 8.0/10 nice atmosphere and story (BLACK BOX Please come back) For me best NFS it's Undeground 2
  3. Feb 26, 2021
    9
    The game is in my opinion super underrated. To me, it like one of these games that are infinite replayable. The classsystem provides a coolThe game is in my opinion super underrated. To me, it like one of these games that are infinite replayable. The classsystem provides a cool challenge, the cars are all cool and the customisation is good. The drifts are terrible, but can be completly skipted, what by the way, every nfs game should do. Palmont City is very interesting and the story is the best we saw until this point. The challenge series is very cool and quick races are very fun Expand
  4. Nov 1, 2013
    8
    I thought overall the game was just a bit better than most wanted.

    The customization was better, allowing ride height to be changed and
    I thought overall the game was just a bit better than most wanted.

    The customization was better, allowing ride height to be changed and more performance customization details.

    Autosculpt was a great feature and also you can move the vinyls, skew, rotate, and change colors.

    I was disappointed though that many things in the game had to be unlocked by completing challenge series or reward cards, where in most wanted you had to beat bosses.

    Also, most wanted had a bigger focus on police pursuits which I thought was much better than carbon, where you didn't even need to engage in a single pursuit to finish the game (although sometimes you had no choice; they sometimes show up in the middle of races).

    The ending was rather weak, but I won't give it away.
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  5. Mar 27, 2021
    7
    Need for Speed: Carbon builds on the great Most Wanted. Right at the beginning of the game, we get the opportunity to ride in the legendaryNeed for Speed: Carbon builds on the great Most Wanted. Right at the beginning of the game, we get the opportunity to ride in the legendary BMW from the previous part. But as usual, we will lose it quickly this time as well. Underground 2 and Most Wanted were great and unfortunately I can't say this about Carbon. You ask why? What always struck me in the Need for Speed ​​series was the graphics. EA just always had a beautiful visual and not that it was impossible to say about Carbon, but just what was it? The graphics here, although nice, just won't inspire you, as with the previous parts. I even thought that the previous Most Wanted looked better, but maybe that was just my opinion. In short, the game in graphics did not go much compared to previous parts. What's not bad, but purely I don't like it is the overall stylization of the game. Well OK. Stylization doesn't really. The menu and graphical interface is nice, but the city is so weird. Underground 2 immediately got me with its night city charm. Most Wanted with its daylight in the city, but Carbon somehow didn't interest me. The night city, although nice, is just kind of dead? Don't get me wrong. Maybe I'm the only one who sees it, but it just occurs to me that almost everything here is white. Underground 2 had a varied set of colors and so the city looked alive, but here everything is so white and I'm not a big fan of this style. Another thing is driving. Cars leave a line behind them or whatever it is. The control to the beginning compared to previous works is strange. So far I have not praised the game much and unfortunately the tuning will not save it. We can tune the cars well enough and I would say that maybe even better than with Most Wanted, but just like that, every car here won't make much of an impression, because those colors - what the hell are those colors? Again, this is my opinion, but in my opinion, all colors here are so dark, faded and simply indistinct overall. Such beautiful rich colors, which we had the opportunity to see in previous games here or at least I did not find and most importantly. The most terrible thing for me here was that I couldn't put my favorite neons on the car. Of course at Most Wanted, I understood when we had daylight, but here, where the night city returned, why didn't the developers give us the opportunity to put neons on our car? This just shows more that the whole game seemed to me to be kind of dead. All the lights in the city are white, and if I want my car to at least stand out with the light, I can't do it either. But now to the positive side of the game. The races, although harder to control or at least for me, are otherwise the same as before and even sometimes better in that, for example, my favorite drift returned to us. On the one hand, I didn't like it very much here, because, as I mentioned, it drifted quite badly because of the controls. The fact that it doesn't add much new is also not good for the game. We have the police here again, although the fact is that there are some gangs here, although I do not welcome this news very much and I was not very happy with it. So far, I've criticized the game quite a bit. You ask, is the game good at all? The answer is yes and I will now tell you why. Despite everything. Despite the dead city, worse control and nothing much new, the game continues with movies in the style of Most Wanted, and the story here, in my opinion, saves the game a lot. Once again, we'll see a Razor-style villain, or a pretty girl by the side, like Miu. Although the story recycles, it still works. What the game manages to be number one, however, is the soundtrack. The songs here are great and especially the one from the menu is just one of the best I've ever heard in the series. So in the end can I recommend this game to you? Although I think it's the fall of the series, because the previous episodes belonged to the golden era of Need for Speed ​​and the best racing games ever, even so, Need for Speed: Carbon is a good game saved by the soundtrack and the overall Most Wanted concept follows up. For me, a good game that I can recommend. Expand
  6. Dec 3, 2017
    5
    Playing Need For Speed: Carbon after Underground 2 and Most Wanted was an underwhelming experience. I did not have as much fun as wasPlaying Need For Speed: Carbon after Underground 2 and Most Wanted was an underwhelming experience. I did not have as much fun as was expected. Now that I have completed it, I will never play it again.

    The graphics were worse than Underground 2 and Most Wanted.
    Palmont city is presented as a dark and dull place. Underground 2 was so well lit and colourful.

    Everyone had great expectations from this game. I believe NFS: Carbon could have been a great game if developers Black Box had been given proper time to complete it and not rushed for release.

    I can only wonder what could have been...
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  7. Jan 1, 2018
    0
    the schedule in a game the sediment, a plot isn't worked out, the last boss can't be won if you are an ordinary gamer!

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