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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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  • Developer: EA Canada
  • Genre(s): Driving, Racing, Simulation, GT / Street, GT / Street, Automobile
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
  • Cheats: On GameFAQs
  • Rating: E10+
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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. Pelit (Finland)
    79
    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. Nintendo Power
    60
    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. 40
    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: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jan 1, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game gives gamers who play it a good challenge. And man do I love a good challenge! Now, if you started a new game yet or are interested in playing Need For Speed: Carbon, here's the first three cars from the game you can choose from. Muscle: Chevrolet Camaro SS. Exotic: Alfa Romeo Brera. Tuner: Mazda RX-8. I went with Tuner. I like the Tuner class. After that, I went with Exotic, and kept Exotic. Now to the gameplay. I enjoy it very much. The controls are easy, and it was the first ever Need For Speed game that I completed and it still is. I can even do my best and win against hard opponents. Great game! I thank my father for getting the game. I love the Wii version way better than the PS2 version. It's just that good of a game! Expand
  2. AJay
    Sep 2, 2007
    9
    Tight controls (once you get used to them) and awsome gameplay and costemization options allow for hours of fun!
  3. TL.
    Oct 1, 2007
    9
    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 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
  4. TylerA.
    Apr 14, 2007
    8
    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 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
  5. Jul 3, 2011
    8
    This is one of the best racing games I have ever played. Granted, the 360 version was vastly superior for graphics and feel (emphasis onThis is one of the best racing games I have ever played. Granted, the 360 version was vastly superior for graphics and feel (emphasis on feel), but this is a solid racer for the Wii and similar in most of the ways that count. People who complain about the controls cannot be trusted- there are 5 schemes that all play differently so at least one of them should work for anybody. Overall an 8 out of 10 for being an inferior port of a near perfect game. Expand
  6. RonaldoF.
    Oct 24, 2007
    8
    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 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
  7. Jan 9, 2012
    2
    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 aJust 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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