Need for Speed Carbon review

  • Slick, solid racing controls
  • Wide selection of sweet rides
  • Scads of customization options
  • Not too much new stuff
  • Repetitive wingman chatter
  • It's never daytime

Hot babes and weirdly dressed femme dudes aside, your goal is to take over the city, one race-based turf war at a time. The usual suspect race types return (speed traps, circuits, and sprints), along with some new - or old, if we're going a few games back - drift races.

The driving is spot on, bringing you in slowly before unleashing fury as you advance on rival turf. There are dozens of real-life licensed vehicles, each of which can be lovingly customized and sculpted to your heart's content, creating a unique hot rod all your own. Whether you free roam (potentially drawing the eyes of the law) or hop event to event via the map, there's at least a dozen hours of career mayhem in store.

Sadly, there's no online play for the Xbox or PS2 (what's up with that?), but the 360 and PC versions come equipped with some sweet multiplayer modes, especially the hellacious Pursuit Tag. There's something to be said for piloting a balls-out cop cruiser, chasing down a lone racer only to find the tables turned once he's tagged - at which time, you become the racer striving to keep the five-oh away as long as possible.

More Info

Release date: Oct 31 2006 - PC, Xbox
Nov 01 2006 - DS
Oct 31 2006 - PS2, Xbox 360
Nov 03 2006 - GBA (US)
Nov 03 2006 - GameCube, PC, PSP
Nov 10 2006 - Xbox
Nov 03 2006 - DS, PS2
Dec 08 2006 - Wii
Nov 03 2006 - Xbox 360, GBA (UK)
Available Platforms: GameCube, PC, PSP, Xbox, DS, PS2, Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, GBA
Genre: Racing
Published by: EA GAMES, Electronic Arts
Developed by: EA Black Box, Electronic Arts
Franchise: Need for Speed
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Violence


  • Dolenteargentum - December 18, 2009 8:21 p.m.

    This game was really good except the fact they hardly give enough money! the boss race was annoying, it teaches you to use you specials throughout the whole game and when you race the main bosses you cant use them nullifing the whole reason of what made this game unique! the side PIP of them laughing at you that's just lame!. also unless you get the cars w/ the best handling you cannot turn whatsoever! I'll give this game a 5/10
  • bovice - December 3, 2008 8:59 p.m.

    not bad, I love the drifting. Not to crazy about playing it online or racing other ppl,... just drifting.

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