Need for Speed Carbon

The tenth installment in the bestselling racing game series originally launched back in 1995. The game lets you play as the main protagonist of the previous game. He returns to his home city only to find his domestic street racing scene taken over by rivaling gangs. As you take on new racing challenges, you take back your home town one district at a time. The game’s mechanics employ the well-proven solutions introduced by its predecessors, while introducing several new elements at the same time. Those include, first and foremost, canyon duels, which require much attention, as it is possible to run through the traffic barriers and roll down the slope. The other novelty is the team; you can assemble your own crew, and its members can aid you during races, e.g. by blocking your rivals. Additionally, the game features cut-scenes with real actors, several dozen licensed car models, as well as vast car customization options. Regarding the latter, Autosculpt module lets you modify almost any element of the car body.

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Sony PlayStation 2
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Need for Speed Carbon

Need for Speed Carbon | PS2

Racing, for automobiles, Need for Speed

Companies responsible for Need for Speed Carbon

Black Box Games | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Need for Speed Carbon release date for PS2:

game language:
English

01 November 2006 | Worldwide

03 November 2006 | Europe PAL

01 November 2006 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet / split screen, size: 1 DVD
Game score 8.6 / 10 calculated out of 1571 players' votes.  

Microsoft Xbox
Game Need for Speed Carbon (XBOX) Cover
Need for Speed Carbon

Need for Speed Carbon | XBOX

Racing, for automobiles, Need for Speed

Companies responsible for Need for Speed Carbon

Black Box Games | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Need for Speed Carbon release date for XBOX:

game language:
English

01 November 2006 | Worldwide

03 November 2006 | Europe PAL

01 November 2006 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet / split screen
Game score 8.8 / 10 calculated out of 366 players' votes.  

Microsoft Xbox 360
Game Need for Speed Carbon (X360) Cover
Need for Speed Carbon

Need for Speed Carbon | XBOX 360

Racing, for automobiles, Need for Speed

Companies responsible for Need for Speed Carbon

Black Box Games | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Need for Speed Carbon release date for XBOX 360:

game language:
English

01 November 2006 | Worldwide

03 November 2006 | Europe PAL

01 November 2006 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet / split screen
Game score 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 1065 players' votes.  

Nintendo GameCube
Game Need for Speed Carbon (GCN) Cover
Need for Speed Carbon

Need for Speed Carbon | GameCube

Racing, for automobiles, Need for Speed

Companies responsible for Need for Speed Carbon

Black Box Games | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Need for Speed Carbon release date for GameCube:

game language:
English

01 November 2006 | Worldwide

03 November 2006 | Europe PAL

01 November 2006 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: split screen
Game score 8.8 / 10 calculated out of 236 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 3
Game Need for Speed Carbon (PS3) Cover
Need for Speed Carbon

Need for Speed Carbon | PS3

Racing, for automobiles, Need for Speed

Companies responsible for Need for Speed Carbon

Black Box Games | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Need for Speed Carbon release date for PS3:

game language:
English

17 November 2006 | Worldwide

23 March 2007 | Europe PAL

17 November 2006 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single / multiplayer
Game score 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 509 players' votes.  

Nintendo Wii
Game Need for Speed Carbon (Wii) Cover
Need for Speed Carbon

Need for Speed Carbon | Wii

Racing, for automobiles, Need for Speed

Companies responsible for Need for Speed Carbon

Black Box Games | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Need for Speed Carbon release date for Wii:

game language:
English

19 November 2006 | Worldwide

08 December 2006 | Europe PAL

19 November 2006 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single / multiplayer
Game score 8.6 / 10 calculated out of 385 players' votes.  

PlayStation Portable
Game Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City (PSP) Cover
Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City

Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City | PSP

Racing, for automobiles, Need for Speed

Companies responsible for Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City

Black Box Games | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City release date for PSP:

game language:
English

01 November 2006 | Worldwide

03 November 2006 | Europe

01 November 2006 | USA

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: local network, size: 1 UMD
Game score 8.6 / 10 calculated out of 520 players' votes.  

Nintendo DS
Game Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City (NDS) Cover
Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City

Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City | DS

Racing, for automobiles, Need for Speed

Companies responsible for Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City

Black Box Games | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City release date for DS:

game language:
English

01 November 2006 | Worldwide

03 November 2006 | Europe

01 November 2006 | USA

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: local network
Game score 8.6 / 10 calculated out of 315 players' votes.  

Game Boy Advance
Game Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City (GBA) Cover
Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City

Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City | GBA

Racing, for automobiles, Need for Speed

Companies responsible for Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City

Black Box Games | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City release date for GBA:

game language:
English

01 November 2006 | Worldwide

03 November 2006 | Europe

01 November 2006 | USA

Game mode: single / multiplayer
Game score 8.6 / 10 calculated out of 280 players' votes.  

PC / Windows
Game Need for Speed Carbon (PC) Cover
Need for Speed Carbon

Need for Speed Carbon | PC

Racing, for automobiles, Need for Speed

Companies responsible for Need for Speed Carbon

Black Box Games | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Need for Speed Carbon release date for PC:

game language:
English

01 November 2006 | Worldwide

03 November 2006 | Europe

01 November 2006 | USA

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet / split screen, size: 1 DVD
Game score 7.8 / 10 calculated out of 9461 players' votes.  

Need for Speed: Carbon for PC / Windows is another installment of one of the most popular arcade racing games. This entry is similar to its predecessors. The most notable feature that is well known from Need for Speed: Most Wanted is the presence of the very active police who should be avoided by the players at all cost. Inspired by entries of Need for Speed: Underground this game took the possibility to tune various vehicles. Need for Speed: Carbon of course also offers many completely new features like races that take place in canyons and the possibility for the player to lead his own team. The game was developed for all important gaming platforms.

Story

The large carrier mode is the main part of the game. What is interesting, the protagonist is the same character as in Need for Speed: Most Wanted. The main character returns to Palmont, his family town. Once he arrives, he learns that enemy gangs took full control over organizing illegal street races. The player is tasked with winning races and reclaiming further parts of the city. Similarly as in Need for Speed: Most Wanted, the progress is shown by using cutscenes with actual actors.

Gameplay

The map available in the game is even larger than previously. The player can freely move through the city. Taking control over a sector is usually available after defeating an enemy team. In order to do it, the player must create and then lead his own crew. It might contain both drivers and engineers or mechanics. Employees hired by the player have specific abilities that in most cases can be used during the race. For example, the player can ask his companions to block selected opponents. Beating all opponents who occupy a sector of the city unlocks access to the main race in which one of the elite drivers participates. These races take place in canyons. The challenges itself have rather uncommon rules. During the first race, the player must follow the car of the opponent. Points are gathered based on distance between the two cars. During the second race the player must remain far ahead of the opponent who will be trying to steal the points given to the player at the start.

The developers of the game created about 60 different vehicles. The cars were divided into three different classes Ė exotic, muscle and tuner. Differences between classes are significant. For example, muscle cars should participate in races on straight routes. Tuner vehicles can be useful on winding and challenging routes. The player can modify previously bought vehicles (optically and mechanically). Autosculpt module that allows manually modifying some parts of carís body is worth mentioning. NFS: Carbon for PC / Windows offers many race types among which one can find drifting that wasnít present in Most Wanted.

Technical aspects

The differences between various versions of NFS: Carbon can be noticed mostly in the quality of graphics. In addition to that, Wii and PlayStation 3 versions fully utilize the motion-sensing abilities of consoleís controllers. The sounds of the game mostly consist of voices of specific carís engines. Well known actors such as Emmanuelle Vaugier and Shaw Madson can be seen during cutscenes.

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System requirements

Recommended: Pentium 4 1.7 GHz, 512 MB RAM, graphic card 64MB (GeForce 4 or better), 5.3 GB HDD, Windows 2000/XP

Need for Speed Carbon

game guide 05 July 2007

Cars, races, driving advices, racing hints.