Conclusion: The Need For Speed series is hardly regarded as the most innovative in the racing genre, but it’s hard not to feel a little disappointed by Carbon’s unwillingness to push any boundaries, especially after the jump for the franchise that Most Wanted represented. It’s undoubtedly fun, but it’s debatable whether it’s worth a purchase, especially if you already own its predecessor.
Excerpt: EA struck a chord with speed hounds in 2003 with the street racing success Need for Speed Underground. Naturally, strong sales brought us a sequel, a handful of shoddy replicas (SRS and Juiced come to mind), and eventually the release of last year's solid Most Wanted, which launched alongside the 360.
Excerpt: ll fait sombre, la nuit est déjà bien entamée, les rues sont désertes et seules les enseignes du drive-in voisin illuminent le bitume. Rôôôôaamm...Rôôôôaamm....Rôôôôaamm... Soudain, le bruit rauque d'un moteur parvient à déchirer la nuit. Puis deux, trois, quatre... Bientôt deux lignes de trois bolides personnalisés se tiennent devant un parterre de jeunes gens lorgnant sur ces monstres de puissance et de couleurs.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Ever since EA released NFS Underground couple of years back, gaming hasn’t been the same. It was such a huge success, a sequel was guaranteed. NFS:U2 became another great hit that EA decided to come up with a similar title year after year. And now three sequels later, we have NFS: Carbon. Let’s see if it brings something new to the table or is just leftovers from last year’s hit.
Excerpt: The sign of an effective series or franchise, in the gaming industry is the ability to evolve. To continue to do what you do well, while adding new elements, eliminating those that don’t work, and always polishing what remains.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Time flew by while I played Carbon and before I knew it I was nearly done with it. It seemed so much bigger than it actually was. The racing is solid, especially the drifting, where you can see yourself improve every time you play. The new canyon duel is an interesting riff on traditional racing, but it's hardly worth buying the game all over again if you've played previous incarnations. Carbon is vapid, but fun. Just know what you're getting into.
Summary: Overall I felt this game was a step backward in the series. Fans of the 2 year old Underground game will love this one, while fans of Most Wanted may want to sit this one out. I prefer Most Wanted to this game, just because it seemed to be more of a challenge and I was more excited to play. This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.