Need for Speed: Carbon (2006, 360) – 7/10 open-world police / street racing game review

Cast / crew
Emmanuelle Vaugier: Nikki
Tahmoh Penikett: Darius

Need for Speed: Carbon (2006)

Returning from Rockport, you find yourself communicating with your fellow human beings in the only way you know how: beating them in races.

7/10

This has the same serious performance problems as Most Wanted which is, twelve months later, entirely unacceptable. This renders the weakest mode in the game, Canyon Drifting, extraordinarily taxing if not necessarily impossible. You are not afforded the minute control over your vehicle required to finesse the tight curves and this makes the Challenge Series mode of the game beyond the reach of all but those players who record their dedication and amazingness on YouTube. Both of them. It should be noted that the facial modeling and mouth animation in the game is outstanding though, really oddly, the car animation is atrocious. The major problems are a great shame as the game is largely highly playable, impressively tweakable and great fun; Most Wanted permanently at night with fairer and more fun police and opponent AI.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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