Need For Speed: Carbon Reader Review
Need For Speed Carbon is the next installment of the street racing franchise by EA. Carbon aims to do something different for the series in the canyon races plus for some reason the Xbox 360 version is the only one to offer online play. While in recent years the Need For Speed series has been doing nothing new the game has been solid enough. Can that trend continue?
Need For Speed Carbon has two modes the Career Mode and the new Challenge Series. The Career Mode follows on from Most Wanted with you supposedly betraying your crew so you have to start all over again and build yourself some respect by winning races and owning territories in Palmont City. In total there are five each owned by rival crews although the last one is unlocked once you beat the four main crews. You'll do this by winning races like your standard race to sprint races and the all new canyon race. The canyon race is different from all the other races in that it comes in two stages. The first stage being you chasing your rival which is based on a measurement system then you racing to get away from them. Fall too far back and the race ends but if you overtake your opponent then the race finishes with you winning. These races take place on canyons, obviously but they have pitfalls that you woudn't find on normal races as driving too close to the edge can cause you to crash which can prove to be frustrating more than once.
New to the career mode is the ability to hire crew members. Upon entering the mode you will be asked to create a name and logo for your crew. Once that is done you will have the option of hiring different types of crew members. Blocker which will take a fellow racer out for you, scout which looks for shortcuts during races and a drafter which will give you a temporary boost of speed. As you progress you will be able to hire better members but can only have up to three in your crew at one time. The blocker proves most useful although the game in general is pretty easy so crew members make it even easier rather than helping you out when you need it because you usually can get the job done yourself.
A problem with the career mode is that you are really limited in what cars you can go for. First off you choose to represent a class muscle, tuner or exotic this in the end turns out to be pointless considering you can buy any car you want when you progress further into the game. But the point I was trying to make was you can generally only buy the highest car within a class meaning choice is all but eradicated thanks to a poorly implemented upgrade system.
The challenge series is the other mode in the game which has been added if anything to flesh out the game and its short career mode. Here you will face challenges from the race types you can encounter in the career mode. Some of the events here are actually tougher than in the career mode partly because you cannot choose the car you want to drive. Online play is also featured in Carbon if you to further the longevity of the game with some online only achievements.
Need For Speed Carbon in the end is a solid street racer but isn't anything different from previous versions. The all new canyon races are a great idea and do add something to the game but things have also been toned down as well in the process the career mode is just way too easy and dosen't last very long. I think the best street racer out there is still Midnight Club 3 Dub Edition as it has more customisation options and a way better soundtrack. It's more of the same here and while it's fine enough it's still far from the best out there.
7 / 10