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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it! Stick with Most Wanted, December 16, 2006
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Need for Speed Carbon Collector's Edition - PC (Video Game)
I have played every single Need for Speed game there is, even the limited edition porche series. And each successive game has been an improvement over the last, with Most Wanted being by far the best. So imagine my suprise when I played Carbon and I couldn't help but think 'wow did these guys at EA screw up or what.' Don't get me wrong, Carbon is not a bad game, and it's still fun...but if you've played Most wanted or nfs2 you are going to be disappointed b/c though Carbon tries to combine both, it tries to fix things that were not broken in the first place, and add new things which have no business being in a racing game, which just makes for a bad mix.

Things I liked:

-Plenty and a nice variety of cars to choose from (although few out of the box)

-Return to nighttime

-Decent soundtrack

-Autoscuplt feature is unique although not really necessary

-Different feel to different kinds of cars (muscle cars handle like beast)

-Cops chase you (although not as exciting as most wanted)

-new online pursuit modes are fun

-they kept speedbreaker and pursuit breakers, and regplenishable nitrous

Things I disliked...this could take a while

-NO DRAG RACING! Ok albeit drag racing in Most wanted was the most frustrating thing ever created in a game b/c it was near impossible to avoid hitting cars. But drag racing in NFS2 was so much fun, I still play it just for the drag. its such an easy engine to run, why o why is there no drag racing.

-Instead of drag racing, theres unrealistic drifiting...drifting in NFS2 felt way more precise

-Game interface is weird and sort of confusing, for example the rpm guage is not your convential gauge and it looks like junk and theres no boost gauge at all, or at least i can't tell if there is one. and its hard to find pursuit breakers and hideouts with the map.

-I don't like alot of the tracks, and often they are entirely too long

-ridiculuous system of buying performance packages for only certain tiers. for example, the rx-8 is a tier 1 car. so when u get all the tier 1 packages, u can't use tier 2 packages on the car??? in fact it seems as if performance enhancements has taken a backstage to cosmetic customization, which is a bit iffy to me. and u can't adjust performance settings during gameplay like most wanted, or dyno tune like in nfs2...though u will be able to tune, but if it really makes a difference i doubt you will be able to tell

-too many meaningless cutscenes

-graphics are a bit cartoony, and either the options on my computer don't work or if you tweak they just don't do very much. exampple i tried turning down the sound effects b/c the squeal of the tires is super annoying, but it won't turn down even if set it too zero. And why can't we have more options like the ability to play in the night or in the day?

-EA please please get rid of the addition of all that crew, territory junk. its so pointless and i hate it! why the heck should i have to enter a race i already won just to win back some territory.

-instead of crews and crap bring back the idea of trying to get on magazine covers and the like. and bring back outrun mode!

-it would be nice to have a decent story for once, although the presentation of is unique and nice...wasn't a fan of this particular nfs girl.

If you are a newcomer to the NFS franchise you may not be as annoyed by all the little details that Carbon screwed up. But if you're a long time fan, then these things will just tick you off. Granted, Most Wanted took a while to get used to, because it was such a departure from NFS2, but the whole point with Carbon is that you don't want to have to get used to new crap which replaces things that worked great in games like NFS2 and MW. That's what makes this game so frustrating. It it would have been so easy to make this the best NFS game ever, if EA had just combined the best aspects of Most wanted and NFS2, instead of just trying to bring new pointless elements to the game, just to say that they added new stuff. Hopefully the next NFS game won't dissapoint like Carbon did for me.
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