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Need for Speed: Carbon - Playstation 3

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Platform: PlayStation 3 | Edition: Standard

Need for Speed Carbon PS3

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Platform:PlayStation 3  |  Edition:Standard
ASIN B000JHMJDA
Release date November 21, 2006
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4.2 out of 5 stars 155 customer reviews

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Product Dimensions 6.5 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
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By Gadgester HALL OF FAME on February 25, 2007
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Standard
Need for Speed Carbon is a decent racing game for the PS3. The graphics is good but nothing to get overly excited about. The framerate is consistently high, which is great when you are driving at over 120 mph. (I play it in 1080i mode on my LCD TV.) The career mode has some sort of storyline, but it's complicated and I just skipped over the poorly delivered dialogs.

The game is an arcade racer, which means its car handling physics is not very realistic. A number of real-world nameplates are represented, and each does have its own "feel," but the designers and developers made no attempt at making them feel real. (The opposite of this approach is, of course, the venerable Gran Turismo series.) The best thing about an arcade racer like this is the driving is very forgiving. You can corner easily at over 90 mph, something you'll never do in Gran Turismo. You can also turn off car damage and smash into everything and anything -- cop cars, oncoming traffic, etc. -- destroy them yet sustain no damage. Because the framerate is really good, when you use the bumper or dash view and drive above 120 mph on an HDTV, you can really feel the rush.

The career mode has you race to win over territories. You must place no. 1 in each race to win. After a while, the races do get repetitive, as do the cat-and-mouse chases with the cops. The city in the game, which seems to be modeled after L.A., is not very big, so after half an hour or so you'll have travelled on all its streets and highways. I wish EA had included a more expansive setting.

In short, this is a fun game and makes a great rental. It's too expensive as a purchase, and its limited variety of play makes the purchase a poor value.
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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Standard
I absolutely love this Need for Speed! The game play is great...even the story line is pretty good...I wish the graphics were a touch better..but 720p ain't too bad...The map could be a bigger too. Overall an awesome game.
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Personally, i think the NFS franchise has slid over the last several games, and I'm not alone. I havent played The Run yet, but in my mind, the series was at its best with Carbon. VERY slick graphics (especially considering the release date), cheeseball (but fun) drama and dialogue, fantastic music (always a highlight of the series) and manageable controls (i.e. pick 'em up quick) all make for an excellent racer.

Upgrades come quickly and plentifully, but the challenge is there - this "balance" is what is missing in so many racing games, the ability to dive right in with little learning curve, yet is still not easy to master. The car selection is strong, the mods are cool enough, the characters are enjoyable (if not over-the-top), and again, the sound/music is maybe the best of the series, overall.

Its not perfect - later sessions in the game become almost impossibly difficult (for me, resulting in eventually giving up on the final race), but until that point, it walked a fine line between difficultly and enjoyability.

My favorite thing about the game, though, is the inherent "slickness", from the menus to the chrome paint of the cars, it just glldes in and out of actions and cutscenes and interface screens like its on rails. It has a "look" about it, and its something more games need, that cohesiveness that more than makes up for the weak points. For the price, a must have racer.
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I have played the ps2 version sometime after the release of this one. It was 9-10 years ago I dont remember much but what bothered me at the time was the limited customization and more focused on autosculpting. Now that the time has passed i realized i have too many 3rd person shooters and not many racers. I looked i to some games such as Juiced 2, midnight club LA, Need for speed undercover, Need for speed hot pursuit, Gran turismo 5, Ridge racer 7 amd Burnout paradise. Lets start with this game, so apperantly its a sequel to most wanted (which i havent played) to start off the car handling is pretty nice and smooth. I will give them credit for this. Compared to underground and underground 2 the feeling is a bit different on the handling as if it did much better. The soun effects from the tires are okay but its only one main sound. The game failed to deliver on having a few cars in the game. Plenty of cars are missing that should have made it in the game but there are a few new cars that never made it until now. The soundtrack is absolutely the worst but thats okay if you turn off the music there will be a different soundtrack playing while racing which is a bit better than the games EA sountrack (all these EA sountracks suck) no you cannot play your custom music especially since this title was a laumch game for the ps3. As for graphics, this game being a launch title (early ps3 game) the graphics are pretty nice. Especially the cut scenes. There are some decent and a bit cheesey cut scenes. The gameplay is a bit differemt from past games. In this game you build a crew. Kinda like a street racing team. You then enter races around the city and every race you win you win territory and at the end you race the other teams boss. The game is simply put out.Read more ›
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