With a busted ride and the tarnished reputation of a thief and backstabber, players will find themselves in the familiar position of rock-bottom with nowhere to go but up. Downside, wingmen do often get in the way. If you brake before then let off, you can almost triple your turning speed. There are some races that would otherwise be difficult if you didn't get upgrades along the way. It's kinda simular to Midnight Club cause itt only takes place at night time. Its not a compelling story.
It's not revolutionary, it's not brilliant, but it's good, deep racing. If your points run out, you lose. The looks of the cars themselves are perhaps the highlight of the game. Instead of restricting you to one vinyl on a car like Most Wanted you are able to put on as many as you want, thus making the most gaudy, ugly ride on the planet. And, I can't get him to shut the ef up. To follow up that success, Carbon brings another racing trend that is more popular across the Pacific Ocean than in the States in the form of downhill drifting. No difference here, at least at first.
They come in four different classes: drafter, scout, blocker, and kamikaze. Doing this is an automatic win, but it does require a bit of skill. There is enough to do so that you stay busy. Basically, you either nail it, or you don't. However, if someone crosses the finish before you, you end up losing points.
So why am I walking away from Carbon feeling like the level of graphical achievement just wasnt there? The bulk of your time with Carbon will be spent in its 10-hour Career mode. Similarly, the canyons look dark, dank and eerie, just like they should be. Tuners are best in handling, Exotics are best in top speed and Muscles are best in good acceleration. It's a nail-biting, profanity-inducing affair, and can be punishing as hell - but interesting nonetheless. Most of it feels too slow or so out of place that its distracting.
On arriving safe house our player met his first Wingman friendly racer 'Sal'. After Rockport, player drives to Palmont City. However, they are very expensive, so you wont be able to buy many. For instance, one card has one section for filling your garage with tuners. After all, the damn good Most Wanted just came out a year ago, so what could Carbon possibly offer so soon afterwards that would get our motors runnin'? You're allegedly took a bag full of money, skipped town, then boldly returned to the scene of the crime. After Need for Speed Underground outsold all other games in 2004, the largest independent game publisher in the world adroitly kept the series coming without a hitch. Whoever gets the most points wins - unless, of course, you hand over the victory by barreling off the side of the road and into oblivion a few thousand feet below.
Last years Most Wanted was a high mark for the series, taking the open world and customization aspects from the Underground games and the police chases from Hot Pursuit 2. The cars are unique, as are the courses and variety of races. Cars are split into classes, but also tiers. Carbon winds up being a pretty fun racer, and fans of Most Wanted likely won't be disappointed. I just want to race.
If the feature had been running at full strength it might have made my experience with the game somewhat smoother, but it is encouraging to know that such a feature in fact exists in the control scheme. It has got a new feature 'Autosculpt' which helps to shape any car parts to your liking. There is a wide selection of cars to choose from after you start unlocking them and even the two player mode on this game is a lot of fun. Exotics are hands-down the best, with great speed, acceleration and handling. This game really depends on the controls you use to enjoy it.
Obviously, the rest of the gameplay owes much more to the street race-y tuner Need for Speed: Underground 2 rather than the more recent Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Unsurprisingly, there's also no online play, with multiplayer games limited to two-player split-screen, and the modes missing in the current-gen versions are also missing here. While you can find some faults with Carbon, it is generally a good step forward in the Need for Speed series. Despite the lack of graphical polish, Carbon still manages to wow with impressive visuals. As the police turn up the heat, the battle ultimately shifts to Carbon Canyon, where territories and reputations can be lost on every perilous curve. The demo included options such as pimping out my ride, drift and lap racing, and by far one of the most enjoyable game modes, out running the ׂ-0, coppers to me and you. However, one of the better things that Carbon does is in its graphical presentation.
The graphics are pretty good, and the game play is great. Probably the only racing game ever created worth playing. The graphics had a very rough feeling to them with jagged polygons and pixilated textures around every corner. Despite that, the core gameplay works, it just isnt all that fun. As the game puts it, the only limiting factor is the driver. As the name suggests, scouts race ahead of you and snipe out hidden shortcuts and alternate paths; drifters speed ahead of you, allowing you to drift behind them before slingshoting past at the press of a button; and blockers zoom past your opponents and purposely stop in front of them, ultimately blocking them from advancing ahead of you. It's just that good of a game! This time, youll want to keep ahead of them, since theyll be draining your points.
Many of the changes made to the Most Wanted formula seem to be for the sake of change, but it all still just comes back to the solid driving action, which Need for Speed Carbon puts to good use. Since the menu screen tells you exactly what a race unlocks beforehand, you can go for the best performance parts first. Compared to the garish, neon lit city of Underground or the bright, mid-autumn landscape of Most Wanted, this city just feels lifeless. When Cross was about to arrest the player, the Darius and his crew arrives and gave some cash to Cross in order to go from there. The default method is to use the Wii-mote, with the d-pad position on the left. Apparently, he skipped town a while back, taking a large amount of money with him.