3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Much better than I gave it credit for after the demo,
This review is from: Need for Speed: Carbon (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
After I played the demo off Xbox Live, I wasn't that impressed, but once I had the full game it totally changed my opinion of it.
From what I've read here a lot of reviewers aren't happy about it, but I think this is one of the best NFS games for a few years, firstly the Story mode, which I always hate and find misses the point of racing games, isn't overly long or hard, and let's you just get on with enjoying getting used to the tracks following the corny story and unlocking the cars, once that nuisance is out of the way and you have all the cars and tracks unlocked then you can get on with playing the game against proper ai on the difficulty of your choosing in single player single races or online multiplayer with Xbox Live players.
The car handling is similar to Most Wanted but has just been improved a tad, the frame rate is fast, some reviewers complained it stutters on their High Def sets, but i'm playing on a CRT TV and it runs smooth as silk, graphics are nice, not mind blowing but decent enough.
I found your wingmen in the game worked very well, good strategy on when to use them is the key. The only time they didn't work well was when my car needed upgrading, I found if your own car is too slow, so is theirs, get your car upgraded again and theirs improves also.
Incidentally if you are having difficulty with the last few races of the story mode there are cheats for the game where you can have unlimited nitro, that will see you breeze through if you are having any trouble.
One real gripe at the game is that I wished they would have included in car dash views, PGR3 and Test Drive Unlimited have managed it on the 360 so why didn't NFS? they always used to include in car dashes on the PC versions of NFS for the first 5 games of the series, and it always added to the realism I found, maybe in the future they might do again hopefully.
Overall a pretty decent effort, the best since Hot Pursuit 2 in my opinion, but everyone has their own tastes, hope you enjoy it as much as I do.