A warning for Windows 7 users,
This review is from: Need for Speed: Carbon (PC DVD) (Video Game)
Firstly, I'd like to say that this is nowhere near the quality of NFS: Most Wanted, but it is still better than the newer NFS games (discounting the new Hot Pursuit)
This game seems to have trouble running in Windows 7 due to the large amount of graphics processing that effects on Win7 needs, this leads to Carbon lagging when you play it, even if your PC way overdoes the system requirements, one fix would be to disable the effects but this is a review of the game, not a guide on how to fix it.
With that part out of the way, I'll get on to reviewing the game itself.
NFS: Carbon takes place a few years after the events of Most Wanted, with the player character returning to Palmont city (which I assume was featured in a previous game) only to find that it is overrun with gangs, and his ex-girlfriend, who is less than happy to see him. After getting caught by Officer Cross (the very same from Most Wanted) he gets saved by a guy called 'Darius' who "owns the city" and just so happens to save you from Cross, who had lost his previous job (with Rockport Police) and become a bounty hunter.
After the rather long intro scene you learn the ropes with Nikki, your ex-girlfriend and you also meet Neville, your wingman (which I'll get onto later) from there the game starts.
Gamplay (8.5/10): It's not particularly fascinating, you get to choose from three classes to represent; Muscle, Exotic and Tuner, picking a different class will result in you unlocking different performance upgrades, so choose wisely. Each car class handles differently; Muscles are basically only good in a straight line, Exotics have a balance of speed and handling (good for beginners) and Tuners have better handling than speed, meaning they get round corners quicker, it's really up to you which class you pick but for beginners I would encourage either Tuner of Exotic.
Graphics (7.5/10): Considering Palmont city seems to ber perpetually dark, there isn't too much to see, the cars look good (if you have a decent monitor/ graphics card) and the details are just slightly better than that of Most Wanted.
Story (5/10): Not much of a story really (as with most NFS games) its essentially a gang movie but with car racing instead of drive-bys.
Overall (21/30): It's not a perfect game, especially seeing as it lags when it shouldn't, but also because EA basically took everything that was good about Most Wanted, and threw it away, choosing instead to create a fairly standard gang-centric game that just so happens to use cars. Give it a try, but don't blame me if you don't like it, it's not everyone's cup of tea.