Need for Speed Carbon Updated Hands-On

We see how EA's upcoming racer sequel handles on the PlayStation 3.

We had the chance to get a look at the PlayStation 3 version of EA's upcoming entry in the Need for Speed franchise to see what EA's Canadian studio is doing with Sony's hardware. The latest entry in the long-running series plays around with the Need for Speed formula. This year's game is an ambitious expansion of the key features that have made the series popular, and it includes new elements that have come out of the team's research into the racing scene.

The big hooks in Need for Speed Carbon are canyon racing, racing crews, and car-class affiliation. The heart of the game's career mode is a battle for control of a city. The setting is a massive free-roaming metropolis that's bigger than the one seen in last year's Need for Speed Most Wanted. In addition, you'll find massive canyons that will serve as the stage for the unique boss battles. Your goal is to build up a crew of racers to help you take over the city neighborhood by neighborhood and to master the three car classes--tuner, muscle, and exotic. Furthermore, EA's Vancouver-based studio is trying out some interesting expansions of the car-customization feature seen in previous games.

In terms of content, the game is comparable to the Xbox 360 version but does offer unique functionality courtesy of the PS3's Sixaxis controller, which is used to supplement your steering in the game. You'll basically get an assist if you tilt the controller while steering into a turn, which comes in handy on the game's twisty roads. The mechanic is a low-key enhancement to steering that gives a subtle twist to racing. From what we played, the support will vary in effectiveness based on a number of factors, namely your car, your speed, and how tight a turn you're trying to pull. The controller support adds an interesting dimension to control that we're anxious to explore more in-depth.

The other, more-subtle aspect of the game on the PlayStation 3 is its graphical performance, which is on par with its Xbox 360 cousin, albeit with a few flourishes that add some polish to the action. The game features a smooth frame rate and a high level of detail, with just a few spots in need of tightening. Some textures could be cleaner, and the lighting is odd in a few random spots, but we expect that the team will sort out these issues in time for release.

Based on what we've seen, Need for Speed Carbon is looking sharp on the PlayStation 3. The visuals are impressive and feature a glossy style that's complemented by the PlayStation 3's graphical muscle. Though we'd like to have seen a more robust set of features unique to the platform, Need for Speed Carbon is shaping up to be a strong launch title for the PlayStation 3. Look for a full review on the game when it ships alongside the console next month.

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Aang007
Aang007

so i guess that means they will have free roam...well thats really all i wanted to know about the game so im probaly going to get it but i'll get it for psp because i don't have a ps3.

1Nitemare1
1Nitemare1

I cant wait till the ps3 comes out (cuz of all the games). I cant wait for NFSC cuz its high resolution (a helllot more than xbox 360...and whoever disagrees and says that xbox 360 is better in any factor,well,they can kiss ma arsenal).

Ravenstyle
Ravenstyle

every need for speed ever to come out was remarkable and just outright fun!! for need for speed carbon the producer made it clear that this game will not just be more of the same, since it will feature goals unlike the previous ones. you actually have a team this time. i like that. graphics will be better and gameplay will be essentially more enjoyable. dont put the blinders on this one is a winner

K-cof
K-cof

Its a need for speed and should be treated with the utmost respect I personaly have enjoyed everyone of them so far and clich or not i dont really care! This one is in the bag

DanC1989
DanC1989

Same gane, more expensive price. No thanks.

aznboi86
aznboi86

The new screens for NFS Carbon look a tad bit worse. By worse I mean jaggier and more bland. Aren't these screens suppose to be in the PS2 section?

a_ratchet_fan
a_ratchet_fan

you'd all be surprised... a falcon northwest mach 5 can run you up (!!) 7 grand. Still, jetgodlike's an idiot.

AkuCintaPS
AkuCintaPS

this game is just to good to be true

inchess
inchess

well i really just cant wait until the ps3 drop so i can be fullfilled with the new things they have just like the new need 4 speed that is comin out its going 2 be so hard

_Sam_
_Sam_

I think that it's looking pretty good, but I'm not amazed

Spottie_aka_kam
Spottie_aka_kam

this game is going to be a number 1...with this huge choice of great cars..the charger 2008 and more...we re going to get wild playing it

razu_gamer
razu_gamer

"xnindoboy LOL you guys make me laugh. the ps3 is not even out yet, and the game and your allready comparing the two lol. the ps3, will blow away the 360, trust me this time next year, ull see your going to whant one. All i need to say is 2.6 tflop system power. " Yep the PS3 is not out yet and you are saying it is going to "blow" away 360.

Zonelezz
Zonelezz

lol wow damn.. this looks good

kamicolo
kamicolo

The Need for Speed series been out how long? Itz great they're still one of the top racers. Carbon is looking nice, can't wait to try out the tilt system

SephirothEX
SephirothEX

Yup, keep inflating that FLOPS number. It's 1.0 TFLOPS... oh, the 360 has 1.0 TFLOPS ya say? Well, uh, we have 2.0 TFLOPS! Er wait... that sounds too convenient... it's 2.6 TFLOPS! Never mind that an iMac has the same integer performance, we've got 2.6 TFLOPS!

firesage423
firesage423

Ok c'mon i read a few comments and if your paying $4000 for a computer ur an idiot u can build an awsome computer for under $1000, and thats still a high price u just need to know what your buying.. Then people saying ps3, x360, are better then a pc c'mon honestly shut up i dont mean to be mean but a computer can do alot more! and more reliable.. Anyways the game is awsome i downloaded the demo on my 360 and cant wait for the game to come out..

raynimrod
raynimrod

[quote]All Im saying is that most 3rd party games WILL be identical. No need buying a system based on third party games alone. [/quote] Agreed, I'm getting both systems for their exclusive titles. That's what I look forward to most from a console :D.

xnindoboy
xnindoboy

LOL you guys make me laugh. the ps3 is not even out yet, and the game and your allready comparing the two lol. the ps3, will blow away the 360, trust me this time next year, ull see your going to whant one. All i need to say is 2.6 tflop system power.

mark_unix
mark_unix

allot of xbox360 games look like PS2 games due to it being a port of a PS2 game...

TheGamer4Life
TheGamer4Life

raynimrod : Good-- another game that proves the 360 is just as good graphically as the ps3. What are you talking about? Multi platform games are going to look almost identical to eachother anway, they have to stick with the happy medium between the two consoles(unless they're specifically redesigned for that console). The first party exclusive games will prove which console has the best graphical power, which from what i've seen so far would be the PS3. >>> All Im saying is that most 3rd party games WILL be identical. No need buying a system based on third party games alone.

rcricky001
rcricky001

the ps1 kicked ass,the playstation2 is runnin the console war,STILL!,and american fanboys are still churning their **** views out,lets face it,japenese people have more ideas,less ego and nicer attitudes,who bothers about graphics,gameplay is the one,and for graphics cards,fair enough you could pay alot of mony to get top notch,but is it "pick up and play"?i dont think so.

whipit101
whipit101

well...about the whole 7000$ pc thing...its not that hard to reach that price if you have a prof graphics card(as in a quadro fx or the ati fireGl) and your cpu is an opteron or something like that, but if u dont have those things then yes u were ripped off big time..and performance wise im not sure a highend pc is far off with its capability to put highend graphics equilevent to the ps3..it will obviousley cost alot more then the pc3 but still a highend pc has its advantages

kingpimp101
kingpimp101

Hahaha. This hands-on for NFS has turned into the "flame the dumb s**t with too much money" topic. Game looks good. Sounds like they're following in Rockstars footsteps with the whole three car classes thing.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

I agree with them you spend way to much for your pc. My pc is about the same has your but cost me like at least $4000 cheaper then yours. I don't know the exact price of it since I build it myself and didn't buy all the pieces at the same time. Well anyways I'm getting the ps3 at launch and i have been plannign on getting at launch sicne its been revealed like I did for the first two playstations.

raynimrod
raynimrod

[quote]Good-- another game that proves the 360 is just as good graphically as the ps3.[/quote] What are you talking about? Multi platform games are going to look almost identical to eachother anway, they have to stick with the happy medium between the two consoles(unless they're specifically redesigned for that console). The first party exclusive games will prove which console has the best graphical power, which from what i've seen so far would be the PS3.

TheGamer4Life
TheGamer4Life

anthonym45 $7000 rofl what a moron I get a $1000 setup and I can play anygame at the highest settings and it looks great on my 19" monitor. (select an action below) ______________ Report Abuse To Moderator >>> Who would pay 7000 dollars for a freakin PC!

TheGamer4Life
TheGamer4Life

Good-- another game that proves the 360 is just as good graphically as the ps3.

azael93
azael93

the game is fantastic end da speed

locobarron
locobarron

wow, jetgodlike, one of those video cards retails at 399.00 and i would hope you didnt pay 1000$ for each one when you bought that thing. jetgodlike's pc = award for biggest douche bag in the world (and he bought it)

supergamer1289
supergamer1289

Man, getting rid of rumble to put in the motion sensor was so stupid. They think people are going to be excited by saying "YES!!! I can turn the controler to lean around corners." Lame!

anthonym45
anthonym45

$7000 rofl what a moron I get a $1000 setup and I can play anygame at the highest settings and it looks great on my 19" monitor.

Cunniceltic
Cunniceltic

Jetgodlike.............................................................................................................................................................................lmfao. Are you a retard?!?!? The chances of you having a pc package worth $9000 is the biggest load of bulls**t ive ever heard...........and if its true, you are a retard....................................................a very big one. Lmfao idiot

trigun123
trigun123

umm folks i hate to tell you, but DX10 isnt going to make games that much better looking on PC, and with a hard drive im sure you can get DX10 on the PS3 anyhow so unless you magically got yourself a 7 cored processor in your comp i dont think youre going to out perform the PS3 any time soon.... and who said that the PS3 has a 6600 in it? are you retarded? and i hope those few extra pixels and MHz were worth the $2000 you payed for your graphics cards you idiot....whod you buy them from you obviousely got ripped cause they dont go much higher than $700 a pop nowadays....oh but i guess youd know so much about games and PCs as i can see thats all you do, because anyone who types like that hasnt had time to attend a first grade english class....youre truly dedicated to being a jackass

AngelCage
AngelCage

Lol Jetgodlike, "WoW pc owns PS3 i have ATI X1900XTX Twin = 88PixelPiplines 1044MB graphicsmemery , 4GIG ram, 500GB harddrive PS3= ROFL geforce 6600GT= 24pixelpiplines 512MB graphicsmemery , 256mb ram = My pc is @ the most 5times better than the PS3 what have u got to say about that sony noobZ u cant say ps3 wins my pc lol 4ps3's could not win my pc. My graphics cards cost $2000 alone and my pc cost $7000. " --------------*--------------*--------------*--------------*-------------- Riiiiight. maybe with: "MY PC and MY GRAPHICS CARDS" you mean: "MY FATHER pc and MY FATHER Graphics Cards" .... i guess. You are trying to throw Crap at the PS3 ($600) with a $7000 machine... pretty smart from you. AND, having a $7000 PC for play Need for speed and other games is just one of the dumbest things ever read. Period. ON TOPIC: The game looks great on 360 and PS3. A must buy for whatever platform. Now: Another genius. LauZaIM Wait a few months for DX10 hardware and PS3 will look like crap..Sorry to burst your console bubble. --------------*--------------*--------------*--------------*-------------- Yeah, but only if you are brother of Jetgodlike or something like that :P.... $7000 for a Gamming-PC xD Plain Stupid

LauZaIM
LauZaIM

And I highly doubt if your pc's graphics are of better quality than the PS3. On-Topic, NFS:Carbon seems to be a pretty nice launch title, at least better than the previous one(s). But I think I'll prefer F1 06 Championship to this game For your information it's extremely likely that a PC can push out better graphics than a PS3. Wait a few months for DX10 hardware and PS3 will look like crap..Sorry to burst your console bubble.

ShadowMagelahs
ShadowMagelahs

i think i can get that gcard around $300, $600 max, ram, $500 max, i dunno, i wouldnt hav to spend more than $2000 on that, $1500, i can get a good deal, lolz, research n wait for sales.

dannyb1988
dannyb1988

Jetgodlike....where did u buy a pc for £7000?? coz if ur not lying about that then u got ripped off big time....tell me its pure gold with a platinum trim!

ShadowMagelahs
ShadowMagelahs

god, y cant the forums b more friendly?, i dont understand wat the guy underneath me is trying to say, is he saying his pc is better than the ps3 or worse. pricewise, id go for the ps3.

thaspraya
thaspraya

Lol Jetgodlike, "WoW pc owns PS3 i have ATI X1900XTX Twin = 88PixelPiplines 1044MB graphicsmemery , 4GIG ram, 500GB harddrive PS3= ROFL geforce 6600GT= 24pixelpiplines 512MB graphicsmemery , 256mb ram = My pc is @ the most 5times better than the PS3 what have u got to say about that sony noobZ u cant say ps3 wins my pc lol 4ps3's could not win my pc. My graphics cards cost $2000 alone and my pc cost $7000. " You forgot the: I'm trying to show off that I got no life, that I spend all my money on games, and that I don't have brains... And I highly doubt if your pc's graphics are of better quality than the PS3. On-Topic, NFS:Carbon seems to be a pretty nice launch title, at least better than the previous one(s). But I think I'll prefer F1 06 Championship to this game:) p.s. : How old are you?

-autopsy-
-autopsy-

JeTGoDLiKe if ur pc costs $7000 then u got ripped off big time u reatrd,, hahha ur bragin bout how much u got ripped off, wat a loser

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

team based racing still has me confused

Beesond
Beesond

Wow jetgodlike, does anyone care that you have a **** more money than most of us? no one cares, go try to impress people face to face, don't make yourself feel like a big man argueing with people you don't even know. You lose at life...

vader501st
vader501st

jetgodlike did anyone ask you something???

ch3rub
ch3rub

@JeTGoDLiKe don't make a fool of yourselve ;/ you have just proved you have no idea what you are talking about. comparing PS3 and PC is just nor possible - these are two absolutely different platforms, both with its strong and weak points and both for different buyer. PS3 - yeah great, but 6 months after release when there is more software and prices will go down a bit, then will seat just next to my PC / Xbox 360 ;)

NeoKyo05
NeoKyo05

jetgodlike is traded his fallace for his pc.

buildar
buildar

wow jetgodlike.... $7000... hmmm i think i'll pass and run something that produces awesome graphics for $600 and avoid spending an hour juggling and tweaking settings to get the most performance out of my setup. PCs are awesome but a $2000 video card... thats bragging rights not performance per dollar.

a_ratchet_fan
a_ratchet_fan

Wow, even I think Jetgodlike is sad. Gforce 6600... hmm, funny. Why would Sony have a card in the PS3 that was made when the PS3 was barely announced? Here's something to ponder: A 6600 can NOT run Oblivion at maximum settings at all. the PS3 can. the 6600 can not output high resolutions with demanding games. The PS3 can. 'nuff said.

Dwight389
Dwight389

how do you guys even lnow the pc version will have nextgen graphics, none of ea's other games have so far