Another great release from the Need For Speed franchise which has its improvements and its downfalls.
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Although EA has decided to minimize the emphasis of cops in Carbon from Most Wanted, the innovations are plentiful. For instance the introduction of gang-play if you will. This team work approach to each race has some great points to be made. It means that you no longer have to be alone in your races, and gives you some opportunity to come back even if you are a lap behind. The three types of wingmen you can have working with you in races are: Scouts who find all the plentiful shortcuts in the races; the blockers (quite obviously) block your opponents from over taking you or take them out to put you in front; and finally drafters let you draft behind them to gain speed before getting a huge boost when you jump out of their draft. The downside is that your wingmen don't follow you around after races as they would in real life.
The story-line is a bit confusing by the end and the bosses aren't all as threatening as they could've been, however the use of actors in CG environments for the cut-scenes like in Most Wanted is a continuation of a great concept. Also the mountain duels are great with a more threatening consequence for losing control of you car. Again the chance to win the bosses' cars when you beat them is a great chance to not have to spend all your money in one place to improve your crappy stock car, instead you can save it up and do-up a better car later on.
Finally the soundtrack of Carbon compared to Most Wanted is terrible with a ton of 'Techno/Electric' tracks, some Hip/Hop crap and only a few Rock songs. Personally the Most Wanted soundtrack was much more fun to drive around the city with. The car chases which do have some decent music have not been used as well as in Most Wanted and are never as intense and exciting.
Overall the newest Need for Speed release is a disappointment as the potential was not utilized as it was in Most Wanted. However still a decent driving game.