I am going back into writing everyone some reviews on the Xbox 360 Games I play. So if you would like to, suggest games that you would like me to bring a review of.
I bought this game in hopes of something that would be even better than Need for Speed: Most Wanted (which I absolutely loved). However I was kind of disappointed when I started racing and discovered how easy the game's single player career was. You start off choosing between 3 cars (Muscle, Exotic, Tuner) all of which are pretty easy cars to use especially when you are racing. Depending on the car you choose is the territory you start racing in.
Now if I was going to compare this to NFS MW, which I will, I am going to say that I remember Most Wanted's races being a lot harder and took a lot more skill to finish. In Carbon you would have to be driving backwards to lose a race. Even the boss races were a joke. With each boss you would go into a regular city race where you could easily finish with a split time of at least 10 seconds and then go into the Canyon Duel, where if you have a good start you can pass the boss up and literally finish the race in 30 seconds. I think the only really hard race (and I use the term "really hard" lightly) was the last race where you are up against the Audi Quattro.
Another thing that was a lot harder in Most Wanted were the Challenge Series races which I still have not beaten in the first one. In Carbon I think I spent maybe an hour on each level of challenges (Bronze, Silver, Gold). EA really seemed to tone the game down way too much.
Online however is a lot of fun and I think the only reason I still own the game. The newly added gametypes pursuit tag and canyon duels are a lot of fun if you get matched up with some actually good players (which is also a little hard to find, not to trash talk the community). It is also nice to be able to download cars on the Marketplace. Thanks to the online I will probably not get rid of the game until the next Need for Speed installment comes out.
Customization of the cars is also very very nice. You can do practically anything you want to them.
Crews are cool to use but in my personal opinion not something you really need in the game
If you love racing online, buy this game
If you love getting some easy achievements, get this game
If you only play for the Career or Challenge Series, I would advise against buy this game