Need For Speed Carbon PC Demo Now Available

Electronic Arts has finally released the playable demo for the PC version of Need for Speed Carbon, the next game in the long running Need for Speed franchise that will be released to retail on November 1st. The demo clocks in at a medium sized 650 megs and offers playtime on a circuit and drift track which if you win in both will unlock the Canyon Duel against Kenji. You can choose from 3 cars, and you will have access to the much talked about autosculpting feature which will allow you to morph your car into pretty much whatever you want.
 
Here are some of the features EA is touting for the full game:
  • Survive the Canyon: Leave the streets to battle rival bosses in the canyons outside the urban center. All-new Canyon Duel and Drift race modes are the ultimate test of skill and nerve, where one wrong turn could cost you more than the race.
  • The City Is Yours for the Taking: Race for control of the city block-by-block by taking down rival crews on their turf, then defeat their crew leaders in life-or-death races in Carbon Canyon.
  • Customize Your Dream Car: The revolutionary new Autosculpt™ car customization tool gives you the power to design and morph your car in every way imaginable.
  • Represent a Class: Affiliate with the Tuner, American Muscle, or Exotic car classes and prove once and for all who makes the best set of wheels. A new physics model makes each car handle and drive differently.
  • Build Your Crew: Strategically choose your crew members and use their skills on the road and in your garage to help you win races and customize your cars. Designate any member of your crew as a wingman and trigger his special skill to knock out your rivals.
  • Over 50 Real-World Licensed Cars: Every car is tuneable so you can customize their look and performance to suit your crew.
I have not installed the demo yet, but I do look forward to playing it as I do enjoy the NFS games still. Though I found the PC version of Most Wanted to be lacking something from the previous games in the series. Now where is my damned sequel to Need for Speed Porsche Unleashed?!
 

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so can I hear a positive comment about this demo? cuz from a quick read all i can read is either the it sucks or it's not complete or it looks like beta, etc...

The demo seems incomplete. But that was also said about the Most Wanted demo, so it's best not to judge the game solely on it's demo version.

i tried the 360 demo and totally suck at drifting. does anyone know if drifting is a mandatory part of the game as it appears to be in the demo?

Meh...I've developed such a strong dislike towards EA Games and especially the NFS franchise. NFS2:Underground was so very disappointing. If they are going to start selling ad space in their games then they should be giving them away. The rate they crank these games out makes me wonder if there is any quality control before release. From experience, probably not.

EA does a little better on the consoles then on the PC, but not much.

It really is too bad that this demo seems like it was pulled from a beta or something. I waited all day for the demo to finish downloading and when I installed the first go at it crashed my system. Rebooted. Altered the graphics and reduced the quality and it still crashed. Rebooted again. Got rid of my antivirus, firewall, disabled my wifi and shut down WindowBlinds 5. Success! It finally worked.

The sad thing is that I know my notebook can handle it as I was just doing up some BattleFront II and Toca a day before.

The whole tweaking out your ride is a joke (probably better on a console). Cool concept for the game but it follows in that utterly disappointing and sickening Tokyo Drift flick ( yeah I said it ).

Was pumped to get it for the pc but I think I'll wait for the Wii version of this. Until then, make mine Toca!

Yeah, too bad Toca can get boring after a few hours of play. It's too realistic to actually be enjoyable. :P It's got great physics, and shows how life is as a automotive racer, but other than that, it's kinda boring. Then again, this is what I think about the game.

Looks awesome. Framerates like a dog on 1280x768 6800gt, amd64 with details on max. Sigh can't afford to keep up with PC hardware. Will have to wait for PS3 version.

yep another trash game from EA .. still got buggy code for dual core cpu's that bug where you have to limit the game to 1 cpu core, otherwise the game fps was up/down really fast.

No, it doesn't work with ATI either. It just plain doesn't work. Then again, it doesn't sound like we're missing out on too much. I'll pass on this game. I was really looking forward to it too. It's a shame.

Go to where you installed the game (should be C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\Need for Speed Carbon Demo) and rename the MOVIES folder. The game will work fine after that.

didn't like this game at all sure its a demo but it was far too buggy for my liking , don't see how there going fix it before it comes out on the 1st , think i will save my money for something else

um... yeah. about time really. remember when pc gamers got the demo first?

anyhoo, so does this demo even hint at native support for Xbox 360 controllers?

yes the 360 controller works and the game and controller runs great in Vista RC2 on a Gateway MX6710 (Core Duo, ATI X1400 128MB ram, 1GB)

> worst game ever. not worth the money and definatelly not worth the waiting. k, next NFS series, please.

Care to elaborate, or are we just supposed to take your word as gospel?

Quote - Escalade_GT said @ #3.2
youre a douchebag. Did you even play the demo?

Of course not. If I did, I wouldn't be asking for additional feedback before deciding whether it's worth my time to download.

What are you, 7?

Quote - _dandy_ said @ #3.4
Of course not. If I did, I wouldn't be asking for additional feedback before deciding whether it's worth my time to download.

What are you, 7?

You idiot, he's speaking to the same person you replied to. :S

The demo doesn't feel complete at all. Then again, the MW demo was also the same, but I enjoyed the full game nonetheless. I don't think they spent enough time fixing up the demo compared to the game. It's possibly a crappy port from the X360 version.

That and the PSP version is surprisingly pretty good.

Come on Fubar, you know full well 2142 doesn't have adware by now. It's simply a targeted ad system that tracks you by IP, nothing more.

I have yet to see one single ad in the game yet, and I've played it a good 35 hours by now.

Quote - LOC said @ #2.1
Come on Fubar, you know full well 2142 doesn't have adware by now. It's simply a targeted ad system that tracks you by IP, nothing more.

I have yet to see one single ad in the game yet, and I've played it a good 35 hours by now.

thats what i ment heh downloading it anyway gonna give it a go lol

I fixed the Gamershell link, I forgot to change it before posting since I saw the link error before as well. And the demo exe on my desktop is 650.49 mb.

Quote - LOC said @ #1.1
I fixed the Gamershell link, I forgot to change it before posting since I saw the link error before as well. And the demo exe on my desktop is 650.49 mb.

650.49Mb is correct - It's on my tracker as that filesize.