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NFS C: Online Features Saturday, 30.09.2006
NFS CarbonElectronic Arts finally published some infos about the onlinemode of Need for Speed Carbon over the onlinemagazine IGN:

Can you give us a quick synopsis of what direction you are taking online features this year? What is the biggest difference between this year and last year?
Carbon's online feature set is much broader and deeper than anything we've done before on a Need for Speed game. For Most Wanted last year we had 3 online multiplayer modes. This year we've added to that and included a great deal more .

In or out of the main career all of our race modes can be played online. There are 4 game modes that you can compete in online multiplayer racing: Circuit, Sprint, Speedtrap and Canyon Duel. Those races that aren't multiplayer will track your best times and scores on the Online Leaderboards.

We are tracking and displaying your statistics for every race, track, game mode and free roam event you participate in during the game. We've added Online Co-operative Challenge Series events where you can race with up to 3 friends in any of 4 challenges and complete the Challenge together.

What can you tell us about the new race modes?
We also have two, very cool, online exclusive multiplayer modes that I can't wait to talk about. But, we'll have to save those for next time.

How are you taking advantage of leader boards this year?
Every track and race mode has its own leaderboard that reflects both multiplayer and single player results. If you are connected to online while playing, your best results are being recorded to the boards. Better yet, we filter the results to show you how you rank against all of your friends on each board.

What is Shadow Mode?
We've built Need for Speed's first Shadow mode. You can record your own shadow on any ranked track and if you play online, you can download the current leader's Shadow for a specific track and race mode. If you can do better, your Shadow takes over the top spot for others to try to beat.

We heard there was a photo mode? What is that?
We have developed a Photo Mode this year. You can take a photo of your car in either the pause menu of a solo race, or the front end and upload it to NeedforSpeed.com for you and your friends to share. Each photo includes detailed data on your car including your modifications, visual upgrades and car statistics

What are virus achievements?
There are four special unlocks you can earn this year by playing others online. Three of the unlocks are earned by playing an "infected" player in specific multiplayer modes. Once you've played together, you are now infected, gain the unlock, and can infect others by playing with them in that mode. If you can contract all three viruses you'll earn an additional piece of content for the achievement.



Additionally you can download an Online Commentary Video on IGN's website:

» NFS C: Online Features @ IGN
» NFS C: Online Commentary Video @ IGN
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NFS C: Gamespot Hands-On Thursday, 28.09.2006
NFS CarbonThe onlinemagazine Gamespot was at the X06 event and played Need for Speed Carbon on the Xbox360. Certainly they wrote a Hands-On article and also published a video of the game.

Excerpt:
After claiming victory in the single race, it was time to take on the career mode. As in the previous game, Carbon's career mode is made up of a slew of different challenges which dot the map along a number of different sections of town. You can choose to enter these challenges either by accessing them on your map or, also like Most Wanted, exploring the world in free roam mode and running into them while you drive around. Of the various challenges we saw noted on the map, some were familiar standbys, such as checkpoint, circuit, sprint, speedtrap, and boss race, and some were new, including drift challenges and something called "race wars." No, this isn't an Ice-T song, it's a new challenge mode found in Carbon which basically pits you against a rival crew. Presumably, this is one area in the game where the Carbon's team-oriented approach comes in to play, as you recruit a team of talented wingmen to help you take over territory from rival street racers. After we took the crown in the race war we ran, we were treated to a nice in-game cut scene, where a female rival drove up to us and advised us to, "go back where we came from." The bad news is that the cut scene drops the cheesy-yet-compelling visual style and hammy acting from Most Wanted. We miss Josie Maran already.

» NFS Carbon Hands-On @ Gamespot
» NFS Carbon Movie @ Gamespot
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NFS C: 4 new Xbox360 Screenshots Thursday, 28.09.2006
NFS CarbonIn the course of the X06 event in Barcelona Electronic Arts published four new screenshots of the Xbox360 version of Need for Speed Carbon. These pictures are showing a Nissan 350Z, Mazda RX-7, Porsche Carrera GT and a Audi R8.

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Speculations about the carlist can be made in our discussion boards.

» NFS C: Screenshots
» NFS C: Official Carlist
» NFS C: Unofficial Carlist (Forum)
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NFS C: Wii Version available on Launch Day Thursday, 28.09.2006
NFS CarbonElectronic Arts today announced that Need for Speed Carbon will be released together with Madden NFL 07 on the launch day of Nintendo's console Wii on November 19th.
How the controls at the innovative console will work exactly is still not known yet.

The battle starts on the streets of Palmont city, but is won in the canyons as Need for Speed(TM) Carbon immerses you in the world's most dangerous and adrenaline-filled forms of street racing. Need for Speed(TM) Carbon and the Wii introduce the world to a whole new way to play Need for Speed. Offering the classic Need for Speed controls and immersive gameplay experience, with the addition of the Wii's unique Remote style controller scheme takes Need for Speed(TM) Carbon gameplay to levels previously not possible. A simple yet intuitive control scheme using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, the player will instantly recognize and feel the physics differences between the 50 plus Muscle, Exotic, and Tuner cars, as they use their crew to win Canyon races, customize their cars using Autosculpt(TM), and battle to take control of the streets of Palmont.

» Need for Speed Carbon (Xbox) bei Amazon vorbestellen
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NFS C: New Screenshots Wednesday, 27.09.2006
melody.Electronic Arts today announced the upcoming titles for fall 2006 and - as expected - Need for Speed Carbon is included.

In the course of this event EA published some screenshots of the game, but most of them were already in our picture gallery before.

55DSLAdditionally EA published two pictures of 'melody.', a female japanese pop singer which is included in the Soundtrack of Need for Speed Carbon. There is a "real" picture of her and a 55DSL promo picture.



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NFS C: 2 new Movies Tuesday, 26.09.2006
NFS CarbonWe have two new movies of Need for Speed Carbon for you: The first one is available in a very good quality (100 MB) and shows in 1:40 minutes - like the last time - a drift race. But this time it's not in the canyons but on a closed track.


NFS CarbonThe second movie is a trailer of the PSP-Version, which is a little bit smaller (37 MB, 1:29) and kept in comic-style.

Both movies are worth seeing; download here:

» NFS C: Movies
» Preorder Need for Speed Carbon at Amazon.com
» Preorder Need for Speed Carbon at Amazon.co.uk
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NFS C: System Requirements Monday, 25.09.2006
NFS CarbonElectronic Arts published the system requirements of Need for Speed Carbon. You can check here if the game runs on your PC:

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
OS - Windows 2000/XP
Processor: 1.7 GHz or faster
Memory: 512 MB RAM
Hard Drive: 4.7 GB
DVD Drive - 8 SPEED
Video Card: 64 MB*
Sound Card - DirectX 9.0c compatible
DirectX - Version 9.0c
Online Multiplayer: 512 Kbps or faster; 2-8 Players
Input - Keyboard, Mouse
Optional: USB Steering Wheel / Dual Analogue Gamepad

*Supported chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti-4200 or greater (GeForce MX series not supported); ATI Radeon 8500 or greater. Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. DirectX 9.0c is included on this disc and may require the latest drivers for your video and sound card. Notice: This game contains technology intended to prevent copying that may conflict with some DVD-ROM, DVD-RW and virtual drives.


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NFS C: New PSP Screenshots Sunday, 24.09.2006
NFS CarbonWe have some new screenshots of Need for Speed Carbon for the Playstation Portable (PSP).

You can find the pictures in our screenshots-section:

» NFS C: Screenshots
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NFSMW: Create your own Decals Thursday, 21.09.2006
NFS MWTuokool wrote a tutorial how to create and install your own decals for Need for Speed Most Wanted. It shows how to use anything from plain white to coloured photos for your decals.

Now you can add your favourite brands, your clan names, your nicknames, your favorite racer's decals etc...
You can download the guide here:

» NFSMW: Tutorials
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NFS C: Drift Video Thursday, 21.09.2006
NFSC Drift VideoThe onlinemagazine Worthplaying published a new movie of Need for Speed Carbon which shows you on 1:50 the driftmode in the game.

You can download the movie from Worthplaying (XVid - 60MB) or from us (DivX - 30MB):

» NFS C: Movies
» Download Movie @ Worthplaying<br>
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