Though the graphics look better than ever, Need for Speed Carbon seems like a throwback to the early days of the series, when we spent most of our time outracing cops in the desert. The racing action is as fast and furious as ever, and this edition incorporates both city and canyon racing for a variety of thrills and spills. The download is large and the installation lengthy, but the provided content offers an excellent trial of the full version. Customize one of three cars–Chevy Camaro SS, Lamborghini Gallardo, or Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX, in Muscle, Tuner, and Exotic classes, respectively–with the AutoSculpt feature, then take to the city streets with two races to claim territories as your own and unlock a two-car duel along the canyon.
OS: Windows XP SP2 (32-bit edition only)
CPU: 1.4 GHz or faster
Ram: 256 MB or more
Hard Drive: 6 GB or more free space to download and install
Video: DirectX 9.0c compatible*
Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible