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Description

Carve is a watercraft racing game, taking the player through many different environments and rough waters. The ultimate goal is to cross the finish line before the competition, but success depends on your ability to pull of stunts and take gambles as well. Featuring a simple trick system, success depends on correct timing of trick use to boost your speed. A buoy miss system allows you to bypass a limited number of buoys as well, adding in another strategic element.

Gameplay modes include quick race, tournament, trick tutorial and multiplayer via system link and Xbox Live.

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Carve Xbox Indigo Bay, night race
Carve Xbox Emerald Park, sunset race
Carve Xbox Ice Palace, day race

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Critic Reviews

GameCell UK 2004 8 out of 10 80
Xbox World Australia (XWA) Mar 01, 2004 72 out of 100 72
GameSpot Feb 27, 2004 6.6 out of 10 66
GameZone Mar 10, 2004 6.5 out of 10 65
GameSpy Mar 13, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) Apr 29, 2004 6 out of 10 60
MS Xbox World Apr 08, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Game Revolution Mar, 2004 C 50
The Video Game Critic Jul 16, 2008 C- 42
Factornews Apr 21, 2004 4 out of 10 40

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Development

This game started life in late 2000 when Microsoft commissioned Argonaut to make a jet ski racing title for its upcoming console, the Xbox. Somewhere along the line, around mid-2002, Microsoft's marketing team got cold feet about the project and the financial plug was pulled. Argonaut self-funded the project for a year before Take 2 (Global Star's parent company) picked it up for publishing. It was released in Europe and the US in early 2004.
Mike Betzel (27) added Carve (Xbox) on Mar 16, 2004