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If you are a racing game fan who has an Intel Mac with dedicated graphics, then you should definitely buy this game. NFS: Carbon offers a fun story, deep gameplay, bumper-to-bumper full car customization, and Mac vs. PC multiplayer all wrapped up in a graphically delicious package with good sound. Finally, the amazingly successful NFS franchise has come to the Mac. Enjoy.
If you have a high-end Mac and a good controller, you’ll have a fast and furious good time with Need for Speed Carbon.
Need for Speed: Carbon is a welcome new addition to the Mac fold, and one of EA’s most playable and fun titles of its new crop of Mac games.
It has decent enough racing to sell to racing fans, but enough variety to appeal to those of us who bore quickly of driving in circles. Forgoing realism for arcade style controls doesn't hurt, either. The story, although kind of dorky and acted out by dorky looking actors (not their fault, though, it's just they way they're presented), seems oddly appropriate for the game. Unfortunately, the extreme difficulty of the later levels may turn off many players, but at least we won't have to worry about these players taking out their frustrations on the highway late at night.
Overall, the game is a lot of fun. The races are quick and frantic, and the endless customization adds a serious level of refinement to a player’s driving style. I was disappointed with its poor performance on my relatively new machine and the input-related bugs.