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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.


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

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Gaming Target Mar 25, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Chronicles Mar 12, 2004 7.1 out of 10 71
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
games xtreme May 20, 2004 6 out of 10 60 (UK) Apr 29, 2004 6 out of 10 60
IGN Mar 04, 2004 5.5 out of 10 55 Mar 23, 2004 10 out of 20 50
The Video Game Critic Jul 16, 2008 C- 42


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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 (39) added Carve (Xbox) on Mar 16, 2004