Need For Speed Carbon Walkthrough

Need For Speed Carbon Walkthrough

Here’s my video walkthrough for Need For Speed Carbon, I had a lot of fun making this.

New Game +
(skip this section if you’re not looking for the Career Mogul reward card or skipped cutscenes)

Finale + Bonus Cars

Car Guide

Starter cars:
Mazda RX8

Out of all of the starter cars, this is the most reliable choice, you will get through pretty much every race in your first territorry with minimal effort driving this, don’t waste your time upgrading it though, it will only waste money keep it stock, you won’t even need nitrous to win. It can even hold it’s own against Kenji. Afterwards you’ll probably replace it with the arguably better RX7 should you manage to aquire it that is. If not then

Alfa Brera

As much as i dislike this car IRL it’s actually pretty efficient. If you’re going for the $1,000,000 reward card be sure to pick this as not only is it worth more selling it but it will last you until Silverton… i’m serious. That being said, the Alfa is far from perfect and is a bit more difficult to drive than the mazda but as far as speed is concerned, this is better in every way. If you consider yourself any good at racing games, take this for a spin.

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Not the best muscle car of the bunch, if you pick this you’re probably going for the Dodge Charger r/t from the boss and grabbing Samson for some extra cash, it’s a viable choice for the $1,000,000 reward card for this reason but i find the Alfa route is easier.

Tier 1:
Mazda 3 MPC

About on par with the Brera in Accelleration, not much else to it really, it’s handling isn’t particularly great for a tuner. I honestly don’t see why you would buy this as the RX8 can handle the first territory, only get it if you find yourself in the Camaro and suck with it.

Chrysler 300C SRT8

This car is purely for masochists, horrible to drive and clocks around the same speed at the Brera… possibly less, it may look flashy when painted silver but don’t be fooled by the shittiness of this car.

Mercades Benz CLK 500

A common trend with Mercades in this game is that they feel very similar to muscles but with a bit more horsepower and better handling. As such this car is great for those who want a bit of both. It’s ultimately what the 300C should have been. Sadly this car is a bit expencive like most exotics and will set you back about 45k so you may question yourself if it’s really worth the purchase.

Tier 2:
Mitsubishi Eclipse GT

Very slow but easy to handle. If you’re playing a new game + you might consider it as it handles well in canyons but you may as well save up for the 350Z as it has more longevity.

Volkswagen Golf R32

Fairly decent tuner, great for early drift events, not a bad price. If you absolutely insist on driving tuners and can’t afford an RX7, this is a good step-up from the RX8. Keep it stock as long as you can for maximum efficiency. I recommend tackling Wolf first if you choose this car.

Renault Clio v6

The drift prince, this car is the best choice for early drifts imo and is fairly decent in racing though the Golf is better imo since it can keep up with the exotics. If you choose to tackle the drift events early, Overall I’d skip this as the Golf is more versatile.

Mazda RX7

This car can hold it’s own in Tier 3 but will only last a few races before it becomes outclassed, still if you want to be economical, just grab it from Kenji, there’s no reason not to. If you miss it, it’s no big deal but you might want to consider upgrading your current car instead of purchasing this.

Vauxhall Monaro VXR

Finally a decent Muscle car, if you’re going the muscle route and didn’t get Angies car, grab this instead, it isn’t half as efficient but still a great choice nonetheless and handles pretty well for a muscle car.

Ford Mustang GT

I hate driving this, it’s about as fast as the monaro but handles much worse, still better than the Chrysler 300C. Put it this way, if you enjoyed driving the Chrysler for whatever reason, you’ll probably like this car too. I’d still reccommend the Monaro over this though any day as this car is 5k more and has worse handling.

Dodge Charger SRT8

Like the Gallardo is to the Murcielago, the SRT 8 is to the R/T. It handles pretty well and has some reasonable speed, some might choose this over the charger for its handling alone but the R.T has more longevity as it is faster and as such can hold it’s own against the tier 3 cars.

Dodge Charger R/T

Arguably the best Tier 2 car, this car can thrash anything in Tier 3 besides the Audi, most economical choice. Be sure to get it from Angie if you can. The handling of this car might not be easy to handle for newcommers but it will last you for Tier 2 at least. At Tier 3, this car requires a bit of skill behind the wheel to come out on top.

Lotus Elise

Mediocre car, average handling, average accelleration and isn’t all that great in the speed department, If you’re driving the Brera, skip this.

Porsche Cayman S

A decent tier 2 exotic. An improvement over the Lotus nontheless. No thrills car, gets the job done though. If you’re going for a tier 2 exotic, this is arguably your best option (unless  you have the ps2 collectors edition in which case, get the Jaguar), still i’d rather stick with the Brera to be economical. It’s handling is a double edged sword. On one hand, it handles pretty smoothly round bends. On the other hand it’s understeer makes it unfit for canyon races. Still if you’re going to pick an exotic, this is probably your best option.

Aston Martin DB9

Horrible, especially when stock, if you get this you’ll need to invest a bit into upgrades. Wolfs car is fairly decent, not essential to get though. I wouldn’t waste time trying to get it if you miss it first time. Personally I find this car to be inferior to both the Lotus and the Porsche simply due to having the worst launch of all the tier 2 cars. If you like being left in the dust, this is the car for you.

Mercades Benz SL65 AMG

Like the Porsche but better in every way, it’s a decent car which feels like a muscle but isn’t. Though why would you buy this car when it’s the same price as the Skyline? Complete and utter rip off.

Tier 3:
Nissan 350Z

The Drift King, it’s small frame and average speed make it the perfect car for sliding around in drifts, you won’t find better than this trust me. Get it if you’re having trouble with drifts and watch it whirl. In addition, this car can be handy to have in a new game + should you choose to restart the career after getting your car imponded as it can be picked up for a measly 70k, you can get that in the first territorry easy before racing any of the bosses. Be sure to upgrade it ASAP as it will always be useful. Just don’t upgrade the speed too much… unless you’re gonna use it for racing.

Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Love this car, great for noobs and fairly decent drifter. A good all round car, be sure to grab it if you want maximum efficiency. It’s steering is extremely sensitive, that being said, there isn’t a tight spot this car can’t get out of. Give it some upgrades though and you have quite possibly the best car in the game for fast cornering. I reccommend tuning it though, depending on what you want you may want to put grip/drift tyres on this car, I don’t recommend normal tyres.

Toyota Supra

Many swear by this car, it’s good for those who want to start Tier 3 with a fast car and want to save the Neon Mile and canyons for last and is a rather nifty drifter. However I personally don’t recommend it. The Subaru is cheaper and handles better IMO. The Supra is an acquired taste as it has a lot of oversteer, some people like it for that alone. Personally the Subaru is just better. I only recommend this car to people who want a bit more oversteer.

Mitsubishi Evolution IX MR Edition

Talk about being generic in it’s appearance, nevertheless this is the ultimate Tuner, it’s speed stat can make it handy for races vs exotics and muscles, I personally prefer the Skyline though. Noobs should pick this up ASAP. Personally I find this car way too generic for my tastes

Nissan Skyline GTR

Why would you pick this over the EVO? Well you’ll have the money for it. Plus it looks cooler IMO, just sayin. It’s only downside is it’s size. It’s just not compact enough for drift events and a little too fast. Plus it’s a lot more difficult to customize visually. I never seem to make a good looking Skyline but still, this is the car you want to grab if you want to finish the game with style.

Shelby GT 500

Waste of money, why would you want this piece of trash when you have the Dodge Charger R/T? There really isn’t much differrence between the two (though the Dodge appears slightly better imo). If for some reason you’re broke and need a muscle car, i suppose you can get this as it is the cheapest, still i strongly reccommend otherwise as it drives like a goat on ice skates.

Plymouth Hemi Cuda

10k more for better, seriously this car is years better than the Shelby, it has fairly decent handling and great top speed. This car can last you for the rest of the game… with a little patience.

Dodge Challenger

Puts the Shelby to shame for only 20k more, not much else to say here. It can even give Darrius a run for his money Still the Viper is only 10k more, why would you pick this over the Viper? The Viper is just simply better, this car comes damn close though.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

This car is driven by the cops and for a good reason, it’s fast, damn fast and if you’re racing against one, you’ll have a tough time. As a car, it’s one of the best there is though it’s slightly harder to handle than other cars, it makes up for it with it’s amazing speed stats, this car would be a must have if it wasn’t for the…

Dodge Viper SRT10

The god of the racetrack, seriously this car will embarass the AI so bad that every race feels like a time trial. The Dodge Viper is an interesting car as it has the tendancy to flip over itself a lot when cornering (it sometimes even does a barrel roll) but it’s arguably the most fun car in the game to drive IMO and quite possibly the best car in career. It’s acceleration stat even thwarts the almighty Audi Le Mans Quattro. With my settings i clocked an average of around 168 mph on this and is the only tier 3 car i ever managed to reach it’s max speed from what i’ve driven. The price is significantly lower than the Corvette making this a better choice IMO. It’s possible to beat Darrius in the canyon by overtaking him in this car on the first corner. If you’re looking for a car that’s fast and hard or are a risk taker who wants to put all of his chips on the line, you can’t do much better than this. My favourie car in the game.

Lamborghini Gallardo

And here we get to the pricey ones… Nice entry-level Exotic car, not the best obviously but it’s still worth investing in upgrades should you pick it. If you’re driving exotics you’re likely not going to be economical but if you can’t handle the muscles and want a bit more speed than the tuners, this is the car for you.

Ford GT

Woah holy cow, this car looks and feels like a muscle car on steroids… only that it’s slow as fuck and is outclassed by the more expensive options. If you’re not willing to spend the extra 40k, go with the Gallardo as it’s not worth the additional 25k imo.

Lamborghini Murcielago

A great all round car, not the best at cornering but it makes up for it with it’s more balanced stats, arguably superior to the Ford GT in every way and she’s a looker. I used it as my main car through the career and it’s excellent at speedtraps and street races, canyons… not so much. If you’re going for the speedtrap reward cards, grab this. My second favourite car next to the Viper.

Porsche Carrera GT

Overpriced garbage, a shadow of what it was back in Most Wanted, don’t buy this as you’re wasting your money, get the Gallardo instead as this piece of junk is a waste of your money.

Mercades Benz SLR McLaren

A hybrid of Muscle and Exotic, by all means pick this over the Porsche, it’s very pricey though so you might want to opt for a more cheaper option if you’re going for the big bucks reward card. Still, if money’s no object, you should get this car, there’s literally nothing it can’t do, I even overtook Darrius in this, no joke. I personally find the Murcielago to be far more useful in the streets though with it’s superior handling as the SLR seems to struggle to get higher than 149mph on the roads which is a shame. On the canyons however it’s probably the most flexible option besides the Audi… but would you really pick this over the Viper? My third favourite car and a great alternative to the Murcielago.

Reward cars:

Audi Le Mans Quattro

The best car in the game, nuff sed. Handles so smooth it feels like a tuner yet it accelerates to ridiculously high speeds. They say it’s supposed to be an exotic, i still think it’s a tuner, it feels like one at least.

BMW M3 GTR

Literally the complete opposite of what it was in Most Wanted. This car is actually good this time, it has the best handling in the game (oh the irony) yet it drives about as fast as an SLR Mclaren. it can even hold it’s own against the Audi, though the Audi is a lot faster. This car is easier to handle though. I don’t know how you can have better handling than this. In fact, unless you’re a complete and utter idiot or are racing against an Audi, it’s impossible to lose in this car. That’s just how good this car is.

Firetruck

This is the vehicle you fool your friend into driving in split screen. it handles terrible but is great for blocking off thin roads when your friend is going fast for some good ol’ fun. I challenge everyone to get the drift king reward card with this.

Police Civic

Wow… just look at those stats, well i’ll be, the cops must be really stupid to be driving this bad boy so badly. This thing is surprisingly quite fast and can hold it’s own against tier 3, yet in a level 1 pursuit, they’re easily outrun even by tuners at tier 3. Its handling is pretty odd though.

Police Rhino

At first you think this car (well suv) is a joke but when you drive it, you realize you’ve been fooled. This is an excellent vehicle. Still no match for the…

Police Interceptor

Ahh the bane of every street racers existance, now you can bring it to the race and school those racer kids, show em how professionals drive. Basically a customized Corvette which barely loses to a fully upgraded Viper… just barely, that’s just how fast heat level 5 cops are.

Cross’ Corvette Z06

Hang on… this car is… stock? This guy was once chief of police, how the hell can his car be outclassed by the interceptor? And why the lack of NOS? You’re not a cop no more, you’re a bounty hunter, by taking the law in your own hands (and driving with a corvette engine) you’re essentially BREAKING THE LAW. So why wouldn’t you have NOS? Pretty dissappointing really.

Mitsubishi Eclipse 1999

This car is pretty fun to drive, in fact it’s tied with the BMW M3 GTR for the best handling in the game. Great car for players who are new to the game.

Chevrolet Chevelle SS

Drives very similarly to the Shelby. Slow and clumsy. At least it looks nice i suppose. Comes in red and blue colours, red being the best imo.

Murcielago LP 640

Pretty smooth handling, can hold it’s own against the BMW and the Audi. It’s a car for expert racers as it can hold it’s own against the better cars… but it requires some skill behind the wheel to master it, great choice for playing against friends who are new to the game.

Dumptruck

Like the fire truck but slightly faster and a lot shorter, firetruck is more fun IMO though this is harder to unlock.

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Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin Not what we wanted but meh…

So in the meantime, whilst Shuichi Kobayashi is waiting for the right moment to put his pitch forward for Valkyrie Profile 3, Square-Enix have other plans and it’s speculated that those plans could end up taking a nose dive into the wonderful world of mobile gaming. Thank god that this isn’t a Valkyrie Profile game or I’d be worried… oh wait it has the same logo as Valkyrie Profile, holy shit!!!

Yes something is going on about Valkyrie Profile and it’s not particularly anything exciting but it could lead somewhere. Valkyrie Anatomia could be something connected to tri-Ace’s overlords, Nepro Japan who are known quite well for being a mobile company. It would seem that this is the result of their takeover. I’m not complaining however because I know that a new Valkyrie Profile game can still happen and as for this psuedo Valkyrie Profile game… well I’m probably not going to try it if it’s mobile because I don’t even own a smartphone hahahahaha.

However, one thing does kinda bother me about this. This could be Square-Enix’s way of testing the waters. With Kobayashi having spilled the beans about plans for Valkyrie Profile 3 on his PC, Square-Enix probably looked into it and Yamagishi worked with Nepro (who own tri-Ace) to make a tester for Square-Enix to see the sales numbers so that they can find out just how strong the Valkyrie Profile brand is today… or should I say Valkyrie Anatomia which is a completely new branding apparently. With a company like Nepro Japan  having bought tri-Ace it doesn’t surprise me that we’re seeing more mobile games. However what worries me the most is that this is a tester, they’re testing the waters to see how many people are attracted to the series’ brand name and by looking at Square-Enix’s track record their motto seems to be “Brand names sell games” so if this mobile game fails… it could prove detrimental to the future of the Valkyrie Profile series. This is worrying.

Man if only Square-Enix weren’t so fucking stupid, things would be so simple… but they’re not. However they may surprise us and make it into a fully fledged game. Perhaps this game has been planned for a while. Perhaps this is Yamagishi’s way of telling Kobayashi to GTFO the Valkyrie Profile series or maybe a reminder that he is still alive and still wants to work with tri-Ace again… or Nepro. I don’t fucking know anymore!!!

Here’s a link to the teaser: http://www.valkyrieanatomia.com/

Anyone getting Exist Archive vibes from this?

Oh and another note. People, please stop all this Star Ocean 5 censorship controversy. I don’t want one of my favorite series to be labeled with such a thing just because of one silly alteration. I also recognized that there has been a lot of disatisfaction on GameFAQ’s about Star Ocean 5. I can’t help but worry about it, however this is GameFAQ’s we are talking about, those guys will complain about anything. I’ll be the judge of whether or not Star Ocean 5 is good or not. Hopefully the game should be in my hands in 5 days. I had delivery trouble so it’s a bit late. That’s what you get when you order off Ebay >.<