Complete Need For Speed Carbon Guide - EA Moderators, Reward Cards and Achievements

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Need For Speed Carbon Complete Guide

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Racing Styles and Types

 

Introduction …

 Welcome racers … to Palmont City. Up until now you have been racing on level ground … but now … get ready for a new style of racing … that offers that extra level of racing, style and speed … get ready to hit the streets and canyons of Palmont City as you enter this Complete Guide for Need For Speed Carbon.

Racing Styles

 There are 14 different styles and types of race in Palmont City. They vary in difficulty, technique and length … here is a list of the race types available to you in this game.

 Circuit – Lap based racing. Eight racers drive around a set course for x amount of laps.

 Sprint – Point to point racing. Eight racers speed through the streets to get from the start to the finish in as little time as possible.

 Drift – Utilise the ultimate combination of handbrake, speed and turning to get your car sideways as you slide around the track. Getting the highest possible speeds and getting your car into the biggest slide possible for the longest time possible is what all drifters aim to achieve.

 Speedtrap – Similar to Sprint racing … except this time your ultimate goal is to get the highest speed possible as you pass by each speed camera (speedtrap). The highest overall average speed wins. Be careful … once the first racer crosses the line, points are deducted ever moment or so from the drivers still on the track.

 Checkpoint – Similar to Sprint … except this time you must get past each tollbooth in time. As you pass each one you receive extra time to reach the next. It is essential that you do not miss one.

 Canyon Sprint – Race down the side of a canyon against four other racers in an all out duel to the finish. In Canyon Sprint there are boundaries so falling off is not an issue.

 Canyon Checkpoint – Race down the side of a canyon against the clock to pass each tollbooth on time.

 Canyon Drift – Forget the track … this style of race requires ultimate handling and precision driving. Just like track based drift except this time … you race down the canyon as you try to hit the highest speeds while keeping clear of the edges and mountain walls. Be careful though … the edges of the canyon are fragile … one slip and your car goes over the edge and your race is over!

 Canyon Duel – Forget whatever you knew about street racing. The ultimate test of a racer’s skill comes down to this. A two-part race … one against one. The first part involves one racer speeding down the canyon to get the largest possible gap between his rival as he drives to the bottom of the mountain … all while the other racer tries to stay as close as possible. In the second part … the hunter becomes the hunted and vice versa. The racer with the highest score takes home the win. If either racer falls off the side of the mountain, it is considered an automatic win for the other racer. Similarly, if the racer trying to “get away” is overtaken for 10 seconds (without the racer regaining first place) then the racer who overtook the “hunted” racer wins. In addition, if the race trying to “get away” gains a large enough gap, and is able to keep this gap for 10 seconds, he will automatically win the race.

 Race Wars – A circuit race with a twist. A race war will involve a large scale circuit with an extraordinary turn-out of racers. Nineteen other racers to be exact … and three laps.

 Pursuit Evasion – A traditional police chase. Once the chase has started use what ever you can, let it be speed, force and pursuit breakers to get the Five-O away.

 Trade Paint – Simply put, a method of counting how many patrol police cars you have hit during a chase.

 Pursuit Knockout – A Knockout race with a twist. For starters, in a Pursuit Knockout, the last racer to complete the lap will be automatically converted into a police car. This will continue until there is one racer still remaining in their street car. Once this is done the racer must complete two laps of the race before the time is over. In the time of the race … all police cars must aim to bump, smash and block the racers … hopefully stopping the final racer before the time is out.

 

Pursuit Tag – One racer becomes the street racer … and all others Police. It is up to the street racer to evade the police for the longest time possible. The Police Car which “Busts” (gets the street racer in a stationary position for a certain period of time) becomes the newest racer and the street racer is now a Police Car. If no-one busts the street racer, the closed police is automatically made the street racer by default.

 

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Performance and Automobiles

 

Contents

  • Performance Classifications
  • Automobile Classes
  • Automobile Tiers

Performance Classifications

 

 Each car is unique in its shape and driving style. However, in-order to display the performance of each car there is a three-part system.

Acceleration – This refers to cars which are quick of the start. Cars which have high acceleration are able to maintain a high speed while at the same time, keeping control of the car. Acceleration can be described as quick cars which are able to get to high RPMs but are not suited to truly utilise them.

 

Top Speed – This refers to cars which are extremely fast. Those which are able to stay at  high RPMs and make use of them by reaching truly amazing speeds. Cars with top speed do not do well at lower RPMs and gears … as they have slow start of speeds.

 

Handling and Steering – This refers to cars with exceptional capabilities to turn corners with the smallest amount of ease. Cars with high handling are able to take most corners without large amounts of speed loss.

 

Automobile Classes  

 

 There are 57 cars which are available to be driven in Need For Speed Carbon. These are available either offline and online … however … certain cars are only available for online use only. Cars in Need For Speed Carbon can be divided into three categories …

 Tuner – These cars lack “Top Speed” but have exceptional “Handling and Steering”. Tuner cars have a decent “Acceleration”.

 

 Exotic Exotic cars can be described as the “Better of two Greats” in terms of characteristics of cars. Exotic cars have exceptional “Acceleration” and “Handling and Steering” and also have a decent “Top Speed”. However … the steering capabilities of an exotic are not as great as those of the Tuners and the top speed cannot compare to that of a Muscle Car.

 

 Muscle – The fastest and loudest cars of Carbon. These cars boast massive amounts of torque and exhaust on the streets as they tear up the road. Muscle cars are known for their extremely large “Top Speed”. What Muscle cars make up for speed … they lose in steering which, some makes of the muscles cars seem almost impossible to turn corners.

 

Automobile Tiers

 

 In Need For Speed Carbon there has been a revolution in the way that cars are further classed. These are known as Tiers.

Tier One – Tier One cars are beginner cars. These are not highly regarded by racers and cannot compete with others in higher classes.

Tier Two – Tier Two cars are Middle Class cars. These are common throughout many street racers.

Tier Three – Tier Three cars are the Crème-De-La-Crème of street racing automobiles. They include the very best models of each class and are generally the most expensive. These cars are driven by truly gifted racers.

 

 A general rule applies to Tiers. Performance parts are available for specific Tier cars only. E.g. A Tier 2 Turbo cannot be applied to a Tier 3 car and vice versa.

 

Complete List of Cars Available in Need For Speed: Carbon

 

 

 

Contents

  • Automobiles
  • Perferred Cars for Specific Tiers

 

Tier One

 

 Nissan 240SX – Reward Card

 

Mazda Rx-8 – Starting Car

 

Chevrolet Camaro SS – Starting Car

 

Mazda 3MPS – Unlocked at Start

 

Chrysler 300C STR8 – Unlocked at Start

 

Alfa Romero Brera – Starting Car

 

Mercedes-Benz CLK 500 – Unlocked at Start

 

Tier Two

 

Mitsubishi Eclipse GT – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Volkswagon Golf R32 – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Vauxhall Monaro VXR – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Lotus Elise – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Renault Clio v6 – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Ford Mustang GT – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Mazda Rx-7 – Take over all Bushido  Territory and defeat Kenji

 

Dodge Charger SRT8 – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Porsche Cayman S – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Dodge Charger R/T – Take over all 21st Street Territory and defeat Angie

 

Jaguar XK – Reward Card (Need for Speed: Carbon Collector’s Edition Exclusive Car)

 

Aston Martin DB9 – Take over all T.F.K. Territory and defeat Wolf

 

Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Tier Three

 

Nissan 350Z – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Subaru Impreza WRX STi – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Porsche 911GT3 RS – Reward Card

 

Nissan G35 – Online Experience Level/Xbox Live Marketplace

 

Toyota Supra – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR Edition – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Shelby G.T.500 – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Plymouth Hemi Cuda – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Dodge Challenger – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Dodge Viper SRT10 – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Lamborghini Gallardo – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Ford GT – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Lamborghini Murcielago – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Porsche Carrera GT – Unlock during Career Mode

 

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Unlock during Career Mode

Online Specific Automobiles

 

Contents

  • Online Specific Cars

Online Specific

 

Police Federal Sport Cruiser (Heat Five Police Vehicle) – Reward Card

 

Police Civic Cruiser (Heat One Police Vehicle) – Reward Card

 

Police SUV Rhino – Reward Card

 

Cross Corvette Z06 – Reward Card

 

Dump Truck – Reward Card

 

Fire Truck – Reward Card

 

Lotus Europa S – Online Experience Level 50

 

Pontiac GTO – Reward Card

 

Dodge Camaro Concept – Need for Speed: Carbon Collector’s Edition Exclusive Car

 

Plymouth Road Runner – Challenge Series

 

Mitsubishi Eclipse – Reward Card

 

Toyota MR2 – Reward Card

 

Chevrolet Camaro Chevelle SS – Reward Card

 

Pagani Zonda – Online Experience Points/Xbox Live Marketplace

 

Shelby G.T. 500 – Online Experience Points/Xbox Live Marketplace

 

Lexus IS300 – Challenge Series

 

Koenigsegg CCX – Need for Speed: Carbon Collector’s Edition Exclusive Car

 

Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 – Reward Card

 

BMW M3 GTR – Reward Card

 

Audi LeMans Quattro – Take over all Stacked  Deck Territory and defeat Darius.

Preferred Automobiles and Tuning Specifications

 

Preferred Tier Automobiles

 

 One of the most asked questions is “What is the best car per Tier, to use?” Although there are no specific car(s) which will guarantee you success, there are a select few which will give you that competitive edge. Here is a list of the cars which I have found out, are the best car to use for the different race styles throughout the game.

Tier One Car – Alfa Romero Brera (Exotic)

Tier Two Car – Porsche Cayman S

Tier Three Car (Overall) – Lamborghini Murcielago & Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Tier Three Car (Drift) – Toyota Supra & Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR Edition

Tier Three Car (Professionals Only) – Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (Tuned Specifically as Specified Below)

Tier One Car (Online) – Nissan 240SX

Tier Two Car (Online) – Porsche Cayman S

Tier Three Car (Online) – Audi LeMans Quattro

Tier Three Car (Professionals Only) – Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (Tunes Specifically as Specified Below)

 

Specific Tunning for Chevrolet Corvette Z06

 

The majority racers online in Need For Speed Carbon dominate the roads of Palmont City with either an Audi LeMans Quattro or a Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The Audi LeMans provides the ultimate car, with incredible speed, braking and excellent handling. However, the Corvette Z06, if tuned correctly will allow you to reach incredible speeds which the Audi will never reach. The following tuning specifics will allow you to tune your automobile to maximise speed and also gain some extra handling. Note: I am using all the best Tier Three Performance Parts. These are “Race Performance Packages”

Engine: Slider all the way to the left (Torque)

Transmission: Slider all the way to the right (Top Speed)

Suspension: Slide all the way to the left (Oversteer)

Nitrous: Slider all the way to the left (Velocity)

Tires: Slider all the way to the left (Drift)

Brakes: Slider all the way to the right (Front Bias)

Supercharger: Slider all the way to the right (High RPM)

Career Mode

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Crew Memebers - Your Team
  • Gangs
  • Territories
  • Bosses
  • Bonus Markers

 

Introduction

Career Mode in Need For Speed Carbon, has brought in many new items which make the game interesting. The following section covers these topics.

 

Crew Members – Your Team

 

 In order to help you win races against other crews and racers, you will need some assistance from another member of your Crew. These all have a variety of methods which they use in a race to give you that edge. The Skill of each Crew Member varies between one of three. These include:

1) Blocker – Knocks around rival racers, spins them out and blocks their path.

2) Drafter – Drives ahead of you and creates a slip-stream to allow you to draft behind them, increase in speed and then shoot by.

3) Scout – Drives ahead of you and locates any shortcut that will allow you to find the quickest routes around the track.

 The following is a list of all the crew members that you will encounter as you progress through Career Mode:

Neville

Signature Status – Fixer

Unlock – Starting Crew Member

Skill - Blocker

Tier Three Car – Nissan 350Z

Race Bonus – Zone Heat does not increase after races.

Career Bonus - +$200 cash bonus per race win

Sal

Signature Status – Fabricator

Unlock – Complete few races during Career Mode

Skill - Scout

Tier Three Car – Toyota Supra

Race Bonus –Winning Races will actually mean less attention from the police.

Career Bonus – Unlocks Autosculpt body kits, hoods, and roof scoops

Yumi

Signature Status – Mechanic

Unlock – Defeat Kenji

Skill - Scout

Tier Three Car – Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Race Bonus –25% boost to nitrous.

Career Bonus – 10% discount on Performance Parts

Colin

Signature Status – Fabricator

Unlock – Defeat Wolf

Skill - Drafter

Tier Three Car – Porsche Carrera GT

Race Bonus – Larger area behind the Crew Member for Drafting.

Career Bonus – Unlocks Autosculpt wheels, spoilers, exhausts, and chop top

Samson

Signature Status – Fixer

Unlock – Defeat Angie

Skill - Blocker

Tier Three Car – Plymouth Hemi Cuda

Race Bonus – +10% cash bonus per win

Career Bonus – Zones you control draw less attention from the police

Nikki

Signature Status – Mechanic

Unlock – Complete some races in Silverton

Skill - Drafter

Tier Three Car – Ford GT

Race Bonus – 50% boost to speedbreaker and nitrous

Career Bonus – 10% discount on all car purchases

 

Gangs


 The city of Palmont is run by crews. The main four Crews which occupy Palmont are:

- Bushido
- 21st Street

- T.F.K.
- Stacked Deck

     The sub crews which run in Palmont are:
- Inferno

- Rotor4

- Los Colibris

- Black Hearts

- Kings

- Scorpios


Territories


 In Career Mode, the city of Palmont is divided into territories. The territories are owned by crews. In order reclaim territory you must win races. However, as you win other territories, crews will return to take back what was theirs. It is up to you to re-race and take the area back again.

 

Bosses


 Each of the four main Crews are run ultimately by a Boss. The Bosses are as follows
- Bushido - Kenji
- 21st Street - Angie
- T.F.K. - Wolf
- Stacked Deck - Darius

 When you reclaim all of their territory, a boss will challenge you to at least one lap based race in their location, and then a Canyon Duel. If you will both, you will take over their territory for good.

 

Bonus Markers


 When you have successfully beaten a boss, you will get the option of selecting two bonus markers. These markers offer such extras such as a Free Performance Upgrade to a Free Spoiler. The Bonus Markers include the following extras:

 - Pink Slip to Rival’s Car
 - Get Car out of Jail/Impound

 - Extra Strike Available for any Car (To a total of Five)

 - Cash

 - Pursuit Marker (Used when Busted to make the entire Pursuit forgotten)

 - Aftermarket Part

 - Performance Upgrade (Parts which cannot be bought … are used to make installed parts better)

 - Visual Upgrade

Police Pursuits

 

Contents

  • Heat Levels
  • Five-O
  • Police Pursuits
  • Infractions
  • Getting Busted

Five-O, Heat and Police Pursuits

 One of the game modes that makes Need For Speed Carbon different to any-other is Free-Roam Police, Heat Levels ­and Police Pursuits.

 

Heat Levels

 The more you race in a specific area/territory, the allocated Heat Level will increase. Heat Levels determine which level of Police will be used. As the Heat Level increases, better performance vehicles will be used to hopefully stop you. The following list shows you which Heat uses which level of service, which car the Police drive and the techniques which will be used by the authorities. It should be noted, that as the Heat increases, the more difficult it will be to evade the pursuit but, you will rack up a much higher amount of bounty in a much shorter time.

Heat One – Police Cruiser (Officially Ford Crown Victoria)

Heat Two – Undercover Police Cruiser (Officially Ford Crown Victoria)

Heat Three – Holden Monaro/Pontiac GTO

Heat Four – Undercover Holden Monaro/Pontiac GTO

Heat Five – Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Heat Six – Undercover Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Heat Seven – All Police Vehicles, Including Police SUV Rhino (Turbo Charged)

 

Five-O

 If you are not in your safe-house, chances are that you will be either in a race or driving in free-roam. As you drive, your actions will determine whether the police will be alerted to follow you. Police are alerted whenever you destroy/damage property of the state (such as walk-way scenery and civilian vehicles). In addition, the higher your Heat is, the higher the chances that the police will be alerted. In addition, after you drive in free-roam for a prolonged period of time, you will notice that the police will begin to drive throughout the streets … simply patrolling the area. If your Heat Level is between 1-3, they will not engage in a pursuit unless they see you in violation of one of the eight infractions. However, if your Heat Level is 4 or above, the police will engage in a pursuit immediately. To evade from the police (before a pursuit has been initiated) simply enter a Safe-House or Car Dealership. You can enter reduce your Heat Level by either customising your car, racing with another car or by entering “Car Select” in your Safe-House and reducing your Heat there.

 

Police Pursuits

 Once a police authority sees you breaking an infraction, they will initiate a pursuit. Police pursuits can start both during a race or, in free-roam. Before I explain the nature of pursuits and methods on how to evade them, I will explain some of the commonly used terms.

Pursuit Breakers – These are locations throughout the city which when driven through, will create a diversion/event, which will result in following police vehicles either being destroyed, or stopping in order to provide assistance to other vehicles. In order to maximise the effect of these Pursuit Breakers, plan your route so that you can hit them when the police vehicles are right behind you. There is no use in wasting a pursuit breaker when there are no cars present or close enough for the breaker to take effect.

Back-Up – After time has elapsed police cars will eventually drop-out of the pursuit. Similarly, as you immobilise/destroy police vehicles, the amount of cars which are chasing you will fall. In order to keep the pursuit going, the police will call for “Back-Up”. In Back-Up, the police will call for more units. Once the police call for Back-Up, a timer will begin and at the end of that time, additional units will re-join the pursuit. When the police call for Back-Up, you should aim to enter Cooldown Mode immediately. If you re-enter a pursuit during Cooldown Mode, and before you entered Cooldown, there was a Back-Up timer, the timer will re-appear. The higher the Heat Level, the less time it takes for re-enforcements to arrive. In addition, the higher the Heat Level, the more units will join the pursuit if the timer is completed.

Cooldown Mode – Once you are out of the line-of-sight of any police authority, you will enter “Cooldown Mode”. In order to evade the pursuit you MUST enter Cooldown Mode and stay in an area until the meter has completely filled-up. If, at any point, the police re-find you, you will re-enter the pursuit and are therefore liable to be arrested. You must then again, re-enter the Cooldown Mode and start again in filling up the meter. The higher the Heat Level, the longer the time it will take for the Cooldown Meter to completely fill.

Cooldown Areas – Once you have entered the Cooldown Mode, the map will present to you “Cooldown Areas”. These are shown as blue circles on the map. When you park your car in a Cooldown Area, the Cooldown meter will fill quickly. These areas are out-of-sight and the police will, a majority of the time, not spot you if you are parked in one. Cooldown Areas will generally be positioned behind big walls or in car parks. In some cases, if you are not followed by a police car, but not in a Cooldown mode, you can park your car in a Cooldown Area (if you can remember where they are) and the police will not see you.

 In a pursuit, the Heat Level will determine the skill difficulty of the police, the tactics used in the pursuit to stop your vehicle, the amount of police vehicles that will be used and the difficulty of escaping the chase.

 So, once you have been engaged in a pursuit, you must drive around the city, using “Pursuit Breakers” to damage the police vehicles, and hopefully knock off each car, one-by-one, until you can enter a “Cooldown Mode” and eventually evade the pursuit.

 As you spend more time in a pursuit, your Heat Level will slowly increase. The lowest being 1 and the highest (that you will encounter in Career Mode) is 5. The higher the Heat, the harder it will be for you to last in the pursuit, and ultimately evade it. In a pursuit, you should be aiming to achieve one of two goals …
 1) Evade it immediately

2) Stay in the pursuit to stay in there long enough to reach enough bounty to unlock in-game content or achievement.

 I must say, that whenever you are entered into a pursuit, that you MUST aim to evade it and not get caught. The goal to success is, to learn the locations of Pursuit Breakers, and then Cooldown Areas close by. Unlike Need For Speed Most Wanted, evading a pursuit, will take time and in most cases, you will not be able to evade it straight away (especially if you are in a Heat 3 or above). The following is a list of Pursuit Breakers which are close to Cooldown Areas, and if you use them appropriately, you can evade a pursuit.

1) Trucks which carry loads of cars, trucks or stone pipes. If you hit anyone of the tires the truck will release its load and this will result in an instant Pursuit Breaker. Trucks of this sort are found on highways and freeways.

2) Any Pursuit Breaker located close to an alleyway or underground car park

3) Streets that are used as shortcuts when in a race (if you decide to use this as a cooldown area, make sure no Police see you enter, and try to keep your car in the middle so that no Police can see your vehicle from either side.

As I said before, only use a Pursuit Breaker, when you have police vehicles close-by. You want to get as many as you can with the one hit.

 So … plan your Pursuit Breakers well, know Cooldown Areas and be able to drive away from any sight from police whenever they may appear on the mini-map.

 

 Infractions

 The severity of you pursuit, and the extent of your damages, are determined by your “Infractions” and how many of them you break. They are as follows … and what you need to do in order to be fined with them.

Damage to Property – Damage of any sort, whenever you drive over or through public property (Such as road signs and property/buildings).

 Driving Off Roadway – Driving out of the pavement or areas which are specified for driving (Such as parks).

Speeding – Driving over 150 miles per hour.

 Excessive Speeding – Driving over 180 miles per hour.

Reckless Driving – Driving over 200 miles per hour.

 Hit & Run – Damage to another civilian vehicle.

Ramming a Police Vehicle – Damage to a police vehicle.

 Resisting Arrest – Entering a Cooldown Mode during a pursuit.

 

Getting Busted

 There are only two results of a pursuit chase. You either evade the pursuit or get busted (caught). Whenever you evade the pursuit you will take with you the statistics of the chase. These statistics will include “Bounty” and “Police Vehicles Damaged” etc. In order for you to successfully unlock Pursuit Reward Cards and Achievements, you MUST evade the pursuit. If you however, are caught, the police will issue you a fine. The amount of money that you have pay will be determined by:

a) Your Heat

b) Number of Infractions
c) Previously Evaded Pursuits
d) Extend of the Current Pursuit (Patrol Cars Destroyed, etc.)

 

 When you are busted you can either Pay the Fine or use a Marker. When you use a marker the Police will ignore the entire pursuit and let all charges go. If you decide to pay with cash you will receive a “Strike” against your car. When you have a total of 3 Strikes on any one car it will be impounded. When you have no money to pay for the fine, or have no markers, your car will be impounded. When you get your last and final car impounded … Game Over!

Online Races, Viruses and EA Moderators

 

Content

  • Online Racing
  • Online Experience Points
  • Viruses
  • EA Moderators

 

Extras and Unlockables

 As you reach higher Online Experience Points you will unlock more parts to your car. These parts include Body Parts to Vinyls … but do not include Performance Parts. You will however, unlock Bonus Cars time to time.

Online Racing – OXP and Extras
 Career Mode is the ultimate test of a racer. When you race online you race the best. Therefore, it is necessary that you get some experience in driving before you take it to the top.

 

Online Experience Points
 As you race online, and win races you will receive “Online Experience Points” or “OXP”. You will always receive OXP at the end of the race, as long as you do not come in last. The amount of points you receive will be determined by the position you come in a race. If you come in first, you will receive 40 OXP maximum for that race. Obviously the winner of a race will get more OXP than the person who comes in third. As you receive enough OXP you will increase in a level. The amount of OXP which you need to reach the next level is increased as your Online Experience Level increases. You can check your current total of Online Experience Points and Levels in the Statistics Menu in the Main Menu. The total amount of OXP needed to reach the next level is unknown.

 Viruses

 Another Frequently Asked Question is … “What are Viruses?”

 

What are Viruses?

 Viruses are something which makes online that extra bit special. Viruses in no way, shape or form alter your performance. They are simply a “tag” that lets other racers know you have them. When you catch a virus you will unlock an Achievement and a Vinyl. A racer will not know that you have a virus unless they check out your Achievements and see it there. There are four viruses in total. Three are unlocked when you race an “Infected Racer” in a particular race. The Fourth is unlocked when you unlock all the other three vinyls.

 

How do I unlock the Viruses?

 You unlock a Virus when you race an “infected” player in one of three allocated race types. These race types and the virus associated with them are as follows:

1) Pursuit Knockout – Knockout Fever
2) Pursuit Tag – Pursuit Pandemic
3) Canyon Duel - Canyon Craze

4) Carbon Plague – When you unlock all the above three viruses.
 You do not need to win the race against the infected racer, you just need to finish it.

 

What about the Vinyls?

 When you unlock a virus you will unlock a vinyl. These can be found in the Vinyls Customisation area under “Virus”. All the four vinyls are unique body vinyls.

 

EA Moderators

 One of the most talked about topic by all Need for Speed Carbon players is … Who are EA Moderators?

Who are EA Moderators?

 

 Similar to the Xbox Forum Moderators are EA Moderators. They patrol the Need For Speed: Carbon Forums. They are also Xbox 360 Players. They race from time to time on Need for Speed: Carbon.

 A complete list of current EA Moderators are as follows:

How can I Race an EA Moderator?

 Whenever an EA Moderator is online and playing Need For Speed Carbon, it is up to you to get in the same lobby and race against them. They are not obliged to play online, so finding a Moderator online is difficult, finding one playing NFS Carbon and in a Ranked Race is even harder. The key is continually monitoring their process and seeing when they play online. When a EA Moderator is racing in a “Player/Unranked” Match, you are able to “Join In Progress” if there is enough space in the lobby.

 

Getting the Achievement

 To unlock the EA Moderator Achievement, you need to beat an EA Moderator in an online race. You do not need to come first in the race, as long as your finishing position is higher than the Moderator’s. Obviously if it is 1-vs-1 you need to come first against the Moderators. However, unlocking the Achievement or Reward Card, will take multiple wins or races because they may not unlock instantly.

 

Friend Requests and Messages
 Being in high demand, EA Moderators receive dozens of Friend Requests and Messages from other Xbox 360 players. It is therefore highly unlikely, that you will ever get a response from one if you try to communicate with them. So … don’t try and you won’t be disappointed.

 

Final Moderator Tips

 To get the Achievement you needed to race them in an Unranked Race online. To get the Reward Card you need to race them in a Ranked Race. Moderators play Ranked Matches most often. There is never a set time/date when they will be online. Only a few Moderators play NFS Carbon online anymore so, check the list continually and do not wait for another opportunity

Unlocking Achievements

 Need for Speed: Carbon has a total of 50 Achievements totalling to 1000 Gamerpoints. Unfortunately, one of the achievements is unlockable. The following explains how to unlock all the Achievements.

 

Need For Speed – (20 Gamerpoints) – Hit 230 MP/H in a Speedtrap. This is also 370KP/H approximately. This can be achieved on the Speedtrap track named “Stonewall Tunnel”. To do this easily, you can go to “Quick Race” and select this track. Use either the Audi LeMans Quattro or a Tuned Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (using the Tuning Specifications as I have instructed earlier). Pick your Crew Member to be a “Drafter” … I recommend Nikki but any Drafter will do. Drive as you would (without NOS) for the first three Speedtraps. Now, as you are approaching the exit of the Tunnel or Underpass hit the “Y” button to activate your Crew Member (and at this point they should be ready to use). As you successfully re-enter the road after the exit hit the NOS. Stay at in their drift (they will speed up as you use your NOS). You will then be able to hit the fourth Speedtrap at the speed you are reaching. NOTE: I cannot stress enough, Do Not Hit ANYTHING as you enter your crew member’s drift, you want to increase your speed and not decrease it. Now, complete the race and you will have the reward card. For ease … use the Audi LeMans Quattro, it allows for better turning. If you do not succeed … try again, this method works. If you cannot unlock this achievement with the Audi LeMans Quattro, use the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

 

Drift King – (10 Gamerpoints) – Score 500, 000 points in a Drift race. To unlock this Reward Card, you will need to have access to a Toyota Supra and the Drift track named “Billings District” or “Main Street Drift”. You will then need to tune your Supra to the best of all Performance Parts on Tier Three. Do not worry on customising its looks … it will not help at all. Now, you will need to be able to keep your drifts connected and stay in the end zones as much as possible. To do this easily, make sure your speed is in the “Blue” region of the speed bar. A higher speed will allow you to drift easier. Learning how to drift is hard to explain in words, so you will get excellent if you practise. Keep at it … you will eventually unlock it.

 

Race Week – (15 Gamerpoints) – Complete an Online race during Race Week. For more information check the “FAQ” Section in this Guide.

 

Head Start (Secret Achievement) – (25 Gamerpoints) – Win an Online race at York Road (Sprint) after giving your opponents a 10 second head start.     

 

Showboat – (25 Gamerpoints) – Cross the finish line in reverse to win an Online Ranked Match. You must cross the line in reverse in first place.

 

 

Complete Career – (50 Gamerpoints) – Complete Career Mode. You do not need to complete ALL races to unlock this Achievement.

 

Conqueror – (70 Gamerpoints) – Complete Career Mode, but make sure you have raced and completed every race on the map.

 

Career Mongul – (10 Gamerpoints) – Have a total of $1, 000, 000 in Career Mode at one time. You must have 1 million dollars at once.

 

Car Collector – (15 Gamerpoints) – Unlock 36 Cars. By completing Career Mode you are certain to unlock this Achievement. If not, complete some of the Reward Cars which offer vehicles when all four are completed.

 

Perfect Canyon Duel – (5 Gamerpoints) – Win a Canyon Duel without ramming the other car. You must come in first place in a Canyon Duel to unlock this achievement. However, to be on the safe side, do not hit anything at all.

 

Moderator Challenge – (30 Gamerpoints) – Beat an EA Moderator in an Online Race. This can be either Ranked or Unranked. For more information, check the “Moderators” Section.

 

Tuner Addict – (25 Gamerpoints) – Fill your Career Garage only with Tuner Cars. To do this, download the “Supreme Car Bundle” for Free. This pack contains one of each Car Type. Take the Volkswagon Golf R32 and head to the car lot. This car will be free at the car lot. Buy enough to fill the remaining spots in your garage. Then, head back to the garage and delete the car that you used to get to the car lot. Delete it, then head to the car lot and buy one more Tuner car from the Bundle you just downloaded. This will now unlock this achievement.

 

Muscle Head – (25 Gamerpoints) – Fill your Career Garage with only Muscle Cars. . To do this, download the “Supreme Car Bundle” for Free. This pack contains one of each Car Type. Take the Ford Mustang GT and head to the car lot. This car will be free at the car lot. Buy enough to fill the remaining spots in your garage. Then, head back to the garage and delete the car that you used to get to the car lot. Delete it, then head to the car lot and buy one more Muscle car from the Bundle you just downloaded. This will now unlock this achievement.

 

Exotic Aficionado – (25 Gamerpoints) – Fill your Careen Garage with only Exotic Cars. . To do this, download the “Supreme Car Bundle” for Free. This pack contains one of each Car Type. Take the Aston Martin DB9 and head to the car lot. This car will be free at the car lot. Buy enough to fill the remaining spots in your garage. Then, head back to the garage and delete the car that you used to get to the car lot. Delete it, then head to the car lot and buy one more Exotic car from the Bundle you just downloaded. This will now unlock this achievement.

 

Crusher – (25 Gamerpoints) – Ram 100 Police Vehicles in a single pursuit and then evade it. You will know when you have hit 100 Police Cars when you have immobilised approximately 120.

 

Big Game Hunter – (10 Gamerpoints) – Immobilise a Police Rhino in a Police Pursuit in Career Mode. You must avoid the pursuit for the Achievement to be unlocked. This can be achieved by driving through it in a Roadblock or using a Pursuit Breaker. You will encounter Police Rhinos in Heat Levels 3, 4 and 5.

 

Wheels of Steel – (5 Gamerpoints) – Avoid 5 Spike Strips in a Pursuit in Career Mode. You must evade the pursuit to unlock the achievement. You will encounter Spike Strips in Heat Levels 4 and 5.

 

Public Enemy No. 1 – (10 Gamerpoints) – Disable 50 Police Vehicles in a Police Pursuit in Career Mode. You must evade the pursuit to unlock the achievement. You can immobilise a Police Vehicle by driving into it, driving thought it during a police chase or buy hitting a pursuit breaker when police cars are behind you.

 

Fast Wheels – (20 Gamerpoints) – Cause 200, 000 Cost to State (CTS) in a single pursuit and evade it in Career Mode. You will increase your CTS whenever you cause damage to the City. This includes, hitting objects, cars, police vehicles and pursuit breakers. Your CTS will automatically increase as the time passes in a Pursuit.

 

12 Minute Exit – (5 Gamerpoints) – Evade a Pursuit in Career Mode after 12 Minutes has elapsed. If you attempt this Achievement you should try this when you are starting Career because the Heat Level will not exceed Level 2.

 

Urban Battle – GLITCHED – (10 Gamerpoints) –  You will encounter “Free Roam” Challenges as you simply drive around in Free Roam. You will get one Free Roam Challenge at least once as you travel from race to race or from Car Lot to Garage and visa versa. However, you must drive for approximately a minute for someone to appear. You can encounter a Free Roam Challenge when you are completing and have completed Career Mode. You are not able to unlock this Achievement though.

 

Reward Card Hustler – (100 Gamerpoints) – Complete all the Reward Cards, both Offline and Online. For assistance on how to complete the Reward Cards check “Unlocking Reward Cards” Section. If you require any more assistance, please feel free to message me at My Gamertag.

 

Knockout Fever – (10 Gamerpoints) – Unlock this Achievement by playing an Online Pursuit Knockout race with an infected player.

 

Pursuit Pandemic – (10 Gamerpoints) – Unlock the Achievement by playing an Online Pursuit Tag game with an infected player.

 

Canyon Craze – (10 Gamerpoints) – Unlock this Achievement by playing an Online Canyon Duel race with an infected player.

 

The Carbon Plague – (20 Gamerpoints) – Unlock this achievement by “catching” all the other three Viruses. To find out how to do this check out the “Virus” Section in this Guide.

Unlocking Achievements

 Need for Speed: Carbon has a total of 50 Achievements totalling to 1000 Gamerpoints. Unfortunately, one of the achievements is unlockable. The following explains how to unlock all the Achievements.

 

Online XP Level 1 - (5 Gamerpoints) – Race online and receive enough Online Experience Points until you reach Level 1.

 

Online XP Level 2 - (5 Gamerpoints) – Race online and receive enough Online Experience Points until you reach Level 2.

 

Online XP Level 4 - (5 Gamerpoints) – Race online and receive enough Online Experience Points until you reach Level 4.

 

Online XP Level 6 - (10 Gamerpoints) – Race online and receive enough Online Experience Points until you reach Level 6.

 

Online XP Level 9 - (10 Gamerpoints) – Race online and receive enough Online Experience Points until you reach Level 9.

 

Online XP Level 13 - (10 Gamerpoints) – Race online and receive enough Online Experience Points until you reach Level 13.

 

Online XP Level 18 - (15 Gamerpoints) – Race online and receive enough Online Experience Points until you reach Level 18.

 

Online XP Level 23 - (15 Gamerpoints) – Race online and receive enough Online Experience Points until you reach Level 23.

 

Online XP Level 29 – (20 Gamerpoints) – Race online and receive enough Online Experience Points until you reach Level 29.

 

Online XP Level 35 – (30 Gamerpoints) – Race online and receive enough Online Experience Points until you reach Level 35.

 

Online XP Level 42 – (40 Gamerpoints) – Race online and receive enough Online Experience Points until you reach Level 42.

 

Online XP Level 50 – (50 Gamerpoints) – Race online and receive enough Online Experience Points until you reach Level 50.

 

First Steps – (5 Gamerpoints) – Finish first in an Online Ranked Race or Online Challenge Series Event.

 

Online Challenge Contender - (5 Gamerpoints) - Successfully win 5 Challenge Series Events Online. You are able to repeat completed Challenge Series. Online Challenge Series are Row 2, 9, 10 and 12.

 

Bronze Challenge Series Champ – (10 Gamerpoints) – Complete all the Bronze Challenge Series Events. If you require specific assistance on any particular Challenge Series Event, send a message to Anchorman Mazda

 

Silver Challenge Series Champ – (20 Gamerpoints) – Complete all the Silver Challenge Series Events. If you require specific assistance on any particular Challenge Series Event, send a message to Anchorman Mazda

 

Gold Challenge Series Champ – (30 Gamerpoints) – Complete all the Challenge Series Events. If you require specific assistance on any particular Challenge Series Event, send a message to Anchorman Mazda

 

Online Challenge Champ – (10 Gamerpoints) – Successfully win 15 Challenge Series Events Online. You are able to repeat completed Challenge Series. Online Challenge Series are Row 2, 9, 10 and 12.

 

Online Lieutenant – (15 Gamerpoints) – Play 50 Online Races – either Ranked or Unranked (Mix ‘n’ Match). You cannot quit out of the race if you would like to add it to your total.

 

Online General – (25 Gamerpoints) – Play 100 Online Races – either Ranked or Unranked (Mix ‘n’ Match). You cannot quit out of the race if you would like to add it to your total.

 

Lucky Break – (10 Gamerpoints) – Get a Winning Streak of 3 wins in Ranked Online Races. This can be achieved by Skill, or using the “Find Friends in a Ranked Match” Method and allow yourself to win as they let you.

 

Hot Streak – (10 Gamerpoints) – Get a Winning Streak of 4 wins in Ranked Online Races. This can be achieved by Skill, or using the “Find Friends in a Ranked Match” Method and allow yourself to win as they let you.

 

Rock Solid – (20 Gamerpoints) – Get a Winning Streak of 5 wins in Ranked Online Races. This can be achieved by Skill, or using the “Find Friends in a Ranked Match” Method and allow yourself to win as they let you.

 

Iron Man – (30 Gamerpoints) – Get a Winning Streak of 6 wins in Ranked Online Races. This can be achieved by Skill, or using the “Find Friends in a Ranked Match” Method and allow yourself to win as they let you.

Unlocking Reward Cards

 

 Another essential part of Need for Speed Carbon is “Reward Cards”. These are “sub-achievements”, and are grouped in sets of four. Each set of four Reward Cards, will unlock a piece of the game (such as a Spoiler or Vinyl). The following details how to unlock the Reward Cards … both Offline and Online.

 

Disabling Cars – In order to disable a police car you need to render it useless … do this by ramming it in the back half of the car (on the side) or by knocking over a pursuit breaker when there are multiple police cars behind you. As the Heat Level increases, it will be more difficult to destroy police vehicles without the use of a Pursuit Breaker.

 

Money Balance – You must have at least 1 million dollars in Career Mode at once. To do this you must set back on unnecessary spending. Alternatively, you may download the “Supreme Car Bundle” from the Xbox Marketplace and then download the “Performance Engine Boost Bundle”. This will allow you to buy cars in the game for free while using a set of free performance parts that will allow you to win races in Career Mode easier.

 

Free Roam Challenges – You will encounter “Free Roam” Challenges (a point to point race with you verses a rival racer) as you simply drive around in Free Roam. You will get one Free Roam Challenge at least once as you travel from race to race or from Car Lot to Garage and visa versa. However, you must drive for approximately a minute for someone to appear. You can encounter a Free Roam Challenge when you are completing and have completed Career Mode. You are able to unlock the Reward Card … but not the Achievement attached to it.

 

Quick Races – Simply go to “Quick Race” in the Main Menu and complete as many of the short length races until you unlock the Reward Card(s).

 

Speedtrap – This can be achieved on the Speedtrap track named “Stonewall Tunnel”. To do this easily, you can go to “Quick Race” and select this track. Use either the Audi LeMans Quattro or a Tuned Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (using the Tuning Specifications as I have instructed earlier). Pick your Crew Member to be a “Drafter” … I recommend Nikki but any Drafter will do. Drive as you would (without NOS) for the first three Speedtraps. Now, as you are approaching the exit of the Tunnel or Underpass hit the “Y” button to activate your Crew Member (and at this point they should be ready to use). As you successfully re-enter the road after the exit hit the NOS. Stay at in their drift (they will speed up as you use your NOS). You will then be able to hit the fourth Speedtrap at the speed you are reaching. NOTE: I cannot stress enough, Do Not Hit ANYTHING as you enter your crew member’s drift, you want to increase your speed and not decrease it. Now, complete the race and you will have the reward card. For ease … use the Audi LeMans Quattro, it allows for better turning. If you do not succeed … try again, this method works. If you cannot unlock this achievement with the Audi LeMans Quattro, use the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

 

Hire all Crews – Simply complete Career Mode and gain access to them all. Then, all you need to do is “Hire” them. This can be done in your Garage. You will unlock your last Crew Member at Nikki.

 

Drift – To unlock this Reward Card, you will need to have access to a Toyota Supra and the Drift track named “Billings District” or “Main Street Drift”. You will then need to tune your Supra to the best of all Performance Parts on Tier Three. Do not worry on customising its looks … it will not help at all. Now, you will need to be able to keep your drifts connected and stay in the end zones as much as possible. To do this easily, make sure your speed is in the “Blue” region of the speed bar. A higher speed will allow you to drift easier. Learning how to drift is hard to explain in words, so you will get excellent if you practise. Keep at it … you will eventually unlock it.

 

Fill Garage – This can be easily done without spending real or actual money. To do this, download the “Supreme Car Bundle” for FREE off the Xbox Marketplace. This pack contains one of each Car Type. Take the Volkswagon Golf R32 and head to the car lot. This car will be free at the car lot. Buy enough to fill the remaining spots in your garage. Then, head back to the garage and delete the car that you used to get to the car lot. Delete it, then head to the car lot and buy one more Tuner car from the Bundle you just downloaded. Complete this step with another Muscle (Ford Mustang GT) and Exotic Car (Aston Martin DB9) to unlock the other similar achievements.

 

Raise Your Heat – The Heat Level you can access is directly determined to how far you have progressed in Career Mode. In the first territory you can only get to Heat Two. In the other two territories you can access up to Heat Four. However, once you access the Red Territory (Silverton) you will gain access to Heat Five.

 

Download Shadow Car – Enter “Quick Race”. Select any track and enter the Options Menu. Scroll down to “Shadow Option” and highlight “Current Leader’s Shadow” then press “A”. This will download the Shadow Car Time for you. This is will unlock the Reward Card is the download successfully completes itself.

 

Use Photo Mode – Firstly sign-into “EA Nation”. Once you have done that, either enter “My Cars” or “Customization” in your Garage and Press “Left Bumper (LB)” to enter Photo Mode. Take the photograph, upload it and there you go. Alternatively, you can press “START” in Free-Roam or in a Career Race and enter Photo Mode through there.

 

Winning Streak – Due to the fact that is can only be preformed in a RANKED Online race … I recommend that you get into a race with a friend (using “Finding Friends in Ranked Matches”) in a Ranked Match and allow yourselves to win. This is more guaranteed than going online and winning with skill.

 

25 Wins in a Certain Race Type – This is very strenuous. You will need to spend a considerable amount of time as you will need to do 25 Ranked Matches in the specified race. Attempt to use the “Find Friends in Ranked Matches” Method and go from there.

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