Need for Speed: The Run 3DS

Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
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  1. Nov 18, 2011
    83
    Need for Speed: The Run is better than expected. It offers a great variety of different race modes, pretty cool videos and a lot of unlockable stuff. The autolog feature, which keeps players challenging each other, is for the first time included on 3DS, and the game offers some multiplayer possibilities.
  2. Feb 10, 2012
    70
    While flawed in a few areas, the superb online experience and high speed action strapped into the little cartridge here packs enough thrills to satisfy any 3DS owner with an insistence for speed.
  3. Dec 15, 2011
    65
    It's decent porting of the HD console version, but absolutely nothing special per se. You probably want to wait for batter racing experiences on 3DS, unless you're an absolute NFS fan.
  4. Dec 2, 2011
    60
    We'd have loved to have some finesse in the driving, or more subtle tracks, but it's not the case. NFS the Run on the 3DS is an arcade racing game in which you just drive straight. It still offers a nice speed feeling, numerous challenges and and nice solo adventure, but its gameplay is too rough. If it's a real racing game you're looking for, that's not it.
  5. Dec 1, 2011
    50
    The console version of Need for Speed the Run is nice. That's not the case for the 3DS version. There is not enough to explore and there is almost nobody online. You can complete the game within a few hours and then it's done. Furthermore the quick time events are really annoying while you're playing.
  6. Nov 26, 2011
    40
    A tough game to recommend. Although it shows signs of life, those bothersome mini games get in the way of what could've been the best 3DS driving game.
  7. The Run is really good when the racing is kept simple, but unfortunately it rarely is. Unfortunately, the overall feeling you take away is frustration.
  8. Nintendo Gamer
    Jan 14, 2012
    71
    A solid and punchy racer that lays it on too thick with the gimmicks and then forgets to put any bends in. All the same, this is a strong restart for NFS. [Christmas 2011, p.69]
  9. Games Master UK
    Dec 17, 2011
    71
    It packs a considerable amount of content into that tiny cartridge. [Jan 2012, p.98]
User Score
6.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 16, 2011
    10
    This version out plays the high def versions by miles, story is slightly different but it does not detract from the awesome work the devs didThis version out plays the high def versions by miles, story is slightly different but it does not detract from the awesome work the devs did to squeeze so much out of the 3DS and still manage to have Autolog and actual multiplayer racing on a handheld. The sense of speed is fantastic, the handling is better than Ridge Racer 3DS. This brings me back to the days of the original Need For Speed Games where you had crazy jumps and awesome car chases. The mini games adds to the game by adding a welcomed respite from the insane speed. Full Review »
  2. May 21, 2016
    9
    This game exceeded by expectations by miles. This game actually has a story mode that is actually fun to play through and the mini gamesThis game exceeded by expectations by miles. This game actually has a story mode that is actually fun to play through and the mini games aren't as bad as people say, and they are not very frequent. There are plenty of cars to unlock and choose from. Cars are unlocked by completing story events and unlocking achievements. You can also play online or locally with friends. I always played this with my friends, and we had a BLAST. This was even more fun to play on multiplayer than Mario Kart! The graphics are really good for a 3DS game. In fact, this actually looks better than the Wii version! This game is worth a try and is the best racing game on the system. Full Review »
  3. Apr 8, 2014
    8
    Need For Speed The Run joins the ranks of some great racing titles on the 3DS, but what it does best, is not exactly what it does new, butNeed For Speed The Run joins the ranks of some great racing titles on the 3DS, but what it does best, is not exactly what it does new, but what it reminds us of.

    The Run feels similar to the console versions, but different enough that you can tell two different development teams were working on each version. And I'm talking about how the cut-scenes in the 3DS version are hand drawn comic panels, but how the game feels when you are behind the wheel.

    Graphically the game holds up compared to Ridge Racer Or Asphalt 3D, but where the game stands out is it's heavy influence with it's vehicle combat borrowed from Criterion's Burnout series. While EA in the last few years have even hired Criterion to work on it's home console versions, not even those games come as close as what this handheld version does to emulating classic Burnout titles.

    It's racing there's not much you can say about it, it's Point A to Point B kind of stuff, no laps but plenty of rival/cops to take care of, and this is where Burnout's influence stands out, takedowns are just as satisfying to pull off in this game as they were back 10 years ago when they appeared in Burnout 3.

    If you are looking for a game to calm those Burnout cravings while you wait for EA to pull their finger out, you can't do better than The Run for the 3DS.
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