Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Nov 24, 2011
    While points have to be docked for the annoying QTEs, the rest of The Run is amazingly exhilarating. The set pieces left us panting for breath, unable to process what had just happened, and the excitement level only dropped to 'really exciting' in between.
  2. Nov 14, 2011
    Despite a somewhat short campaign Need for Speed: The Run is a great racing-game with beautiful settings, an epic soundtrack and a whole lot of high-speed action.
  3. Dec 7, 2011
    In the wake of full-fledged car and driver series like Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport, and Test Drive Unlimited, the inflated expectations around The Run make it seem like more of a letdown than it really is.
  4. Nov 30, 2011
    NFS: The Run has its moments. Unfortunately they are neither many nor long. On the gameplay and technical side it's still a good game though but with lots of wasted potential.
  5. Nov 18, 2011
    EA studio Blackbox fails to combine a fast paced racing experience, Battlefield 3 graphics with a good entertaining and satisfying story in Need for Speed: The Run. While the action is fun and the different settings look very good, the Frostbite Engine 2.0 could have been used slightly better on PC and the story could actually be a story: not just an excuse to send some uninteresting dude from A to B.
  6. Nov 16, 2011
    A fun game, with a great sense of speed and some amazing moments. In the end, though, the campy story, the heavily scripted action, and the lack of race types and customization, keep it from being a Need For Speed to remember. A missed opportunity.
  7. Nov 14, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  8. Nov 16, 2011
    A fun, spectacular-at-times cinematic arcade racing game. Unfortunately many gameplay and technical problems spoil some of the fun, most of all the lame checkpoint system.
  9. Dec 24, 2011
    Shows how you can bury even the most original idea with lack of either bravery or fantasy. [January 2012, p.69]
  10. Nov 21, 2011
    Racing purists may thumb their nose at it, but if you're the kind of person who prefers Burnout over Gran Turismo, you'll eat it right up.
  11. Nov 14, 2011
    The Run is occasionally a fun street racing game hampered by a number of issues that prevent the game from unraveling its true potential. The multiplayer helps to divert the attention but not enough to realize that the heydays of Need for Speed: Most Wanted are gone.
  12. 68
    The Run bragged about revolutionizing the NFS series with an enticing story and memorable gameplay. Unfortunately, the story was better off missing in action and the only things that are memorable from the gameplay are its shortcoming: no freedom of choice, no Free Roaming, no Replay, no cockpit camera, no choice of races in multiplayer.
  13. Dec 5, 2011
    The experiment which is Need for Speed: The Run has failed. It's not an unplayable game, of course. You can spend a couple of fun hours, but only after accepting some controversial gameplay solutions. What is sad is the fact, that even the supporters of Black Box's new game can't play too long in single player modes and that affects the final grade.
  14. 60
    Innovation at all cost doomed NFS The Run – for every good idea comes a terrible one, and even the best ones are buried by technical issues. [Christmas 2011]
  15. Dec 16, 2011
    So EA, what's next on your mind? Need for Speed Drag Racing with only one button – "Continue"?
  16. Nov 23, 2011
    Need for Speed: The Run is an odd duck. It's an arcade racer that does some things really well, but is insistent on having you interact at times with a Michael Bay-esque experience (I guess that's why he was asked to direct that trailer). Like his films, The Run is much more about style than substance. It's a decent arcade racer, and for those looking for a mindless racing experience, chances are you'll find something to like here.
  17. Dec 2, 2011
    We've tried to have fun with this game and it ended up biting us in the ass... several times. Even with its truly gorgeous graphics and highly detailed tracks, in addition to a kick-ass soundtrack, the game won't keep you occupied for long. Moments of sheer entertainment are all-too-brief and are quickly overshadowed by frustration.
  18. Dec 27, 2011
    Tiresome racer that only takes two hours to complete, yet somehow feels longer. That's both impressive and depressing.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 277 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 66
  2. Negative: 29 out of 66
  1. Nov 15, 2011
    first of all, the pc version is capped at 30 fps
    secondly, there is no AA
    thats what we get for the "exclusive pc version" ea and black box -
    hello? frostbite engine in dx 11 with 30 fps cap and no AA? you call that 3 years of development?
    at the start of the game it tells you to press LT & RT on the keyboard. where is that on my keyboard? i cant find it. OH wait its on the controller. how are we meant to press controller keys on the damn computer keyboard???

    and last but least, the singleplayer is 2 hours short, including cutscenes and retries 3 hours

    2 hours singleplayer and **** console port and asking us for $60 ($90 for aussies)?
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  2. Nov 16, 2011
    I would love to for once buy a ea game and don't feel being scammed after I've done with it. It took 2 hours to finish main story, cant modify cars-even colors ... enough said. Driving is fake, it seems nothing like in reality. Full Review »
  3. Nov 16, 2011
    One word can describe this game, bullsh&t! The race structure is bs, you can't change cars at the beginning of each stage unless there's a gas station. The rubberband AI is bs, I'm driving 150mph and the police catches up at 300mph in their Ford Taurus, wtf?! The story is bs, this has a worse story than Undercover. The car's handling is bs, they are either on rails or slide all over the place, even fwd and awd cars.The only reason it got a 3 is for the graphics, the graphics is amazing, and it runs well on the PC. I would say this game is not even worth a rental. Just avoid. Full Review »