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  • Summary: Need for Speed The Run lures players into an underground world of illicit, high-stakes racing. The heat is on – and it isn’t just the fuzz who are after you. Entering the race is just the beginning as you blow across borders, weave through dense urban traffic, rocket down icy mountain passes and navigate narrow canyons at breakneck speeds. Powered by DICE’s state-of-the-art Frostbite 2 engine, Need for Speed The Run takes the action racing genre to new heights with stunning visuals and car physics that hug the road even at top speeds all built around a gripping storyline. The cars are hot, the racing is intense and the story will have you at the edge of your seat… all the way from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Empire State building. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 48
  2. Negative: 3 out of 48
  1. Nov 25, 2011
    It's not Forza but it doesn't set out to be; instead, it aims at being the very best arcade racing game available and it succeeds most assuredly at that goal. A balls-to-the-wall thrill-ride, beginning to end, and definitely worth a thrash - if you can handle it.
  2. Nov 14, 2011
    Does so many things right. It's an action game for people who like cars, or perhaps a racing game for people who like action. In fact, it's both of these things at the same time. Too often racing games get repetitive and lose their luster about halfway through. The Run takes a simple formula and amps it up to appeal to junkies of both genres.
  3. Nov 14, 2011
    Need for Speed: The Run feels more like a tightly scripted action game than an adaptive racer. If you stop to look around you'll discover a game in service of building toward an experience rather than challenging the player beyond a few trial and error style obstacles.
  4. Nov 29, 2011
    A reasonable driving model and more attention to details would be enough to make this game significantly better. It seems that at some point the developers ran out of time and as a result the new Need for Speed is decent at best. [December 2011, p.70]
  5. There's a Hollywood sheen spread over The Run that occasionally makes it sparkle, from the Frostbite 2 engine's environmental effects to the action-movie score. But peer beneath the gleaming veneer and you repeatedly encounter a stomach-lurchingly shallow experience – not unlike any movie you can name by the aforementioned Mr Bay, ironically.
  6. Nov 14, 2011
    The journey across America is beautifully rendered, capturing the varied landscapes spectacularly as you travel over the Sierra, across the Great Plains, and head towards the East Coast. The quality of the movies is very good too, and the characters' faces are nicely rendered to convey emotion. But the story and the gameplay just don't hold up their side of the bargain, and the game ends up falling short of its considerable potential.
  7. Dec 6, 2011
    The Run doesn't have the structure or production values to carry off its concept. Even if it did, its successes would be smothered by a procession of awful technical flaws. Lacking charm and polish, only the Need For Speed name will sell the game – which will no doubt mean that it fares well enough. But in a year that has seen gaming's biggest franchises one-upping each 
other and demanding players' attention like never before, The Run simply doesn't cut it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 42
  2. Negative: 8 out of 42
  1. Nov 15, 2011
    From dazzling scenery to spectacular set pieces, this is a worthy entry in the need for speed franchise. The frostbite 2 engine makes the whole world just stuningly beautiful and there is only so much that words can describe. Intense white knuckled racing is absolutely addicting. The autolog helps you compete with your friends and makes the game so much more competitive. Multiplayer is splendid and is even more enjoyable with friends as winning gives you much bragging rights. A huge variety of cars to choose, from vintage muscles to modern supercars. This game gives you that adrenaline feeling that few games on todays market offer. A must have for any racing fan, be it arcade or sim fan. This game is absolutely fun and I have no idea why IGN gave it such a crappy score. The only thing I agree with their review is that this game is slightly short but that may perhaps be that Im enjoying myself so much and finished the game too quickly which leaves me craving for me. This game is a masterpiece. Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2011
    Not sure why the initial reviews are so polarizing... Look, this game is super fun. The handling is great and will appeal to many different gamers. I'm having lots of fun with this one. Give it a shot! Expand
  3. Dec 7, 2011
    Good Campain, good game, Frostbyte 2 is really powerfull.
    goodlooking game, and i like to drive it. people who were expeting a new NSF
    underground game, well they need to open they minds Expand
  4. Mar 10, 2013
    I actually liked The Run.
    The Run itself has some boring moments here and there, but some moments surpasses some of my nostalgic memories of
    the Underground era. 2 examples: The Rockies. It was a wonderland.
    Las Vegas Chase was awesome. The game looks very good with Frostbite 2. The game sounds good with a extremely good soundtrack. The game plays like a classic cross country racer. It takes some time to get used to the handling. But what's missing? Some classic NFS races. It's always from point A to point B. It would've been such a nice addition if they could place circuit races in the streets of San Fran or New York. Have alternate routes, diverse challenges, etc... More car customization would've been nice. But customization ain't a big deal for me. It's the lack of racing content that we've missed in game.
    It's not the worst NFS by far, and really not the best. If they could've add more detail and content, this game would've rocked even now.
    7/10 I've had tons of fun, but it didn't last that long.
  5. May 12, 2014
    After reading most of the comments, I've realized that most negative comments giving away 0's like they're going out of style are simply unwarranted.
    There was a time where Need for Speed didn't need car customization beyond car colors, or even free-roam, a la Underground 1. It's a fast-paced, story-driven racing game that focuses on huge, wonderful-to-experience set-pieces that will have you on the edge of your seat as you rush down the hill of a mountain as an avalanche closes in, or as a subway tram chases you down a dark tunnel.
    "But DJ," I hear you all cry out, "Why only a 6, if it's as great as you say it is? Surely it's worth it to see such a spectacle and experience the story!"
    That's just the issue. There is no real story, and the spectacles wear off once you realize that everyone around you has IQ's equivalent to a box of rocks. Collectively.
    NFS: The Run has you playing as Jack Rourke (a name I had to look up simply because he's that forgettable), a man who apparently is in a lot of trouble with the mob (a concept never delved into deeper than "you did some **** now run as they gun you down with a turret from an overhead helicopter") and is looking for a way out. With the help of his friend and business partner Sam Harper (who also turns out to be his girlfriend? No seriously--where in the hell was this in the story?), Jack manages to find a way into the main 250 racers and begins his race from San Francisco to New York. If it seems as though I'm not entirely giving a thorough report of the story, suffice to say, there isn't much a story to begin with, and with a story-driven racing experience, that's a huge hindrance.
    The wonderful parts are obviously the spectacles, as I've mentioned before. There's something about racing down the snowy patches of the beautifully realized Rocky Mountains or blasting through the sand and dust-covered deserts in Death Valley that just makes evading and racing around the cops that more fun. While many would criticize the turning, you do get a fair warning; they blatantly say it's in between Shift and Hot Pursuit in terms of handling, giving you less of an arcade-y or simulation-y experience for something a bit more...action-y, for lack of a better term (as if the QTE's in game weren't enough of an indication. Also, there's QTE's. Share the frustration)
    However, as fun as blasting and drifting through leaf-covered mountain roads may be, there still lies a major flaw in all of this: the A.I.
    The A.I. competitors and police, frankly, are simply the biggest dicks you will ever find driving the roads. Almost as if they never took Driver's Ed, or driven a car, the police will do everything in their power to **** everything up. I'm looking at you too, competitors; you and your ****ty driving styles have cost me a few complete race resets because of y'all.
    Another thing that bugs me is the choices of cars. Fine enough if you're an mechanophilia (also, feel free to Wikipedia that **** it's an actual term!), but many of the choices never seemed to make a difference. They say that Muscles are better for highways, Exotics for technical courses, Sport cars for Urban, etc., but it never made a difference. I used exotics the whole way through and never bothered picking up some other car until the game made me choose.
    Overall, it's a decent racing experience that would be worth it if EA ever sets it up to go on sale. A rental at best, really, since the game lasts around 2-3 hours.

  6. Nov 29, 2011
    Oh my God... This Game...... Its.... Its.......... Terrible! Hot Pursuit was good, but this, what a way to destroy a franchise! The graphics are great and all, but the Game Play is just boring and repetitive, its only saving grace is the graphical performance and an ok multi-player, but honestly Hot Pursuit is so much better than this waste of $50! Expand
  7. May 19, 2012
    This game is F*&%(*& HORRIBLE!!! The cars dont turn when you want them to! Drifting is basically controlled by the computer itself! You cant change the controls! NFS: most wanted was the last NFS that was any good!!!!! Whoever the person was that was in charge of creating this game needs to go and jump off a bridge with this game shoved up their ASS!!! because this game is S*&T!!! For anyone who is thinking about going to get this game DONT!!! It is a wast of money! The cars are all the same when it comes to driving skills! They dont reach max speed and when you are in a turn the cars in front of you have no problem with sliding into the walls but yet you crash almost everytime!!! Recreate Most wanted and UPDATE the graphics but leave the game play part the same! i can almost garantee that people will love it Expand

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