Need for Speed: The Run PlayStation 3

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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 passesNeed 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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 48
  2. Negative: 3 out of 48
  1. Nov 25, 2011
    88
    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
    80
    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
    76
    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. CD-Action
    Nov 29, 2011
    65
    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
    60
    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
    30
    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: 20 out of 47
  2. Negative: 10 out of 47
  1. Nov 15, 2011
    10
    From dazzling scenery to spectacular set pieces, this is a worthy entry in the need for speed franchise. The frostbite 2 engine makes theFrom 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
    10
    Not sure why the initial reviews are so polarizing... Look, this game is super fun. The handling is great and will appeal to many differentNot 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. Nov 18, 2011
    9
    I am really enjoying this game. It is definitely the 2011 version of Outrun. The difficulty level is very well balanced. The feel of speed isI am really enjoying this game. It is definitely the 2011 version of Outrun. The difficulty level is very well balanced. The feel of speed is great, the graphics are gorgeous, and the whole experience is a blast. Lots and lots of fun. I love racing games, but sometimes they feel repetitive. Not in this case. It is a great arcade style racing game. Expand
  4. Mar 25, 2012
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Note: This Review was Reviewed on November 22-nd 20 11
    I was less impressed that this junk racing game somewhat being short due to its short story, lack of free roam & quick race, difficult quick time events and cops that only do nothing. Well cars in the game are great and tracks as well.

    For else there are some great sequences including Helicopter chase and Rival Races that could facing near the end Like Stage 10.
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  5. Jun 13, 2014
    6
    I felt like this game deserves a 5/10 but due to the excellent graphics of the people and cars I'll give it a 6/10. This game is aI felt like this game deserves a 5/10 but due to the excellent graphics of the people and cars I'll give it a 6/10. This game is a disappointment in many ways. The story is uninteresting, the way you change your car during a race is a stupid inconvenience and the fact that if your car is a small distance out of the road the game resets you back to the nearest checkpoint and you lose a life, this removes the feeling of driving freely and just makes the game tense for nothing.
    Although some of the action cutscenes are good I would rather recommend you play NFS most wanted(2005), NFS Carbon, NFS hot pursuit(2010) and even NFS 2 on ps1 or if you don't want any NFS then just play Forza or something.
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  6. Dec 6, 2011
    5
    Medicore game the worse thing in game is car physics its very difficult to control cars specially at turning points.Hot pursuit was not evenMedicore game the worse thing in game is car physics its very difficult to control cars specially at turning points.Hot pursuit was not even great but now i feel that was a great game as compared to this game. Expand
  7. Oct 13, 2014
    0
    Need for Speed The Run got a good concept, I love the cross state racing rather than underground type kind of race, however, the car handlingNeed for Speed The Run got a good concept, I love the cross state racing rather than underground type kind of race, however, the car handling is way too difficult, the cops are too much and the gameplay is a bit unrealistic. I just could not feel the excitement of a real-life driving like Need for Speed Most Wanted. If I visualized it in a real life driving, I would have died multiple of times. Expand

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