- 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 passessses 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
Dec 5, 201185NFS: The Run is a fast, frantic, and thoroughly enjoyable racer. The idea of a movie-encased racing game is an excellent one, and despite the fact that EA's first attempt lacks due tact or sophistication, the over-the-top plot does add extra context and excitement to the basic premise of driving at ridiculous speeds.
Nov 21, 201174Need For Speed The Run is a good racing game that I was hoping would be great, and instead wound up being greatly hurt by its difficulty and lack of content. It's disappointing to see a Need For Speed game that isn't worth full-price and really is better as a rental, but that's the case here. The Run mode can be beaten in a day, and there simply isn't enough other content here to warrant a full-priced purchase. It's a short-lived, but incredibly exciting thrill ride that I'd recommend paying $30 or so for if you must own it, but not $60.
Nov 16, 201140It squanders its terrific concept by saddling it with poor handling, insanely inconsistent off-road and crash behaviors, and straightforward, race-only multiplayer that isn't good enough to keep you coming back. If you want to play this type of light, arcade-like driving game, stick to last year's Hot Pursuit.
Excellent game and a welcome change to the franchise and thank god they didn't just make another arcade racer like NFS Hot Pursuit (also great but more of the same really). There are issues with it, I wish they could have hired a real screenwriter to bump up the story but it's actually good fun and keeps you engaged. If I complain about length, it's only because I wanted more which is a good sign.… Expand
8Need For Speed: The Run lives up to the hype it created before release with an interesting, high action story mode. The story mode itself is very different to how NFS games have been in the past and playing through it is very satisfying indeed. The graphics are powered by the Frostbite 2 engine used in Battlefield 3. However, the graphics are on no comparison to Battlefield 3, although there are similarities in the looks of the environments. This does not mean the graphics are awful however. They are still very decent for a NFS game, but do not exceed that of Shift or Shift 2 Unleashed. The destruction and the atmosphere that the game creates are what makes it excel in my opinion. Driving through the mountains with rocks crashing down in front of you and the ground shaking is a unique experience I have not seen in any other game of this type. The online modes are very fun to play, and there is plenty of variety. With the bonus wheel addition you always get a unique prize at the end of a session if you win, which I feel makes you want to push and do well even more. There are some very nice small additions like the BMW Z4 GT3 Car if you've played previous NFS games which I loved. Challenge Series makes a return and there are plenty of challenges to take on and get various medals for. This will provide many more hours of gameplay after the career.
The areas which the game falls down on are mainly loading times, which are generally extremely poor. Also, the online gameplay can be very laggy. People can lag ahead of you and I've had my car totalled for no reason at all. This can be very irritating at times.
Need For Speed: The Run is a solid game, and I would definitely give it a chance. If they add in more DLC at a later date then that would be brilliant. I believe personally that this is the last time EA can dodge heading Need For Speed back to its roots and making a street racer once again. I hope that the next time I review a Need For Speed game it will be Underground 3!… Expand
7Need For Speed: The Run is one of the first games to run on the Frostbite 2 engine, and from the very beginning you can tell it is different from any other Need For Speed game. In some ways that is a good things, and in other ways it is very, very bad.
The premise of the game is that your character, Jack, is on "the run" from a large crime organization as well as the police for offenses that are never fully explained. After some button-mashing and a frustrating chase scene, you actually start driving on the open road. Everything is fun and great, until all of a sudden it's not. Unlike previous Need For Speed games, The Run has a Rewind feature which enables you to restart from the previous checkpoint if you wreck your car or run off the road. The problem is the circumstances that cause you to restart are extremely inconsistent. On some tracks you can cut corners and overcorrect if you run drive a little off the track, on others it will reset you if you run half a foot off the road.
It is not all bad, however, as the graphics on the game are among the best of any racing game out there. Overall, the gameplay compares with the best Need For Speed games such as Most Wanted and Hot Pursuit, but it is not quite there. It is very straightforward with no kind of "Free Roam" option, and while the multiplayer is fun for awhile, there is only so much utility you can get out of it, especially after you earn all the achievements.
Although the game was relatively short at two and a half hours, I did enjoy it while it lasted, and I plan to pick it up again soon and try to earn the rest of the achievements. If nothing else, this game will help you make friends to compare your times on your Speed Wall!
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Have I been playing the same game as the majority of you lot?
A 2 hour single player campaign with a limited collection of are until the last two levels really doesn't float my boat. The off t rack reset is one of the harshest I've seen in some places and in others allows you to cut whole sections off the race. I finished the game, but only because I like to finish something I've started unless it's so awful I'd rather hammer nails into my eyes.
Whoever described the story as something to look forward and of a "Michael Bay" style isn't having much in their life at the moment and I'd warrant hasn't seen a MIchael Bay film. On second thoughts, they probably have.
Yes, the Frostbite engine looks lovely, the lighting effects are stunning, but looking pretty doesn't make a game.
This is the worst NFS game of the series, and as far away from Hot Pursuit as two games about racing could be. Save yourself money and time and walk away.… Expand