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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: 21 out of 49
  2. Negative: 11 out of 49
  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. Oct 2, 2016
    10
    This Video Game in my opinion is still the best racing game that came out, Don't mistake me for some newbie I've been playing all Need forThis Video Game in my opinion is still the best racing game that came out, Don't mistake me for some newbie I've been playing all Need for speed games since 2002 ,I've set multiplayer records and I am a retired GT3 track racer myself, street racing been in my life since high school and Need for speed is what brought me back to the feeling of my younger days and of course without the danger I really cared about Jack in this game his past was unknown and mysterious which I loved the racing itself is not as thrilling as real racing at first but when really get into the game you feel even more thrill than the real race I played this game in the hardest difficulty so when ever I crashed it felt like I was dying for real, Over and all I get that most people don't see it this way but everything about the Run worked for me thank you for reading and many thanks to the EA for making this exciting games. Expand
  3. Dec 7, 2011
    9
    Good Campain, good game, Frostbyte 2 is really powerfull.
    goodlooking game, and i like to drive it. people who were expeting a new NSF
    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
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  4. Mar 10, 2013
    7
    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
    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 this...racing 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.
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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. Nov 29, 2011
    5
    Oh my God... This Game...... Its.... Its.......... Terrible! Hot Pursuit was good, but this, what a way to destroy a franchise! The graphicsOh 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. Apr 23, 2015
    0
    i love nfs most wanted but this not worst game of nfs I played so far **** who created this terrible story not **** and open world so I make ai love nfs most wanted but this not worst game of nfs I played so far **** who created this terrible story not **** and open world so I make a game go stay a great disappointment that the franchise had stopped playing until this garbage that should not even exist :( Expand

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