This game is terrible. first lets point out the good. you get to race through so many cities. pretty cool changing cities and different roads. many car options. love the graphics on the racing boards. everything else it terrible. many of the car graphics are terrible. racing experience is terrible. who the heck needs all those profile icons. waist of space and time. driving experience is terrible they should have just put cages on all cars and make it a crash fest. Need for speed really went backwards on this one. they would have done better with an improved Need for speed most wanted!! - that is a racing game!!
Need for Speed: The Run Review
It comes to a halt too frequently, but when it's speeding along, Need for Speed: The Run makes cross-country racing a joy.
- Diverse assortment of cars that handle well
- Gorgeous, varied courses modeled on real locations
- A good number of race types keeps events enjoyable.
- Lengthy load times sap sense of momentum
- Quick-time events and mob chases aren't enjoyable
- Frustrating limitations on returning to the cross-country race.
There's a whole lot of America between San Francisco and New York City. Need for Speed: The Run's greatest achievement is the way it sometimes captures the thrill of hitting the open road and experiencing the varied beauty of the American landscape, from the mountains and the prairies to the small towns and skyscrapers. Unfortunately, issues arise that sap some of the momentum from your cross-country trek, but The Run spends enough time doing what it does best to remain an enjoyable journey.
You play as Jack Rourke, a racer who has gotten in way over his head with the mob. His friend Sam promises an end to his problems if he can win a cross-country street race and the huge payout that comes with victory. Sadly, The Run's attempts to make you care about Jack's plight fall flat. The talents of actors Sean Faris and Christina Hendricks as Jack and Sam are wasted; their voices emanate from character models with mouths that move oddly and faces that express no emotion. What's more, the story doesn't even make sense. Certain rivals whom you pass early in the race show up again when you're in the home stretch. Thankfully, after an early cutscene that sets up the premise, the game wastes little time with its flimsy storytelling and lets you focus on driving.
The cars in The Run feel good to drive. The wide range of vehicles on offer includes sports cars that respond tightly to your every command and muscle cars that are tough to tame, but regardless of what you're driving, racing in The Run is about balancing speed with control. Sure, you've got highways on which you can gun the throttle and cruise at top speed, but more often than not, you're on stretches of road with some tricky turns. Using your brakes effectively, maintaining a smart racing line, and speedily exiting the turns is crucial to maintaining a good time, and it feels great to put these powerful cars through their paces.
Unfortunately, you may sometimes find yourself in the wrong car for the job. With a few story-related exceptions, Jack can only change cars at gas stations, and in some stretches, these are few and far between. As a result, you may get into a muscle car to power through a stretch of highway, only to wind up facing a particularly twisty road that the muscle car is not ideal for in the next event. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that there's no easy way to return to an earlier event that offered a gas station and choose a different car. If there's no gas station in your current event, you're stuck, and must make do with what you're driving.
Jack's got to make the entire drive from San Francisco to New York, but of course, you're only responsible for driving a few hundred miles of that journey. The Run keeps the pressure on in each event by requiring you to meet one of a few objectives. On some stretches of road, you need to pass a certain number of other racers before reaching the finish line. In other events--called battle races--you also need to pass opponents, but here, you need to face them one at a time, getting ahead of one before a timer reaches zero and then moving on to the next. And some events are checkpoint races; just you against the clock. Many events are challenging tests of your driving talents, and it's a thrill to pass a checkpoint in the nick of time or slingshot past an opponent in the final stretch of a race.
It's not just the cars themselves that make driving in The Run enjoyable. It's also the places you go. Starting in San Francisco, your path takes you through Yosemite National Park, the Rocky Mountains, downtown Chicago, and plenty of other locations. The roads in The Run aren't entirely faithful to the real roads that inspired them, but they admirably evoke the beauty one might witness on a scenic trip across the United States. From driving in the Las Vegas dusk to speeding across the rolling Nebraska plains, the varied surroundings for your travels convey the feeling that you're covering a lot of ground, and part of the fun lies in seeing what richly detailed natural or urban landscape you'll be driving in next.
the load time and resets freak me outand no off road maneuveringannoyingesp the crash cam thingarggghhhhh!!still, very gud looking
Ms Petit! It was really good! But I think the game is a little bit heavy! Frostbite 2 is not as good as unreal I think. It requires a great amount of graphical power.
one last thing... The Loading times are lengthy, yes, but it makes you that more eager to race... Can't stop playing it... 9.0 easy - the review should be shot out of a cannon...
This game is awesome! there is no doubt about it. it uses the frostbite engine which is the most graphically advance game engine ever made - and boy it shows! the cars look photo-realistic, terrains look stunning, and some of the races... they may be unrealistic, but driving 180MPH down a mountain, in a super slick Aston Martin, Dog fighting a Lamborghini while trying to evade the boulders and snow as they fall on the road from an avalanche...boy oh boy - best racing game ever , "Bye Bye Wipeout ;D"
Great cars and beautiful graphics but extremely long load times. It's an extreme pain in the butt to restart a race in order to save a couple of resets that I would need towards the end of a race. I'm still in the beginning but I doubt customizing cars is not an option. Single player would not be replayable but online racing is great.
The graphics looks nice, but I ran away from the series when I learned what they did with their porsc** license exclusitivity.
I feel they could have done a better job with this game, but it's not the worst entry in the series.
- Player Reviews: 26
- Game Universe:
- Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed (PS, PC, GBA),
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (PS2, PC, GC, XBOX),
- Need for Speed Underground (PS2, XBOX, GC, GBA, PC),
- Need for Speed Underground 2 (XBOX, GC, PS2, GBA, PC, DS, MOBILE),
- Need for Speed Most Wanted (2005) (XBOX, PS2, GC, PSP, PC, X360, DS, GBA, MOBILE),
- Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit (PC, PS),
- Need for Speed: High Stakes (PC, PS),
- Need for Speed II (PC, PS),
- Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed (PS, SAT),
- Need for Speed Carbon (DS, GBA, XBOX, X360, GC, PS2, PSP, WII, PC, PS3, MAC, ZB, ARC)