gamers (88%) found this review helpful
After playing NFS: The Run for about an hour you can confidently claim to have experienced most all facets of this game. Each race has you battling to overtake a set number of drivers before you cross the finish line, and every time the game will strategically place drivers ahead of you to battle in certain parts of the course. Almost like clockwork I would be nearing the last mile or two of the course and the final 2-3 cars would show up ahead of me and I would scrape by them just as the finish line appeared in the distance. That monotony isn't my biggest issue with this game though; I really just miss the old NFS formula of racing on tracks and speedways. When you race on a track, if even for only a few laps, you will gradually learn the best line, the best time for braking, and when to go for an aggressive pass or hold conservatively for a better opening. With "The Run" you only get to see corners and slopes one time so there's no room for improvement here because you get one shot to make it perfect before it's behind you and gone. (I should qualify that statement though, because this game features a "return to checkpoint" option that allows you to rewind the race a bit to attempt a faster time, or to avoid a big crash.) I have always been a fan of the NFS franchise so it's hard for me to dislike one of their creations, but this one just couldn't pull me in like other versions. I can say that I did like their creation of a cinematic element to this game, so that was a nice change of pace. But overall, the feel of each race just wasn't like other versions of NFS so I found myself thinking of what other game I could be playing that would be more fun, and that just doesn't make for an enjoyable experience.
posted by shooterjunkie56 (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Nov 15, 2011
Member since May 2011
gamers (83%) found this review helpful
The Need for Speed franchise has been around for about 10 years. It started out strong and then went downhill and then in 2009 it was back with NFS Shift. Since then it hasn't dwindled in strength with games such as NFS hot pusuit and shift 2, now we have Need for Speed the RUN by Black Box. While it isn't the best NFS game ever it's still worth playing.
Need for Speed the Run is a ton of fun to play. The cars handle very well, the AI is intelligent and there's a nice variety of cars annd tracks.
NFS the RUN looks great. It uses the one andonly Frostbite 2 engine. It doesn't look as good as NFS hot pursuit but it still looks great. the game also runhs great, there's not much screen tearing or slowdown.
The game has descent sound but nothing special.
The online play is fun but not very deep. There aren't many options in termso of customization or anything,
Overall NFS the run is a great game, even though it feels very much like past games it's a must own of fans of the franchise.
Ok 1 hour into the game and I am ticked. 1. Why put in a leveling system when the player has no control what so ever with it. 2. What happened too the cool car customization you guys were famous for? 3. Don't automatically pause my game too throw a stupid pop up on the screen telling me something new about the game in the middle of a turn! much less in the middle of a friggen race! I crashed too many times because of this. 4. If I am prompted to sign over my personal info to EA one more time in this game I will stop playing it period, they even ask you "Will you allow us to send your personal info too other companies so we can make another dollar off the sixty you just gave us?" Who was the idiot who clicked yes?