Excerpt: Early on, there was a moment in Need for Speed: The Run that lined up perfectly. As I cut turns and broke my car in, traffic twirling around me, the Midwest landscape yawned to the horizon; my radio crackled “On the Road Again” by Canned Heat . This easing rush of Americana was eventually truncated, though, as The Run ’s unabashed momentum often stumbled from numerous trials and memorized errors.
Review: "Need For Speed: The Run" Barely Jogs, Never Breaks A Sweat
16 November 2011
Excerpt: It seems like every year the entire racing genre is hit with a singular wave of inspiration, resulting in a bunch of similarly themed driving games competing for top pole position. Last year we saw the theme of destruction play a big part in Split/Second and Blur . This year it seems that along with Driver: San Francisco , Need for Speed: The Run is tapping into 70’s era kitsch.
Excerpt: A game that has you race from San Francisco to New York – 3000 miles, 200 racers, a $25 million prize fund and an assortment of the best road cars available – has the potential to be the best racing game ever. However, those expecting a Cannonball Run style romp with Sammy Davis Jnr and Burt Reynolds are in for a disappointment, as it all falls apart very quickly and once you start, it’s already time to call for Him.
Excerpt: The Need for Speed franchise has been a staple of the racing genre for many years. Recently, EA has tried a variety of formulas with their yearly installments of the game. From open worlds to more realistic simulations, they’ve tried it all… except this. The Run is very novel as the races are exclusively point to point. It has all the makings of a big budget action movie but ultimately falls short on execution. Here’s why.
Conclusion: No, the online game feels more like an automatic add-on than a focal point. What Need for Speed: The Run really wants to be is a Fast & The Furious movie, with all the cinematic trimmings - a guilty pleasure for gamers just aching to be absorbed into this gripping tale, to be swept away in the moment. Where Black Box has succeeded is to make each race feel like a visceral, sensory overload of speed, panic and roaring engines.
Pros: Vehicles and environments are impressively crafted, Moments of real drama on the track
Cons: Far too short, Story feels limp and colorless, Doesn't live up to the potential that the setting hints at