Excerpt: The Need for Speed series has a very strong history; however there have been some serious peaks and troughs in the releases. Black Box falls right into this, with some stellar additions a number of years ago, but who have failed to live up to much of the hype surrounding their releases in recent...
Excerpt: There once was a proud franchise called Need for Speed . They were car games that glorified the street racer, pampered the inner tuner in all of us, and allowed for aesthetic car modifications outrageous enough to make Liberace blush. Now it seems to be a brand without an identity.
Excerpt: This story mode makes up the entirety of the single-player game, outside of an optional challenge mode, and the storyline doesn’t get as much focus as you’d expect. New characters are brought in via a single paragraph in the loading screen, with nothing else to make you care in the slightest about...
Excerpt: Need for Speed: The Run opens with protagonist Jack Rourke waking up behind the wheel of an automobile. Two mobster types stand by, watching the vehicle as it is carried through the air to a waiting car crusher.
Excerpt: Instead of ushering itself in with a sprint, Need for Speed The Run began with a stumble when the first portion anyone saw when the game was revealed at E3 was an on-foot quick-time event. Later we were assured that these QTE moments were only 5% of the game.
Pros: Exciting setpieces, Satisfying driving model, Balanced and well-paced events
Cons: Short if you don't replay it, Unforgiving event structure, Multiplayer should have had cops and mob chases
Conclusion: The game’s environments are fairly rich in visual diversity thanks to the US locations you’ll visit, with both Chicago and the Colorado Rockies being stand-out levels for me. I did feel like the track variety lacked just that.
Excerpt: À l’instar de Call of Duty, la série NFS profite désormais des efforts alternés de deux studios. Point positif : deux années complètes de gestation pour chaque édition. Point négatif : n’est pas Criterion qui veut.