Reviews for Need for Speed The Run (NA)


It's Casual and Cheesy, and I'm Ok With That

bwrussell | Oct. 15, 2015 | See all bwrussell's reviews »

I'm going to say some nice things about this game, and even give it a good score so let me placate the detractors for a brief minute first. I know that the plot is cheesy and rubber-banding is in huge effect. I know there's no customization and it's all on closed courses.The thing is, I just don't care. This game is an absolute blast. Honestly the most fun I've had in a NFS game since Underground 2 or modding the config files in Hot Pursuit 2. There is one level in particular that was one of the tensest few minutes I may have ever experienced in a racing game mainly because the plot means it didn't end in the same way every other racing game does. While clearly modeled in an arcade style the handling was surprisingly drivable. Better than some of the more recent titles and for the most part believable and predictable, in a ll the right ways. There was only one or two races where the rubber-banding was an issue and honestly, in a linear point-to-point race, what's the fun in just racing off to a 12 second victory? Basically it comes down to this: The game might be flawed, and isn't the best handling racing game you'll play but at the end of the day it's joyful to play and that's really what should count.


One of the most fun NFS games to date

BlockAgent | Aug. 12, 2015 | See all BlockAgent's reviews »

The Run at first sounded to me like it had a stupid premise and might be bad. But after playing it for about 5 minutes, I realized that the racing is quite good. The cars feel decently real and drive more or less like they should, the "courses" are all really cool and have alot of interesting stuff in them, and the race types are all pretty fun. The game never gets boring and never gets to the point where you feel like you are doing the same thing over and over again. It stays fresh until the end. The graphics are great, the sound is nice and the controls are well laid out. The only things that I didn't like about the game was that there are QTE cutscenes where the main character is on foot and that some cars can only be unlocked through multiplayer play. The QTE scenes should have just been cutscenes. These QTEs just feel so out of place and not needed. While annoying, they are easy to get through and decently short, so that is not a big deal. Doesn't take away from the enjoyable racing. The multiplayer for this game is dead, so the fact that some cars can only be unlocked by beating multiplayer challenges is very annoying. There are about 10 cars that I will never get to drive because of this. For those 2 things, I give this game a 75 rating.


Great racer!

psychicparrot | Oct. 10, 2013 | See all psychicparrot's reviews »

It's beautiful, the physics are great and there is more than enough content to keep coming back for. Even after I finished 'the run' I wanted to do it all over again - it's exciting racing and the landscapes are really varied along the way, keeping it fresh the whole way through. As a fan of the original NFS franchise (before Criterion ruined it) I enjoyed having the familiar car physics back, yet somehow more refined for this one, rather than the Burnout physics of the last few NFS games. Any true racing game fan should be more than happy with this game, but my only criticism is the story. I didn't like that I had to play as some muppet that got involved with debt and crime - I had absolutely no sympathy for his situation. Would have been better to play someone who had genuine need to do the run rather than stupidity, but the action was good all the same and I just tried to put it out of my mind that I was playing as an idiot. Great game! I'd say this is the best NFS game since NFS Underground. Much better than Most Wanted and far more depth than Hot Pursuit.


Need for Speed With a Focus on the Story

thegaminglyfe | June 21, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »

None of the Need for Speed games have had a focus on the story, the games where there were stories were just cutscenes to tie the races and cinematic moments together so things made sense. The story is pretty good in this game and they tried to make some of the non-racing parts of it interactive so they implanted Quick-Time-Events. Quick-Time-Events are basically buttons you press during the cutscenes so he gets out of the car in time, punches the guy in time, catches the ledge before he falls etc. The racing has an arcade feel to it with some difficult drifting that can get on some peoples nerves. The game's story is a bit short but there are lots of well designed, beautiful locations you travel to for the races. Each locations race has its own car, each car is different and they all have their own advantages and disadvantages. That's also a flaw, you can't choose your own car for the races. For $20, this is a must buy for any racing fan.


Not bad for the price

jackiekan | April 28, 2013 | See all jackiekan's reviews »

It's an alrights game, not good, not bad, the graphics are pretty nice, but seem to be more demanding than some other games. The gameplay is what you would expect from a NFS game, although the driving assists got on my nerves really fast, but that's probably just me. The story is pretty good, again, not good, not bad, could've been made better. For 20$ it's good, but I would probably would wait for it to go on sale.


NFS at a bargain.

Coolicy | Feb. 13, 2013 | See all Coolicy's reviews »

BMW is known for being stingy with its license in video games. Few games can have it in their games, and EA's NFS is one of the few way you can virtually drive a BMW. AND this game has much more cars to choose from! The game was heavily marketed as a story-focused NFS game, and features some Quick-Time-Events (QTE). Many were worried about the QTE implementation, but I can assure you that they are few in between and they are extremely well done. The game's story is a little short, but was a very fun adventure. Normally I'd give it an 8/10, but +5 points for being able to snatch it up for only $20 with the possible addition of sales and GMG voucheres!