The graphics are awesome but gameplay is okay.but one of the sad things were you can't drive off road.
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.
You need to contend with more than just your aggressive fellow racers as you travel through these beautiful settings. In some events, police try to stop you by doing brake checks and setting up roadblocks. You can hear their chatter, though, and see upcoming roadblocks on your minimap, so while it's fun to trade paint with these officers, they don't pose much of a threat. Then there are environmental hazards, such as an avalanche that occurs as you're heading down a mountain. Like the cops, these events aren't likely to cause you much trouble, but they make for an impressive spectacle.
Unfortunately, as exciting as the racing can be, it's too often interrupted. When you wreck or go too far off the road, you're automatically reset to the last checkpoint you passed, and these resets can take several seconds. It's especially frustrating when these interruptions occur after your car goes ever so slightly off the asphalt. In some places, you can go off road without penalty; in others, even a slight deviation from the course immediately triggers a reset. These interruptions, coupled with the long load times that occur before races and for resets, sap some of the speed from a game that's all about forward momentum.
Other interruptions come in the form of The Run's much-publicized on-foot sequences. These extended quick-time events make up a small part of the game, which is good because they're not much fun. There are also a few sections of The Run where you need to worry more about avoiding gunfire from mafia cars and helicopters than racing effectively. These attempts to bring some Hollywood excitement to The Run backfire; it's just not enjoyable to constantly swerve to avoid the attacks of your mob pursuers.
Your total clocked, competitive time driving coast to coast will probably be a little more than two hours, though that doesn't factor in checkpoint resets and events you fail and need to redo. The Autolog system tries to fuel the fires of competition by constantly showing you how you're stacking up against your friends. But unfortunately, the game doesn't make returning to the cross-country race a welcoming experience. You can't jump to individual events; rather, you need to replay entire stages, which are collections of anywhere from four to seven events. This means you also need to replay any on-foot sequences and rewatch any cutscenes that occur in that stage. It's enough to make the prospect of hitting the road again a lot less attractive. You can also put your skills to the test by trying to earn medals in a series of single-player challenges that you unlock as you make your way across the country, and success here can unlock new cars for you to use on the cross-country run itself.
Racing online against human opponents is more exciting than revisiting the single-player experience. Online races are divided into playlists that are centered on things like urban-street racing and muscle-car battles, so you can easily jump right into the kind of action you want, though you're locked out of a few playlists until you complete a certain number of multiplayer objectives on other playlists. These objectives include things like completing three passes using nitrous and placing fifth or better in three races, and it doesn't take long to open up all of the playlists. Flaws do mar the experience--your opponents' cars sometimes teleport around the road a bit or appear to fly through the air unrealistically--but it's nonetheless satisfying to leave human players in your dust.
It's frustrating, though, that whether you're playing solo or multiplayer, distracting text constantly appears onscreen to inform you that you just earned 30 experience points for drifting or 50 XPs for cleanly passing an opponent. Early on, you unlock driver abilities like nitrous and drafting with XPs, but once that's out of the way, most of the rewards you earn are just new icons and backgrounds for your Autolog profile. This makes the XP system seem entirely unnecessary, nothing more than a hollow way for the game to try to keep you playing.
It's a shame that The Run doesn't deliver more fully on the potential of its premise. It's bogged down by unnecessary quick-time events and annoying mob chases, a halfhearted attempt to tell a story, and frustrating interruptions to your racing. In spite of these burdens, the game frequently makes you feel like you're tearing across the varied terrain of this vast and majestic country. There are enough of these good moments--moments when you put the pedal to the metal on a desert straightaway or nail a hairpin turn on a twisty mountain road--to make this a road trip worth taking.
Not worth the Money, I got gipped into buying this at a local bestbuy for a "Limited Edition" not only do you /not/ get the additional cars without forking out more cash but the gameplay itself is incredibly limited, and races are designed by morons. In Previous games you were not penalized for having a wheel in the dirt, and a wheel on the road, but with this your car suddenly defies Physics and you do backflips. Not to mention the rediculous Traffic AI which will always attempt to swerve into you or box you in. (Not including the Mob/Cop AIs which are understandable)
" Certain rivals whom you pass early in the race show up again when you're in the home stretch" - appalling spoiler! Shouldn't be in the review.
Love the Game, but yes load times are annoying but it is a heart pumping in game experience. its worth the $. Another thing I wish that could be done is customizing your own car, why was that left out IDK???
Spot-on, Carolyn. Feels like you spend at least as much time on loading screens as you do racing. There is fun to be had here (and the game looks great), but it feels like Black Box did everything in their power to make sure it's equally annoying. As bad as the load times are, though (even with it installed), what's worse is that you can only practically use very few of the plethora of cars in the single player side. Atrocious.
Started playing this game and got hooked quite easily with wanting to complete races and keep going to win the game. In all the game play is really short if it wasn't for the massive load times in between it would be even shorter! The challenges aren't all that difficult the last couple are a little bit but only if you total your car and have to reset and the police are annoying as!
The story mode is very short and you don't get all of the fun from it since there are only 2-3 QTEs and 5-6 boss races. The graphics are somewhat dated.
This is an excellent review, I did not like the cars floating on asphalt at times. Hopefully in the next video game that comes out, need for speed could fix this issue with the cars floating! I like the game tho, al ot of action!!!
this is one of those games in which you play it for 2 seconds and you think this looks interesting then you get through and then your like HOLY SH*T!!!, THIS IS THE BEST F**KING GAME I HAVE EVER PLAYED. the experience hit me with all the stunts and races i liked this game alot
- Player Reviews: 25
- 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)