Review: Need For Speed: The Run

The latest installment in the long running Need For Speed franchise. Made by EA Black Box this time round, You can see and feel how different this addition is to the franchise.
Pros:
  • Story plays out like a blockbuster race against time affair
  • Graphics and scenery is really nice to look at
  • They take a few scenes from famous racing films such as Gone In 60 Seconds and Fast And Furious
  • Exhilarating racing scenarios such as racing through sand storms, Cruising around the snow covered mountains to full on avalanches
  • Has a rewind feature allowing you to start back at a checkpoint, Rather than starting over
  • Wide variety of cars on offer, Ranging from old banger’s up to the latest models
  • Online is good, Nice addition
  • Challenges are included that allow you to rank up and unlock better cars. These are usually time trials
Cons:
  • A lot of stop starting happens on the campaign. As soon as you get racing it stops and a FMV kicks in or the event is over
  • Soundtrack is not fun to drive too
  • Handling model used is really bad, Drifting is really poor and too tight. Just standard cornering is hard and using brakes make it worse
  • Quite bad loading times
  • You can wreck way too easy, I had it where I hit a small and I mean small rock and wrecked out
  • QTE make an unwanted appearance for the first time. You don’t get any warning or enough time to press the buttons usually resulting in failure
  • Whole story is a huge time trial cut up into pieces, With a few opponents chucked in to increase the difficulty
  • The AI drive badly and what wrecks you wont wreck them
  • Unlocks take ages and your always under powered compared to the rest of the field
In summary this is one of the worst Need For Speed games. It tries adding bits from Burnout and Hot Pursuit but it does feel tacked on and doesn’t quite work. It feels unfinished and with a few more months could of been a good product. Instead it comes to you as a boring experience that will annoy more than it will delight.

 

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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