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Need for Speed: The Run

by Electronic Arts
 Ages 16 and Over
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Platform: PC
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows Vista / 7
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

Platform: PC
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  • ASIN: B00511POIG
  • Release Date: 18 Nov 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,862 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PC

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows Vista SP2 32-bit
  • DirectX: DirectX 10
  • Processor: 3.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Equivalent
  • Memory: 3 GB
  • Hard Drive: 18 GB
  • Graphics card (AMD): 512 MB RAM ATI Radeon 4870 or higher performance
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): 512 MB RAM NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT or higher performance
  • Sound card: DirectX Compatible
  • Keyboard or Gamepad or Steering Wheel
  • DVD Rom Drive
  • Online: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

Product Description

It's called The Run. An illicit, high-stakes race across the country. The only way to get your life back is to be the first from San Francisco to New York. No speed limits. No rules. No allies. All you have are your driving skills and sheer determination as you battle hundreds of the world's most notorious drivers on the country's most dangerous roads.

In Need For Speed: The Run, you'll weave through dense urban centers, rocket down icy mountain passes and navigate narrow canyons at breakneck speeds, all the while evading a relentless police force prepared - and willing - to use lethal force to take you down.

Online multiplayer with up to 16 players. Options available Supercar Challenge, NFS Edition Racing, The Underground, Mixed Competition, Exotic Sprint, and Muscle Car Battles.

  • From the Golden Gate to the Empire State: Compete in The Run, an illicit race across the most iconic and treacherous roads from San Francisco to New York. There are no rules and no allies in the cities, deserts, mountains and canyons than stand between you and the finish line.
  • You are Jack's competitive edge: Jack is in a race for his life, but he's got something the competition doesn't: You. Keep Jack one step ahead of the dangers from his dark past, both inside and outside the car. It's up to you to get Jack to New York in one piece and ahead of the competition.
  • Beat your friends: Connect to Autolog. Compare your times against those that matter most. Compete to be the best. Autolog now tracks your entire career - making every second of every race count in the battle to be the fastest to New York.
  • Racing powered by Frostbite 2: The powerful new Frostbite 2 engine, created by the award-winning DICE studio, advances technical achievements to deliver a gameplay experience with an unprecedented le

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage 13 Jan 2012
By br4nch
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
looks fairly nice but the Pc version is just ported from the xbox which means it's horrible to use.
Worse than this though is the online play voice chat , which cannot be switched off or turned down , so you're forced to listen to people shouting in languages you don't speak , or playing loud music , etc etc.
shame on EA for turning their back on PC gaming.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Need for Speed returns to it's roots 21 Nov 2011
By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
After a long list of seemingly random adaptations to Need for Speed, it's come back to the origin of it's creation. The Run is a cross-country race from San Francisco to New York, there's some tenuous explanation of why this is going on (something about mob-debts) but effectively, you get to race the long stages that NFS used to be famed for. Gone are the infinite customisations to every single detail & decal - spending more time in the menus than on the road - and the silly meters for getting your drift on etc. and in it's place a proper racing game with eye-meltingly sharply rendered models of modern cars. The scenery is incredible, from racing through the winding forest roads of Yosemite National Park, to the long deserts & canyons of Utah to the gritty city of Chicago there is something for everyone.

Stages come in various types: "Gain X Positions" where you have to move up the ranking by a specific amount in a set distance. "Make Up Time" where you effectively time-trial the course and then "Battle" stages where you race more skilled drivers over an indefinite distance head-to-head and have to be ahead of them when the bell rings. You win cars and minor adaptations to your car (e.g. the size of your NO2 bottle) with each race and there are unlockable challenges for each stage that increase the replayability of the game. The scenery alone in Death Valley, NV will keep me coming back again and again. The soundtrack is incredible to boot; a track from the Black Keys' new album is also present, and that hasn't even been released yet!!

Where this game falls down are the annoyingly stupid cut scenes where if you don't bash space, return or left arrow within a split-second placement you die instantly and have to watch the cut scene over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shoddy control setup 13 Oct 2012
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I've always enjoyed the Need for Speed series of games but this is a real let down, purely because of the appalling controls. The game is a blatant conversion of an X-box game and all controls in cut scenes refer to X-box buttons making it almost impossible. To add insult, when you finally set up the controls as you want them, the game will occasionally decide to reset them next time you load up the game. Real shame because with a little bit of work this could have been a decent game.
Also have an issue with McAfee letting me access the origin servers so frequently have to disable it to upload save games. Very frustrating game all round.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Now is the time... 29 Sep 2012
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Having experienced the highs of NFS Most Wanted and the lows of NFS Shift I was reluctant to sign up early to this game which, as it turns out, was a wise decision. Having completed the game I found a number of potential issues which are as follows...
1) The game requires the installation of Origin - the EA version of Steam. This means, in theory, that the game has no resale value, so if that is a concern there's no need to read further.
2) I was unable to install the game from the disks, of which there are two. This isn't an isolated incident, as you can see from at least one other review here. There are two solutions that I found. First, download the game from Origin. Second, take a trip to Gamer's Corner at gizmonext.com where the method involving copying files to your hard drive and unzipping them using Winzip, the free trial of which lasts 30 days, worked for me.
If you are unwilling to download 15Gb and unable to fathom the workaround, again there's no need to read further.
3) The game seems to be optimised for the XBox controller, so if you don't have one... well you know the score.
4) On a few occasions you have push buttons/press triggers when prompted to complete cutscenes, some on foot and some behind the wheel. While this doesn't ruin the game, it does mean that if you are unfamiliar with the controller you have to repeat a section until you get it right. This can get a little tedious but the sequences aren't that long that you need to overly tax your memory, although it does detract from the racing.
5) The game suffered some random crashes, no pun intended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Console port incomplete - not playable for many 17 Dec 2011
By Odin
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I don't mind console ports too much provided they actually WORK, and I'm a total Need For Speed fan (I've had them all). However, buyers beware! This console port was never properly completed and as a result will not work with the majority of PC game controllers (go check EA's NFS: The Run forums). The worst failing is that the vehicles brake and accelerate at the same time (these controls cannot be reassigned), and there are some console-only buttons that are still hard-coded in the game to console gamepad buttons that don't exist on the majority of PC controllers (again, unassignable).

We have been assured that the developers are aware of the problem and are trying to fix it, but that was over a month ago now and a subsequent patch has not addressed joystick/wheel issues. Meanwhile, posts in the forums of people not being able to use their controllers, not being able to accelerate or who can only play by keyboard are racking up. I'm sure ONE DAY this will be patched, but until that time comes, obtain a demo to try it out first or ensure that the vendor you use will give you a refund as I was given, just in case you're not one of the lucky ones!
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3.0 out of 5 stars internet required
I did not know one would need to use internet with game also use orgin,it forgot my password , I did not think I would need one.
Published 5 months ago by anthony mackey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Game, But got a free upgrade
I had ordered this game, received it but got the limited edition, not what I wanted but its a good thing.
Published 5 months ago by Jonathan Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars nfs the run
seen quite a few negative comments, on pc you drive with a on the keyboard and z to brake and shift to use nitrous takes a while to get used to ive also played it online and i have... Read more
Published 6 months ago by DannyE2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
I am puzzled by so many negative reviews. I find this game to be tremendous fun and often quite exhilarating to play, as well as challenging. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Derek
5.0 out of 5 stars Instaling now
Already received this product, I'm quite impress by the speed of delivery. I'm currently installing it on my pc will let you know how it play before I give review about the game.
Published 11 months ago by malando2009
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent game plagued by bugs
From reading the reviews, I expected this game to be a bit of a pain to get to work. There is no help whatsoever for keyboard controls and you are pretty much expected/forced to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Paul R
3.0 out of 5 stars Tolerable faults for a fiver
Bought this having temporarily run out of stuff to play or look forward to, and not much of a risk for five quid. Using Battlefield3's Frostbite 2. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Christopher Burns
2.0 out of 5 stars Need the old NFSU back
Lets put the good points...or...point. The graphics. The only thing that's worth in this game is the graphics.

(Now the draw backs)

But! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kep
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GAME GOOD ONLINE PLAY
THE BEST NEED FOR SPEED GAME RELEASED SO FAR.. IF YOUR GOING TO BUT AN NFS GAME BUY THIS, DONT BE SWAYED BY CRITERIONS BAD ATTEMPT AT THE NEW NFS MOST WANTED, ITS MINCE AND NOT... Read more
Published 15 months ago by TJ BURNS
1.0 out of 5 stars Need for Fix
Quite disappointed from The Run otherwise a big fan of the franchise. Strange or not is crashes on my GTX 580... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Uncanny
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